About the Trail
Home to "the 99 Steps", Thornton Bales is a challenging and rewarding hike that showcases a variety of headwater types. This glacial feature acts as a giant rain barrel, filtering and replenishing groundwater that supplies local residents with clean drinking water. The streams and wetlands in Thornton Bales supply the East Holland River which flows into Lake Simcoe to the north. Look out for abundant flora and fauna, including pileated woodpeckers, white-tailed deer, and some of the last remaining old-growth deciduous trees in Ontario.