Peterborough and the Kawarthas are blessed with some of the most beautiful natural environments this side of Lake Ontario that people love to explore and enjoy. Forests, wetlands and waterways seem to be around almost every corner. While some places are better known than others, a hidden gem sits in the north corner of our great city, within the Trent University Symons campus.
Below are 12 great reasons to discover the nature areas at Trent University…
1. It’s an outdoor enthusiast’s delight with roughly 30 kilometres of trails to hike, cross country ski or snowshoe on—depending on the season of course!
2. Love water? The Otonabee River cuts right through the middle of campus and is great for swimming, rowing, paddling and fishing.
3. The biodiversity you’ll discover is second to none. You’ll find everything from mammals and birds, to amphibians and reptiles. Show off your sightings on Trent’s online database.
4. The nature areas are a giant wilderness classroom with countless unique locations offering students an opportunity to conduct labs identifying both flora and fauna!
5. From a historical perspective, many interesting features tell tales of the past such as stone fence lines from the original farmsteads and evidence of the Nassau Mill, found along the Michi Saagiig Great Portage route.
Nassau Dam & Mill, Oct 12.1896. Photo provided courtesy of Trent University Archives from the Geale-Rogers Family Fonds
6. The nature areas are the perfect field trip destination for kids of all ages helping to create the next generation of nature enthusiasts.
7. Picnicking is the best and the nature areas around Trent offer a ton of places to enjoy a feast with picnic tables scattered throughout.
8. The Lady Eaton Drumlin Trail, a former ski hill, is perfect for those looking for a little climb in their hike! Reaching a height of 237 metres, it has great views of the surrounding area.
Ski Jump on Lady Eaton Drumlin. Photo provided courtesy of Peterborough Museum and Archives
9. Promise Rock found at the end of the Promise Rock Nature Trail is an Instagram post waiting to happen! This mini-limestone island was once a Cub Scout initiation site.
10. Love birds? Grab your binoculars and look for everything from owls and osprey, to sparrows and swallows. The wide range of species that frequent the area changes throughout the year.
11. With varying levels of difficulty, the three canal nature trails let you choose your own adventure and offer an up-close glimpse of the Otonabee River with plenty of benches to rest on and free parking available just across from the trailhead.
Trent University is currently undergoing a process to better understand and plan for the future of the land around campus, including the nature areas. You can be part of the process by sharing your thoughts.
To learn more about Trent University and the Trent Lands Plan, visit: