Natural Areas

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The Township of South Glengarry is home to a number of natural areas and passive open spaces. Some are owned by the Township but the majority are owned and operated by other agencies.

Bernie McDonell Park

Bernie McDonell Park is a 5.22 acre passive Township park located in Lancaster Heights. The park features a pond with two small islands, a footbridge and a picnic area.

Charlottenburgh Park

This park is owned by the Raisin Region Conservation Authority and features a public beach (unsupervised) and picnic area, as well as camping lots.

Cooper Marsh Conservation Area and Visitor Centre

This provincially significant wetland, located off County Road 2 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 km of trails, a viewing tower and a picnic/BBQ area with a shelter.

Glengarry Park

This full service campground is operated by the St. Lawrence Parks Commission and features 182 camp sites, a public beach, boat launch and picnic/BBQ area. Located east of Lancaster on South Service Road.

Glengarry Cairn

Located on an island south of Lancaster, this National Historic Site is no longer open to the public.

Gray's Creek Conservation Area

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 as well as 5 km of groomed trails, picnic/BBQ area with a shelter, volleyball court and public washrooms.

Library Park

This Township owned park is located behind the library in Lancaster.

St. Lawrence Recreational Path

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 km, 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 km "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.

Summerstown Trails

Located 1 km north of Highway 401 in Summerstown, access to the Summerstown Trails is free at all times. With various programs and activities offered by the Friends of Summerstown Trails (FOTST), the trails provide year-round activity for South Glengarry residents and visitors for all ages.  

Currently, there are approximately 20 km of groomed cross-country ski trails (classic and skating) and 12 km of snowshoe trails for winter use, with 9 km of snowshoe trails groomed for fat biking. Trails range from beginner to intermediate.

Trail maps are made available at the parking lot during the winter season with rental of equipment available on weekends, weather and trail conditions permitting. This includes: XC ski packages (skis, boots, & poles), snowshoes and fat bikes, available in both adult and kid sizes. The trails are also used in summer for walking, hiking, and biking. 

FOTST Contact Information:
Visit the FOTST Facebook page HERE 

Image depicts a wintery scene with the Summerstown Forest sign visibly at the forefront of the image with blue and green imaging across the sign

Peanut Line

This is a multipurpose trail that extends from the eastern to the western border of the Township.

Pines Park

This is a passive park located on County Road 34 north of Lancaster. This former MTO rest stop has been upgraded by the Township and is used as a roadside stop by travellers.

South Lancaster Wharf

The Wharf is located on the corner of Pine Street in South Lancaster and is one of few locations with public access to the waterfront.

Waterfront Trail

The Township of South Glengarry has over 45 km of waterfront trail for cycling that is a part of the Great Waterfront Trail network.

Women's Institute Park

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

Hiking Trails

Trail # of Trails Kms of Trails Accessible
Cooper Marsh Conservation Area        3  11.5 km Yes
Gray's Creek Conservation Area        4 6.5 km Yes
Summerstown Trails        4 20 km  Not Available

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