Things to Do in Erin
If you love to hike, bike, walk or cross country ski and snowmobiling, then you should check out the hiking trails in Erin, Ontario.
Erin has used the old rail line as a trail and is part of the Elora-Cataract Trailway. This is a great way to see nature at its best, with good footing, and nice wide paths, that are great for all ages. There are mile markers to let you know how far you have gone, or how far you need to go, with informative plaques along the way, that you can stop and read and rest awhile.
If you are looking for a safe place to bike and or hike then using one of these trails is safe, as there is not the bother of cars, and because you are walking on trails that are going through fields, and forests, you can see all kinds of nature.
This is a great trail if your hobby is photography! Loads of birds to check out. I personally have done part of this trail on my bicycle, and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is well maintained, and makes for a great outing. If you do the entire trail from Erin to Elora, this is approximately 34 km. 15 of those km are in the town of Erin.
Erin is in picturesque rural Ontario. Approximately one hour northwest of Toronto, and just north of Georgetown. There are many activities that go on in this small town. After your bike ride or hike, you can check out many of the cute stores on the main street, or have a great meal at many of the local restaurants.
But back to the hiking trails in Erin!
There are 15 km of the Elora Cataract Trail that run through the town of Erin. This is an old railway bed that used to be run by the Credit Valley Railway in 1879 and then later the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1884. This was a main rail way and there were many passengers on this train until the line ended in 1958.
Locally grown potatoes, used to be shipped on this train, until it was no longer profitable and the tracks were taken up in 1988. What a great way to use the space!
The town of Erin consists of two town centers, Erin and Hillsburgh and the area is surrounded by natural country areas along with tiny hamlets that include Brisbane, Ballinafad, Cedar Valley, Crewson’s Corners, Orton and Ospringe, which is then bordered by the Town of Caledon to the east of Erin, which also has lots of hiking trails and things to do too.
The town of Erin is actually at the headwaters to the Grand River and the Credit River. There is an abundance of rural areas and lots of hiking trails and parks that can be visited that are within one hour of Toronto.
Thehillsofheadwaters.com is a great site to check what events are on in this small Ontario town with a big heart.
The hiking trails of Erin are a great place to start, but did you know there are also lots of other events that go on in this town? Here is a short list of annual events that are a great time and worth checking out.
Garden tour – Every year a garden tour is offered. You are given maps of some of the most beautiful gardens to go and see and the homeowners open their yards to you. This year there is a garden tour happening on July 9thbut check the website villageoferin.com to find out exact dates and times.
Erin Fest - Sidewalk Sale and Concert – This event happens in August, and you can check the website villageoferin.com for more information. But basically the stores open their doors to sidewalk sales, and there is entertainment in the just newly built central park area. Lots of fun and lots to do.
Rhythm and Ribs – August
This is a two day music festival and BBQ that is held in the central park in Erin (McMillan Park) where you will find live music on two stages. Local and some regional bands will entertain you while you shop local arts and crafts and test the delicious BBQ ribs and other great foods that local restaurants cook up for you.
If you time your hiking trail right, you could end at Erin and enjoy the festivities
Erin Rodeo – August
Check the Erin website villageoferin.com for the exact dates and times. This is an annual event, that draws a large crowd to the fairground area in the center of Erin. There will be bulls, broncs and barrels and lots more for two days! This would be a great day event and worth the drive from Toronto to see.
Erin Studio Tours – September
If you love arts and crafts, then you are going to love this tour. Basically all the local art studios, many at the homes of the artists in the countryside and in town, open their doors. You can have a great drive down country lanes, and check out all the arts and crafts and possibly find some great gifts for Christmas! You will be given a map of all the artist studios that are on the tour and everything is well signed, no worries about getting lost! Then take yourself out to a nice local restaurant in small town Ontario for a great meal.
Erin House Tour – End of September
This is when many of the old stately and magnificent homes open their doors to let you peak inside. Come see the grandeur of restored century homes and more. There is a map on getting to these houses, and scrumptious goodies are served during these visits. This is a great way to be nosey and check out many of these houses that you could only drive by before.
Erin Fall Fair – October
Check the site villageoferin.com to find out exact dates, but usually held the first week of October at Thanksgiving. This is a 3 day event that has been going on for many years. There is a midway as well as local produce and tons of entertainment. People come from far and wide for this event.
So, for small town Ontario, the town of Erin packs a good punch when it comes to great events and activities. If you don’t want to be part of the events, but would like a quiet bike ride or hike, then consider packing your bike, water, and a picnic and head to the parking lot in town, at the Center 2000, where you can leave your car safely and then head out on the hiking trails of Erin for a great day.