10 Most Beautiful Trails in London, Ontario: Full Review with Pros & Cons (2021)

No matter what season you find yourself in London, it is worth discovering where the locals go for a beautiful, nature-filled walk. Whether you’re on the search for hiking trails or just casual walking trails, our guide highlights 10 of the most beautiful (and free!) trails in London, Ontario.

Springbank Park, London Ontario

London: The Forest City

London is known as the Forest City, and this is for good reason! This mid-sized city has over 350 parks, forests, and environmentally significant areas. The Thames Valley Parkway is London’s largest paved system of multiuse pathways that run for over 40 kilometers through the city, including from Kilally Meadows in the northeast, to Springbank Park in the west, to Meadowlily Woods in the southwest, and through various other parks and green spaces along the way.

In addition to these well-trafficked areas, there are dozens of beautiful hiking trails that give you the feeling of escape from the busy city. These trails will give you the experience of nature that Ontario is known for, all while remaining inside the city limits.

We have put together our own review (from our experiences) of some of the best walking and hiking trails in London, so that you can easily choose the best place for your next walk through the Forest City, without having to guess which will be worth your time!

Table of Contents

10. Euston Park
9. Kilally Meadows Trails
8. Westminster Ponds Trails
7. Warbler Woods Trails
6. Meadowlily Woods Trails
5. Sifton Bog Hiking Trails

4. Kiwanis Park
3. Springbank Park
2. Medway Valley Forest Trails
1. Kains Woods Trail



10. Euston Park

Euston Park in London
Euston Park London
Euston Park London

Trail Length: The perimeter trail at Euston Park is approximately 2 km, with additional trails in the inner part of the park.
Route Type: Loop, point-to-point
Difficulty Level: Moderate (due to the incline of some of the trails and trails that run through the wooded area)
Time: Outer loop should take 20-40 minutes
Address: 90 MacKay Ave, London
Parking: Free, with various entry points off of Winston Ave, MacKay Ave, or Rachel Street.

Pros: The gravel outer loop trail makes for easy walking and biking, and the grassy meadows are beautiful and give a unique feel amongst London’s parks. The many hills make for a fun challenge to otherwise flat parks in the city. The naturalization area is also home to lots of birds and pollinators, and the informational signs provide unique learning opportunities for kids.

Cons: When wet, the grass and the inner trails can get muddy and slippery. There are some fairly steep inclines at certain parts of the park, but these can also be avoided due to the many inner paths that all interconnect.

Note: Euston Park is part of The Coves Environmentally Significant Area (ESA), which offers additional trails a few kilometers north, from the intersection of Elmwood Ave and Wharncliffe Road to Greenway Park.



9. Kilally Meadows Trails (Kilally Valley Park)

Kilally Meadows Trail
Kilally Meadows Trail

Trail Length: 10.3 km of managed trails in the Kilally Meadows Environmentally Significant Area, or 7 km loop following the river (hiking trails on north side of river and multiuse pathway on south side).
Route Type: Point to point, loop
Difficulty Level: Easy
Time: 1.5-2 hours for the 7 km loop
Address: There are various access points. The main access point is at the east dead end of Windermere Road (east of Windermere and Adelaide St).
Parking: Free parking is available at the end of Windermere Road. Free street parking is available along various other access points, including access points to Kilally Valley Park.

Pros: Kilally Meadows offers both trails and a multiuse pathway. Trails follow the river on both sides, offering nearly constant views of the water. The north side hiking trails are a beautiful escape to nature, and the south side paved path is appealing to many looking for a well-trafficked path to walk.

Cons: The north side paths can be very wet depending on weather. Large city buildings are visible along much of the path, which can take away a bit of the feeling of escape from the city.



8. Westminster Ponds Trails

Westminster Ponds Trail
Westminster Ponds Trail
Westminster Ponds Trail

Trail Length: Westminster Ponds has 11 km of maintained trails. There are various loop options based on how long you wish to walk.
Route Type: Point to point, loop
Difficulty Level: Easy, with moderate side trail options
Time: We recommend spending 1-1.5 hours here.
Address: There are various access points. The main access point is at the Tourism London Welcome Centre, at 696 Wellington Road.
Parking: Free parking is available at 696 Wellington Road.

Pros: Trails frequently lead along the ponds, offering beautiful waterfront views. The sunset is beautiful over the water, and there is a viewing platform over Saunders Pond near the beginning of the main trail. The beautiful sounds of birds and insects give the feeling of being deep in nature. There are a few picnic tables along the main trail. The main trail is well-worn and easy to follow.

Cons: Due to the proximity to busy city roads, the traffic can be heard and buildings can be seen along much of the trail. It can be muddy as the trail runs along the water.



7. Warbler Woods Trails

Warbler Woods Trail
Warbler Woods Trail
Warbler Woods Trail

Trail Length: There are 5.5 km of maintained trails in Warbler Woods. The main trail is 1.9 km each way (out and back trail).
Route Type: Out and back, point to point
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Time: Main trail is 1.9 km each way. Expect to spend at least 1 hour total to walk out and back.
Address: Various access points. Main trail access points at Warbler Woods Walk or off Byron Baseline.
Parking: Entry from Warbler Woods Walk has a parking lot and is the recommended entryway. The entryway off Byron Baseline is quite hidden and there is no parking close by. If you access the other sections of trail from other access areas, you should be able to park along the residential roads for free.

Pros: The Warbler Woods Environmentally Significant Area offers beautiful, blazed trails running through a mature forest. This forest is nestled between beautiful residential neighbourhoods and feels far removed from the city. The trails are well-marked with yellow or white blazes.

Cons: The trails (including the main trail) run up and down many hills and include some steep inclines. These can be particularly difficult if icy or muddy. You will definitely get your heartrate up on these trails (either a pro or con!), and they are not really for those wishing for a light stroll.



6. Meadowlily Woods Trails

Meadowlily Trail
Meadowlily Woods Trail
Meadowlily Woods Trail

Trail Length: There are 4.6 km of managed trails in the Meadowlily Woods Environmentally Significant Area.
Route Type: Loop, point to point
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Time: 1-1.5 hours for the main trail loop (not on the multipurpose pathway)
Address: Main access is at the end of Meadowlily Road.
Parking: Free parking along Meadowlily Road.

Pros: These trails are well-trafficked and run along the Thames River, offering beautiful views. Hikers are easily able to escape the sounds of the city. The trails run through a mature forest on rolling hills. On the north side of the river is the Thames Valley Parkway (called Meadowlily Trail, opposed to Meadowlily Woods Trail), is a busy multiuse pathway which makes for a great alternative to the trails.

Cons: The trails can be confusing when they branch off. Stick to marked trails. The rolling hills can be more difficult to walk when icy or wet.



5. Sifton Bog Hiking Trails

Sifton Bog Dock Trail
Sifton Bog Dock Trail Lookout
Sifton Bog Trail

Trail Length: There are 2.8 km of managed trails at the Sifton Bog. The main trail from 1210 Oxford St W to Hyde Park Woods and Naomee Park is 2 km each way. The popular Dock Trail is 0.4 km each way.
Route Type: Out and back, point to point
Difficulty Level: Dock Trail: Easy; Hiking trails: Moderate
Time: 1 hour for the main hiking trail, 15 minutes for the Sifton Bog Dock Trail.
Address: Main entrance (including the Dock Trail entrance) is at 1210 Oxford St W, London. Other access points to the trails are at Naomee Park or Hyde Park Woods.
Parking: Free, limited parking at 1210 Oxford St W. Street parking is available at Naomee Park and Hyde Park Woods.

Pros: The Sifton Bog is London’s most unique ecosystem, and is one of Canada’s most southern bogs. This hike is enjoyable for adults and particularly educational for kids. It is picturesque and feels especially enchanted! The Sifton Bog Dock Trail is wheelchair accessible and makes for easy walking.

Cons: The access to the main hiking trail at 1210 Oxford St W is not obvious and is at the very start of the Dock Trail, on the left hand side just before the start of the dock. The hiking trails are not always very obviously marked. The dock is fairly narrow (tight for side-by-side walking). The dock can also get slippery when wet, icy, or with falling leaves. The Dock Trail is not a hiking or running trail, but rather a slow-paced walking trail that is well-trafficked.



4. Kiwanis Park

Kiwanis Park London
Kiwanis Park London
Pottersburg Creek, Kiwanis Park

Trail Length: 3.3 km of paved trail
Route Type: Point to point
Difficulty Level: Easy
Time: 45 minutes each way; Since there are multiple access points and loop options within the park, you can easily spend 1-1.5 hours here.
Address: There are various access points. The main access point to the playground is on Kiwanis Park Drive. Access is also available off of Hale St, Abbott St, Graydon St, Cronyn Cres, Glass Ave, Trafalgar St, Moffatt Ave, and Borden St.
Parking: Free parking spaces are available on Kiwanis Park Drive. Free street parking is also available along various other access points.

Pros: Kiwanis Park is a beautifully maintained green space in east London. There are open grassy areas and lightly forested areas, particularly along the parts of the path that follows Pottersburg Creek. Since the park follows the creek from Dundas Street to Hamilton Road, there are many opportunities to spot wildlife like ducks and deer. The highlight for many, Kiwanis Park also offers large playgrounds, a splash pad, skatepark and ball diamond!

Cons: Kiwanis Park is a city park with an long multiuse path, making it a great place for walking, biking and rollerblading but not for the feeling of total seclusion or for hiking.



3. Springbank Park

Thames Valley Parkway at Springbank Park
Civic Gardens at Springbank Park
Springbank Park

Trail Length: Springbank Park has 4 km of multiuse pathway, with short side trail options.
Route Type: Out and back, point to point
Difficulty Level: Easy
Time: We recommend giving yourself 1 hour or more to walk the paved path.
Address: 1085 Commissioners Rd W, London; 205 Wonderland Rd S, London
Parking: Free, with large parking lots at the Springbank Gardens Community Centre, Civic Garden Complex, East Springbank Gate, Springbank Gate and West Springbank Gate.

Pros: The park is very well maintained with a very busy multiuse path. The path runs along the wide Thames River, and provides beautiful views over the water. There are various park benches along the way, and some photo-worthy large, knobby willow trees. The west end of the park has an incredible inclusive kid’s playground and splashpad, and pavilions and barbeques for public use. There is a beautiful multicultural presence in the park, as it serves as a gathering place for so many communities from all around the city.

Cons: If you’re looking for a secluded place that feels like an escape from the city, this is not what you will find! The trails are definitely for walking/biking opposed to hiking. While the nature is beautiful, it is often busy and feels like a city park.



2. Medway Valley Forest Trails

Medway Valley Forest Trail
Medway Valley Forest Trail
Medway Valley Forest Trail

Trail Length: There are 11 km of maintained trails that run from Sunningdale Road to behind Brescia University College.
Route Type: Point to point, loop options
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Time: Various options, opt for an out and back hike to control your timing.
Address: Various access locations, with the popular access point at the intersection of Gainsborough Road and Whiteacres Drive, or at the Ontario Museum of Archaeology (1600 Attawandaron Rd, London). See the Upper Thames Valley Conservation Authority’s guide to the Medway Valley Forest Trails for all access points.
Parking: There is free parking along Gainsborough Road, in front of the Medway Valley Heritage Forest sign. If you enter the trails along one of the various other residential entry points, including along Attawandaron Road, you should be able to park for free along most residential streets.

Pros: The Medway Valley Forest runs along the Medway Creek and this trail offers great views of the river and plenty of spots to dip your toes in the water or have a picnic. The trail system is extensive, and main trails are marked with a yellow blaze. There are various access points and the trails are well maintained. Though this trail system is well-trafficked, it does not usually feel busy, and you can easily feel like you’ve escaped the city.

Cons: The terrain is sometimes rough, with various ups and downs, meaning there is the potential to be muddy or icy in winter. There are some spots where you may need to unexpectedly cross a creek to continue along the trail (or follow a different path). There are also various signs indicating “closed trail” and it is uncertain whether the trails are truly closed.



1. Kains Woods Trail

Kains Woods Environmentally Significant Area
Kains Woods Trail
Kains Woods Trail

Trail Length: 7.5 km
Route Type: Loop (last 2 km on residential streets)
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Time: 1.5-2 hours
Address: Enter the trail at the intersection of Westdel Bourne Road and Kains Road, in Kains Woods Environmentally Significant Area.
Parking: Parking is free along the residential area of Westdel Bourne Road. To get to the hiking trail you will first need to walk about 10 minutes through a paved path on the edge of the residential community. Follow the paved path around the pond until you see the fenced entrance to the hiking trail.

Pros: This trail offers beautiful views, following the Thames River for the majority of the hike, blocking out all views and sounds of the city. You will feel that you are truly in nature and may spot deer, beavers, and many birds.

Cons: There are many hills on this trail (some steep), and it can become muddy or icy in winter. Proper footwear including crampons and poles are recommended in winter.



Our Wrap Up: 10 Most Beautiful (Free) Trails in London

If you’re looking to spend time in the beautiful Forest City, make sure you check out some of these fantastic trails. Whether it’s along the Thames River, or on a floating dock in a majestic bog, we hope this guide helps you to find the right trail to let your mind escape into the great outdoors!

Do you have a favourite trail in London that we haven’t mentioned? Leave a comment so we can check it out!

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    15 thoughts on “10 Most Beautiful Trails in London, Ontario: Full Review with Pros & Cons (2021)”

      1. Hello Mark! Thank you for your question. It is on my list to try to find out where the trailhead of the Byron Gravel Pit is located. I will update it here when I find it. Thanks for reading!!

        1. Ummm…Kiwanis park is beautiful! Walked, hiked, waded and biked here my whole childhood! Plus, took my own kids there for many year! Stunning greenery, brilliant Pottersburg creek, playgrounds, splashed, ball diamonds, skate park and kilometers and kilometers of pathways.
          A definite top ten. Likely didn’t make your list because it’s EOA.

          1. Thank you so much for informing me of Kiwanis Park! I will admit that this was not on my radar but I will definitely check it out! I hope to update this list as we discover more amazing trails and walking paths like this! Thank you!

      1. Thanks for your comment, Emma Jane! It was a lot of fun to explore these trails and walking paths. I had no idea there were so many trails in London itself as well as some really neat nature escapes just outside of the city! Enjoy! πŸ™‚

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