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Tourism – Camping & Hiking Trails

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DARLINGTON PROVINCIAL PARK
Enjoy camping, birding, hiking and a groomed sandy beach along Lake Ontario.  Just minutes from downtown Oshawa, and the Oshawa Centre. Conveniently located at Exit 425 off Hwy. 401, just east of Oshawa.
OPEN: Park open year round. Camping May to October.
1600 Darlington Park Road, Bowmanville
1-800-667-1940
www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails-a-z/darlington-provincial-park

HARMONY CREEK TRAIL – 4km
This paved trail is surrounded by lush vegetation and meanders through the valley along Harmony Creek.  Discover native plants such  as Jack the Pulpit, Ostrich Fern and Horsetail. Bird watching and sport fishing opportunities.
Access Points: Farewell Park, Donevan Recreation Complex and Eastbourne Park, Oshawa.
www.oshawa.ca/mun_res/trails.asp

JOSEPH KOLODZIE OSHAWA CREEK BIKE PATH –7km
The Oshawa Creek is home to the spring and fall trout and salmon runs; truly a spectacular event that everyone will enjoy. Surrounded by lush vegetation this paved path meanders along the picturesque Oshawa Creek  valley with connections to Downtown Oshawa. A number of parks along the trail provide both passive and active recreational activities.   www.oshawa.ca/mun_res/trails.asp

McLAUGHLIN BAY WILDLIFE RESERVE  TRAIL –7km
Owned and maintained by GM for community enjoyment. Located  within the Reserve  is a 1/2  km ‘multi-sensory’ (touch, smell and hearing) trail loop for partially sighted  or visually impaired individuals. A series  of 11 trails in the McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve  — connected to Second Marsh Wildlife Area and Darlington Provincial Park — part of the provincial waterfront system. No camping,  open  fires or dogs* are permitted  (*except for certified guide dogs on the Dogwood trail).
OPEN: year-round, free of charge, and is wheel-chair accessible.
Access Point: GM Head Office, east  end of Colonel Sam Drive
www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails/view/mclaughlin-bay-wildlife-reserve

MICHAEL  STARR TRAIL – 5km
This urban trail follows a former CN Rail spur line that once connected Oshawa industries with the rest of North America. The trail recognizes Colonel Michael Starr’s  many contributions to the City of Oshawa and Canada. This trail provides quick access to Downtown Oshawa. Relatively flat in nature, the trail has many road crossings.
Access Points: City of Oshawa Visitor Information Centre and Cowan Park
www.oshawa.ca/mun_res/trails.asp
 
OAK RIDGE MORAINE TRAIL
This geological  phenomenon stretches across the top of southern  Ontario, covering a major stretch  through Durham Region. Hikes are coordinated at various points throughout the year by the Oak Ridges Trail Association.
1-877-319-0285 •  www.oakridgestrail.org

OPG DARLINGTON  WATERFRONT TRAIL – 7.5KM
Come  out  and  have  some  fun along  the  OPG  Waterfront  Trail. Explore hundreds of acres  of wildlife habitat  with wetlands,  meadows and  woods. Come to bike, jog, hike, bird watch and just get in touch with nature.
OPEN: Year Round.
Access Points: Located south of Hwy. 401 in Courtice (from Toronto exit 425; from Kingston exit 431 Waverly Road) travel on South Service Road to Park Road.
905-623-3379
www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails-a-z/darlingtonnucleartrail

PURPLE WOODS  CONSERVATION AREA
Purple Woods  Conservation  Area,  the site of the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority’s Annual Purple  Woods Maple Syrup Festival, is a 17-hectare sugar maple forest and open meadow located in the midst of the provincially significant Oak Ridges Moraine. Here one can use the viewing platform that is only steps  from the parking area to get a tremendous view south all the way to Lake Ontario from the crest of the Oak Ridges Moraine.
www.cloca.com/con_areas/CApurplewoods.php

SECOND MARSH  WILDLIFE AREA
140 hectare coastal wetland located on the north shore of Lake Ontario in Oshawa. A series of hiking trails and viewing platforms overlooking the Second Marsh provide visitors an opportunity to explore the unique wetland environment. This wetland  provides  important habitat for an array of bird, mammal, fish, amphibian, reptile and insect species.
Access Points: Farewell Street, Colonel Sam Drive, Oshawa.
905-723-5047 •  www.secondmarsh.ca

WATERFRONT TRAIL – 11km
Oshawa’s section of the 780 km Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail follows the shores of Lake Ontario. The trails in Lakefront West  Park and Stone Street Park were built to meet accessible standards.
Access Points: Lakeview Park, Pumphouse Marsh, Lakefront West Park
www.oshawa.ca/mun_res/trails.asp