*** Covid-19 Notice ***


  • Beaches are OPEN, however individuals must maintain a safe physical distance of at least two metres apart from others and no gatherings of more than 10 people are permitted.
  • Peterborough Public Health maintains a routine surveillance program for public beaches during summer months to ensure that the water quality is safe for swimming. Public Health surveillance program begins in June and continues until the end of August each year.
  • Public beaches in Selwyn Township are sampled at least once every week. The water samples are tested for E. coli bacteria. It takes approximately 24 hours for the health unit to receive and analyze the water quality results from the lab. For beach testing results, please visit: https://www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca/your-health/beaches-and-pools/beach-testing-results/

Parks and Trails

  • Green spaces in parks and trails remain OPENIndividuals must maintain the safe physical distance of at least two metres apart from others.  

Playgrounds/Play Structures, Tennis Courts, Basketball Courts, Picnic Shelters, Bleachers, Sport Fields and Skate Park

  • All outdoor recreation amenities, including playgrounds, play structures, outdoor exercise equipment, skateboard park, sport fields, basketball and tennis courts/pickle ball, frisbee park, picnic areas, park shelters, bleachers, and benches may be used subject to physical distancing of at least two metres being maintained, no team/league sports, no more than 10 people, and stay home if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

We care for our parks, natural areas and streetscapes to enhance the Township's image and provide recreational spaces for residents and visitors.

Visit our Parks & Facilities interactive page for more information


Ennismore Waterfront Park and Beach
1053 Ennis Road, Ennismore
Covering over 50 acres on the shores of Chemong Lake, this park has a beach and a large picnic area with a pavilion and swimming area. The Ennismore Heritage Trail is a main feature of this park.

Lakefield Beach and Playground

64 Hague Boulevard, Lakefield
Lakefield Beach is popular among many residents and visitors; conveniently located in Hague Point near downtown and a number of amenities such as a playground, pavilion, the Lakefield Marshland Centre, and the Lakefield Millennium Trail.
Jones Beach
908 Jones Beach Road, Bridgenorth
Jones Beach is located in Bridgenorth with a beach, pier, and picnic area ideal for families and small children.

Peterborough Public Health - Beach Testing

Peterborough Public Health (PPH) maintains a routine surveillance program for public beaches during summer months to ensure that the water quality is safe for swimming. Some of the main factors that can result in unsafe levels of bacteria between inspection times are: heavy rainfall, large numbers of waterfowl, high winds or wave activity, large numbers of swimmers.

The PPH surveillance program begins in June and continues until the end of August each year.

For the most recent sampling results, please call 705-743-1000 or see beach testing results here.


Burritt Mann Memorial Park

2048 Mud Road, Selwyn 

Also known as Selwyn Park, is located in Selwyn along Mud Road and is a small park that provides a picnic area and playground for local residents as well as visitors. 

Cenotaph Park

Lakefield - Intersection of Bridge Street and Water Street 

Centrally located at Memorial Hall, this is an ideal resting area while shopping or enjoying the Lakefield Millennium Trail. The flower gardens are provided and maintained by the Lakefield Horticultural Society.

Chemong Park

722 Hatton Avenue, Bridgenorth 

Located in Bridgenorth along Chemong Lake where residents and visitors can enjoy over 9 acres of wooded parkland with amenities such as a walking trail, scenic vistas, gardens, and historical information signage.

Douglas Sports Centre 

2 Hague Boulevard, Lakefield
This complex spans 10 acres of active and passive recreation space. The Sports Centre provides one lit ball-diamond a surplus of open space, tennis courts/pickleball court with bleachers and concessions.
Ennismore Robert E. Young Recreation Complex
553 Ennis Road, Ennismore
This complex is the Township's largest recreation facility with nearly 42 acres of recreation space. The Complex boasts one lit softball and one unlit hardball diamond, two full-size soccer pitches, two mini soccer pitches, ice pad, playground, basketball court, tennis courts/pickleball court and a fitness trail with five (5) fitness stations. Other amenities include a tractor pull track, bleachers, picnic tables and a water fill-up station.
Isabel Morris Park
20 Concession Street, Lakefield
This 2 acre park is located adjacent to the Lakefield-Smith Arena and provides a view of Otonabee River. There is a pavilion, a picnic area, skatepark and a playground. The park is also the site of several community events. Thank you to ORCA, GE Volunteers, Lakefield Horticultural Society and the Lakefield Trail for all of their hard work cleaning and maintaining the gardens.

Paul J. English Chemung Lions Park

710 Red Pine Lane, Bridgenorth 
Offers over 15 acres of recreation space. This park provides a number of active recreation opportunities in addition to passive open space, including a lit ball-diamond, two ultimate frisbee fields and playground. Other associated park amenities include two pavilion shelters and gardens.
Ultimate Fribee Field

710 Red Pine Lane, Bridgenorth 

Located within the Paul J. English Lions Park is two (2) new Ultimate Frisbee fields with accessible parking and a shade shelter. The park also has a walking trail around the new fields that is connected to the existing trail. A huge thank you goes out to our community partners without whom this project would not be a success. The Chemung Lake & District Lions Club and Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program through the Government of Canada's Federal Economic Development Agency of Southern Ontario.

Woodland Acres Park

242 Woodward Avenue, Peterborough
The new community park includes a trail connecting the Woodland Acres subdivision and the newly developed Summer Lane subdivision, shade structure with seating and a playground. The new play structure includes a variety of features such as a fully accessible swing suitable for children with mobility issues, two (2) slides, a climbing wall and various overhead climbers.


Selwyn Trails Brochure - Your Guide to the Trails of Selwyn Township

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

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.

Ennismore Fitness Trail

Located at the Robert E. Young Recreation Complex in Ennismore, the outdoor trail features 1,150 metres of gravel trail and five fitness stations, making it suitable for many ages and abilities.

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.

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.
Andrew Trail 
The quaint 450 m trail is beautifully situated in the Smith Ward connecting the communities of Eastwood Road and Andrew Avenue. The screened and levelled trail creates an easy and comfortable terrain for any participant.  Formalized in 2018, the trail boasts native wildflowers and shrubs.
Fairbairn Trail  
This 1.2 km picturesque trail provides a serene setting among the native trees and charming birds.  Accessible all year round, the trail has entrances off of Lindsay Road and the Fifth Line and will include parking at both trail head locations.  The multi-phase project, saw the completion of phase 1 in early 2019.  Once all 3 phases are completed, the trail will ultimately connect Bridgenorth to Peterborough.  We encourage you to enjoy this NEW portion of trail in our beautiful Township.
Miller Creek Wildlife Area Trail
Hike or walk the 1.5 km of trail through meadows, tall grasses to an observation point overlooking the Miller 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.  

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.
Trail Etiquette

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
Benefits to the Community

Trails benefit the community in many ways:

  • Health
  • Economic Development through Tourism
  • Recreation
  • Community Development

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