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Dixie Cliffs – Pickering’s Hidden Gem

Located in Pickering, Dixie Cliffs offer gorgeous scenic views of the Seaton Hiking Trail and Duffin’s Creek. It’s an unofficial name for a cliff located near the corner of Concession Road 3 and Dixie Road.

It is one of the locations I have spent so much time during my youth. It is a great place to meet up with friends, set up folding chairs, and spend hours chatting while enjoying the view.

How to get there

You can get to Dixie Cliffs through an entrance located near Dixie Road and Concession 5 in Pickering, ON. There is free parking at the side of the road. Cross the railroad south at the road crosswalk, and head east to the entrance to the cliffs (marked in image below).

View of the entrance from Dixie Road.
View of Dixie road from the entrance to Dixie Cliffs.

The trail from the road is short (about 100m), and takes about 1-2 minutes to reach Dixie Cliffs. The path is well-defined and easy to follow. Be prepared in wetter weather, as this path can get pretty muddy.

Pathway to Dixie Cliffs.

After travelling through the pathway, you will reach Dixie Cliffs and be presented with the breathtaking view!

Approaching Dixie Cliffs.

What does Dixie Cliffs overlook?

The view is absolutely spectacular, overseeing the Seaton Hiking Trail, and Duffin’s Creek. You also get a solid side view of the railway bridge over the valley.

Turns out, the hill the furthest from your viewpoint is Brock West landfill. I learned this originally because 2 of my best friends at the time, after years of looking at this mysterious hill with seemingly a way better view, decided to find out for themselves what it was. They packed up and spent a day hiking down the side of the bluffs to the other side of the valley. Not sure why this was not Google’d previously, as it would save them the disappointment of finding out they couldn’t even climb the hill!

Brock West Landfill behind the tree line.

I can remember years ago the bluffs being further out, and the pathway by the cliffs less narrow. Because of erosion over time, some of these areas have completely fallen away. I remember visiting the cliffs and seeing parts of trees and vegetation begin to loose grip and lean more askew. When visiting the following day, I’d find these pieces have completely fallen.

Edge of the cliff where vegetation is constantly being eroded.

I hope it goes without saying to be safe and aware when anywhere near the cliff. Seriously. Most of the ground closest to the edge is unstable, so keep a safe viewing distance. It’s also good to note to not venture anywhere near the railroad.

Let us know in the comments if you have visited Dixie Cliffs, and what your experience was!

Safe trekking!


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