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Lovely quiet walk with the sound of flowing water. Trail well maintained. Note that historic bridge over river is closed and under constuction until “spring 2018”. Spotted a pair of Trumpeter Swans in pond upstream from dam, quite impressive and unexpected for March 18, 2018. (see photos)

A really beautiful place! Lovely picnic place...except it’s February! Lol. Many trails closed due to ice so it was a short stop. But definitely see the potential and would totally make this a date place in Spring. Off to check the Ardagh trails while I’ve still got day light! Lol.

28 days ago

We “hiked” this trail on February 18, and there was a good bit of snow on the ground on top of thick layers of ice. I use the word “hike” in quotes because it is basically a straight, flat path with a couple of places where you go uphill. I have no idea where they get off categorizing this trail as hard/black. It is moderate at best, even with a foot of snow on top of layers of ice!

Also, there are NO trail markings; I mean NONE! Zero, zilch, nada! It is not like they are not visible or hard to follow. THERE ARE NONE! So it is super easy to get turned around. We had to use the AllTrails map to make sure we didn’t go in endless circles around the mostly frozen creek. It is pretty in the winter and I’m assuming it is very pretty when the weather is warmer, but this isn’t hiking on a hard trail by any stretch of the imagination. It is a walk in the woods where you will get lost if you aren’t following GPS on a map! We finished the loop in a fraction of the average time it takes us to hike (we hike regularly but we are not professionals).

FYI, as of 2/18/18, the bridge at the beginning of the trail is out; it has partially collapsed into the creek below). But it felt solid enough so we just walked over it and we were fine as there was no other way apparent to us to cross the creek. I was shocked that there were no markings whatsoever and no maintenance of the trail. Too bad! Won’t “hike” this trail again.

2 months ago

Solitaire Lake loop is a 6.2 km relatively flat trail until the lookout rock there is a mildly steep uphill and downhill section. The trail finishes along the road or can be combined with other loops.

The trail was a little more challenging than I expected for backpacking, but it was also pouring rain.

2 months ago

I have only completed half of this trail . I have been told by several people you can make it all the way to Woodstock from Domtar Line . I went as far as the new picnic shelter , really nice view of the Thames River plain . There is a historic factory ruin along the way with an interesting history . The main CNR line is within sight for most of the trail . The one train engineer even waved at us , nice . People we met along the way seemed friendly . Watch out for the Hogweed along the way , there is a bunch of it . There are some side trails and loops coming off the main trail . Enjoy !!

3 months ago

Great trail with lots of side trails. That said, few to no markings so it was easy to get turned around.
If your using the AllTrails map it might not be up to date. Twice it lead us to a point where we'd have to cross the Humber Creek. The last one we crossed since it was getting late! Brrrrrrrrrrr.

The bridge at the beginning of the trail is out of commission, but sturdy enough to cross so keep that in mind.

nice trail :)

A beautiful area, with well maintained boardwalks and clear trail markings. There are many hiking loops to choose from in the park, so the length of hike can be customized to some degree. The landscape is mildly rugged Canada shield with many small lakes and ponds. Some areas were a little soft without being muddy, but it has been a wet year. There are pit toilets available at campsites scattered throughout the park.

Good little trail for all ages. Great place to pack a lunch and play with the kids at the park and museum.

The boat cruise and view of shipwrecks in the crystal clear water is worth the cruise to Flower Pot Island. Once on the island there is over 6km of trail. The less used trails are to the SW end of the island and the western end of the loop to the lighthouse, which have some demanding sections. The east end is well groomed, heavily trafficked and wheelchair accessible leading directly to the Flower Pots.

Trail was well maintained and a fairly flat walk. It has some educational signs along the way. The ferry to and from the island is a pay for use.

awesome day out with kids

6 months ago

I have Been coming here since i was a little kid.
I would definitely recommend this trail to any one.

8 months ago

took me a bit to figure out the the trail was the railway tracks. I'm not crazy about walking on railway tracks id rather walk in the woods. the hike was rated easy so that was expected but there not even a challenge or hills.
I would not do this one again. the highlight was the fort which was not large and was not much to see.
plus you are supposed to pay for parking.
crazy! there are way better trails

The rain in the GTA has taken a toll on this lovely quick trail. Until next year Bruce's mill!

Nice trail. Lots of to see if you take your time. Bring your bug spray!!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

My family and I hiked this trail in the late fall. It was a pretty trail and you walk through a nice hardwood forest with a field in the middle. I'm not sure how the trail is in the winter but the Mill of Kintail Conservation website says its open year round. The start of the trail has the R. Tait McKenzie Memorial Museum and the James Naismith Musuem (although open in the warmer months), which could be an interesting diversion. It costs $6 to park in the conservation area but the grounds themselves are fairly extensive and there is a playground too.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The trail system is divided into four trail segments that all offer a unique learning opportunity. Each trail is marked with seven points of interest, lined with exhibits, wildlife viewing areas and unique opportunities to safely examine wetlands. You can get there by taking the ferry.

paddle sports
Thursday, October 06, 2016

Great place for a canoeing day trip from Toronto - especially in the fall!
No need to bring your own canoe; you can rent them in the park.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

We came here a couple of times before when the sap was running and our kids were litel. They have a "sugar bush" where kids can see how sap used to be harvested and reduced to syrup and how it's done now. There's also an all day pancakes breakfast. But be forewarned. It's not cheap!

On this mid-week Sept day we arrived to find no one on duty and a sign asking us to leave the $13 dollars admission for two people. We ended up having to drive 30 minutes out of our way to get cash/change. The trails themselves are short, not well marked and are always within ear shot of heavy traffic. All in all a real disappointment. I feel I am done with paying to enter the GTA conservation areas. They all seem to be expensive, not particularly interesting or challenging and they all seem to feature traffic noise. This wasn't worth the drive or the money.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Beautiful view! Great spot for kayaking as well!

nature trips
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

neat historic site and trail. follows what used to be an old rail line. nice smooth trails for walking, running, and biking.

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