Hidden Gems – Wasaga Beach
Wasaga Beach Provincial Park is More Than Beaches
From beach 1-6. There are a number of gorgeous trails that wind their way through a variety of landscapes that range from easy to intermediate. The winter is a wonderful time to explore these trails via hiking, snowshoeing or cross country skiing.
The Monument Hill Trail is considered an easy trail and is 8.7 km long. It takes approximately 2 hours and 9 minutes to complete this trail if walking at a steady pace. This is an excellent trail for bird watching as it goes through an older growth forested area. A highlight of this trail is the waterfall.
The Ganaraska Trail is an out and back trail that takes approximately 1 hour and 19 minutes to complete. It is 4.7 km in length. This trail offers a nice variety of landscapes as it goes through a forest and fields that skirt the Nottawasaga River. The presence of a water source ensures wildlife is never far away.
The Veteran’s Way Loop is an easy 2.1 km trail that can easily be completed in 35 minutes. This trail goes through the forest and is very popular with mountain bikers. Those owning the latest “built for winter” cycling bikes will be sure to enjoy this route.
Pine Trail is also another easy hike. It is 7.1 km and takes 1 hour and 50 minutes to complete. This trail is popular with the cross country skiing set and offers amazing views as well as the solitude of a heavily wooded area.
The Turquoise Loop is 4.8 km. in length and will take 1 hour and 19 minutes to complete. It is also considered an easy hike. This trail also offers the quietness of the forest with some spectacular views thrown in for good measure.
For more of a challenge, the Wasaga Beach East Outer Loop will not disappoint. Designated as a moderate route it is 10.6 km in length and should take 2 hours and 55 minutes to hike. There are a few short but steep hills on this route so perhaps wear crampons. There are also some sandy parts to contend with as well as forested areas and open fields.
Another moderate trail is The Water Agency Loop. It is only 4.0 km. in length and can easily be done in 1 hour and 5 minutes but has more twists and turns and inclines than the others. This trail circles the clean water facility as well as a little racetrack (now abandoned) before diving back into the woods.
All trails offer an escape from town life and an opportunity to connect with nature during these wintry months. Dogs are very welcome but must be leashed.