The Pickering Waterfront Trail is primarily off-road or aligned along residential streets. A short stretch at the west end of the Trail is unpaved through an open space. Also, a stretch of Trail runs on Bayly Rd, a very busy regional roadway with concrete sidewalk on south side. Caution should be exercised. The recently completed Millennium Square at the foot of Liverpool Road has won awards for its beautiful design and Homeplace, at Alex Robertson Park, features the unique carvings of artist Dorsey James.
The Trail through Pickering is divided into three named sections. First Nations Trail (3.5 km) is the western leg from Rouge River to the west shore of Frenchman's Bay. Monarch Trail (4.7 km) surrounds Frenchman's Bay and ends at Millennium Square. Peak Trail runs from Millennuim Square to the eastern border with Ajax. Each name has a historical or environmental significance. First Nations recognizes native settlements from the past and the significance the Rouge and the Lake played in their location. Monarch recognizes the monarch butterfly and its yearly migration to the Bay from the south. Peak is one of Pickering's earliest settlers.
Pedestrian bridge crossings over the Rouge River and Petticoat Creek
Surfaced boardwalk across sand beach from the south end of Liverpool Road at Millennium Square through Beachfront Park to Alex Robertson Park.
Asphalt (on-road), asphalt multi-use pathway (Petticoat Creek Conservation Area, Rotary Frenchman's Bay West Park, Glen Ravine Park, Vistula Ravine, Progress Frenchman's Bay East Park Bruce Hanscombe Park, Alex Robertson Park and through the waterfront open spaces along the Lake east of Montgomery Park Road to Frisco Road and Town of Ajax).
Main Access Points (with parking)
- Rouge Beach Park (Scarborough) - End of Lawrence Ave. East
- Entrance to Open Space at Bella Vista Drive - limited parking
- Petticoat Creek Conservation Area - Foot of Whites Rd.
- Millennium Square- Foot of Liverpool Rd.
- Alex Robson Park- near south end of Sandy Beach Rd.
- Foot of Frisco Road - Limited parking
Resources, Local Maps and Connecting Trails
A map of the Pickering section of the Waterfront Trail is on the City of Pickering Website:
Durham Region has a network of suggested bike routes that can be found on their PDF map here: