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 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.
Current Trail Networks
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trails Master Plan
The Township of Selwyn has a Trails Master Plan which provides 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
When using any trail for hiking, cycling, or any other activity you enjoy on the trail, remember that a winning trail attitude includes safety, respect and relaxation. Always share a smile and a quick "Hello" with those you meet on the Trail.
- Leave the Trail cleaner than you found it
- Respect the permitted uses on the trail you plan to use
- Stay on the marked trail. Do not make new trails
- Keep pets leashed and pick up after them
- Use garbage receptacles where they are provided, otherwise carry out your litter
- When stopping for a rest, move to the side of the trail
- Respect trail closures
Trails benefit the Community in many ways:
- Economic Development through Tourism
- Community Development
Other Local Trails:
- Rotary Greenway Trail - Beavermead Park to Parkhill Rd. - 3 km., Parkhill Rd. to Nassau Mills Rd. - 4 km., Nassau Mills Rd. to Lakefield - 11 km.
- Trans-Canada Trail - Hastings to Assumption - 27 km., Beavermead Park to Jackson Park - 5 km., Jackson Park to Omemee - 20 km
- Jackson Creek Kiwanis Trail - a 4 km trail, Information (705) 745-5791.
- Mark S. Burnham Park - Double-looped 2.5 km trail. Information (705) 799-5170
- Trent University Wildlife Sanctuary - 1.9 km, 2.4 km, and 2.9 km trails. Information: 748-1011 Ext. 1419
- Trent University Promise Rock Nature Area - 2.4 km trail. Information: (705) 748-1011 Ext. 1419
- Warsaw Caves Conservation Area - 13 km of trails. Information: (705) 745-5791 or (705) 652-3161
- Petroglyphs Provincial Park - 16 km and 5.5 km trail. Information: (705) 877-2552
- Kawartha Nordic Ski Trails - 50 km of trails.
- Silent Lake Provincial Park - Hiking: 1.5 km, 3 km, and 15 km trails. Biking: 6 km, 12 km, and 19 km trails. Cross country skiing: 2.5 km, 6 km, 8 km, 13 km, and 19 km trails. Information: (613) 339-2807
- Ganaraska Trail - 450 km route from Port Hope through Peterborough County to Bruce Trail near Glen Huron. Information: (705) 778-7842
- Selwyn Conservation Area - 3.5 km trail. Information: (705) 745-5791
- Miller Creek Wildlife Area - 1 km of trails. Information: (705) 745-5791
- Emily Provincial Park
- Ganaraska Forest - 100 km+ of trails. Information: (905) 797-2721
- Millbrook Valley Trail - 1.5 km trail loop. Information: (705) 932-2929
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.