Top Five Easy Hiking Spots
See what South Georgian Bay has to offer and take advantage of some easy hiking trails in the area.
Take a scenic walk along the Heather Trail with a view of the town’s iconic terminals and the beautiful Georgian Bay. Enjoy the fresh air and vast green space as you walk along the Collingwood waterfront – with concrete and limestone trails available. One optional route is the East Circle Route that is 5.8 km and about an hour and a half walk.This trail takes you along the Train Trail, Pretty River and Sunset Point Park. For a longer walk, you can continue to the Station Museum, Central Park or the Japanese Garden.
If you are looking for a longer hike, take the Clearview Train Trail from Collingwood to Stayner which is 14 km long and walk along a gravel trail following an abandoned rail line. The trail used to be part of the Ontario Simcoe and Huron Railway system that went from Collingwood to Toronto.
The Georgian Trail is about 34 km and runs along the southern shore of Georgian Bay from Collingwood to Meaford. The trail has a hard-packed and granular surface and is used year round for activities such as running, walking, cross-country skiing, cycling and snow-shoeing. This is the perfect place to go for an easy hike and you can access the trail at 30 different points. The Georgian Trail can be accessed right off the back yard of Craigleith Manor B&B. Guests can walk, cycle, ski this great trail so easily. The trail is very flat and is great for any fitness level.
The Clearview EcoPark loop is 5.5 km long and provides people with the perfect spot to walk, bike or bird watch. The EcoPark consists of a combination of sidewalks and trails with numerous access points. The location also has EcoBark, an off-leash dog park that includes tunnels, ramps, a drinking water fountain, a dog washing station, leash holders, benches and picnic tables. This park is a beautiful place that connects the community with nature.
Walk along the trails in Wasaga Beach with over 100 km’s of on and off road trails. Or take a leisurely stroll along the Wasaga Beach Waterfront Trail which starts at Beach Area 2. Along the way there are great opportunities for picnicking and swimming.