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Natural Areas & Passive Open Space

A total of fourteen natural areas represent an inventory well in excess of 1,000 acres. A few of these natural areas are owned by the Township, but the large majority are owned and operated by other agencies. All are accessible to South Glengarry residents and visitors for passive recreational uses and some, like the Glengarry Park public beach, are used extensively.

The Township recently took possession of two wharfs from the federal government, one in Lancaster and the other in Summerstown. The Lancaster Wharf is supported by The Friends of the Wharf, a volunteer group which sponsors community special events.

 Natural Areas & Passive Open Spaces
Bernie McDonnell Park is a 5.22 acre passive Township park located in Lancaster Heights. Bordered by Beauchamps Drive, Lakeside Drive and Parkhill Circle, it features a pond with two small islands, a footbridge and a picnic area.
Charlottenburgh Park is located at 19733 County Road 2 (at Fraser Road) in Lancaster, ON K0C 1N0 and is on the shores of Lake St. Francis. Closed to the public in 1990, this premier 235 acre park was cleaned up and reopened in 2005 through a partnership between the Raisin Region Conservation Authority, the Township of South Glengarry and many other organizations. The public beach (unsupervised) and picnic area are once again available to area residents and visitors alike. To reserve camping lots, please contact The Raisin Region Conservation Authority 613-931-0944
Charlottenburgh Managed Forest is located north east of Martintown, on Caber Road. Owned by the Township, this 50 acre site has been reforested and features trails and other mountain biking amenities for riders of all levels.
Cooper Marsh Conservation Area and Visitor Centre is operated by the Raisin Region Conservation Authority. This Provincially significant wetland, located off County Road 2 along the St. Lawrence River and just west of Lancaster, is part of the larger (650 acre) Charlottenburgh Marsh. The Cooper Marsh is linked to the St. Lawrence Recreational Path and features a modern Visitors Centre, boardwalks, 7 kilometres of trails, a viewing tower and a picnic/ BBQ area with a shelter. Bilingual educational programs, day camps and interactive workshops are available throughout the year through the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences.
Glengarry Park is located at 20800 South Service Road, Lancaster, ON K0C 1X0 (East of Lancaster) and is on the St. Lawrence River. This full service campground is operated by the St. Lawrence Parks Commission from mid-May to mid-September each year. In addition to its 182 camp sites, the park offers local residents access to a popular public beach, picnic/ BBQ area and boat launch. They can be reached at1-800-437-2233.
The Glengarry Cairn is located on an island south of Lancaster. The cairn's image is included in the Township of South Glengarry logo and is a popular tourist destination.
Gray's Creek Conservation Area is located east of Boundary Road on the western edge of Glen Walter. Operated by the Raisin Region Conservation Authority, Gray's Creek is a 106 acre natural site featuring a 110 slip marina on the St. Lawrence River. Other amenities include 5 kilometres of groomed trails open year round, a picnic/ BBQ area with a shelter, an outdoor volleyball court, and personal watercraft rentals. Water and public washrooms are available at the marina and administrative offices. The site is linked to a paved, multi-use path which connects to the St. Lawrence Recreational Path. Group reservations are accepted for picnics or other recreational events.
Library Park is located behind the library in Lancaster, at the corner of Duncan and Military. The site is owned by the Township.
The St. Lawrence Recreational Path is one of South Glengarry's most popular outdoor spaces. The path begins in Lancaster and stretches west over 75 kilometres, along or near the shoreline of the St. Lawrence River, ending at Morrisburg. Within the boundaries of South Glengarry (between Lancaster and Gray's Creek Conservation Area) the St. Lawrence Recreational Path is a 21 kilometre "designated" paved shoulder along County Road 2. West of Gray's Creek through Cornwall and beyond, it is a paved, multi-use path than runs along the shore of the St. Lawrence. A future expansion of the path is planned east of Lancaster, possibly alongside the South Service Road, to the Québec border. The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry owns the section of the path in South Glengarry and the Township has been a partner in its development.

Located 1 km north of Highway 401 above Summerstown, The Summerstown Trails are operated by the Friends of Summerstown Trails. FOTST invites anyone interested in green activities such as snowshoeing, hiking, birding, biking, and cross-country skiing to contact us and join FOTST.

 

As an established non-profit community organization, FOTST is an effective liaison between green users of the forest and the governmental agencies responsible for this resource.

The Peanut Line is a multipurpose trail that extends from the eastern to the western border of the Township. To note that not all activities are permitted on all section of the Line - defer to posted signage.  Download the Peanut Line Map
The Pines Park is a passive park located on County Road 34 north of Lancaster. This former MTO rest stop has been recently upgraded by the Township of South Glengarry and is used as a roadside stop by travelers.
The South Lancaster Wharf is located On the corner of Pine Street in South Lancaster. Concept Plans for South Lancaster Wharf include a Short-Term Plan and a Long-Term Plan
The Summerstown Wharf is located on County Road 2 next to Dimitri's Restaurant.
The Township of South Glengarry has over 45 kms of cyclable Waterfront Trail that is part of the Great Waterfront Trail network.

The GWTA's goal is:

  • To make sure people have access to the water; and that the water is worth getting to.
  • Expand and enhance the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail and Greenway as part of a larger strategy to regenerate the waterfront; and
  • Promote the Waterfront Trail and Greenway as a way to achieve a healthy environment and lifestyle.

Access the Great Waterfront Trail Map.

Women's Institute Park is a small parkette along 3rd Line Road owned by the Ministry of Transportation. On the south edge of Bainsville, it features picnic tables, and commemorative trees.