|Tourism - Camping & Hiking Trails|
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, Courtice, ON
Phone: 905-436-2036 • 1-888-668-7275
DARLINGTON’S WATERFRONT TRAIL
Stroll along the 7.5km wetland, meadow and forested area that makes up this waterfront trail open 365 days a year with park facilities and Information Centre. 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.
HARMONY CREEK TRAIL
Trails total almost 21.5 km of paved surfaces that provide visitors with opportunities to discover Oshawa’s parks, beauty, culture, and natural treasures. Discover native plants such as Jack the Pulpit, Ostrich Fern and Horsetail. Bird watching and sport fishing opportunities also exist. Access from Farewell Park, Donevan Recreation Complex and Eastbourne Park, Oshawa.
McLAUGHLIN BAY WILDLIFE RESERVE
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). Access from the east end of Colonel Sam Drive.
OPEN: year-round, free of charge, and is wheel-chair accessible.
Phone: 905-644-1689 c/o General Motors of Canada Ltd.
MICHAEL STARR TRAIL
This 1.5 km trail was built on the former CN line. Construction of the trail recognizes Colonel Michael Starr’s many contributions to the City of Oshawa and Canada. Access from the City of Oshawa Tourist Information Centre and Cowan Park.
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.
OSHAWA CREEK TRAIL
The Oshawa Creek is home to the spring and fall trout and salmon runs; truly a spectacular event that everyone will enjoy. Many activities and points of interest are found along, or are accessible, from this trail. A number of parks along the trail provide both passive and active recreational activities. Access from Lakeview Park, Children’s Arena, Bloor and Simcoe Streets, Southmead Park, Erie Street Park, Storie Park, Rotary Park, Brick by Brick Park,and Kinsman Park.
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.
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 from Colonel Sam Drive, Oshawa.
OPEN: year-round, free of charge
The Waterfront Trail follows the shore of Lake Ontario from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Quebec. Access from Lakeview Park, Pumphouse Marsh and Lakefront West Park