The trail system at Wasaga Beach Provincial Park is truly a rare find. Well over 50 km of hiking trails can be accessed from the Wasaga Nordic & Trail Centre. The winter ski trails can be utilized during the summer for your hiking pleasure. Please note that trails are NOT maintained during the spring/summer/fall seasons. The Adventure Map: Wasaga Beach Provincial Park(available for purchase at the Welcome Centre/Nancy Island Historic Site) provides a map of the trail system through the park.
Among the highlights of these trails will be your journey through one of the rarest ecosystems in Canada – the pine-oak savannah. This ecosystem is globally imperilled due to development and the lack of natural fires. It is characterized as an open forest of oak and pine intermixed with prairie plants. Plants such as Butterfly Weed, New Jersey Tea, Big Bluestem, and Little Bluestem are all species to look for when in these special places. The Pine Trail Guidebook (available for purchase at the Welcome Centre/Nancy Island Historic Site) provides more information about pine-oak savannah.
Our trails are in a section of the park known as the Dunes Area. Wasaga Beach’s location at the southern end of Georgian Bay is the result of collected sand, which blows in with prevailing winds. Over thousands of years, a large series of parabolic sand dunes have developed. Some of the dunes that our trails travel through are over 40 metres tall.
Harold Culham Memorial Bicycle Trail
The Harold Culham Memorial Bicycle Trail can be accessed at Schooner Town Heritage Site. The Town of Wasaga Beach and Wasaga Beach Provincial Park, along with the Ganaraska Hiking Club, the Healthy Community Network, and a number of individuals installed a granite monument at Schooner Town Heritage Site in memory of Harold Culham, who passed in 2012. The Trail dedication took place on June 1st, 2013 on International Trails Day.