Mono Cliffs Provincial Park Trails

Shelburne, Ontario

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Mono Cliffs Provincial Park protects 750ha (1,853 acres) of scenic land along the Niagara Escarpment. The display of white trilliums in spring shouldn’t be missed, although 450 plant species in the park ensure visitors a show anytime of the year. Particularly impressive are the wind-stunted white cedar and a diverse collection of ferns including walking fern, smooth cliffbrake, northeastern lady fern, oak fern, rock polypody, and maidenhair spleenwort. The park is also one of the best places to see or hear turkey vultures, great blue herons, mallards, black ducks, eagles, great horned owls, whippoorwills, horned larks, vesper sparrows, and eastern blue birds. You’re also quite likely to see white-tailed deer. To the glacier enthusiast, Mono Cliffs is mecca. Besides walking along, past and up the main escarpment face, you can also walk past two dolostone outliers, through the Violet Hill glacial spillway, on top of the Orangeville moraine, and past a glacial kettle lake called McCarston’s Lake, also known locally as Mono Lake.

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"Mono Cliffs Provincial Park protects 750ha (1,853 acres) of scenic land along the Niagara Escarpment. The display of white trilliums in spring shouldn’t be missed, although 450 plant species in the park ensure visitors a show anytime of the year. Particularly impressive are the wind-stunted white cedar and a diverse collection of ferns including walking fern, smooth cliffbrake, northeastern lady fern, oak fern, rock polypody, and maidenhair spleenwort.

The park is also one of the best places to see or hear turkey vultures, great blue herons, mallards, black ducks, eagles, great horned owls, whippoorwills, horned larks, vesper sparrows, and eastern blue birds. You’re also quite likely to see white-tailed deer. To the glacier enthusiast, Mono Cliffs is mecca. Besides walking along, past and up the main escarpment face, you can also walk past two dolostone outliers, through the Violet Hill glacial spillway, on top of the Orangeville moraine, and past a glacial kettle lake called McCarston’s Lake, also known locally as Mono Lake."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Shelburne
Distance: 13.3
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 7 trails totaling 9.5 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Mono Cliffs Provincial Park Trails

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May 2018