Jackson Creek Trail

The Jackson Creek Trail is a 4.2 kilometer multi-use recreational trail that extends from Jackson Park in the City of Peterborough to just west of Ackison Road in Selwyn Township.

Jackson Creek Kiwanis Trail
Jackson Creek Kiwanis Trail

Otonabee Conservation  purchased the abandoned Canadian National Railway Company rail line that provides the route for the Jackson Creek Trail in 1992. The rail bed provided an excellent base for the trail that was further enhanced by a layer of limestone screenings, creating a solid, wide, elevated surface affording accessibility and an excellent view of the surrounding landscape. Included in the acquisition were four railroad bridges that cross Jackson Creek at various locations.

This recreational trail provides opportunities for walking, running, dog walking and cycling in the summer months, and cross-country skiing in the winter, with nature viewing enjoyed throughout the seasons.


The original creation of the Jackson Creek  Trail is the result of five different agencies working in partnership for the benefit of the community. Otonabee Conservation’s purchase of the abandoned C.N. rail line, together with the support of the Kiwanis Club of Peterborough, the Otonabee Conservation Foundation, the City of Peterborough, and the Province of Ontario, all helped to make this project a reality.

With great community enthusiasm and support, the Jackson Creek Trail was officially opened and recognized as a section of the Trans Canada Trail in June, 1995.

Over the years, community volunteers have assisted Otonabee Conservation in the repair and resurfacing of the bridges that cross over Jackson Creek. To all of the volunteers ~ thank you ~ your support is greatly appreciated!


Jackson Creek
Jackson Creek

There is much to see along the trail as you leave Jackson Park and proceed west. You will pass through upland forested areas, large open agricultural areas, lowlands, wooded valley slopes, and a large wetland before reaching the end at Ackison Road. Each one of these areas contains its own unique and interesting habitat and associated plants and wildlife.

The main feature along the entire length of the trail, disappearing occasionally behind the forest, is Jackson Creek. The creek is largely responsible for the abundance of diverse plant and animal life, providing for optimum viewing opportunities along the entire length of the Jackson Creek Trail. Enjoy your time on the trail!


The Jackson Creek weir is an important water control structure, designed to reduce the potential flooding of the creek downstream. Constructed in 1988, the weir is strategically placed to take advantage of the natural storage capacity of the wetland while allowing the same volume of water to pass through the weir as under normal conditions. During flood events the weir holds back high flows as designed, protecting areas downstream. The weir can be seen from Bridge #2009. Further upstream there are log ice booms, which protect the weir from potential ice jamming and related damage during the winter/spring runoff period.


The Jackson Creek Trail has a new bridge!

The new bridge on the Jackson Creek Trail will ensure safe and accessible use of the trail for years to come.

The trail has four bridges along its length that span Jackson Creek. The most westerly bridge – #2017 – has been replaced due to failing condition.

The principle concern with the bridge was the deteriorating abutments and wing walls which are essentially its main supports.

The engineering and design for the bridge and project administration was done by D.M. Wills Associates of Peterborough.

The construction work, which involved the installation of erosion control measures, removal of the existing bridge and footings, construction of new bridge footings and placement of the new bridge was undertaken by Drain Brothers Limited of Norwood.

The new bridge was installed on November 27th and the trail was re-opened on December 1st.

On December 18th, Otonabee Conservation hosted the official opening of the new bridge with the cutting of the garland. Michael Goodyear, Trail Development Manager, Eastern Canada with the Trans Canada Trail presented Andy Mitchell, Chair of Otonabee Conservation, with a financial contribution of $35,000 to the Jackson Creek Trail bridge replacement project.

Michael Goodyear (R) presents a cheque to Andy Mitchell and Dan Marinigh.
The official opening of the new bridge took place on December 18th under a bright sunny sky!











Given the subdivision developments that are planned or underway directly north and south of the Jackson Creek Trail, the trail will see an increase in use in the coming years. In order to meet the growing demand for recreational use of the trail, installation of the new bridge is timely, and additional repairs in other locations along the trail will need to be undertaken over the next few years.

Select locations along the length of the trail will require the replacement of culverts and a surface treatment (application of new crushed stone). The total cost for the replacement of bridge #2017, rehabilitation of the other 3 bridges and trail repairs is estimated at $400,000. Otonabee Conservation will fund the projects over 5 years.

Otonabee Conservation invites anyone wishing to make a charitable financial gift in support of the Jackson Creek Trail improvements to select one of the following options:

  • Donating online, or
  • Visit the Otonabee Conservation office located at 250 Milroy Drive, Peterborough.



The Great Trail – Trans Canada Trail – was completed in 2017. Trail sections are owned, operated and maintained by national agencies, provincial authorities, local organizations and municipalities across Canada. The Jackson Creek Kiwanis Trail links sections to the east and to the west, through the County and City of Peterborough. A national celebration of the trail was held on Saturday, August 26th. Otonabee Conservation invited the community to celebrate The Great Trail and dedicated a Red Maple on the occasion.

Dedication of a Red Maple Tree commemorating The Great Trail, August 2017
Dedication of a Red Maple Tree commemorating The Great Trail, August 2017












“We dedicate this Red Maple tree to all citizens who enjoy the Jackson Creek Kiwanis Trail and all other sections of The Great Trail across Canada, and to those agencies and community organizations who have championed the cause of the Great Trail in their region, deepening our awareness of Canada’s history, culture and natural heritage.”

~~~ Sherry Senis, Deputy-Mayor of the Township of Selwyn and Vice-Chair of the Board, Otonabee Conservation, August 26, 2017





A map of the Jackson Creek Kiwanis Trail is provided for your reference. You may download the map by selecting it from the Downloads feature on this page.