Trails

Trails 
The Collingwood Trails encompass over 60 kilometers of recreational trails for cyclists, walkers, joggers, skiers, and snow hoers as well as adults and children commuting to work and school. There is a Trail leading to every major point of interest in the Town and its surrounding municipalities, including the beaches of Sunset Point, the scenic lookout at Millennium Park, the tranquil gardens of the Arboretum, the Labyrinth, the historic Station Museum, and the Collingwood Downtown to mention just a few.
Engaging in outdoor activities is a great way to improve both mental and physical health. The Collingwood’s Trails is making it easier for everyone to be physically active and to move easily from destination to destination. The well-marked trails can get people around town and its surrounding areas safely and quickly. In addition to its ever-expanding network of nature trails, Collingwood is also expanding its in-town bike 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, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, rollerblading, skateboarding as well as hybrid-mobility aids such as e-bikes, wheelchairs or scooters. Since 2015 Collingwood has been steadily expanding its active transportation infrastructure with a network of different pathways, bike lanes, multi-use trails and widened sidewalks to allow for a safer movement throughout our Town, neighborhoods and between various destinations. These upgrades not only help in promoting a healthier lifestyle but also in reducing emissions, saving energy, saving cost and 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 2021 (subject to budgets and timing)

  • Train Trail: Upgrade road/trail crossings and signage and resurface
  • Maple St: Develop and implement Neighbourhood Bikeway pilot project
  • Sixth St/Hamilton St: Upgrade road/trail crossings and signage
  • Ontario St: Upgrade road/trail crossings and signage
  • Sunset Point Trail: Rehab/relocate the trail in the park to prevent future washouts
  • Wasaga Beach connection: Upgrade signage
  • Raglan St: Upgrade signage
  • River Trail: Extend River Trail south from Siding Trail to Riverside Subdivision 

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 (not plowed or sanded).
  • The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Association (OFSA) maintains their snowmobile trails which include a portion of the north side of Poplar Sideroad and the Black Ash trail heading north to Canadian Tire and then heading east to Birch Street in Harbourview Park.

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 to Saunders Street) for local access to the OFSA trails as per Bylaw 2015-095.
  • Snowmobiles need to follow the Highway Traffic Act when operating on the roadway and should not use pedestrian sidewalks.


 

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