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Great Lakes Waterfront Trail


The Great Lakes Waterfront Trail is a collection of over 45 major trails, connecting the earth’s largest group of freshwater lakes. Along its extensive, 3,000 km length, you will be immersed in Ontario’s history, culture, and wildlife.

The Waterfront Trail is a signature project of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust. Their goal is to ensure that people have access to the world’s largest group of freshwater lakes. The trail and waterfront regeneration work connect communities and individuals to the natural world.

“Over time, we will have a Trail that guides people across all of Ontario’s Great Lakes and gives residents and visitors alike, an opportunity to reconnect with one of the most distinguishing features of Canada and the world.”
–David Crombie Founder and Board Member, Waterfront Regeneration Trust


The Great Lakes Waterfront Trail connects hundreds of parks, beaches, and forests, along with over 100 communities. and 45 First Nations across the province of Ontario. Spanning over 3,000 km, this trail passes through three UNESCO Biospheres, 33 Provincial Parks, five National Parks, 21 National Historic Sites, 83 Conservation Areas, and 169 Beaches.

This vast trail has become a popular tourism attraction, as well as a favoured spot for fitness and recreation. There is a variety of terrain to explore, both on-road and off-road. Stop at a scenic vantage point, stroll down the waterfront, or go on a multi-day cycling adventure to experience Ontario in a whole new way.

There is no shortage of adventure in the Great Lakes region. By connecting people with the water, The Great Lakes Waterfront Trail guides you around the world’s largest group of freshwater lakes.

For itineraries and events and more information about the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, check out their site.