Whether your passion is peddling or by going the distance on foot, South Eastern Ontario has an abundance of opportunities for cyclists and hikers. Cyclists can travel through quaint towns, forests, wetlands, parklands or on paved recreational pathways. Put a scenic spin on your trip and travel one of the waterfront trails. Warning; with so many great places to see, you’ll be inspired to step back, relax and take in the moment.
Plan your trip with a cycling itinerary or a route. After you decide which area to explore just download the comprehensive itineraries route map, details, distances, and directions.
Sandbanks – Prince Edward County
Distance: 40KM (25M)
Prince Edward County – Prince Edward County
Distance: 59KM (37M)
Adolphustown to Amherstview – Lennox & Addington, Kingston
Distance: 89KM (55M)
Kingston & Wolfe Island – Kingston
Distance: 54KM (34M)
Howe Island – Frontenac
Distance: 37KM (23M)
1000 Islands – Leeds Grenville
Distance: 100KM (62M)
Rideau Canal – Kemptville, Merrickville, Jasper
Distance: 76KM (47M)
Rideau Canal – Westport, Delta, Jasper
Distance: 125KM (78M)
St. Lawrence Seaway – Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry
Distance: 96KM (60M)
The Great Waterway Circle Tour – The Great Waterway
Distance: 730KM (454M)
With many all season parks and conservation areas, South Eastern Ontario has ample opportunities to get outside and enjoy nature.
Here are a few of our popular trails in our region
Frontenac Provincial Park – The entire park’s network of hiking trails are available throughout the season but many people enjoy the moderate 3 km Doe Lake Loop and the easy 1.5 km Arab Lake Gorge Loop. The best places to check out our Big Salmon Lake Road and the Corridor Trail. Located in Sydenham, Ontario.
Two Creeks Conservation Area – If you love spotting wildlife, this is the place to go. The coastal ecosystem, grassland flood plains, and lowland forests make this the best type of eco-region in Canada to support the greatest number of living species. Enjoy the 4.5 km trail that is located in Morrisburg, Ontario.
Quinte Conservation – One of the best places to hike is Potter’s Creek, which is the headquarters for Quinte Conservation. This 140-hectare paradise was a former farm and has great recreational trails. Located on Old Highway 2, Belleville
Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area – 13 km of trails are waiting for you to explore. Visit the Outdoor Centre. Located on Perth Road in Glenburnie
Vanderwater Conservation Area – This lovely outdoor spot is picturesquely located along the banks of the Moira River, where the water cascades over a series of limestone steps. This conservation area has scenic views with over 15 km of trails. Located on Hwy. 2, Belleville.
Murphy’s Point on the Rideau Trail – Nestled between Westport and Lombardy you will find a majestic destination for hiking. With over 20 kms of trails with captivating scenery. Located on Big Rideau Lake, part of the Rideau Canal World Heritage Site.
Mac Johnson Wildlife Area – This breathtaking conservation area has 11 kms of trails that cross woodland, wetland, and field areas. The Wildflower Loop (trail 1) has been developed as an interpretive trail. Mac Johnson is also host to a variety of outdoor events during the season. Located on Hwy 29, Brockville
Jones Creek Trails – Jones Creek is a great place to spot wildlife and admire the biodiversity of the Thousand Islands. And with easy trails, it is also a great place to hike with your family. Located between highway 401 and the 1000 Islands Parkway
Experience the 1000 Islands by cycling on the bike path that runs parallel to the 1000 Islands Parkway and the St. Lawrence River. This incredibly beautiful section of the Waterfront Trail is 37 kilometers long and runs between Brockville, in the east (begins near Butternut Bay) and Gananoque, in the west. It excels for day cycles or for multi-day cyclo-touring. You feel like you’re away from the city but still have the convenience of small townships and amenities along the way. With a 10 foot wide, paved trail this is an outing the whole family can enjoy. As you cycle alongside the upper part of the St. Lawrence River, an especially scenic section, enjoy expansive island and cottage viewing. Strong cyclists can certainly knock off the round-trip in about five hours but recreational cyclists might want to stop at country charmers like Ivy Lea or Rockport, swim at Brown’s Bay day park and beach, enjoy a picnic or admire the view from one of the lookout spots.
Along the scenic shores of the St Lawrence River, you’ll find 90 km of uninterrupted cycling, running right through the heart of colonial Cornwall and neighboring towns. Adventure Cyclist magazine calls it one of the best cycling tour routes in Canada. The route takes you past Upper Canada Village, a living 1860s pioneer town. Also along the route is The Lost Villages Museum; with its interesting history and memorabilia, it’s sure to pique your interest. The beach at Chrysler Park is a spot to take a break for a midday picnic lunch or patio time at the marina.
The Riverfront Trail is a well-developed urban pathway 4.4KM (2.7M) long. It winds its way along the rapids and weirs and dams of the Moira River. The path is a popular spot for tourists and residents for jogging, cycling, dog walking and spending time along the river. The pathway passes alongside Belleville’s historic downtown, so you can hop off the trail for easy access to the Front Street shops, restaurants, and Farmer’s Market.
Perfect for cycling and walking, the Brock Trail is a flat, multi-use 5km trail threading its way across Brockville’s downtown and following Buell’s Creek north from the waterfront. With a number of proposed additions, the Brock Trail is rapidly expanding.
Well Worth the Walk
The beauty of this region is even more majestic on foot and with trails available for every age and ability there’s no reason why not to spend the day hiking in South Eastern Ontario. Lace up and connect with nature, spot a rare bird, climb a mountain all while enjoying the fresh air. Hiking is a great way to spend a day outside and enjoy nature. Here are some hiking trails, that you’re sure to fall in love with:
Bleasdell Boulder and Sager Conservation – These unique geographic landscapes and lookouts are fascinating to explore. The terrain here is flat to gently rolling, and because of its location on the edge of the Canadian Shield, dramatic granite outcrops tell a centuries-old tale of glacier movement.
Rock Dunder: In the Frontenac Arch Biosphere, you’ll find the beautiful trails at Rock Dunder. This moderate/difficult leads you to a soaring lookout over the Rideau Waterway. If you follow the well-marked trails all the way to the top, astounding beauty and a great photo opportunity is your reward.
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