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Parks & Trails
Free in Peterborough is a resource guide for activities to do, and places to see in Peterborough and area. If you are interested in posting anything on this website please call the City of Peterborough's Recreation Department at (705) 742-7777 x1873.
Beavermead Park is the home of campers, soccer players, beach goers, and those just in for a walk in the park. Located off of Ashburnham Road Beavermead is a popular park with plenty of parking and lots to do. There are six soccer fields, many picnic tables and benches, and a pavilion to relax in the shade. The children’s playground structure is a great place for the kids to play and the beach a good place to cool off. The walking trail that runs through the park is also a nice way to spend the day.
This park is used for many baseball games, located on Monaghan Road and McDonnell Street. The ball diamonds are in great condition with benches and plenty of room for spectator to come out and watch. There are also tennis courts free to use at the park.
There are 4 baseball diamonds located at the park with player’s benches and bleachers for fans. The playground structure is in great condition with a jungle gym, and a slide. There are also picnic tables near by. There is a shaded pavilion area at the park with picnic tables and washroom facilities. There is good signage to locate the park off of Brealey Drive with plenty of parking.
Del Crary Park
Set near the downtown core of Peterborough, Del Crary Park is located on the shore of Little Lake. A marina, several picnic sites and an outdoor stage are all on site. Del Crary Park hosts the spectacular Peterborough MusicFest every summer. George Street, south of the downtown core of Peterborough.
East Gate Park
The park has three excellent soccer fields that are used by many of the community soccer leagues. There is plenty of room for spectators to sit on the bleachers to watch the game. If you are interested in soccer, East Gate is a located off of Ashburnham Drive and has a large parking lot. The following fields are located at this park: Mark Forester, Hogan Field and Eastgate 3.
Jackson Creek Kiwanis Trail
This 4 km section of the Trans-Canada trail follows alongside the Jackson Creek. It runs from Jackson Park to Ackison Road. Parking is available at Jackson Park. For more information call Otonabee Conservation Centre at (705) 745-5791.
Located off of Parkhill Road, Jackson Park is a wonderful place to spend the day with friends and family. The upper area of Jackson Park has a playground structure, picnic tables, and area to sit in the shade. There is a beautiful trail running through the park with a picturesque forest and creek running throughout. The lower area of the park is also a nice place to walk along the trail and spend time with nature.
Kawartha Nordic Ski Trails
This cross-country ski trail measures 50 kms in length and is free of charge to club members. Classic style skiing only is permitted on these trails. The Simmons parking lot is located 40 kms north of Peterborough on Hwy 28 just north of Haultain.
These trails were constructed in 2000 and total 5.5 kilometres, this trail makes its way through the Village of Lakefield. The trail mainly follows the shore of the Otonabee River and Katchawanooka Lake. For more information contact the Smith-Ennismore Parks & Recreation Department (705) 292-7034.
Miller Creek Wildlife Area
A series of short trails measuring 1 km in total length through open meadows and woodland along the edge of a wetland area. Located on the 7th line of Smith, just east of Bridgenorth. For information call The Otonabee Conservation Centre at (705-) 745-5791.
The entrance is located off of Roger Neilson Drive. There are ball diamonds at the park with benches for the players. There is a lot of green space and this park is generally used for baseball tournaments and the exhibition fairgrounds.
Travels between Jackson Park and the Peterborough Zoo for 4.2 km.
Rotary Greenway Trail
A 20 km trail; this trail is enhanced with benches, historic, environmental and ecological signage. The south entrance is on Ashburnham Drive through the Ecology Park and the trail goes as far north as Trent University and can be accessed at numerous points. For more information call the Rotary club of Peterborough at (705) 742-5162.
Trails Info and Maps
The uniquely diverse topography of Peterborough & the Kawarthas creates endless opportunities for outdoor recreation, and trail systems of varying use and terrain types are among the region's best features. From the sandy, rolling hills of the Oak Ridges Moraine, to the rocky landscape of the Canadian Shield, hikers, cyclists, cross-country skiers and snowmobilers all can find a trail to call their own. To obtain a map or an Outdoor Adventure Guide call (705) 742-2201 or visit www.thekawarthas.net.
Trent University Promise Rock Nature Area
This 2.4 km trail runs between the Otonabee River and an abandoned railway. Access is off River Road and parking is available north of the Environmental Sciences Building at Trent University.
Trent University Wildlife Sanctuary
This wildlife sanctuary is managed by Trent University and offers 3 different trails ranging in distance from 1.9 km - 2.9 km. These trails are located on the east side of University Road just south of Nassau Mills Road in Peterborough.
West 49 Skateboard Park
The Peterborough West49 Skateboard Park, located at 560 McDonnell Street, is an open free-use facility for skateboard users. The park which measures 8,400 square feet and includes 22 ramps, is open May to November each year. Special events are often featured at the park with many professional skateboarders from Canada and the United States providing demonstrations.