East Gwillimbury, home to Queen’s Landing, is a beautiful town north of Newmarket that holds a lot of heritage and historical roots. The town is also home to lush trails and green spaces, perfect for you and your family to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle. And as the trees continue to change in the fall season, some of these trails are a perfect place to enjoy the East Gwillimbury area this fall. Here are some of our favourite trails:
Rogers Reservoir Trail
The Rogers Resevoir trail follows the route of the abandoned “Ghost Canal System” from the early 1900s. It is part of the Nokiidaa Trail System that links East Gwillimbury, Newmarket and Aurora. While hiking on this trail you will notice various historical sites, including the historic Metropolitan Radial Line. You will also come across a swing bridge that was once part of the canal system. The Rogers Reservoir Trail is perfect for walking, jogging or biking due to its flat surface. The wildlife is also very lush here; you may encounter geese, ducks, heron, and other bird species. You can also enjoy the beautiful Holland River on this trail.
Holland River Trail
This wide trail is part of the Rogers Reservoir Conservation area. It starts west of the 2nd Concession on the south side of the Holland River. Mixed shrubs and trees run on both sides of the river, making this trail very scenic and perfect for photos. If you’re lucky, you may happen to see a beaver near the river or a rare bobolink. With the diversity of mixed bush, meadow, wetlands and the river, this trail is an ever-changing habitat to enjoy during fall.
Located between Mount Albert Road and Queensville Sideroad, the Simcoe Trail connects residents around the area. This trail is 31.1 miles located near East Gwillimbury and offers beautiful scenic views, great for hiking, biking or walking with friends and family. The Holland Landing Community Centre and Library is found along this trail. Bring your friends to enjoy a fun game of tennis or basketball here. Some sections of this trail may be rocky, wet, narrow, or covered by roots so be careful when exploring!
Anchor Park Trail
This 1km wooded loop trail is small but unique. Holland Landing Park is accessible at Anchor Park Trail and forms a part of the larger Simcoe Trail network. The Anchor Park Trail offers several amenities for residents, including a picnic shelter, a playground and washrooms. You can also enjoy a sports field or have fun art the adventure bike park. The east side of the trail has a mix of woodland and connects to the Holland Landing Conservation area, a great spot for bird watching.
If you live in East Gwillimbury or are excitedly waiting for your move to Queen’s Landing, get to know the area by taking a hike through one of these spectacular trails.