Each section of the Ganaraska Trail is maintained by a separate group of volunteers. The sections and a brief description are listed below. More information about each section may be found in the guidebook. The numbers in brackets refer to the guidebook map pages.
If you hike on the Ganaraska Hiking Trail, or participate in any of the organized activities or events, you do so at your own risk. The Ganaraska Hiking Trail uses a ‘minimum impact’ standard with few man-made structures. The Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association is not responsible for injury or loss experienced while hiking on the trail or participating in any event.
Many stretches of the trail cross private property. At all times, behave as guests of the landowners who have granted you the privilege of hiking on their land.
Pine Ridge (1 – 5) Contact: Rita Zeran (905) 885-2874
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 63 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 see the Pine Ridge section web page (www.pineridgehikingclub.ca).
Kawartha (5-11) Contact: Nick Pratt: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 2 kilometers past Burnt River. At this point, there is increasing evidence of the Canadian Shield country. The section ends in Moore Falls after 77 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 5 kilometres are again on country paths, from Buller Road to Moore Falls. This section is suitable for novices. For more information see the Kawartha section web page (www.kawarthahiking.com).
Wilderness (12 – 15) Contact: Robert Campbell president_WildernessClub@ganaraska-hiking-trail.org
The Wilderness Section is approximately 65 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 see the Wilderness section Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GHTAwilderness/
Reminder re parking at Moore Falls. Please park in open grassy area to left of 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.
The Orillia section starts in Sadowa and ends after 70 kilometres at 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, most quite peaceful and scenic. The trail skirts the shore of Lake Couchiching and runs along the Lightfoot Trail system through the City of Orillia where it runs south on the Mariposa Trail to Woodland Avenue. It then runs west along Woodland Avenue to Memorial Avenue, then south to cross Highway 11 at Forest Home. The trail runs through Scout Valley on the west side of Highway 11; this area is picturesque and suitable for novices. It then runs east along Old Barrie Road to Rugby on Oro-Medonte Line 12, then north for a short distance on Line 12, then east through fields and woods. Overall, the trail is mostly flat and presents a variety of hiking locales, from lakeside parks to rural woodlands.
Barrie (19 – 22) Contacts: Jeff Haglund (705) 726-7189 ; John Ummels (705) 722-0120 ; Bob Murrell (705) 456-3163
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. Turning right it continues through Craighurst turning south at old 2nd south . Entering extensive bush the trail runs west and south emerging at Gill Road and then due south to Midhurst village. From here the trail goes south crossing Hwy 27 & 26, skirts the southern edge of Springwater Prov. Park and on to Snow Valley Road. The trail then climbs above Snow Valley going west to the Fort Willow Depot, then passing along the southern edge of Minesing Swamp to Hwy. 90 (50 kms) . The terrain is varied with some short, steep hills but is suitable for novices. Please note that the Minesing Swamp, in some areas, can be very wet.
Mad River (22 – 25) Contact: Laura Giffen (705) 446-8063
Mad River Section has a 50 kilometre section of trail that runs more or less west through Angus and Glencairn. They have a regular programme of hikes in the surrounding area out to the Bruce Trail. For more information see the Mad River section Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mrht18/
Wasaga Beach ( 25 – 28) Contact: Irene Bell (705) 352-1060
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 51 kilometres long and suitable for novices.
Midland (29, T1, T2) Contact: Marc Vallee (705) 527-1967
The Midland Trail splits off from the main trail in the Copeland forest, about three kilometres east of Craighurst. It swings through Copeland Forest and then heads north toward Midland ending after 35 kilometres at the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre near Midland. The Midland Club maintains the trail north of the Vasey Road.
Oro-Medonte (30) Contact: Bob Marshall (705) 728-8985
The Oro-Medonte section of the Midland Trail starts from the main trail in the middle of the Copeland Forest, north of Barrie. It branches off and heads north, crossing Highway 400 and continues north to the Vasey Road.