Quinte West's scenic natural environment makes it an ideal place for nature lovers. The conservation areas and nature parks in Quinte West are perfect for exploring on foot or cycling. Click here to view a map.
Trenton Greenbelt Conservation Area
2.5 km - hiking, biking, canoeing/kayaking
The Trenton Greenbelt Conservation Area is a perfect setting for picnic lunches between shopping in downtown Trenton. The Jack Lange Memorial Walkway offers something for everyone -- walking, hiking, cycling or wildlife viewing. Other facilities include picnic shelter and boat launch with access to the Trent River.
Trenton Escarpment Natural Habitat Area
Dundas Street West
This is a small parcel of wooded preserve located in the heart of Trenton. With access provided through Hannah Park, you can hike in the summer, cross-country ski in the winter, or just wander in peaceful surroundings through all four seasons.
Glen Miller Conservation Area
The Glen Miller Conservation Area is situated along the Trent River just north of Trenton. It provides an ideal location to launch a boat and try your hand at fishing. For your convenience, there is a picnic shelter.
Sager Conservation Area
30 Golf Course Road - 1 km - hiking
Sager Conservation Area offers picnicking, trails, and a scenic viewpoint. This area is part of a glacial feature known as Oak Lake Island. This is a series of large drumlins (hills) that formed an island in glacial Lake Iroquois. The drumlin in the conservation area is one of the highest points of land in the area. A lookout tower provides an excellent point from which to view the surrounding countryside including part of the Trent Valley. There is a picnic shelter.
Murray Marsh Natural Habitat Area
McColl Road and 9th Murray Road
Murray Marsh Natural Habitat Area is part of a provincially significant wetland located south of the Percy Reach on the Trent River. It is the most expansive and undisturbed tract of marsh and swamp forest in southeastern Ontario. Within the 4850-hectare wetland, there is marshland, thicket and swamp, upland forest ridges, open water, and numerous drumlins. Lower Trent Conservation and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources protect close to 40% of the wetland through their acquisition programs.
The Marsh provides nesting and feeding sites for over 150 bird species. In the northwest portion of the marsh there is a heronry. Numerous migrating waterfowl species use the marsh as a nesting and feeding area. There is also a very large deer yard located in the marsh. A diverse array of vegetation can be found in the wetland; there are approximately 300 plant species and over 85 types of trees and shrubs.
Keating Hoard's Natural Habitat Area
The Keating Hoard's Natural Habitat Area, located along the Trent River, consists of a mixture of marsh, wooded swamp, and deciduous forest. This 260-hectare natural habitat area is ideal for bird watchers and canoeists.
Quinte Conservation Area
2061 Old Highway 2
6 km - hiking, cross-country skiing, snoshoeing, canoeing/kayaking
The Quinte Conservation Area is a 140-hectare former farmstead that offers hikers and cross-country skiers 6 km. of trails through relatively even terrain. Dog owners and their four-legged friends will enjoy the 'Pooch Path' loop. Potter Creek winds its way through the area toward the Bay of Quinte. Picnic tables near the shore and the Nortel Arboretum are other features of interest. There is access to the Bay of Quinte for canoeing, kayaking, and windsurfing, although there is no boat launch. Parking is available on both sides of Old Hwy 2. A pedestrian tunnel provides safe access to trails on the north side of Old Hwy 2. Quinte Conservation Area is the home of the popular children's summer Conservation Day Camp program and site of the Quinte Conservation main office.
Sidney Conservation Area
379 Airport Road (2 km west of Hwy 14)
This wooded 52-acre site is favoured by hikers, birders and wildflower enthusiasts. The conservation area is recognizable by the stately red pine plantation just inside the entrance. Mostly under natural vegetation, this conservation area is a colourful woodland during the spring and fall. Two small branches of Chrysal Creek cross this conservation area, which was home to a biological research station in the 1960s.