Brampton’s top 5 trails to go winter running

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Published February 4, 2022 at 12:28 pm

Brampton gyms might be reopening this week, but there are lots of outdoors trails for those looking for a winter wonderland walk, run or even a cross country ski trip.

There are more than 40 kilometres of guided and paved recreational trails throughout the City of Brampton for residents to take in everything the winter has to offer.

Here are five of Brampton’s top winter running spots.

#5 – Esker Lake Recreational Trail

Taking you into some of Brampton’s most treasured parks, green spaces and conservation areas, the Esker Lake Recreational Trail showcases Brampton’s connection to nature. Plan a couple of hours​ or make a full day of the trail to take in both the urban and wild activities along the route.

#4 – Fletcher’s Creek Recreational Trail

The Fletcher’s Creek Recreational Trail runs north to south through the west side of Brampton, with a paved recreational trail maintained year-round.

Starting at Wanless Drive and ending at Highway 407, some of the sights that you will enjoy as you follow along the Fletcher’s Creek trail include the Chris Gibson Recreation Centre, Flower City Community Campus, and South Fletcher’s Sportsplex.

#3 – Don Doan Trail

Running parallel to Chinguacousy Recreational Trail, the Don Doan Recreational Trail was formerly known as Professor’s Lake Recreational Trail. It’s a predominantly suburban recreational trail that takes you through the east side of Bramalea neighbourhoods.

Wayfinding signs navigate you north to Brampton’s popular beach and public swimming area at Professor’s Lake.

#2 – Chinguacousy Park

The Chinguacousy Recreational Trail winds through several Brampton neighbourhoods, from Victoria Park in Bramalea extending north to Dixie Road and Countryside Drive. While traveling this recreational trail, you will visit a stretch of suburbs, green spaces and local urban attractions.

#1 – Etobicoke Creek Trail 

Following the creek through parks, urban forests and wildflower fields, this recreational trail has few road interruptions and allows for long and peaceful excursions.

A two kilometre-long interregional connection fills a critical gap in the trail between Brampton and Mississauga, allowing safe passage under Highway 407 and Highway 410, from the Kennedy Road Trail entrance to the city limit.

The trail provides a continuous off-road active transportation route that connects Lake Ontario and the Waterfront Trail to the Greenbelt Trail in Caledon.

Want more information on our recreational trails? Check out the Brampton Cycling Map​ or the interactive Peel Recreational Trails Map​.

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