Hiker on path

How to plan your day trip to Forks of the Credit

Forks of the Credit Provincial Park is a beautiful park west of Toronto. It offers excellent hiking, picnicking, and fishing opportunities, as well as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in winter.

But the secret is out on this hiking destination located close to home! Forks of the Credit can experience large crowds of visitors, especially on summer weekends.

As the park’s popularity has grown, so has our need for visitors to put extra thought into being respectful. Visitors should plan ahead to avoid large crowds, potential fines, or being turned away at the park gate.

Planning a trip to Forks of the Credit?

Here are our top tips for a fun and frustration-free visit:

  1. When is the best/worst time to visit?
  2. What do I do when the parking lot is full?
  3. Can you recommend a hiking spot other than Forks of the Credit?
  4. Where can I get lunch?
  5. Where can I find the best view of the waterfall?
  6. Can I bring my dog?
  7. What should / shouldn’t I pack?

    1. When is the best/worst time to visit?

Forks of the Credit can experience large crowds during the weekends, especially in the summer. Because of this the best times to visit are winter and early spring. Beat the crowds by visiting November through April.

Branches in spring

If you’re planning a late spring or summer trip, make sure to visit on a weekday, especially Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

If you must visit on the weekend, try to arrive before 10:00 am. On busy weekends, the park gate is closed at 4:00 pm to further entry.

If you arrive between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm on summer weekends, please note that the parking lot has limited capacity, and parking is not permitted on municipal roadsides. Visitors must park in a designated parking spot and obey all signage, or they risk receiving a parking ticket or fine, or even having their vehicle towed.

2. What do I do when the parking lot is full?

Plan ahead and have other local options in mind should you need to delay your visit for a few hours.

There are many local eateries and unique attractions. The Caledon-area boasts enough options to fill anyone’s weekend.

3. Can you recommend a hiking spot other than Forks of the Credit?

Certainly!

Bronte Creek Provincial Park in Oakville has five great hiking trails. The 50 m deep Bronte Creek ravine is a photogenic feature.

A river with trees and rocks
Bronte Creek Provincial Park

Darlington Provincial Park in Bowmanville has four hiking trails and is also located along the 350 km Waterfront Trail that follows the shore of Lake Ontario from Niagara-on-the-lake to Trenton. And did we mention there is a beach?

Earl Rowe Provincial Park offers six hiking trails, including the Lookout Trail that leads to a lookout platform with a view of the park and surrounding area.

View overlooking the lake and beach
Earl Rowe Provincial Park

If you’re willing to venture farther from the GTA, MacGregor Point Provincial Park boasts a collection of cycling and hiking trails, with several routes along the breathtaking Lake Huron shoreline. The sunsets here are not to be missed!

4. Where can I get lunch?

There are options in Caledon to suit any palate.

 5. Where can I find the best view of the waterfall?

The Dominion Trail leads to the best viewing spot.

Please be aware, though, that the Meadow Trail connection is currently closed due to infrastructure damage. Hikers must return the same way they hiked in. Signage is in place to direct you.

6. Can I bring my dog?

Yes! Just make sure to keep Fido on a leash (no longer than 2 m).

7. What should or shouldn’t I pack?

What you should definitely pack: sunscreen, hat, water, snacks, and a good pair of hiking shoes. Ticks are also common throughout Ontario, so bring a pair of fine-tipped tweezers.

Bench overlooking lake

What you shouldn’t pack: alcohol and firewood. Fires are not permitted in the park at any time, and violators will be fined.

Also, try to limit the amount of food packaging and other disposable items you bring with you. Litter and waste disposal in non-designated areas is unacceptable and fines are in place.