Hiking Ontario trails whether you are briskly
walking or leisurely enjoying the scenery is an excellent way to
exercise and get back to nature.
Whether the Ontario hiking trails are multi-use trails for bikers,
walkers, runners and even snowmobilers in the winter, or just for
hikers there are a number of options in cottage country to choose from.
Be sure to remember though that there are other people hiking
Ontario trails other than yourself and that there are different rules
of the road for bikers and motorized vehicles than for walkers. Stay
safe, respect each other and the trails will be loads of fun!
Beaver River Trail at Clarksburg
Both the Saugeen Rail Trail and the new Saugeen Shores multi-use trail
along the shore line connect Southampton and Port Elgin.
The Rail Trail runs follows a decommissioned railway line from
Grosvenors Street in Southampton to 6th Consession East of Hwy 21 in
A detailed Saugeen Rail Trail Map is provided
by the Saugeen Rail Trail Association and is a great resource for
finding access points along the trail.
My husband and our dog Bella on the Saugeen Shores Multi-Use trail
You will see two additional multi-use trails marked on the map the
North Shore Road Loop trail and the Beiner Ski Trail.
The North Shore Road Loop trail is also known as the Saugeen Shores
multi-use trail and has become quite popular since being upgraded to a
true trail. While many people followed the North Shore Road for biking
and walking before, it is more used than ever now that the official
trail has been laid.
A biker on the Saugeen Shores Multi-Use Trail
The Beiner Ski Trail is a bit hidden but there are obvious access
points along the 10th Concession. There are other trails like this that
are hidden in the woods between South Street and the 10th Concession
with the most obvious access point being in the Pegasus Trails
neighbourhood. Another trail that isn't that obvious takes you from the
Port Elgin Beach all the way to McGregor Point.
Saugeen Shores isn't the only cottage town in Grey Bruce Counties that
has its own rail trail. In fact there are seven rail trails for hiking Ontario, everywhere
from Chesley to the Georgian Bluffs.
The beauty of rail trails is that they are multi use and therefore
geared to all sorts of activities from walking to cycling or skiing and
snowshoeing in the winter months.
Georgian Trail at Christie Beach
A few of the notable trails are the Georgian Trail that runs 32 kms
from Meaford to Collingwood, the Bruce County Rail Trail that runs 80
kms exiting in two directions from Port Elgin and the CP Trail from
Owen Sound to Dundalk running 77 kms.
The Bruce Trail
The Bruce Trail might just be the most famous Ontario hiking trails
especially in cottage country.
Thanks to Anne Douglas for this picture of the Bruce Trail (Sydenham Section)
While the Bruce Trail runs along the
Niagara Escarpment from Queenston (Southwest of St. Catherines) to
Tobermory, the portion from Wiarton to Tobermorry is actually along the
There are other cottage country portions of the Bruce
Trail, it loosely follows the Georgian Bay shoreline from Collingwood
Rail Trail markers along the Georgian Trail
Of course we haven't covered all the hiking trails in all of Ontario.
If you have a favourite trail we invite you to share it with us!
Where is your favourite Hiking Trail?
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