Mono Cliffs Provincial Park

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Mono Cliffs Provincial Park

Mono Cliffs Provincial Park
4.5
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Izabela M
Toronto, Canada544 contributions
Jun 2021
Really nice walk for inexperienced hikers and young kids (we went with a 4 year old and a 7 week old (in a carrier). It's definitely not stroller friendly (at least not the route we took) but it's very walkable and quite scenic. We took the Carriage route trail from the parking lot, took those steep stairs up, took a short break, then did the "green" Clifftop trail north, saw the lookout and the rocky cliffs at the 2nd set of stairs, then took the "blue" Walter Tovell trail and Link trail back down, took a break at one of the ponds to snack and feed the baby, eventually returning to the Carriage trail to get back to the lot. Our 4 year old never got tired and loved the butterflies, caterpillars, dragonflies, moss and wild flowers along our route. We did get a day use permit online (free, but something they recommend due to the pandemic to limit capacity) but found there was no one on site checking for it (that we were aware of). We went on a Thursday mid-June and the weather was around 20 degrees C, which ended up being perfect. The trail was maybe 90% shade and yet there were very few bugs. We only noticed some black flies towards the end of our 20 minutes sitting near one of the ponds. We got there around noon, and the parking lot was barely half full, and found 50% more cars in the lot when we finished our hike around 3:30pm, though we didn't pass many people on the trails. Just here and there.. definitely not "crowded" and everyone was social distancing when passing. We even saw two people on horses, which our 4 year old loved seeing. There are 3 vault toilets at the parking lot, which had plenty of thin toilet paper, were a bit stinky (as expected for vault toilets), and had signs about using sanitizer but did not stock any (it's ok, I think everyone has their own in the car these days, right?). Didn't see any picnic tables anywhere, so don't plan to picnic here. Overall, I would recommend this park and may return next year.
Written June 18, 2021
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Patricia K
Shelburne, Canada62 contributions
Aug 2020
We finally ventured out during this Covid Pandemic to one of our favourite places to get back out into nature. Went on a friday afternoon in later August and was quite quiet. There were signs at the gate reminding people of social distancing and such, hardly saw any garbage left behind which was lovely to see.
Written August 25, 2020
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Gia
Toronto, Canada13 contributions
Jul 2020 • Friends
Mono Cliffs Provincial Park offers beautiful, serene natural surroundings. The terrain is mostly flat with plenty of shade from the forest trees. Its main attractions are the viewpoint and mini boardwalk caves, which are the perfect spots to capture photos. I, personally, recommend this park for beginner-level hikers or families with young children.

As a provincial park, paying a parking fee is a norm. However, I did not have to pay for parking when we went, which was an added bonus. There is only one washroom station, which is located at the main entrance (Note: no sink so bring your own hand sanitizer/ extra water). All in all, a hike in the morning at Mono Cliffs is truly a stress reliever. I look forward to going back in the Fall.
Written July 19, 2020
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OntarioTraveler9
Burlington, Canada373 contributions
Oct 2020
I went there on a Saturday and I was shocked to find out that not only the parking lot was full, cars were parked on both sides of the street, stretching maybe 2 km. People were everywhere, and long lines to use the portable toilets. Some people social distanced and wore masks, but some don't.

I really did not enjoy my visit there, worrying about getting too close to the people during this pandemic. Scenery was not particularly spectacular too, maybe because I turned back before reaching the good spots.
Written October 4, 2020
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Naharica A
1 contribution
Jun 2021 • Family
The park is really awesome but the people working there, especially the people controlling the cars coming and going needs to know how to conduct with people, we were there yesterday and the people (parking security) behaved very badly towards us , when we ask them what’s the rule for waiting to get the parking, they told us you can play a musical chair but I will not let u in and I wish to not to let u in. That kind of behaviour is unacceptable and creates toxic environment. I hope the appropriate authorities take notice of the issue and resolve it.
Written June 6, 2021
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No Mud No Lotus
25 contributions
May 2020
We went to Mono Cliffs back in May when it was free because of COVID lock-down. A lot of reviews mention too many people, well it is a pandemic and people need something to do, so expect there to be a lot of people. Go early in the morning if you want to avoid crowds. The trails aren't overly difficult, the view at the top of the tower was nice, and overall just a lovely day outside.
Written November 17, 2020
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Ryan F
Vaughan, Canada3 contributions
Mar 2022
My wife is on a hiking kick- lucky me. She found this one on tiktok, and I guess so did all the other 200 cars.
The parking lot was packed, no service there to buy a day pass so be sure to get that ahead of time. Don't forget that step because the enforcement officers were there giving out tickets like the neighbours on halloween.

The famous picture spots are very misleading, don't let social media fool you. The park is stunning and its a great 5-6km hike, but a lot of the photo spots are dead ends, or smaller than they appear.

Dog friendly so that's a bonus.

The outdoor bathrooms smell foul, hopefully they can hire some more staff with all of those tickets they were handing out. Even saying that- make sure the wife and kids use it, otherwise they will be using leaves along the trails.
Written March 22, 2022
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John doe
1 contribution
Jun 2021 • Family
I was at the park on the 6th of June. I disagree with the last comments, the parking staff were very friendly. They explained that there was limited parking spots and due to recent parking issues, the township made all side roads no parking. Due to the influx of non area residents ignoring the stay at home order, lots of GTA visitors accended on the park. Because cars weren't allowed to park on the shoulder and wait, they tried to make the wait to get in enjoyable by saying it was like a game of musical chairs, we had to keep moving on the roadway until spots became available.
I see now that you need to pre-register before attending.
I'll be going back!
Written June 17, 2021
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roxy
10 contributions
Sep 2020
A nice provincial park in a quiet town.
Not so famous and commercialized so not too many people too.
Well marked trail. There are small rocks and big tree roots on the trail, which is worth considering if going with elderly.
Parking is $15 flat rate/day. There are picnic tables beside the parking lot.
Worth going back to.
Written September 13, 2020
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Jerry L
Mississauga, Canada422 contributions
Oct 2020
Just amazed at the amount of people and the severe lack of parking spaces. I think the Town of Mono needs to look into this and see what can be done to alleviate the hassle for people who live on that road. Would have been nice if the town had better facilities and even a small coffee shop - they would make a fortune
Written October 7, 2020
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