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Hiking Trails in Port Hope

Lace up your hiking boots and step into nature at one of the many hiking trails in and around Port Hope! Whether it’s a leisurely afternoon stroll or something a little more challenging, the Municipality of Port Hope offers diverse and interesting trails for everyone!

Our local hiking club is the Pine Ridge Hiking Club. You can email them at info@pineridgehikingclub.ca. 

Local Trails


The Ganaraska Forest

The 12,000-acre Ganaraska Forest is one of the largest blocks of forested land in southern Ontario! It is home to a wide range of recreational activities including horseback riding, mountain biking, dirt biking and ATV riding, hunting, orienteering and, of course, hiking – all across 400 km of trails that pass through sandy, rolling terrain typical of the Oak Ridges Moraine.

The Outdoor Education Centre is located in the heart of the forest and is a multi-use facility, featuring a weekend canteen, public washrooms and shower facilities and overnight accommodations for over 80 people. It is also fully accessible with an all-terrain wheelchair on hand for those with mobility issues.

Located at 10585 Cold Springs Camp Road, outside Campbellcroft. Visit the Ganaraska Forest Centre, email them at info@grca.on.ca or call them at 905-797-2721.


The Ganaraska Hiking Trail

The Ganaraska Hiking Trail was started in 1967 and now extends more than 500 km to the Bruce Trail, with side trails to Wasaga Beach and Midland, and offers a great challenge to hiking enthusiasts who want to complete it end-to-end! Nine member clubs of the Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association maintain the 500 km-long trail.

For those interested in an easier hike, the section of the trail in urban Port Hope runs approximately 2 km along the Ganaraska River. It begins at the large boulder on the lawn of the Port Hope Town Hall and offers a picturesque walk to the Port Hope Conservation Area.


The Ganaraska Millennium Trail

The Millennium Trail is a relatively level, 2.4 km-looped trail that runs along the Ganaraska River. After walking over the marsh boardwalk halfway along the trail, there is quite a steep slope up the eastern portion of the trail with gentle slopes heading back to the trail head. The trail begins at the Ganaraska Conservation Authority office on the northwest corner of Hwy 401 and County Road 28. 


The Spartan Ravine Walkway

The Millennium Trail is a relatively level, 2.4 km-looped trail that runs along the Ganaraska River. After walking over the marsh boardwalk halfway along the trail, there is quite a steep slope up the eastern portion of the trail with gentle slopes heading back to the trail head. The trail begins at the Ganaraska Conservation Authority office on the northwest corner of Hwy 401 and County Road 28.


The Waterfront Trail

The Millennium Trail is a relatively level, 2.4 km-looped trail that runs along the Ganaraska River. After walking over the marsh boardwalk halfway along the trail, there is quite a steep slope up the eastern portion of the trail with gentle slopes heading back to the trail head. The trail begins at the Ganaraska Conservation Authority office on the northwest corner of Hwy 401 and County Road 28.

View of Lake Ontario from the Waterfront Trail

Willow Beach Field Naturalists

The Willow Beach Field Naturalists is a charitable organization that is committed to the preservation of our natural heritage, and whose membership comes from the communities in Northumberland County. The club works through advocacy, education, volunteer assistance and donations to preserve flora, fauna and associated habitat and is affiliated with Ontario Nature. You can email the Willow Beach Field Naturalists at info@willowfieldbeachnaturalists.org

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