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Trails Master Plan


The Township of Selwyn is committed to fostering a healthy, engaged and connected community. Trail development is one way to promote and encourage a healthy lifestyle and to connect community members to the natural beauty in our Township. Physical activity helps to prevent heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, cancer and depression. An increase in physical activity can save millions in health care spending and helps to reduce stress and improves mental health.

Trails are designed for recreation activities such as walking, cycling and jogging. They are an inexpensive form of recreation and can provide moderate activity to challenging outdoor adventures. They can provide physical activity for a widest range of people including those with disabilities, children, youth, seniors and others known to be less active.

Communities that have attractive trails have the ability to attract tourists from far and wide. Tourism creates jobs and puts money into the local economies. Trails are a great economic driver as many users will purchase goods and use services in the communities they are located. This means money is being spent in local restaurants, accommodations, retail purchases and day trips. They can also increase home values and offer pleasant viewing, quieter streets, a touch of nature in a community and a variety of recreational opportunities just steps away.  

Trails have the ability to strengthen the local social fabric of the community. They tend to create a continuity of volunteers and opportunities for friendships, networking and exploration. Trails bring people together to share social values while participating in meaningful activities.

The goal of the Trails Master Plan is to provide the Township with a long-range strategy for trails and trail facilities. The Plan will explore existing and future trails as well as identifying linkages with other trail systems.

*** 2014 Recreational Trails Master Plan - Final Document***

Maps of the Trails Master Plan


How do Trails Impact Communities


  • Promote healthy lifestyle through physical activity;
  • Provide affordable and accessible recreation;
  • Preserve the natural environment; and
  • Create educational opportunities.

Ad-Hoc Trail Committee

Community involvement and participation is a key element of the planning process.  The Township of Selwyn Trail Network is overseen by the Ad-Hoc Trails Committee. The Committee is made up of trail groups, landowners, private citizens, community organizations and Township of Selwyn staff.  They are committed to development and operation of the trail system by providing direction, technical advice, volunteer labour, special events promotion, trail monitoring and planning work.

Current Trail Networks

Lakefield Millennium Trail: was completed late in 2000 as a community Millennium project.  It offers the Lakefield community a place to enjoy all the diversity the Village of Lakefield has to offer. The Trail connects to the Trans Canada Trail via the Peterborough County Rotary Trail.

Ennismore Heritage Trail: there are 3 loops with a total trail distance of about 4 km Boardwalks, a picnic shelter, osprey platform and interpretive signage. The Trails are located throughout Ennismore Waterfront Park. The Trail is available during daylight hours until November 15th.

B.E.L Rotary Bridgenorth Trail: completed in 2010, the trail is approximately 2.3 km in length and runs from Brumwell Street to the 5thg Line. The trail is lined with native trees and boasts a peaceful and tranquil setting amidst the Miller Creek Wetland. Located along the trail are benches and comfortable resting spots.

Mill Creek Wildlife Area Trail: hike or walk the 1.5 km of trail through meadows, tall grasses to an observation point overlooking the Mill Creek Wildlife Area. This location is excellent for bird and amphibian watching. Various side trails will take you on a continued 1 km loop through wooded areas within the wetland. This area is classified as a Provincial Wetland.

Selwyn Conservation Area Trail: located on the north-east shore of Chemong Lake, this 29 hectare property offers a natural relaxing outdoor recreation experience. The trails pass through a variety of habitats such as woodlands, wetlands and open fields. This gives visitors a chance to discover a variety of plants and wildlife in their natural environments.    

Recreation Services Plan 2012: Recommendation 41. Timeline: Short Term (2012-2014)

Undertake a Trails/Transportation Master Plan, preferably in concert with regional partners, which establishes a comprehensive and systematic framework that defines the vision and addresses needs through long-range planning for the local trails system. At a minimum, this Master Plan should consider:

  • Potential trail connections to community, inter-municipal and external trail networks;
  • The role and mandates of the various Trail Committees which exist in the Township of Selwyn;
  • Integration of various modes of travel on trail routes throughout the year such as pedestrian, bicycle, cross-country ski, inline skating, etc.; and
  • Opportunities to tie into the Sustainable Peterborough framework and Transportation Master Plan currently being prepared at the County level.

For Further Information

Community members are encouraged to attend and provide feedback on their vision for the Township trail system. Community members can also provide input by emailing Meaghan McGowan, Community Development Coordinator at 705-292-9507 ext. 213.