Hiking and Waterfront Trails

Explore the natural beauty that surrounds the Town of Gananoque. The Gananoque Trail System is made up of a 12 km perimeter hike that may be divided into three returns to Trailhead loops. The Gananoque Trail has been constructed with the assistance of the Town of Gananoque Volunteer Trails Committee, and the financial and moral support of the Town of Gananoque, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, The Lions Club of Gananoque, The Kinsmen Club of Gananoque, and the kindness of the landowners who have allowed the trail to pass over their property.

Gananoque Trails Guide [PDF]

Lions Loop

From the Trailhead at the Umbrella on King St., follow the blue hiker/arrows trail markers north up the old rail line, through the Collins and Aikman property, right to Queen St., to the Alberta St. intersection, turn left on Alberta St. to Stone St. lights. To return to the Trailhead, follow the orange diamond markers south on Queen St., left on Ann St. to the Stone St. west sidewalk to Kinsmen Park. Follow the path along the river bank, around Kinsmen Hall, then the brick path along the Gananoque River to Hudson Bridge. Cross bridge and follow path through the park property to the main trail at the old RR bridge. Get back to the Trailhead by the way of the Confederation Park brick path. This trail is bicycle and wheelchair accessible.

Rogers Loop

Continue following the blue hiker/arrows trail markers. Cross at the Stone St. lights to James Brennan Rd., and follow it east to the fire hydrant just before the gate to the public works yard. Follow across the field path to the Stocking Hill Creek bridge, and proceed on path through bush to cross the Herbert St. extension. Continue on path to the old race track behind the Gananoque Recreation Centre. Turn left and follow this and the path to the lights at King St. and Carmichael Rd. To return to the Trailhead, follow the orange diamond markers on King St. West to Talbot Place, then west on Garden St., which will take you to the Town Hall Park and the Trailhead at the Chamber of Commerce Information Office.

River Loop

Go south from the King St. lights to the end of Carmichael St. You are now entering private property; remain on the identified trail, particularly through the White pine plantation, watching closely for the trail markers, as there are a number of intersecting paths. After crossing the boardwalk, turn right and follow Conner Dr. a short distance to MacDonald Dr., left to Elmwood Dr. to the street end and follow the trail through Grasshopper Park to the end of Arthur St. The remainder of the trail is on Town streets. Arthur to William, to South, to Stone, to Water, cross the Swing bridge to Joel Stone Park. Pass in front of the water works to St. Lawrence to Market to Clarence and the Town Marina. Follow the river front to the gazebo, then along Bay St. to King St. Turn right back to the Trailhead.

Frontenac Arch Biosphere

Gananoque is also part of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere which was officially designated by the National Geographic as the world's ninth Geotourism Regions. For more to explore in the Thousand Islands visit Frontenac Arch Biosphere

Great Lakes Waterfront Trail

The Town of Gananoque is part of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail which stretches along the Canadian shores of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River connecting 155 communities and hundreds of natural and cultural heritage sites. It is a legacy project that celebrates and defines a new relationship to the world’s largest supply of freshwater. Great Lakes Waterfront Trail