Description

A fully paved rail trail winding its way along the southern shore of Georgian Bay from Midland to Waubaushene with a spur to Port McNicoll. Some great vistas and a ride through history with interpretive nature signs along the route. This multi-use trail is part of the Trans Canada Trail and perfect for the whole family.

INTERACTIVE MAP | PDF MAP

Trail Location: Follow Hwy 12 to the bridge over the Wye River and look for Sainte-Marie Park on the northwest side. OR Follow Hwy 400 to Hwy 12, then north on Coldwater Road until trailhead.

Nearest Towns: Waubaushene, Victoria Harbour, Port McNicoll and Midland.
Trail Length: 16 km
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Sainte-Marie Park, Trestle Park, Waubaushene Government Dock and Victoria Harbour.
Washrooms: Trestle Park

Highlights:
Martyrs’ Shrine: The Shrine honors the eight Jesuit saints who lived, worked and died here, more than 350 years ago.

Sainte-Marie among the Hurons: From 1639 to 1649 this land was home toa French Jesuit settlement in Wendake, the lake of the Wendat. A reconstruction of the mission now operates as a living museum. This attraction is only open seasonally.

Wye Marsh: This wetland is home to an amazing diversity of bird specicies and also provides nesting habitat to some uncommon species such as Bittern, Black Tern and the Trumpeter Swan. Wye Marsh is open from 9am – 5p, year-round. Entry fees apply.

Trestle Trail: This is a paved trail which leads into Port McNicoll by following Hogg Bay to Ney Avenue. Follow this path to tour the mighty S.S. Keewatin (open seasonally).

Victoria Harbour: Can be accessed from where the trail crosses Albert Street. There are several small shops (don’t miss the Antique Shop!) and eateries in this quaint village.

Waubaushene Beaches Provincial Nature Reserve: This park is a short walk from the Tay Shore Trail. There is a diverse range of forest types and other biotic communities. A short uphill climb gives you a fantastic view of Georgian Bay.

Coldwater Road Parkette: Trail users can park here and use the picnic facitlities.

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