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Hit the Trails in Peterborough & the Kawarthas

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Our link on the Trans Canada Trail follows an old railroad corridor that goes straight through the city of Peterborough. It’s a gentle grade and accessible to all abilities. But it’s only the beginning.

Within Peterborough and Lakefield are urban trails in park settings, perfect for a casual stroll while out in the countryside. As you explore further into the unique counties that make up our region, you will find dozens of diverse trails and conservation areas suitable for beginner adventurers, mountain bikers, avid birdwatchers, and seasoned nature enthusiasts alike. There are hundreds of kilometres waiting for you to discover in Peterborough & the Kawarthas.

View the Peterborough & the Kawarthas Cycling & Trails Map here

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Keeping it Short

Trails are a wonderful way to explore the outdoors and all you have to do is follow the path… or make your own. If you’re in a hurry but need a breath of fresh air, these short routes are for you!

close up of a plant in the forest

CITY OF PETERBOROUGH

B.E.L. Rotary Bridgenorth Trail

B.E.L. Rotary Bridgenorth Trail is 2.3 kilometres long, lined with native trees, and boasts a peaceful and tranquil setting amidst the Miller Creek Wetlands. There are benches situated along the Trail to provide scenic and comfortable resting spots as needed.

a man hiking in the forest

SELWYN

Ennismore Heritage Trail

There are 3 loops with a total trail distance of about 4km including boardwalks, a picnic shelter, an osprey platform and interpretive signage. The Trails are located throughout Ennismore Waterfront Park.

the legs of two people hiking in a forest

ASPHODEL NORWOOD

Mill Pond Forest Trails

This short but sweet trail system offers three route options ranging from 200m to 900m in length. With a picnic area and beautiful views of Mill Pond, this is a great spot for a family of all ages.

man walking through forest

CAVAN MONAGHAN

Millbrook Valley Trails

The Millbrook Valley Trails are a passive use walking trail starting from Medd’s Mountain Conservation Area and looping around Millbrook through the Oak Ridges Moraine.

aerial view of a river and buildings at Trent University

PETERBOROUGH/DOURO-DUMMER

Trent University Wildlife Sanctuary Nature Area

This nature area features 3 loop trails; the Red Trail (1.9 km), the Yellow Trail (2.4 km), and the Blue Trail (2.9 km). Slip on your hiking boots or grab a pair of cross-country skiis for this triple trail treat.

trail marker in the forest

OTONABEE–SOUTH MONAGHAN

Mark S. Burnham Trail

Mark S. Burnham Provincial Park features 2.4 kilometers of trail featuring some of the oldest maple, beech, elm and hemlock groves in Ontario. Try out this short hike located in the middle of the Peterborough Drumlin Field to visit more than 3,000 of glacial remnants and stunning fall colours.

people snowmobiling down a winter trail

HAVELOCK-BELMONT-METHUNE

Mathison Conservation Area

This area is made up of 250 acres of scenic forests and wetlands located north of Havelock. It has 1.6 kilometers of multi-use trails for walking, biking, and snowmobiling use and 1.1 kilometers of walking only trails. ATVs are not permitted on this property.

a building at Trent University on the water

CITY OF PETERBOROUGH

South Drumlin Loop

This short 3.4 kilometer loop features views of the Trent Canal and a visit to the abandoned rail bridge near Trent University. A great option for all skill levels and visitors to the Trent University campus.

view of a river through forest from a lookout

In it for the Long Haul

Do you need a break from the indoors? Looking for more than just a quick jaunt? Then these trails are for you! The world’s longest recreational trail—which runs 23,000 kilometres across Canada—runs right through Peterborough & the Kawarthas on its way to the Pacific coast, called the Trans Canada Trail.

a man hiking in the forest

NORTH KAWARTHA

Petroglyphs Provincial Park

B.E.L. Rotary Bridgenorth Trail is 2.3 kilometres long, lined with native trees, and boasts a peaceful and tranquil setting amidst the Miller Creek Wetlands. There are benches situated along the Trail to provide scenic and comfortable resting spots as needed.

a building in forest

CITY OF PETERBOROUGH

Rotary-Greenway Trail

There are 3 loops with a total trail distance of about 4km including boardwalks, a picnic shelter, an osprey platform and interpretive signage. The Trails are located throughout Ennismore Waterfront Park.

trail sign in forest

OTONABEE-SOUTH MONAGHAN

Lang to Hastings on the Trans Canada Trail

This short but sweet trail system offers three route options ranging from 200m to 900m in length. With a picnic area and beautiful views of Mill Pond, this is a great spot for a family of all ages.

aerial view of a waterway running through a forest

DOURO-DUMMER

Warsaw Caves Conservation Area

The Millbrook Valley Trails are a passive use walking trail starting from Medd’s Mountain Conservation Area and looping around Millbrook through the Oak Ridges Moraine.

trees with fall leaves

CITY OF PETERBOROUGH

Jackson Creek Kiwanis Trail

This nature area features 3 loop trails; the Red Trail (1.9 km), the Yellow Trail (2.4 km), and the Blue Trail (2.9 km). Slip on your hiking boots or grab a pair of cross-country skiis for this triple trail treat.

a sign in a park talking about writer Susanna Moodie

SELWYN

Lakefield Trail

Mark S. Burnham Provincial Park features 2.4 kilometers of trail featuring some of the oldest maple, beech, elm and hemlock groves in Ontario. Try out this short hike located in the middle of the Peterborough Drumlin Field to visit more than 3,000 of glacial remnants and stunning fall colours.

a cyclist in the forest

OTONABEE-SOUTH MONAGHAN

Harold Town Conservation Area

This area is made up of 250 acres of scenic forests and wetlands located north of Havelock. It has 1.6 kilometers of multi-use trails for walking, biking, and snowmobiling use and 1.1 kilometers of walking only trails. ATVs are not permitted on this property.

a marsh

NORTH KAWARTHA

Stony Lake Trails

This short 3.4 kilometer loop features views of the Trent Canal and a visit to the abandoned rail bridge near Trent University. A great option for all skill levels and visitors to the Trent University campus.

a beach on a lake

SELWYN

Selwyn Conservation Area

This short 3.4 kilometer loop features views of the Trent Canal and a visit to the abandoned rail bridge near Trent University. A great option for all skill levels and visitors to the Trent University campus.

legs of hikers in a forest

SELWYN

Eels Creek to High Falls

This short 3.4 kilometer loop features views of the Trent Canal and a visit to the abandoned rail bridge near Trent University. A great option for all skill levels and visitors to the Trent University campus.

a bird sitting on a branch

OTONABEE-SOUTH MONAGHAN

Birdsall Wildlife Area

This short 3.4 kilometer loop features views of the Trent Canal and a visit to the abandoned rail bridge near Trent University. A great option for all skill levels and visitors to the Trent University campus.

hikers touching a tree in a winter forest

DOURO-DUMMER

Robert Johnston EcoForest Trails

This short 3.4 kilometer loop features views of the Trent Canal and a visit to the abandoned rail bridge near Trent University. A great option for all skill levels and visitors to the Trent University campus.