Hiking Trails

Bellamy Park Family Campground: Located on the edge of Bellamy Lake just west of Toledo (Ontario), this park offers a small network of hiking trails. Day passes and seasonal passes are available. Call 613-275-2361 (spring and summer).

Hiking at Jones FallsCataraqui Trail: This is an important link in the trail network in eastern Ontario. It's a four-season trail open to hikers, cyclists, equestrians, snowmobilers and cross-country skiers. It follows the former Canadian National Railway from Strathcona near Napanee to Smiths Falls, a distance of 104 kilometres. This trail takes you through places such as Chaffey's Lake and Eel Bay and transverses the Canadian Shield known as the Frontenac Axis. Visit their website

Charleston Lake Provincial Park: Six amazing trails are found at this park. They include Beech Woods Trail, Hemlock Ridge Trail, Quiddity Trail, Sandstone Island Trail, Shoreline Centennial Trail and Westside Trail. For more information visit the Ontario Parks website.

Foley Mountain Conservation Area: The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority owns this scenic region at Westport. Foley Mountain is a granite ridge overlooking the Upper Rideau Lake and the village of Westport. There are five hiking trails, a group camp area and the Spy Rock Lookout. For more information visit the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority website.

Gananoque Trail System: The Gananoque Waterfront Trail Lions Loop begins at the corner of King East and Park Streets in the Town of Gananoque. Rogers Loop and River Loop trails also afford great hiking through the town. All three loops total about 12 12 kilometres. Visit the Explore the Arch website for more information. These trails are wheelchair and bicycle accessible.

Jones Creek (Part of the Rideau Heritage Route trail system): The two longest trails in the area are the Rideau and Cataraqui Trials. The Cataraqui Trail is 104-kilometre, shared-use trail (see above). The Rideau Trail is 387 kilometres of cleared and marked trails for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing between Kingston and Ottawa. Visit their website.

Hiking along the Rideau Heritage Route is a fun and healthy way to enjoy the scenery and view the sights. The two longest trails in the area are the Rideau Trail and the Cataraqui Trail (part of the Trans-Canada trail system). There are also dozens of other smaller trails, located in regional parks and conservation areas (see below), which offer spectacular vistas and educational interpretive programs.

www.rideautrail.org

Landon Bay Walking Trails: Landon Bay is located on the 1000 Islands Parkway (from Highway 401 take exit 647) overlooking the St. Lawrence River. It offers diverse walking trails through fields and forests and a panoramic view of the St. Lawrence River from Look-out Rock. Garden Trail, Halstead Creek Trail, Riverview Trail, Look-out Trail, Donevan Trail and Bay Trail are found at Landon Bay. It is a 225-acre ecological reserve within the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve. Call 613-382-2719 or visit their website. Another resource is Explore the Arch and its Hike the Arch section. Hiking, Heritage and fitness trails are featured.

Limerick Forest Trails: The Limerick Forest is a 5782-hectare community forest owned and managed by the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville. Conifer plantations (red pine, jack pine, white pine and white spruce), account for approximately one third of the total area of Limerick Forest. This is a result of the reforestation of abandoned farmland by the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) via the Agreement Forest Program started in the early 1940's. The remainder of Limerick is comprised of wetlands and second growth mixed forest, in roughly equal proportions of one third each. Visit the recreation page of their website

North Grenville Trails: You can really get to know North Grenville by walking its five very diverse trails systems. They include the Ferguson Forest Centre management Trail, the Limerick Forest Chalet Trail, the Rideau Canal Lock station - Burrits Rapids Tip-to-Tip Trail and the University of Guelph Kemptville Campus Agroforestry Trail. Altogether there are 150 kilometres of trails. Visit their website for more information.

Rockport Heritage Walking tour: The Village of Rockport overlooks the St. Lawrence River in one of the most scenic parts of the seaway. Rockport has been an important part of the history of the Thousand Islands. It was once a ship-building centre and is now home to popular marinas. It is located just off the 1000 Islands Parkway. You can take a self-guided walking tour through this village and see the history with the Church of the Redeemer, the Fitzsimmons House, St. Brendan's Catholic Church overlooking the harbour, the Summer House and Studio, O'Neil House, Andress Boatworks, Hickory Lodge, the Rockport Boathouse Country Inn and Rockport Boat Line, to name a few. Learn more about the tour by visiting the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve website where additional heritage and fitness walks are listed for Leeds Grenville.

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Landon Bay Centre
302 Thousand Islands Pkwy.
Lansdowne, Ontario
Canada
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www.landonbay.org
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Limerick Forest Interpretive Centre
1175 Limerick Road
Oxford Station, Ontario
Canada
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www.limerickforest.ca
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