Trails (Trail Systems)

The Township of North Kawartha is a rural setting covering approximately 765 square kilometres and is dotted with small hamlets. It has been described as a jewel of Central Ontario and a gateway to the Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park, Petroglyphs Provincial Park and unspoiled freshwater lakes. The rugged landscape, and breathtaking scenery make this area an exciting destination for cyclists, hikers, and paddlers of all ages.

The Great Trail

Do you need a break from the indoors? Looking for more than just a quick jaunt? Then these trails are for you! The world’s longest recreational trail - which runs 23,000 kilometres across Canada - runs right through Peterborough & the Kawarthas on its way to the Pacific coast, previously called the Trans Canada Trail, and now The Great Trail. More information can be found by clicking here

Kawartha Hiking Club

The Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association is an association of 9 member clubs, stewarding a 500 km trail, stretching from Port Hope (Lake Ontario) at the southern terminus, to Devil’s Glen (just south of the Blue Mountains) at the western terminus. The Kawartha Section of the Ganaraska Hiking Trail runs from Omemee to Moore Falls in Haliburton.  

Kawartha Land Trust

Kawartha Land Trust protects 22 properties comprising more than 4,500 acres of important, diverse types of land, and assists in the management of 1 additional property.  Located within North Kawartha are:  Jeffrey-Cowan Forest Preserve and the Ingleton-Wells Trail.

Kawartha Nordic Ski Club

Groomed ski trails, including 34 km of classic trails and 13.5 km of skating trails; plus 10 km of wilderness trails are offered by the Kawartha Nordic Ski Club. Other notable features include: a 2.5 km lit trail for night skiing, and a snowshoe trail following a 10 km loop through beautiful Canadian Shield terrain.

Snowmobile Trails

Paudash Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club has just over 300 km of amazing trails extending from Gooderham to near Bancroft, and from just north of Apsley to the south end of Algonquin Park. Trails connect to other great trails going in every direction.

The Stoney Lake Snoriders snowmobile club maintains over 225 kms of some of Ontario's most beautiful trails from Stoney Lake in the South, to Apsley in the North. They connect to Paudash Snowmobile Club trails in the north, Havelock Snowmobile Club trails in the East and Old Hastings Snowmobile Club trails in the north east.

General information on Snowmobile trails may be obtained through the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs.

The County of Peterborough Active Transportation Master Plan

The County of Peterborough Active Transportation Master Plan (ATMP) report provides an outline of a staged plan for programs, policies and projects which will promote Active Transportation (AT). AT is defined by the Public Health Agency of Canada to be: “any form of human-powered transportation (such as) walking. cycling, using a wheelchair, in-line skating or skateboarding.”

The ATMP Vision Statement: “To promote leadership and community partnerships that make the County of Peterborough and its lower tier municipalities healthy, prosperous and sustainable, with active transportation as a key component of a safe, accessible, integrated transportation system linking where we live, work and play.”

In partnership with area municipalities (including The Township of North Kawartha) and in consultation with area stakeholders, the study developed and reviewed potential programs, policies and projects to promote AT and safety throughout the County. 

View the ATMP Report

View the Proposed AT Network Map

Other items that may be of interest to you:

Area Attractions

Parks and Green Spaces


Provincial Parks

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