Oakville-Burlington Ontario Recreational Trails information, listings and links
The Oakville-Burlington region has a number of great recreational trails.
- Bronte Creek Provinical Park (Oakville) has 13 kilometres of roads and trails available for cylcing and hiking, as well as a rollerblading path.
- Waterfront Trail (Oakville) The Waterfront Trail runs 13 km across the base of Oakville and runs from the base of Burloak Drive to the base of Winston Churchill Blvd.
- Bronte Creek Trail (Oakville) In the west end of Oakville, this 6.5 km trail runs from Bronte Harbour to the northern tip of Bronte Provincial Park.
- 16 Mile Creek Trail (Oakville) This 8.5 km trail runs from either side of Oakville Harbour to Highway 5 at Lions Valley Park
- Joshua's Creek Trail (oakville) This 6 km tail runs from the base of Winston Churchill Blvd. to Highway 5 and 9th Line area
- Crosstown Trail (Oakville) The 12 km long Crosstown Trail is located along the Natural Gas Pipeline from Bronte Provincial Park to the west bank of 16 Mile Creek and from the East Bank of 16 Mile Creek to 9th Line
- Iroquois Shoreline Woods (Oakville) is in the largest woodlot (35 acres) in Oakville. The 3 km looped trail has many exit points along the way.
- Indian Ridge Trail (Oakville runs east from Third Line to Dorval, for mountain bikes and pedestrians.
- Larry Cain Trail in Oakville Harbour (Oakville), named after Olympic Champion Larry Cain. The trail extends from Hillmer Park to Tannery Park.
- Glen Abbey Trail (Oakville) connects all of the creeks, woodlots and active parks and is suitable for walking, biking and cross-country skiing.
- Crawford Lake Conservation Area (Milton) this is part of the Bruce Trail network along the Niagara Escarpment
- Kelso Conservation Area (Milton) this is part of the Bruce Trail network along the Niagara Escarpment
- Hilton Falls Conservation Area (Milton) this is part of the Bruce Trail network along the Niagara Escarpment
- Mount Nemo Conservation Area (Lowville) features ancient thousand year old cedars along the meandering cliff edge trail, part of the Bruce Trail network along the Niagara Escarpment
- Terra Cotta Conservation Area (Halton Hills) 12 km of nature trails along the forests, fields, lakes and ponds of the Niagara Escarpment
- Belfountain Conservation Area (Caledon) The Trimble Trail takes you along the West Credit River
Bruce Trail 773 km / 480 miles
The Bruce Trail is one of the most popular trails in North America stretching 773 kilometres (480 miles) from Queenston Heights in the south to Tobermory at the northern end of the Bruce Peninsula. It follows the cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment (see Niagara Escarpment Commission), a ribbon of near wilderness running through one of the most populated parts of the country, creating a vital natural link for plants, animals and birds. The Bruce Trail is rugged in places and is punctuated by waterfalls cascading over steep dolostone cliffs. The Trail also connects picturesque villages, and historical sites. In recognition of its international importance as an ecosystem and its exceptional scenic beauty, the Niagara Escarpment Reserve was named a World Biosphere Reserve in 1990 by UNESCO.
The Trail is marked with white blazes; that is, white rectangles that are approximately 6 inches (15 centimetres) high and 2 inches (5 centimetres) wide have been painted on trees, fence posts, and rocks, A turn is indicated by a pair of blazes, one above the other, with the upper one offset in the direction of the turn. In the Barrie area, there are numerous side trails that lead to various points of interest. These are also marked, but with blue or yellow blazes.
A detailed guide book to the Trail is available from the Bruce Trail Association. For more information on the Bruce Trail, please visit their official site