This is a great route in Thunder Bay with several sections that can be run separately or stitched together for a longer run of 15-20k. It includes paths along the Neebing River, a loop around Chapples Park, a tour of Friendship Gardens, and even a running track!
Neebing River Path (south). The heart of the route is the path along the Neebing River just south of Chapples Park. The paved path goes along the narrow river for up to 4 km one-way, from Brunswick Park to Wolverine Crescent. The first 0.8 km is along the south side, then there’s a crossover bridge to the north side. There are water views a good part of the way.
Friendship Gardens Add-On. Near the beginning of the Neebing River path, the short loop around Friendship Gardens makes for a nice add-on. Take Legion Track Dr. south for 0.4 km, then do the 1 km loop around Friendship Gardens on a paved path around a small lake and landscaped park. This add-on is 1.8 km total. Bonus: There’s the Royal Canadian Legion Running Track off Legion Track Dr.
Chapples Park Loop. From the Neebing River path, head north into Chapples Park, which features numerous recreation facilities and a paved path alongside the main park road that makes for a 2.6 km loop.
Neebing McIntyre Floodway Path. North of Chapples Park, there’s a path along this river that goes for 2 km between May St. and Confederation College. You also can connect to this path from Chapples Park using the ~1 km cycle trail on the west side of the park that leads to Confederation College, or using a small road that connects north to William St.
- See the distances for each 'section'. Can be combined for 15-20 km!
- Fairly flat
- Depends on section chosen. Parking at the Royal Canadian Legion Track provides good acces to the gardens, river paths, Chapples Park
- Park at the Royal Canadian Legion Track or Chapples Park.