Walking and Hiking Trails
The Brock Trail: A 6km walking and cycling path that runs along Brockville’s beautiful waterfront in the historic downtown core and continues north through to the other end of town. This scenic pathway is paved to accommodate bicycles, roller blades, wheelchairs and strollers. The Brock Trail takes you to Canada’s Oldest Railway Tunnel and around Blockhouse Island before continuing to Hardy Park, Rotary Park, and then following Buell’s Creek to the north end of town. A newly added section of the Trail gives you the option to go West to St. Lawrence Park.
If you have your family with you, The Brock Trail takes you to Centeen Park and St. Lawrence Park for swimming; and Hardy Park, Blockhouse Island, Rotary Park and St. Lawrence Park for playgrounds. Rotary Park also has a splash pad for young ones, and a newly installed pump track for mountain bike enthusiasts.
Along the Trail you will find a number of plaques installed by Heritage Brockville depicting historical sites where you can read about Brockville’s rich history. The Trail takes you past area attractions such as the 1000 Islands and Seaway Cruise office, the Aquatarium, and the Brockville Museum where you can stop in to learn more about the City and the 1000 Islands.
Stop by the Tourism Office at 10 Market Street West to pick up a city map which includes the trail route and to get information on the best places to park during your stay.
Mac Johnson Wildlife Area: Also known locally as “The Back Pond”, Mac Johnson Wildlife Area is located north of Brockville, just two km from Highway 29. Mac Johnson includes 532 hectares with 11 kilometers of hiking trails that cross wetland, field and forest, with a large reservoir located on the property. Picnic tables, a large picnic shelter, a group firepit, barbecues and accessible washrooms are available on the north side of the reservoir. A canoe access point is located on Centennial Road near the dam.
1000 Islands Parkway: Between Brockville and Gananoque along the Waterfront Trail there is a beautifully paved, multi-use path on the north side of the 1000 Islands Parkway that is separated from the road by a few meters of grass. This path is very smooth making it great for walking, cycling and roller blading, and it passes by Brown’s Bay day use area and beach, and Skywood Eco Adventure Park.
Jones Creek: Located along the Thousand Island Parkway between Brockville and Mallorytown Landing, this hiking trail system is maintained by the Thousand Island National Park of Canada. Here you will find a 12km trail network of easy to difficult trail loops, wildlife viewing, lookout points, scenic wetland boardwalk, as well as geocaches.
Landon Bay: Venture into the fields and forests to the osprey nest, beaver dam and pond alive with nature’s creatures. Signs and printed information guide you to the Lookout with its panoramic view of the 1000 Islands or through the mature forests and along the banks of Landon Bay and Halstead Creek.
Charleston Lake: This Provincial Park holds a trail system that features the geological and human history of the park, scenic shoreline views, diverse habitats, a boardwalk crossing over a wetland and a scenic lookout.
Blue Mountain at Charleston Lake: This 9.5 km trail takes you up to a scenic lookout located at the highest point in Leeds County. Accessible by water at Huckleberry Hollow and by land from the south at the north end of Blue Mountain Road.
Rock Dunder: A soaring lookout over the Rideau Waterway, and a local landmark for generations. Well-marked trails through mature woodlands, following shorelines and finally climbing to the rocky summit. The 3 trails include the Cabin Trail, the Morton Bay Loop, and the Summit Loop.The Summit Loop is a 3.9km climb which runs alongside Dean’s Island through a variety of forest, offering sneak peaks over rocky cliffs. The summit offers a panoramic view of the Rideau Waterway after hiking to the top.
Lyn Valley Conservation Area: At just 11 hectares in size, it has a great swimming area and one short hiking trail. It was used as a gravel pit for many years and has been successfully changed into a community recreation area. The spring-fed small lake provides an excellent swimming spot. There is a sandy beach to relax on as well.
Limerick Forest: The mapped trail network within Limerick Forest consists of approximately 180 km of trails ranging in size from single track to emergency access roads suitable for full-sized vehicles. In addition, approximately 30 km of “groomed” snowmobile trails are maintained by the Leeds & Grenville Snowmobile Association. Recreational activities in Limerick Forest can be divided into two broad categories; motorized and non-motorized. Motorized activities include the use of dirt bikes, all terrain vehicles (ATV’s) and snowmobiles. Non-motorized pursuits include mountain biking, cross country skiing, geocaching, horse-back riding, bird watching, hiking and hunting.
Skywood Eco Adventure Park: Explore the tree line at Ontario’s largest aerial and zip line experience. Skywood offers outdoor enthusiasts a wide range of experiences suitable for multiple skill levels. The Zip Line Tour offers a guided interpretive journey through 8 zip lines and bridges around the forest, through trees and along a ridgeline near the wetland of Jones Creek. The Adventure Courses feature 5 aerial courses which will have you climbing through a series of unique games and obstacles with bridges, swings, nets and zip lines traversing from one platform to another. The Discovery Courses is a confidence building experience only a few feet above the forest floor for newcomers including children. The Discovery Zip Line is an accessible zip line that is ten feet above the ground with specialized safety equipment that is compatible with adaptive and assistive technologies.The Treewalk Village is a special area for youngsters 3 years+ which features a network of tree houses connected with ramps, nets and slides several feet off of the ground. The experience is fully enclosed with no need for specialized safety equipment.