Hiking can be described as a long, vigorous walk in the countryside.
In Cornwall, we tend to be a little bit broader in our definition, as the region offers a wide range of hiking opportunities, from scenic waterfront trails to woodland paths. There is something for everyone, and for all abilities.
Whether you are a pro hiker or just looking for an afternoon stroll, there is a trail for you out there. Here are some of the best:
Lamoureux Park and the Waterfront Trail
Lamoureux Park is a perfect trail head that offers free parking and public restrooms. From the park you can head west along the Waterfront Trail, offering scenic vistas along the St. Lawrence River and the Cornwall Canal. Heading east will take you past Marina 200, the Cotton Mill District, St. Lawrence College and the NAV CENTRE. If you are looking for a shorter stroll, take the Lamoureux Park Loop which connects you to the waterfall in the EcoGardens to the RCAF Wing, Cornwall Community Museum and Civic Complex. All of the paths are paved multi-use paths which accommodate hikers, runners and cyclists. Lamoureux Park is also located in heart of Cornwall, which means excellent dining and shopping are only minutes away!
Guindon Park is a large waterfront park in Cornwall’s west end that has a number of trail options and amenities. Easily accessed by car or by bike via the Waterfront Trail. It has a play area, picnic spots and boat launch. New is the Cornwall BMX Track, the longest sanctioned BMX track in Ontario. Popular in winter with snowshoe trails and cross country skiing. Geocaches on site.
Very nice trail just on the outskirts of Cornwall. Free parking and a number of trail options that take you in and out of natural forested areas. Most of the trail is wide, it is easy to traverse and offers a mix of terrain with minimal hills. It does not offer scenic vistas, but does provide a wonderful forest environment. Also connected to Cornwall bike path network and the adjacent Waterfront Trail that runs along the St. Lawrence River.
What to Bring
Proper footwear and comfortable clothing is a must on any hike. Be sure to bring water and stay hydrated regardless of the season or temperature. In summer months you will want protection from the sun and if your trail takes you into a forest, some type of insect repellant. Most trails are dog friendly, just remember to pick up after your pet!
You can search for additional trails in the Cornwall and SDG area by visting AllTrails: