The Midland Rotary Waterfront Trail connects the Tay Shore Trail from Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in the south through the Sainte-Marie Park and along the residential waterfront to the Midland Town Dock and downtown core and on through recreational lands and private marinas to the Mid-Pen link in the north.
Trail Location: Take County Road 93 to Vindin Street, Midland, which is north of main shopping area. Turn right at lights and follow road to Harbourview Drive. Turn left and take first right to Pete Pettersen Park.
Nearest Town: Midland
Trail Length: 8 km
Parking: Pete Pettersen Park, Town Dock, Unimin Park or Sainte-Marie Park
Washrooms: Pete Pettersen Park or Town Dock (May – Thanksgiving)
Wye River: Flowing past Ste. Marie among the Hurons, you can explore this recreated, 17th century French Jesuit mission headquarters and experience the interaction of the French and native Wendat Huron nation.
Sainte Marie Park: A view of Martyr’s Shrine (a church which honors the eight Jesuit saints who lived, worked and died here over 350 years ago).
Gazebo: Overlooking the marina and Georgian Bay, this provides a viewpoint where you can watch the boats sail by, enjoy a stroll along the promenade or view glorious gardens.
Veterans Park: A Boy Scout aboretum hosting various species of trees for all of Canada’s provinces and territories.
Edgehill Park: 7 acres of land overlooking the waters of Georgian Bay. See boat on their way to the Midland Town Docks.
Harbourside Park: Called the Garden of Natural Species, this park was built by the Midland Parks staff which exhibits plants that are native to this area.
Midland Town Docks: The protected deep water harbour of Midland Bay is crucial to the Town’s waterway transportation and includes a tourist information centre, washrooms and a fantastic restaurant with a shaded patio where you can enjoy a cold drink or a bite to eat.
Old Rail Museum Relics: The Midland Railway was begins in the community of Port Hope on the shores of Lake Ontario and stretches to the southern reaches of Georgian Bay in Midland, Ontario.
Pete Petterson Park: Named after a local ski jump builder/promoter, this 24-acre park is equipped with a baseball diamond, an outstanding view of Georgian Bay, a swimming and play area, and access to the Rotary Waterfront Trail.