Welcome to the Trial Capital of Canada! The Township of Uxbridge has over two hundred kilometers of trails running through our communities and rural forested lands. Explore our trail maps and plan a hike today.

The Great Trail

The Trans Canada Trail is a recreational trail that winds across the country through every province and territory. The trail enters Uxbridge via an abandoned rail line from Lindsay. The trail then crosses the Uxbridge urban area, then heads south through Durham Forest lands, the Glen Major Forest and to the Uxbridge-Pickering Townline.

Township trails

The Uxbridge Township Trail System links our communities together, encourages outdoor activity and helps foster an appreciation for the natural environment.

Barton Trail

Barton Trail is 2 km loop that circles the Barton Farms community and passes by Herrema Fields, through residential streets, along woodland sections and by a pond. The trail also connects to the Trans Canada Trail. This is a perfect trail to walk your dog.

Map

View the Barton Trail Map to find the trail access and route.

Butternut Trail

The Butternut Trail is 1.5 km loop that circles the Butternut Village community.

Map

View the Butternut Trail Map to discover the trail access and get more details about the route.

Use and difficulty level

This in an easy trail and is great for walking, running or cycling.

Description

Butternut Trail is mainly paved with the exception of the section around the pond. For a longer route, you can connect to the South Balsam Trial and the Quaker Trail. The route takes you through residential areas, including the original farm homestead and magnificent butternut tree that gave the trail its name.

History

Until recently, this area was farmland from the days of early settlement. Dr. Allan Beswick is listed as the first owner of the land in 1805. The old homestead dates back to 1859. As with many of the oldest houses in Uxbridge, members of the Gould family lived there. The old barn was built in 1896 by Isaac Gould. The house was originally built of stacked hemlock timbers. Over the years the building saw many additions. More recently, the Forsythe family farmed the land from 1913 to 1968. Carol and Wain Trotter acquired the house in 1982 and raised sheep on the land until 2004, when the present development was started.

Ewen Trail

The Ewen Trail is 3.4 km trail that covers a variety of countryside and urban scenery, including three ponds, a section through Elgin Park, through wooded areas and walk along streets that contain some of Uxbridge's most historic homes.

Map

View the Ewen Trail Map to discover the trail access and get more details about the trail route.

Use and difficulty level

This trail is generally easy, with some moderate slopes and is great for walkers, runners and cyclists.

Route description

The trail head marker is at the corner of Main Street and Mill Street, however, you can enter the trail at any point. The trail travels around the north end of Elgin Pond and then winds south along Water Street and then it enters Elgin Park.

The trail continues through wooded section at the south end of the park and then along a grassy path around Bass Pond. The Trail then crosses Main Street and leads into a wooded area, over a bridge that crosses the Uxbridge Brook as it flows into Mill Pond.

A picturesque park with benches for relaxing is located at the end of Ewen Drive. The trail continues along East Street and takes a short jog to Reach Street. Then, head north along Capstick Lane and pass beside Bonner Fields.

The trail then heads along Third Avenue towards Planks Lane and you will see two streets of wartime housing at the southeast corner, built in the late 1940s. Along Planks Lane you will notice some of the fine old homes from the late 1800s. Then turn onto Main Street and note the third house on the east side. This was originally built as a Methodist Episcopal Church.

Historic Trail

The Historic Trail is a 2.4 km trail that winds through the oldest parts of Uxbridge. During the walk, you will pass six historic plaques that describe the history of our community. The plaques include historic photos. This is a great walk for history and nature enthusiasts alike.

Map

View the Historical Trial Map to find the trail access and learn more about the trail features.

Use and difficulty level

This trial is generally easy, with some moderate slopes and is perfect for walking, running and cycling. Much of the trail is on paved streets and is suitable for all mobility levels, including wheelchairs. There are some sections in the park that don't have wheelchair access.

Maple Bridge Trail

Maple Bridge Trail is a 1.5 km trail that runs along a stream and through lush woodlands. There are a number of wooden bridges along the trail. It is a single path made of crushed stone and connects to the Quaker Trail.

Map

View the Maple Bridge Trail Map to find the trail access and learn more about the features.

Quaker Trail

The Quaker Trail is a 2.2 km trail that winders around the Quaker Village residential area in Northwest Uxbridge. The trail passes through some of the most historic parts of the town and provides access to the Uxbridge Historical Centre.

Map

View the Quaker Trail Map to find the trail access and learn more about the trail route and features.

Use and difficulty level

This trail is generally easy, with some modest slopes in the south loop and is suitable for walking, running and cycling.

Route description

The trail features a pond, playgrounds and a wide grassy area for picnics and play.

South Balsam Trail

The South Balsam Trail is a 2.5 km trail that offers a variety of outdoor experiences, including forested and urban areas.

Map

View the South Balsam Trail Map to find the trail access and learn more about the trail route and features.

Use and difficulty level

This is a relatively easy trail, with some gradual inclines. It is best suited for walking, running and cycling. The path is generally smooth and can accommodate strollers and wheelchairs.

Route description

Along the trail, you will find benches for peaceful relaxation and access to a pond and children's playground. This is a perfect family walk.

Wooden Sticks Trails

Wooden Sticks Trail is a 2 km trail that includes a mixture of woodland, streets and park landscapes.

Map

View the Wooden Sticks Trail Map to find the trail access and learn more about the trail route and features.

Use and difficulty level

This trail is mostly easy, with some small slopes and is best suited for walking, running and cycling. The trail is accessible to all ages and abilities.

Route description

The trails goes through a dense wooded area, Elgin Park and through the Estates of Wooden Sticks housing development. While in the park, you will pass washrooms and a playground area.

O'Neil Trail

The O'Neil Trail is a 2 km trail that winds through the woods and takes you along the banks of the Uxbridge Brook.

Map

View the O'Neil Trail Map to find the trail access and learn more about the trail route and features.

Use and difficulty level

The trail is easy and is best suited for cycling, dog walking or walking and running. The trail is partially accessible with sections of asphalt and grass.

Brookdale Trail

The Brookdale Trail is a 3.7 km trail that is part of the larger Trans Canada Trail. It winds through the forest and can be wet in some areas.

Map

View the Brookdale Trail Map to find the trail access and learn more about the trail route and features.

Use and difficulty level

This is an advanced trail that is best suited for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, snowshoeing and walking/running. This trail is not accessible.

Please note

There is a small section of the Brookdale Trail which is shared with the Heart of Ontario Snowmobile Club during the winter season.

John McCutcheon Way

John McCutcheon Way is a 2.5 km trail that is part of the larger Trans Canada Trail. This gravel trail crosses a trestle bridge first built in 1872 as part of the Toronto-Nipissing Railway.

Map

View the John McCutcheon Way Map to find the trail access and learn more about the trail route and features.

Use and difficulty level

This is an easy trail that is best suited for a variety of activities such as cycling, walking, hiking, mountain biking, running and cross-country skiing. This trail is not accessible and the surface is gravel.

Please note

John McCutcheon Way is shared with the Heart of Ontario Snowmobile Club during the winter season.

Kettle Pond Trail

The Kettle Pond Trail is 1.1 km trail that is located in Goodwood and consists of two routes that go from the Goodwood Community Centre to the end of Lapier Street.

Map

View the Kettle Pond Trail Map to find the trail access and learn more about the trail route and features.

Use and difficulty

This is an easy trail that is best suited for dog walking, hiking, cycling, snowshoeing, running and cross-country skiing. The trail is partially accessible with sections of asphalt and gravel.

Countryside trails

Our countryside trails wind through the rural areas of our community. Discover each trail and try one today.

Trail etiquette

In order to protect the natural environment and keep our trails clean and safe for all visitors, we ask that you follow our trail etiquette guidelines:

  • Read the description for the trail you are planning to hike and follow all guidelines
  • Stay on the marked trails and don't take shortcuts
  • Keep pets on a leash and clean up after your pet
  • Respect residential private property along some trails
  • Stay to the right on a trail and pass on the left
  • Be courteous of fellow trail users
  • Bike riders must yield to hiker and horseback riders
  • Hikers must yield to horseback riders
  • Leave all trees, leaves, wood, rocks and plants for others to enjoy
  • Remove all litter and leave the trail clean
  • Respect the sound of nature and avoid making loud noises while on the trails

Rent walking poles

Urban walking poles are lightweight, handheld poles that offer stability and added fitness benefits. You can rent poles through the Township of Uxbridge. Contact us to rent walking poles before your next hike.

Rental fees

The following rental fees apply:

  • $5 per day
  • $10 per weekend
  • $15 per week

Geocaching

Geocaching is a great outdoor activity where you search for hidden containers using only a handheld GPS with geographic coordinates. Find geocaches hidden on the trail systems in the Township of Uxbridge.

Volunteer for our trails

The town trails are monitored and maintained by a team of dedicated volunteers. Do you enjoy walking the town trails? Are you interested in volunteering? Please contact the Township of Uxbridge by email or give us a call at 905-852-9181.

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