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Fanshawe Trails

21 km of biking/hiking trails and 3.4 km of trails for hikers only
Remember trail etiquette - take only pictures, leave only footprints, and use only marked trails!
FAQ: Why are Fanshawe's unmarked bike trails being closed?

Trails for Hikers Only

There are three loop trails for hikers only;

These trails are marked with red blazes

  • Tamarack Trail - 1.3 km

  • Meadows Trail - 2.1 km

  • Pond Trail - 1.1 km

For your safety and to protect trail habitat, please always stay on the marked trails.

Fanshawe Lake Trail

(21 km, hiking/biking)

The Lake Trail circles all the way around Fanshawe Reservoir, going through mature forests, open meadows and along three stretches of roadway. For your safety and to prevent damage to habitat, please stay on the marked trails at all times. We highly recommended that anyone hiking or biking this trail carry a copy of the Lake Trail guide.


  • Direction of travel alternates depending on the date - on even numbered days go clockwise; on odd numbered days go counterclockwise. (Ex: on June 6 go clockwise; on June 7 go counterclockwise)

  • Bike helmets are mandatory, regardless of age or experience.

Fees and Rules


A park admission fee, payable at the front entrance gates, is required in order to use any trails. Season’s passes, also available at the gatehouses, give you unlimited yearly entrance to Fanshawe, Pittock and Wildwood Conservation Areas. Entry fees help us to maintain and improve the conservation areas' trails and facilities.

  • Always carry your Cyclist/Pedestrian Pass

  • Trails are open from dawn to dusk (night riding is prohibited)

  • Slow down and use caution when approaching or overtaking other trail users

  • At all times travel only on marked trails and respect trail closures

  • Do not disturb wildlife or pick or transplant flowers or plants

  • Bikers must wear and use appropriate safety equipment - helmets are mandatory and bike bells are recommended 

  • Do not climb fences

  • Keep dogs on leash and under control at all times, and remember to stoop and scoop

  • Keep trails free of litter

Low Water Crossings

There are two low water crossings on the Lake Trail, one over Wye Creek and one just south of the Thorndale bridge on the west side of the Thames River. When the reservoir and river are high, these sections of the trail may be impassable, in which case you will be asked to double back. See current flows and water levels for the Wye Creek crossing online. Trail conditions are also posted at the trailhead in the day use area (#1 on the map).

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