Return to Nature on the Ganaraska Hiking Trail

By: Paul Vallis

Return to Nature on the Ganaraska Hiking Trail

Tags: Country Living, Northumberland County, Ganaraska Trail, Ganaraska Forest, Hiking, Moving East

By now we are all getting a bit used to isolation and for those of us that live in the country, perhaps we have it a bit easier than most. With so much wide open space, it’s easy to keep your distance.

One of my favourite things to do is to go for walks with my dog, Oakley. I’ve got the Trent River nearby, along with a number of trails to explore.

One of the most well-known trails throughout this region is the Ganaraska Hiking Trail. This 500-kilometre long trail runs from Port Hope all the way to the Bruce Trail near Collingwood. The trail is maintained by an Association of volunteers made up of nine member clubs that run recreational hiking programs in their local areas.

The trail is open year-round and can be used for hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The section of the trail from Port Hope through the Kawarthas is suitable for most amateur and novice hikers and takes you through some beautiful scenery, including the rolling hills of Northumberland. It’s a great way to get to know some of the villages and hamlets of this county.

This section of the trail is maintained by the Pine Ridge Hiking Club, which runs a variety of hikes, social events and getaways throughout the year. It provides a great opportunity to make social connections, explore the countryside and support environmental issues.

Speaking of Ganaraska, Northumberland County is also home to the Ganaraska Forest, a 12,000 acre ecological forest and home to one of Canada’s “Epic Trails” for mountain biking. This trail has been deemed one of the best in Canada. So if mountain biking is your thing, this is the place to be. Check out this video from Northumberland Tourism.

So, if you’re looking for a little more open space to stretch and breathe, consider a move east. There is so much to see and do. Contact me to learn more about this great space east of Toronto and how I can help make this your best move...ever.