TRAIL CHANGES may be in effect in your hiking area and apply to Ondago maps and to the maps referenced below. Trail Changes are listed by club section below and also under News/Trail Changes.
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The trail sections and brief descriptions are listed below. More information about each section may be found in the app and in the PDF’s of the 2013 Guidebook which are shared as links below.
The Barrie section starts at the Sugarbush Estate and then runs west and north crossing Horseshoe Valley Road on the 5th line. Here it enters the Copeland Forest emerging again onto Horseshoe Valley Road, where the trail turns right and continues through Craighurst to Old 2nd South. Entering extensive bush, the trail runs west and south emerging at Gill Road and then continues through county forests to Midhurst. From here the trail goes west crossing Hwy 27 & 26, skirts the southern edge of Springwater Provincial Park and on to Snow Valley Road. The trail then goes north on Vespra Valley Road, and picks up the North Simcoe Railtrail in a southwesterly direction. It enters the forest at Pine Grove Road, passing along the southern edge of Minesing Swamp to Hwy. 90 (50.6 kms). The terrain is varied with some short, steep hills but is suitable for novices. Please note that some areas of the Minesing Swamp can be very wet.
Barrie Club trail reroute at east end (Barrie / Orillia junction)
A new trail has been established to eliminate some road walking at the east end of the Barrie trail starting at Line 6N in Oro-Medonte (reference map #19). The new trail follows established bike trails between Line 6N and Line 5N through the Crawford and Tustin tracts of Simcoe County Forest. Our use of these trails is done with the approval and support of the Simcoe County Mountain Bike Club (SCMBC) and we appreciate their willingness to share the trail. The new starting point for the trail can be found by driving to the end of the paved portion of Line 6N running south from Horseshoe Valley Road and walking 250 metres south along the existing trail into the forest. This stretch is still part of the Orillia trail and is now blazed blue as a side trail to the new junction of the Orillia and Barrie Trails. Please remember when using the new trail that bikers will have the right of way (as always). The new trail is blazed and ready to use.
There are three map files attached for reference. One is an updated version of map #19. The other two are GPS plots of the trail – one on a topo map and one on a satellite image of the area.
The Ganaraska Trail has been rerouted around the Simcoe County Museum. See these maps for the new route.
Trail from Springwater Provincial Park to Fort Willow – The trail heading west from Springwater Provincial Park towards Fort Willow was changed last year due to a residential development project between Snow Valley Road and Seadon Road. Now, instead of going south from Snow Valley Road to Seadon Road, the trail stays on Snow Valley Road and then turns north on Vespra Valley Road (at the Snow Valley Ski Resort) to meet the Simcoe County Rail Trail and then continue west to Fort Willow. The following link shows the ‘before and after’. If you are using the 2013 Ganaraska Map book this change affects maps #21 and #22.
Barrie Map 19 – Logging Operations – 2021/06/22
We have received an email from the Simcoe County Forest that hikers have been violating the “no trespassing” rule in the Crawford Tract, where logging is now taking place. The original notice of closure of this tract was posted on December 2, 2020, but it is still current. We risk losing access to these treasured forest tracts if we do not comply with the SCF requirements, so we trust that our hikers will not hike in this tract while the rule is in place.
We will update “Trail Changes” when we can again enjoy this tract.
The Kawartha section is almost entirely in the City of Kawartha Lakes. This section starts on the rail trail, where it intersects with Crosswinds Road, south of Reaboro. It follows the rail trail to Lindsay, then follows the Scugog River for some distance and then takes the Victoria County Recreational corridor, which it follows for two kilometres past Burnt River. At this point, there is increasing evidence of the Canadian Shield country. The section ends in Moore Falls after 77.5 kilometres of very varied terrain. The first 50 kilometres are flat, and skirts through the Kawartha Lakes. The next 20 kilometres are rugged, in shield country. The last five kilometres are again on country paths, from Buller Road to Moore Falls. This section is suitable for novices.
Note: The Kawartha Trail now immediately crosses County Road 45 (Monck Road) to eliminate road walking and the trail north from this point is significantly different than as depicted on Map 11 of the 2013 Guidebook.
Km. 63.6 Monck Road (County Road 45) Start at Ski Club parking lot
Cross the road, proceed into bush 1.4 km
Km. 65 Trail joins a bush road used by ATV and snowmobiles. Presently few blazes but the trail is obvious. Travelling west.
Km. 68.6 Cross a causeway between the south end of the lake and swamp. The trail leaves the bush road, going north up an outcrop into thick bush. It moves away from the lake to avoid the stream and then back to the lake
Km. 71 North end of a long beaver dam. Will continue to cross several beaver dams. Outflows from Goodour Lake
Km. 74 Cross Buller road. Follow South Beaver Lake Road
Km. 76.9 Turn right onto Wessel Road (cottage road) travelling north along the east shore of Moore Lake
Km 79 Moore Falls. End of Kawartha section
Mad River Section has a 50.5 km section of trail that runs more or less west through Angus and Glencairn. The trail follows the Mad River in the direction of Creemore and Glen Huron, where the Ganaraska Trail meets the Bruce Trail. For more information, visit the Mad River Facebook Page.
The Midland section of the Ganaraska Hiking Trail runs northward from the Oro Medonte section and is approximately 13.7 km long. The Midland section starts just north of Vasey Road (in Tay Township) at Reeves Road and ends at the Wye River, next to the tourist destinations of the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre, Sainte Marie Among the Hurons and the Martyrs’ Shrine. The trail consists of mostly undulating terrain, and mostly off-road (with the exception of the 300 m at the start on Reeves Road, north of Vasey Road). It also follows an abandoned railway line (now owned by the local Georgian Bay Snowriders Club) as well as the Tay Shore Trail, owned by the Township of Tay.
The Tiny section of the Ganaraska Hiking Trail runs southward from Tiny Conc. 12 (just south of Penetanguishene) and is approximately 27 km long. The Tiny section follows the Tiny Trail (a rail trail owned and operated by the Township of Tiny) and through the village of Wyevale to just south of Tiny Conc. 2, where the Ganaraska Hiking Trail leaves the rail trail, turns north for 200 m on County Road 6 and then west on Tiny Conc. 2 towards the Tiny Marsh. In combination with the Ganaraska Hiking Trail, you can hike a great 8-9 km consisting of 2 loops on the Tiny Marsh dykes. The Ganaraska Hiking Trail continues westward past the Tiny Marsh Visitor Centre on the Tiny/Flos Townline to Tiny Beaches Road where the Tiny section connects with the Wasaga Beach section.
Correction to Map 29
Unfortunately, the 4 km blue side trail in the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre near Midland, shown on page 41 and Map 29, has been decommissioned. We apologize for the inconvenience.
2021.08.12 – Ganaraska Trail has expanded in the Tiny Marsh
There is a new extension of the Ganaraska Hiking Trail on Tiny Marsh property. The new main trail route allows hikers to enjoy the beauty of the marsh from the Trotter and Carolina dykes, whereas previously the Ganaraska Hiking Trail skirted the marsh, and one would barely get a glimpse of it. In combination with the old route, which was blazed as a blue side trail, the new main trail route forms an approx. 6.1 km loop on the east side of the Visitor Centre, starting from the Trotter Dyke parking lot.
The Midland Ganaraska Hiking Trail club also blazed an 2.2 km blue side trail loop on the west side of the Visitor Centre which includes the look out tower over the marsh, the recently re-opened board walk and the Beaverland Trail to Mole Mountain.
The dykes and boardwalks are excellent birding spots and make for great snowshoe destinations. Enjoy the gorgeous views of the marsh, in all seasons.
Access to these trails is free, and we thank the MTM (Matchedash-Tiny-Marl) Conservation Association for their cooperation in making this expansion a reality.
The Orillia section starts in Sadowa at the easterly end and ends after 69 kilometres at the westerly end near the Sugarbush Estate, south of Horseshoe Valley Road, about 10 km east of Highway 400. From Sadowa to Atherley the trail is primarily on country roads, mostly quiet, peaceful and scenic. The trail skirts the shore of Lake Couchiching and runs along the Lightfoot Trail (rail trail) system through the City of Orillia where it runs south on the Mariposa Trail to Woodland Avenue. It then runs northwest along Woodland Avenue to Memorial Avenue, then southwest crossing Highway 11 at Forest Home. The trail runs through Scout Valley, a municipal park on the west side of Highway 11. It then runs east along Old Barrie Road to Rugby, then north on Oro-Medonte Line 12, remaining on fields and in woods except for a brief 1km diversion from Line 10 to Line 9 along Old Barrie Road. Overall, the trail is mostly flat and presents a variety of hiking locales, from lakeside parks to rural woodlands.
Regarding Map 15 and Page 22 of the text – the church parking is no longer available. There is parking on the roadside for at least 3-4 cars on the NW corner of Sadowa Road and Chisolm Trail, at Km 0.
Trail Change Map 18 – There has been a loss of permission to use a section of the Orillia Club’s trail, specifically the western half of the trail running between the 10thand 9thlines of Oro-Medonte. Hikers are to proceed no further west along that section than the posted “No Trespassing” sign. Likewise, do not use the section from Line 9 N going east (it is also posted “No Trespassing”). See the revised map with cross hatches on the closed section.
Map 19 – Barrie Club reroute at the east end (Barrie Orillia junction)
The Barrie section of the Trail has been rerouted just west of the Orillia section as shown on the Map 19 reroute below. Please see the Trail Maps – Barrie section for more details. There are no changes to the Orillia section of the Trail on Map 19.
The Oro-Medonte section starts from the main trail in the middle of the Copeland Forest at km 7.5 of the Barrie Section. It branches off and heads north, crossing Highway 400 and continues a short distance north to the Vasey Road intersection.
Note: The Ondago – Oro-Medonte Map is combined with the Ondago – Midland Map. Look for the map ending in …Midland on the Ondago menu.
Oro-Medonte Maps 29 – 30 and Trail Descriptions
June 2021 – Logging operations are currently active on private property between Lines 4N and 5N on the Ganaraska Oro-Medonte trail. The duration of the logging operation is unknown. Avoid using this section of the trail until a notice is posted that the logging is finished.
The Pine Ridge section starts at the cairn opposite the Town Hall in Port Hope, beside the Ganaraska River and within sight of Lake Ontario. The section ends west of Omemee, after some 65.1 kilometres of varied terrain. The initial part is fairly flat, following the Ganaraska River. Be sure to see the fish ladder that allows fish to bypass the dam, near Highway 401. Then the trail follows country roads and paths through farmland and the Ganaraska Forest and skirts the Peterborough Drumlin field.
The section is easy and novices should have no difficulties. For more information, visit the Pine Ridge Hiking Club web page.
Effective November 2018, various changes have been made to the Trail route on Maps 1, 2 and 3. Please see the maps link for further details.
The Wasaga Beach section begins just south of Archer Road on River Road East. The trail winds through the fragile ancient parabolic sand dunes of Wasaga Beach Provincial Park to Wasaga Beach, providing great views of the Nottawasaga River deep below in the valley. From there, the trail goes through the valley of the McIntyre Creek and passes along quiet country roads to Smithdale, east of Glen Huron, where it connects with the Mad River section. The section is about 48.5 kilometres long and is suitable for novices.
Note: The Ondago – Wasaga Beach Map is combined with the Ondago – Tiny Map. Look for the map ending in …Tiny on the Ondago menu.
In December 2018, the western end of the Tiny section of the Ganaraska Hiking Trail was closed from just west of Crossland Road to Archer Road. Archer Road is the northernmost street on the Wasaga Beach section. In the meantime, going east from Archer Road on the Tiny section of the Ganaraska is impossible. So your best option is to pick up the trail again from about 1 km west of Crossland Road on the Tiny Townline. You will see that the road dead-ends at a farm. A forest track continues, but that leads to the closed section. Park near the farm on the side of the road and hike east towards the Tiny Marsh along the Townline until further notice.
In September 2019, there were further changes to Map 26 to reroute around the new Stayner EcoPark. This change reroutes the trail off busy Country Road 7 and Centre Line Road to pass through a forest trail on the west side of Stayner’s new EcoPark, on through Station Park, and then along the footpath beside the abandoned CN Railway tracks.
Also in September 2019, the Wasaga Beach trail was rerouted as follows. The Wasaga Beach trail previously followed Zoo Park Road south of River Road West and entered Wasaga Beach Provincial Park just north of Golf Course Road. The trail now goes west of Zoo Park Road on River Road West to Ansley Road and then south on Ansley Road to enter Wasaga Beach Provincial Park. It then meets up with the existing trail in the Park.
The Wilderness Section is approximately 71.5 kilometres long. As well as being scenic, it is rugged and challenging. It is strongly recommended that the Wilderness Section only be hiked with an experienced hiker familiar with the Trail. For more information, visit the Wilderness Facebook Page.
Wilderness Maps 12 – 15 and Trail Descriptions – WARNING, these maps are currently being updated. If you plan to hike in the QEII Provincial Park, the most up to date mapping can be found here https://www.ontarioparks.
Reminder re parking at Moore Falls: please park in the open grassy area to the left of the trail off Country Rd. just west of Hwy 35. No parking at km 1.1, where the trail leaves Black Lake Cottage Rd. to enter the woods. And definitely no parking at the Black Lake Cottage Rd. parking area.
Effective May 2011, the Wilderness Trail has been rerouted at km1.1, where the trail turns right off Black Lake Cottage Rd. It reconnects with the old trail after approximately 1km. The reroute adds approximately 350 metres to the trail. Please follow the new blazes and stay on the trail. Do not walk on the private cottage laneway immediately next to the reroute.
Effective May 2015, the Sadowa entrance to the Wilderness Section is closed. This means no entrance or exit at this access point. Hikers are required to walk on Chisholm Trail and the Black River Road to re-route around the Sadowa access point. The High Falls Loop Trail can be accessed via Victoria Bridge and would require an overnight stay to complete the loop. Please respect private property and do not trespass. The Wilderness Club is currently working with Queen Elizabeth II Wildland Provincial Park to develop a workaround. We will keep everyone posted as this progresses.
Effective May 2018, there is a Ragged Rapids Loop Trail 500m re-route, approx. 1.5 km from Victoria Bridge. Notice that part of the trail crosses over private property, as is the case in a number of locations. Please respect private property.
Effective July 1, 2021, Black River Road East of Lewisham Lane (on Map 14) is impassable at 44.801700, – 79.131726, preventing access to Victoria Bridge. Half of the road has been washed out and the remainder is severely undercut.