Trails

Trails 
The Collingwood Trails Network encompasses over 60 kilometers of recreational trails for cyclists, walkers, joggers, cross country skiers and snowshoers. There is a trail leading to every major point of interest in the Town including the George Christie Nature trails, the shoreline of Sunset Point Park, the scenic lookout at Millennium Park, the tranquil gardens of the Arboretum, the Labyrinth, the Museum and Historic Downtown Collingwood.  Granular, concrete, asphalt, wooden boardwalks and natural surface trails join cycling routes to help you get around Town.  Most surfaced trails are flat terrain and generally accessible for the physically challenged.  Snowmobiles have access only on signed local access trails.  No other motorized vehicles are permitted.
Engaging in outdoor activities is a great way to improve both mental and physical health.  The trails make it easier for everyone to be physically active and travel seamlessly to their destination.  In addition to its ever-expanding network of recreational trails, Collingwood is also expanding its cycling routes, bike parking stations and safe crosswalks to promote and encourage active transportation and alternative modes of travel in the area.
 

Active Transportation
Active transportation refers to the movement of people or goods through human powered activities.  These activities may include walking, cycling, rollerblading, skateboarding as well as mobility aids such as wheelchairs and scooters.  Since 2015 Collingwood has been steadily expanding its active transportation infrastructure to include a network of on-road bicycle facilities, shared cycling facilities and multi-use pathways. Providing identified routes for various purposes such as, adults and children commuting to work and school, contributes to a healthier lifestyle as well as reduces emissions, saves energy, saves costs and contributes to making Collingwood a cleaner, healthier and more livable community.

BFC Award
The Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) program was launched in 2010 by Share the Road Canada to provide assistance and guidance to municipalities to actively support cycling in their communities. The BFC program evaluates cycling related achievements in four different categories: Engineering, Education, Encouragement, and Evaluation & Planning. To be eligible for an award (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond) achievements must be made in all four categories. Collingwood achieved the Silver level award in 2021  and is aiming towards gold in the future.

Click here for more information on the Bicycle Friendly Community Award

Find your trail!

Learn more about the Collingwood Trails with our short video

Projects Planned for 2022 (subject to budgets and timing)

  • Replace catch basin grates that have the groove parallel to the road and present a hazard to cyclists
  • Continue to install traffic calming initiatives on key Cycling Plan corridors
  • Tender work for additional pedestrian crosswalk installation
  • Pave Harbourview Trail after construction of Awen’ Water Play
  • Pave trail on Shipyards Greenspace to stop erosion of the granular screenings
  • Pave an additional section of the Train Trail after Minnesota storm sewer replacement from Ontario Street to Hume Street
  • Implement Maple Street Quiet Street project, depending on council direction and grant funding
  • Create a trail hub in Harbourview Park at the north end of Birch St with the leasable space vendor
  • Reconstruct pedestrian bridge in Harbourview Park that has reached its lifespan
  • Continue to widen and resurface existing trails with approved capital budget funding
  • Update the Cycling Plan to incorporate the implications of the 2021 update to OTM Book 18
  • Continue the path towards gold Bicycle Friendly Community status by implementing at least one of the “Key Steps to Gold” provided in the feedback from our silver award
  • Mark and identify multi-use paths with painting and signage (3 metre wide concrete or asphalt trail separated from road)

Winter Trails

Which trails are maintained in the winter months?

  • Recreational trails are not maintained in the winter except the trails within Harbourview Park and the Georgian Trail.  These trails are groomed when there is adequate snow to pack down, they are not plowed or sanded.
  • The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) maintains their snowmobile trails which include a portion of the north side of Poplar Sideroad (from Saunders Street to High Street) and the Black Ash Trail (from Chamberlain Street heading north to Canadian Tire).  The OFSC also grooms the Harbourview Trail from Balsam Street to Birch Street.  All OFSC trails are signed.

Town of Collingwood Trails Map 2022 

Town of Collingwood Winter Maintenance 2021-2022 Map

Are snowmobiles allowed to travel on trails?

  • The Town allows snowmobiles along the Train Trail (from the OPP Station to Poplar Sideroad) and along the Hamilton Drain Trail (from the Train Trail west to Saunders Street).  These two trails are for local access to the OFSC trails as per Bylaw 2015-095.
  • Snowmobiles are required to follow the Highway Traffic Act when operating on the roadway and should not use pedestrian sidewalks.


 

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