MOTHER NATURE’S riches

When Mother Nature dealt Pickering her nature quota, she must have been in mighty fine spirits; the area’s parks and trails are almost an embarrassment of riches. With 85 parks, a huge trail network, countless sports fields and 3 conservation areas, outdoor enthusiasts will not be coming up short in the nature department.

Parks & Trails

Rotary Frenchman’s Bay West Park

Located on the southwest shore of Frenchman’s Bay, this park comes complete with sand dunes, barrier beach, meadows and a forest. Some of the region’s best surfing and kite boarding can be done here, thanks to the area’s perfect winds and waves. To find the Pickering Rouge Canoe Club here, just follow the canoes, kayaks and dragon boats.

Beachfront park & millennium square

Located on the southwest shore of Frenchman’s Bay, this park comes complete with sand dunes, barrier beach, meadows and a forest. Some of the region’s best surfing and kite boarding can be done here, thanks to the area’s perfect winds and waves. To find the Pickering Rouge Canoe Club here, just follow the canoes, kayaks and dragon boats.

alex robertson park

This 48 acre park includes a number of popular hiking and running trails making it a destination for joggers, cyclists and those just looking to explore a little further along Pickering’s Waterfront Trail. Bring the wee ones and explore viewing platforms, wood duck boxes, snake hibernaculums, even turtle basking logs.

glen rouge park

Soon to be known as Canada’s first National Urban Park, this park doesn’t just include parts of the Rouge River, Petticoat Creek and Duffins Creek watersheds – it’s also home to some of Canada’s oldest known aboriginal historic sites! Hike rustic trails through forests and meadows, canoe, swim, fish, use the fact that there are 225 different kinds of birds here as your next conversation starter.

frenchman’s bay waterfront trail

Part of a 900 km waterfront trail that runs along the shores of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, these pristine hiking trails and bicycle paths extend from Niagara-on-the-Lake all the way to the Quebec border. Ride, walk or jog along the sandy shoreline, lush meadows and vast wetlands. Just remember to say bonjour when you reach Quebec.

seaton hiking trail

Channel your wild side and explore a 12.7 km trail that’s home to a number of historic hunting and fishing routes along West Duffins Creek. With some challenging climbs and varying grades, this is outdoor nirvana for hikers, cyclists and cross-country skiers.

Conservation Areas

petticoat creek conservation area

Located off Whites Road, this 70 hectare park offers a new aquatic entertainment facility with mega size wading pool, 750 person capacity swimming area and splash pad. For land lovers there’s cycling, walking and running along the waterfront trail, picnic areas, spectacular views of the bluffs and even frequent sightings of fox, white-tail deer and red-tail hawks.

greenwood conservation area

Located on the banks of Duffins Creek East, this is where to find stellar cross country skiing, fishing and bird watching. Should ennui strike, hop onto the Trans Canada Trail; it passes right through here.

altona forest

Nature lovers flock to this 102 acre habitat for songbirds (not of the Anne Murray variety), foxes, coyotes, hawks and rare amphibians. A haven for hikers, bird watchers, wildlife photographers and fans of educational interpretative walks.