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Sarnia and Point Edward

Description of the Area


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Sarnia Ontario sits where Lake Huron empties into the St.Clair River. With the expansion to Sarnia, the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail adds the third Great Lake to the Waterfront Trail. Thanks to decades of dedicated work by local champions such as the Bluewater Trails and Lambton Wildlife organization, people will enjoy a beautiful water's edge cycling and/or walking experience, largely off-road within the heart of Sarnia and Point Edward. Travelling north from St Clair Township, the Sarnia Waterfront Trail begins at Lasalle Line and follows the River along paved shoulders and bike lanes on the St. Clair Parkway. 

In Sarnia's heritage downtown, there is a vibrant mix of restaurants, cafes, shops and a brand new nano brewery called the Refined Fool Brewery--all visible and easily accessible from the path, which leads you around Sarnia Harbour to the Point Lands in Centennial Park. From here the Trail continues in the Villlage of Point Edward on a multi-use path under the international Bluewater Bridge to the Waterfront Park-celebrated for having the best chip truck, fantastic views of the shipping and recreational activity on the River and Lake Huron.

Continuing east along Lake Huron, the Trail enters Canatara Park. Canatara, Objiwe for blue water, offers 200 acres of Carolinian forest, dunes and white sandy beaches. It is home to over 200 species of bird and 52 varities of trees.

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Beyond the Canatara Park the Waterfront Trail continues on bike lanes and paved shoulders on Lakeshore Road, turning north on Brigden Road to continue on Old Lakeshore Road. Once again you are back at the water's edge. Sarnia's Waterfront Trail ends at Manaudmin Road but the Trail continues on HWY 7 into Plympton-Wyoming--though we strongly recommend getting onto the Howard Watson Nature Trail for a quieter ride or walk.

  • Number of hotel accommodations on the Trail in Point Edward.
  • Opportunity to experience cable wakeboarding at Boarder Pass
  • Canatara Park-- great beaches with all amenities (showers, picnic tables, washrooms, concessions, bike rentals) and the Lake Chipican Animal Farm
  • Heritage downtown with loads of shops, places to eat, great events, and the new Alix Art Gallery
  • Heritage plaque commemorating the explorer Lasalle, the Wreck of the Syndey E Smith and the Great Lakes among others.
  • Fascinating views of freighters from around the globe.
  • International crossing to the USA using the Bluewater Bridge (pedestrian and cycling not permitted on the bridge)
  • Connection to the Bridge to Bay Trail, Port Huron, Michigan USA
  • Connections to the 16 km Howard Watson Nature Trail signed as the Waterfront Trail east of Mandaumin Rd.

 Sarnia and Point Edward Trail comprises:

  • Sarnia and Point Edward combined have 26 km of Waterfront Trail known as the Bluewater Trail 
  • 9 km of off-road trail with many amenities and attractions -- perfect for families with young children
  • 17 km of on-road trail using low-volume roads usually with shoulder or bike lane.
  • South of Churchill Ln, County Rd 33 is elevated to pass over railway tracks. The shoulders narrow and sometimes disappear along this 900 m section. Traffic can be heavy and fast moving. Be sure to stay on CR 33 instead of heading onto Sunset Ave, which dead ends. On the north side of the overpass, there is a bike path on the west side of the road to Churchill, after which there is a combination of paved shoulders, bike lanes and paths into downtown.

Local Map

Main Access Points (with parking) 

  • Waterfront Park – Alexandra Ave., North of Michigan Ave., Point Edward

  • Canatara Park –1200 Lake Chipican Drive, Sarnia ON Canada, East of Sandy Ln.

  • Centennial Park - 430 Front St. North, Sarnia, ON Canada
  • Downtown paid parking can be found here

Resources, Local Maps and Connecting Trails

  • Bluewater Trails - Take a look at this growing network of trails that meander along the waterfront of both Sarnia and Point Edward

Tourism Information

Sarnia Municipal Information: http://www.city.sarnia.on.ca/

Point Edward Business Directory listing accommodations, restaurants and attractions: http://www.villageofpointedward.com/business-directory

Regional Tourism Information

Lambton County: http://www.lambtononline.ca/home/visitinghere/tsl/Pages/default.aspx

Tourism Sarnia Lambton: Lists accommodations, places to eat and attractions. http://www.tourismsarnialambton.com/communities/sarnia-point-edward

Ontario's Southwest: https://www.ontariossouthwest.com/

Ontario's Southwest cycling itineraries: https://www.ontariossouthwest.com/ways-to-play/cycling/

Local Organizations active on trails and Great Lakes issues:

Friends of the St. Clair River--a volunteer, charitable organization working to restore Lake St. Clair and support the bi-national Remedial Action Plan reach the goal of delisting the River as an Area of Concern.

Lambton Wildlife Inc- volunteer, charitable organization working to preserve and promote Lambton County's natural environment. Established in 1966 the organization owns or manages a number of conservation areas in the region and runs many naturalists programs.

Public Transit/ Rail /Airport Information

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VIA Rail - National Passenger Rail service. www.viarail.ca 
Bike racks are available on all trains equipped with baggage cars.
Sarnia Train Station: 125 Green St. N7T 2K4  http://www.viarail.ca/en/explore-our-destinations/stations/ontario/sarnia

Sarnia City Transit: http://www.city.sarnia.on.ca/living-here/getting-around/sarnia-transit/schedules-and-maps/sarnia-transit-route-maps-timetables-effective-january-12-2014

Sarnia Chris Hadfield Airport: http://www.sarniaairport.com/flightinfo.php
1500 Ariport Rd., Sarnia ON N7W 1B6


Contact Information

(416) 943-8080
4195 Dundas St. West - Suite 227,
Toronto, Ontario M8X 1Y4

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