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Murphy’s Pinnacle Lookout at Boyne Valley Provincial Park

Boyne Valley Provincial Park is located within Shelburne and is about an hour and a half drive north west of Toronto.

There is a small parking lot at the very south end of Centre Road, with room for about 6-8 cars. On way we saw a small parking lot on Prince of Wales Road, with cars parked to the side of the road closer to the trail entrance.

We only had time for a brief hike when we visited, so we headed straight for Murphy’s Pinnacle Lookout. This lookout lies at the top of a hill of glacial deposit, providing an excellent vantage point. It’s about a 15 minute hike from the parking lot. 

The Boyne Valley Provincial Park is meets the Niagara Escarpment to the west. The hills and rolling terrain is a result of glacier deposits from the last ice age, ending about 12,000 years ago. 

Although we had a brief hike, we enjoyed the trail that cut through groves of paradise apple trees, sumac trees, and maple trees. In early September, we caught a few leaves beginning to turn colour, signalling the return of autumn. 

Although a short visit – it was a lovely hike and we are planning on returning when the leaves have changed colours.

Have you visited Boyne Valley Provincial Park? Tell us about your experience in the comments!

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