The Tom Thomson Trail is a 3-season, hiking, cycling and horseback riding route between Owen Sound and Meaford, woodland trails and gravel roads across the Niagara Escarpment and rolling farmland overlooking Georgian Bay. The varied terrain and many access points along the 40 km. plus route provide opportunities for bird-watchers, mountain bikers, photographers, geo-cachers and hikers.
The trail features two routes. The main trail is suitable for mountain and hybrid bikes as there are some sections with rugged terrain, while the alternate route uses mostly paved roads and trails with some gravel sections. The alternate route is better suited for road or hybrid bikes.
One of the highlights is passing the historic Leith Church and the cemetery where Tom Thomson is thought to be buried. The suspicious death of this influential Canadian artist in Algonquin Park in 1917 remains a mystery in Canadian history. The Tom Thomson Trail recognises 2017 is the 100th anniversary of Tom Thomson’s death.
Spring, summer and autumn excursions along the Tom Thomson Trail offer changing colours in the hardwood forests, views of century farms along country roads and opportunities to enjoy the unique landscapes of the Niagara Escarpment.
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