Craigleith

Biking

Bike on the park roads or the Georgian Trail located just outside of the park. A nice flat, stone chip trail runs from Meaford to Collingwood.

For downhill and cross-country skiing as well as road riders you can visit the park store for the most up to date information on trails.

Birding

Craigleith is home to a variety of songbirds, raptors and waterfowl. Visitors often see chickadees, juncos, nuthatches, cardinals, Blue Jays, robins, finches and hummingbirds.

Canoeing

Craigleith’s shores are ideal to take the canoe out but be very cautious of the big water and its ability to change suddenly. For a relaxing adventure visit the local Beaver River which offers two, four and six hours of canoeing, beginning in Kimberley in the heart of the Beaver Valley. Shuttle service and canoe rentals are available in the village of Heathcote which is where the canoe route ends.

Fishing

Craigleith is famous for its spring and fall offshore fishing. Cast your line and you may catch a Rainbow Trout, Salmon or even a Whitefish. Another great fishing area close by is the Beaver River; the mouth of the river is located 10 minutes outside of the park in the town of Thornbury.

Hiking

There are no designated hiking trails within the park but lots of opportunity for hiking all around the park; many within walking distance and many more within a short drive. Craigleith is a perfect hub for what the local area has to offer. Located at the Base of Blue Mountain and the Niagara Escarpment the opportunities are endless. The Georgian Trail is located directly across the highway from the park entrance and is an excellent biking and easy hiking trail. It runs along the highway all the way to Meaford and Collingwood. For intermediate to advanced hiking the Bruce Trail offers a variety of different experiences from spectacular views of Georgian Bay, The Niagara Escarpment and The Beaver Valley, rolling countryside, crevice caves and falling rivers and creeks over a tumbling landscape. These hikes all start within a fifteen minute drive of the park and trail maps and information are available at the park store.

Natural Heritage Education

Craigleith offers one program a week in the summer months. Refer to the Park Tabloid, online or inquire at the Park Store for details.