The Mississauga, Brampton and Peel Region has a number of great recreational trails.
Mississauga has 23 major trails varying in length from 1.5 to 22 km (1 to 13 miles.)
Applewood Trail (3.8 km)
Paved up to Rathburn Rd; dirt only north of Willowbank Trail., open year-round
Burnhamthorpe Trail (11 km)
From Dundas St. east of Mississauga Rd., the trail starts in Erindale Park and extends north of Britannia Rd to Pine Cliff Dr. The trail provides access to 150 acre Riverwood
Charlie Martin Trail (1.9 km)
Paved and a road route extending north from the lakefront in Marie Curtis Park to the QEW. The next section starts north of Dundas St. through Centennial Park, north of Eglinton Avenue and through the Airport area (open from dawn to dusk) to the Mississauga-Brampton border.
David J Culham Trail (12 km)
From Dundas St. east of Mississauga Rd., the trail starts in Erindale Park and extends north of Britannia Rd to Pine Cliff Dr. The trail provides access to 150-acre Riverwood
Etobicoke Creek Trail (11.2 km)
Trail extends north from the lakefront in Marie Curtis Park to the QEW. Next section starts north of Dundas St. through Centennial Park, north of Eglinton Avenue and through the Airport area (open dawn to dusk, and subject to airport security) to the Mississauga-Brampton border.
Lake Aquitaine Trail (3.4 km)
A 3.4 km trail that runs south from Derry Rd. through the scenic Lake Aquitaine Park, an active recreational area that was developed around a storm water management lake. Connects to various schools and recreational facilities. The entire trail is in the community of Meadowvale.
Lake Wabukayne Trail (4.2 km)
This pleasant 4.2 km trail meanders through natural areas, usually within sight of developed Meadowvale neighbourhoods. It meets the Lake Aquitaine Trail at Battleford Rd. At its other end, west of Lake Wabukayne, it joins Winston Churchill Boulevard and the trail that bears that name.
Lisgar Meadow Brook Trail (4.9 km)
The Lisgar Meadow Brook Trail is a paved 4.9 kilometre trail from Britannia Rd. to north of Derry Rd., with a spur around Osprey Marsh. It lies within a naturalized greenbelt of the 16 Mile Creek tributary. 16 Mile Creek was named by early surveyors to mark the distance of the mouth of the creek from Burlington Bay. The pedestrian bridge that crosses the greenbelt is one of the largest in the city, spanning 60 metres (197 feet). It provides a scenic connection to the many schools and parks in the area.
Lorrie Mitoff Trail (3.2 km)
Multi-use trail through Garnetwood Park with a road route north of Garnetwood Park to Fieldgate Dr. Named for a dedicated teacher and a community leader.
Sawmill Trail (2.4 km)
Unpaved, dirt trail between Collegeway and Burnhamthorpe Rd; paved north of Burnhamthorpe. Runs along Sawmill Creek, with wetlands, patches of forests and streams running through one of the more urban areas within the Credit River watershed. Passes near several heritage landmarks: Lislehurst, St. Peter’s Anglican Church and the former Erindale Public School.
Sheridan Creek Trail (3.6 km)
Waterfront Trail (900 km, 21.8 km in Mississauga)
Extends from Niagara to the Quebec border, and the paved trail /road route crosses Mississauga, from Lakeview Park in the west to Etobicoke Creek and Toronto in the east. Parking access at Jack Darling Park and Lakefront Promenade Park.
This 8 km trail follows a series of linear parks from Victoria Park Arena on Avondale Boulevard north to Manitou Park at Dixie & Bovaird Drive.
Information signs about the trail are at the Ellen Mitchell Recreation Centre, Chinguacousy Park and at Victoria Park Arena.
This 11 km trail follows a linear park system from Victoria Park Arena on Avondale Boulevard north to Professor’s Lake on North Park Drive
Etobicoke Creek Trail
This 14. 5 km trail follows the Etobicoke Creek north from Kennedy Road south of Steeles.
The Caledon Trailway
The Trailway follows the path of an abandoned rail line that once connected Hamilton and Barrie. The Town’s 35 km became the first officially designated portion of the Trans Canada Trail in 1995. Stationlands Park in Caledon East has a pavilion and commemorative panels, pond and wetland, a developing arboretum, and Caledon’s Walk of Fame. Other Stationlands Parks along the trail are in Palgrave, Cheltenham and Inglewood. This trail connects at Palgrave with the Oak Ridges Trail leading east to Gore’s Landing, North of Port Hope. This trail is used for walking, cycling, and horseback riding, and cross-country skiing in winter.
Humber Valley Heritage Trail
A hiking trail along the beautiful Humber valley north from Bolton, Ontario to join with the Bruce Trail and the Caledon Trailway. It will eventually connect down the Humber Valley to the Waterfront Trail on Lake Ontario.
Elora Cataract Trailway
A 47 kilometre trailway linking parks, watersheds and communities in south-central Ontario, connecting Elora and Fergus in the west with Erin, Befountain and Cataract, via Belwood and Orton. The trails have mixed use, for cross-country skiing, cycling, walking & hiking, with SOME section permitted for horseback riding and snowmobiling
Bruce Trail 773 km / 480 miles
The Bruce Trail is one of the most popular trails in North America stretching 773 kilometres (480 miles) from Queenston Heights in the south to Tobermory at the northern end of the Bruce Peninsula. It follows the cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment (see Niagara Escarpment Commission), a ribbon of near wilderness running through one of the most populated parts of the country, creating a vital natural link for plants, animals and birds. The Bruce Trail is rugged in places and is punctuated by waterfalls cascading over steep dolostone cliffs. The Trail also connects picturesque villages, and historical sites. In recognition of its international importance as an ecosystem and its exceptional scenic beauty, the Niagara Escarpment Reserve was named a World Biosphere Reserve in 1990 by UNESCO.
The Trail is marked with white blazes; that is, white rectangles that are approximately 6 inches (15 centimetres) high and 2 inches (5 centimetres) wide have been painted on trees, fence posts, and rocks, A turn is indicated by a pair of blazes, one above the other, with the upper one offset in the direction of the turn. In the Barrie area, there are numerous side trails that lead to various points of interest. These are also marked, but with blue or yellow blazes.
A detailed guide book to the Trail is available from the Bruce Trail Association. For more information on the Bruce Trail, please visit their official site
Cross Country Skiing (Winter) Trails
Here are the most popular places around the Greater Toronto Area to cross-country ski
- The Halton Outdoor Club (Burlington)
- Bronte Creek Provincial Park (Oakville)
- Earl Rowe Provincial Park (Alliston)
- Nottawasaga Inn Convention Centre and Golf Resort (Alliston)
- Silent Sports (Thornhill)
- Uplands Golf & Ski Club (Thornhill)
- Albion Hills Conservation Area (Downsview)
- High Park Ski Club (Toronto)
- Sport Swap (Toronto)
- Toronto Bicycling Network (Toronto)
- Trakkers Cross-Country Ski Club (Toronto)
- Voyageur Quest & Algonquin Log Cabin (Toronto)
- Pleasure Valley (Uxbridge)
- Skyloft Ski & Country Club (Uxbridge)