North Oakville Trails Plan

Image of a North Oakville trailSummary

As part of Vision 2057, the Town of Oakville reviewed its North Oakville Trails Plan, a unique trail system designed specifically for the New Communities of Oakville, located north of Dundas Street (407 West, Sixteen Hollow, Glenorchy, and Joshua’s Meadows).

The updated plan was approved by Council on May 21, 2013. Open the North Oakville Trails Plan (pdf, 9 MB).

Trails are an essential part of North Oakville to link the new communities, reduce reliance on roads, encourage walking and cycling, provide for a healthy community, and control access into the Natural Heritage System (a preserved green space of over 900 hectares). The hierarchy of trails includes multi-use trails, major trails and minor trails, as well as a network of on-road cycle lanes and bike routes, many of which will provide access to the primary Active Transportation Master Plan network. All trails will be built into the communities over time.

Multi-use trails

  • off road (within boulevard or community parks), hard surfaced trails, typically 3.0 metres wide
  • intended for shared use by pedestrians, cyclists, in-line skaters, etc.
  • are fully accessible
  • allows for year round maintenance
  • form part of the Active Transportation Master Plan
  • provides access to adjacent neighbourhoods
  • Will not be constructed within the Natural Heritage System

Major trails

  • off road, soft-surfaced trails (compacted limestone screenings) through natural areas, open space corridors, typically 2.1 to 2.4 metres wide
  • intended for pedestrian, cyclists and passive recreational use
  • accessible where possible
  • typically seasonal use, will not receive winter maintenance

Minor trails

  • off road, soft-surfaced materials (limestone screenings, wood chips, natural compacted ground) through natural areas and valley systems, typically 1 to 1.5 metres wide
  • intended for pedestrian, cyclists for passive recreational use
  • seasonal use, does not receive winter maintenance
  • limited accessibility
  • provides enhanced circulation and improves access to major trail network

Background information

Council sub-committee

A Council sub-committee was established for the purpose of hearing presentations and receiving comments on trails within the Natural Heritage System specific to the elements such as

  • location and purpose of the trails within the NHS
  • width of the trails and surface treatment
  • ensuring that trails have minimal impact on the NHS, while recognizing that trails are intended to control access into the NHS
  • maintenance of the trails.

May 21, 2013 report to council
February 23, 2012 public meeting
February 23, 2012 staff presentation (pdf, 2.2 MB)
February 9, 2012 public meeting
North Oakville East Trails Plan Committee

Public information meeting

A public information meeting was held on October 25, 2012 to provide residents an opportunity to review the draft plan and provide feedback before it was presented to Council for approval. Open the presentation and notes below.

Oakville has over 150 kilometres of trails. To learn more visit the trails page.

For more information

Chris Clapham
Sustainable Transportation Program Coordinator
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext.3306
cclapham@oakville.ca