Oshawa's Trail system totals almost 27 km of paved surface that provides citizens and visitors with opportunities for physical activity such as walking, running, cycling, rollerblading or bird watching. A safe and environmentally friendly way of getting to and from work, school, shopping, or a nearby park, the trails are a great place to gather and enjoy the outdoors with friends and family.
Trail Characteristics and Accessibility
The City of Oshawa constructs all new trails to meet accessibility standards. Older established portions of the trails may have steep slopes, sharp turns and unprotected edges with close proximity to the lake or creek and may be considered as a potential obstacle for some users. Some portions are prone to seasonal flooding and freezing. On-road portions of the trail require the user to maneuver along and across areas with vehicular traffic.
More information on the City of Oshawa Accessibility Design Standards: Accessibility in Oshawa
Joseph Kolodzie Oshawa Creek Bike Path - 7 km
Surrounded by lush vegetation this paved path meanders along the picturesque Oshawa Creek valley with connections to Downtown Oshawa. The creek is home to the spring and fall trout and salmon runs. Portions of the path travel in close proximity to the creek with some steep slopes, sharp turns and unprotected edges. Caution should be used when accessing and maneuvering the trail.
Michael Starr Trail - 5 km
This urban trail follows a former CN Rail spur line that once connected Oshawa industries with the rest of North America. The trail recognizes Colonel Michael Starr's many contributions to the City of Oshawa and Canada. This trail provides quick access to Downtown Oshawa. Relatively flat in nature, the trail has many road crossings. Caution should be used when approaching and crossing intersections.
Harmony Creek Trail - 4 km
This paved trail is surrounded by lush vegetation and meanders through the valley along Harmony Creek. The natural surroundings of the valley provides a migration corridor for wildlife and naturalization projects have helped improve water
quality. The trail has a number of steep slopes and edges with close proximity to the creek. Caution is advised when accessing and maneuvering the trail.
Waterfront Trail - 11 km
Oshawa's section of the 780 km Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail follows the shores of Lake Ontario. The trails in Lakefront West Park and Stone Street Park were built to meet accessible standards. Caution should be used on other portions of the trail that may contain steep slopes and on roadway portions of the trail.
Downtown Oshawa is easily accessible from the Joseph Kolodzie Oshawa Creek Bike Path and the Michael Starr Trail. Shop and dine downtown or enjoy the murals and floral displays. Places to visit include The Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery, Oshawa Public Libraries - McLaughlin Branch, City Hall, the Canadian Automotive Museum and Memorial Park. Take in a show or a hockey game at the General Motors Centre or visit Parkwood National Historic Site.
Both the Oshawa Creek and Harmony Creek valleys have vegetation that is typical of Southern Ontario valley lands. A variety of native plant material blends to form an active ecosystem presenting many opportunities to enjoy a variety of recreational activities. Many of the trails are intentionally preserved in a natural state. Whether travelling our trails by foot, rollerblade or bicycle, or enjoying bird watching and fishing, Oshawa's trail system has a lot to offer.
Trail Users Code
Please respect the following code:
- Motorized vehicles are not permitted.
- Please stay on the paved trail.
- Hunting is not permitted.
- Abide by the signs regarding permitted trail use.
- Cyclists and e-bike riders must keep right, use a bell or verbal indication when passing, travel at moderate speed, use caution around pedestrians and dismount when crossing streets.
- Keep right to allow others to pass.
- Keep the trails clean use the trash receptacles as provided.
- Keep pets on a leash.
- Leave flowers, plants and trees for others to enjoy.
- Respect and protect our natural resources.
- Be advised that trails are prone to seasonal flooding and freezing.
On weekdays year-round a City employed Trail Attendant is available to answer questions, and help ensure a pleasant and informative experience while using the trails. Keeping the trails free of litter is the responsibility of all users.
Oshawa Trails Brochure
For the safety of all it is important that users understand what is classified as an e-bike, the rules of the road, and use caution and courtesy when operating e-bikes on our trails.
In the Fall of 2013 the City undertook a community consultation process to review the use of e-bikes on trails and sidewalks. Based on the feedback the Parks and Facilities By-law has been updated to allow the use of e-bikes on trails and the Bicycle and Skateboard By-law has been updated to prohibit the use of e-bikes on sidewalks.
Join the growing trend toward active transportation. Register for one of our free learn-to-bike programs and learn the rules of the road and the skills to cycle safely. The Program is taught by an instructor that is fully accredited in CAN-BIKE, knowledgeable about the Highway Traffic Act and has advanced cycling skills. These programs are perfect for those just starting to ride or those with limited cycling experience.
Durham Region Transit
Durham Region Transit’s Bike & Ride program has installed a bike rack on every bus to encourage cyclists to combine cycling with public transit.