Ganaraska Hiking Trail – Kawartha Lakes section

The Western trailhead begins in Wasaga Beach, Ontario

The Kawartha Lakes section starts in the east near Omemee, Ontario

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.

The Eastern trailhead begins at a boulder opposite the town hall in Port Hope, located on the north shore of Lake Ontario. The trail passes through a variety of scenery from Lake Ontario, north through the Ganaraska Forest on the sand hills of the Oak Ridges Moraine and past the lakes and drumlin fields of the Kawarthas to the rugged wilderness of the Canadian Shield. The unique Wilderness section of the Trail is on the Pre-Cambrian shield and connects the southern and northern parts of the Trail. The Trail then continues west through the rolling hills of Simcoe where it meets the Bruce Trail at McKinney’s Hill, Glen Huron. A cairn marks the end of the Ganaraska Hiking Trail. The Trail continues from the Niagara Escarpment to a terminus at Wasaga Beach. A second branch of the Trail runs from north of Horseshoe Valley to Highway 32 near Port McNicol on Georgian Bay.

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Ganaraska Hiking Trail – Kawartha Lakes section characteristics

Length: Total of about 300 km with about 80 km in Kawartha Lakes
Difficulty: Moderate (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Natural, Paved, and Stone Dust
Trail use: Hiking, Cross-country skiing, and Snowshoeing
Accessibility Notes: Not wheelchair accessible
Fees: None

Flora & Fauna:

Not reported yet

Amenities: None

Attractions: None

Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association

Find it: 149 Crosswind Rd, Omemee, ON

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 44.2918490
Longitude: -78.6309010