Boyne Valley Provincial Park

OntarioTrilliums

Picking a trillium seriously injures the plant by preventing the leaf-like bracts from producing food for the next year. A plant takes many years to recover. Photo by Martin McCreath

The Boyne River cuts through the southern heartland of the province, about an hour’s drive north of Toronto.  Flowing east, the river slices through the Orangeville and Singhampton moraines. The terrain features a range of natural communities, hardwood forest, open fields, bottomland, and swamp.  Reforestation has replenished the forests felled by loggers.

Park Facilities and Activities

Boyne Valley is a non-operating park, and has no facilities except hiking trails. Visitors may fish, but hunting is not permitted. Hikers should note that the Bruce Trail gives access to an excellent lookout in the northern part of the park.

Trilliums

  • Picking a trillium seriously injures the plant and takes many years to recover
  • Trillium is one of many plants whose seeds are spread by ants
  • Trillium used as the official symbol for the Province of Ontario
  • Two species are Large-flowered Trillium and Western Trillium. Both have white flowers that turn pink as they age.

Get the Trail Map

Name Boyne Valley Provincial Park
Description The Bruce Trail runs through this 431 hectare natural environment park, as does the Boyne River.  The only park facility is the main trail and a couple of loops.  West of Hurontario Street, the trail climbs to the Murphy’s Pinnacle lookout.  On the trail you’ll find hardwood forest, open meadows, bottomland and swamp.  The area was logged and cleared in pioneer days.  The forest has been replanted over the years in some places and others have been left as natural meadows.
Activities Hiking, cross country skiing
Location About 20 km. north of Orangeville, 4 km. east of Shelburne, north of junction of Hwys. 89 & 10. 1 km. north on Prince of Wales Road.
Maps Boyne Valley Provincial Park
Parking Parking lot
Trail Head 44.1084, -80.11637
Trail End Various
Distance 5.5 km
Difficulty Moderate to hilly
Surfaces Natural
Amenities None
Landmarks Hardwood forest, open meadows, bottomland and swamp.
Cost No cost
Trail Web Site Boyne Valley Provincial Park
Closest Town Shelburne

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