The Waterfront Trail is the signature running spot in Oshawa. Part of the 1400 km Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, the Oshawa segment runs along Lake Ontario for 15.5 km from the McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve to Whitby Harbor. The path passes through several parks, and has water views for a good stretch of the way. There are a couple of on-road sections. A good starting point is Lakeview Park. From there, the path heads north to McLaughlin Bay for 3 km, or best to continue west through a series of parks. Some segment distances and descriptions:
0-3 km. McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve to Lakeview Park
3 km-6.5 km. Lakeview Park to Stone Street Park: Nice section through park with water views, includes pier
Shore Rd. 1 km section along road
7 km-10 km. West end of Shore Rd. to West end of Lakefront Park West. Nice section. Path turns inland after park
10 km-12 km. Inland Section
12 km-15.5 km: Thicksons Point to Whitby Harbor. Nice waterfront section through several parks.
Add-Ons: More running in either direction on the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail. At Lakeview Park. can connect to the Oshawa Creek Bike Path.
Parkrun: There’s a weekly Parkrun in Whitby.
- Up to 15.5 km (9.6 miles) one-way
- Relatively flat
- Northeast End: McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve; West End: Whitby Harbour. Lakeview Park is a central start point
- Numerous parks and access points