The Tom Thomson Trail is a 3-season hiking, cycling and horseback riding route between Meaford and Owen Sound. From Fred Raper Park at Meaford’s waterfront, the trail follows paved roads, woodland trails and gravel roads across the Niagara Escarpment and the rolling farmland overlooking Georgian Bay.
Fun fact: The trail got its name from the Canadian artist who influenced the Group of Seven painters. He also earned a reputation as an avid outdoorsman, canoeist and fisherman.
Tom Thomson Trail : Points of Interest
Many access points over the 40 km route provide great opportunities for bird-watchers, mountain bikers, photographers, geo-cachers and hikers.
One of the highlights is passing the historic Leith Church and the cemetery where Tom Thomson is thought to be buried. The suspicious death of this influential Canadian artist in 1917 remains a mystery in Canadian history.
Spring, summer and autumn excursions along the trail offer changing colours in the hardwood forests, views of century farms along country roads and opportunities to enjoy the unique landscapes of the Niagara Escarpment.