Hiking and Biking

City of Dryden Trail Systems
Urban Trail - Red 12.3 km
The Urban Trail System is a network of 5 attractive, intra-city routes that provide safe, enjoyable pedestrian access to commercial and residential neighbourhoods and community facilities and services.  
Dryden Signature Trail - Blue 5.4 km
The Dryden Signature Trail System consists of two trail routes, uniquely designed to provide hands-on, engaging, intriguing, recreational interpretive encounters to capture the imagination of community residents and visitors.  The Signature Trail Route winds along the Wabigoon River from Johnston Park located on the Trans Canada Highway 17 to the Laura Howe Marsh.
The Nature in the City Trail - Green 6.8 km
A beautiful "necklace" of trails that link together all the aesthetic, natural areas surrounding the city core, an excellent opportunity for walking/hiking/jogging or cycling and skiing.

Dryden Trail System

Year round indoor walking Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:00 pm Contact (807) 223-1425.
84 Whyte Avenue

Laura Howe Marsh

Wetlands are always "on the edge".  The Laura Howe Marsh trail is 2.0 km and an excellent example of life on the edge of the forest and on the edge of the lakes.  Creatures of both worlds come to the marsh for water, food or shelter. 

The marsh is an oasis for the animals of the forest and a nursery for small creatures in the lake.   Sturdy shoes are advisable and don’t forget to dress for the weather. During the fly season May to Early August insect repellent is recommended. Bring your camera, gear and enjoy your wetland Adventure!

Laura Howe Marsh

Mountain Biking Trails

The Ghost Lake Riding Trails offer intermediate and advanced riders a sense of freedom and complexity in the wilderness on existing bush roads and forest trails. The interconnecting 22 km of trails run through all aspects the forest has to offer from rocky bedrock outcrops to wetlands and swamps mixed within a mature deciduous and coniferous forest.

Ghost Lake is a staging lake for up to 200 Common Loons. The trails make a tremendous bird watching and wildlife viewing opportunity as they cover a great variety of habitats.

Dryden Ghost Riders Mountain Bike Club Facebook Page

Maountain Biking through the trails
Dryden Ghost Riders Mountain Bike Club Contact 807-223-4903

Aaron Provincial Park Trails
Aspen Trail 1.9 km (1 hour) easy
The Aspen Trail will introduce you to stands of boreal forest consisting of aspen, birch, jack pine, balsam fir, and spruce.  Walk through the remnants of the terrific wind storm of 1973 and over bare rock surfaces scarred by glaciers which melted 10 to 15 thousand years ago!  Look around for signs of white-tail deer, such as bowed brances, tracks, and pellets.   All the while you will be entertained by 26 species of warblers, as well as other boreal vocalists.  
Eastern White Cedar Trail 1/2 km (45 minutes) easy
A stroll down this trail will help you to appreciate the history and ecology of Aaron Park.  You will walk through large, historic stands of trees, hike along the shores and wetlands of Thunder Lake, and climb up a slope to a clay plain.  See how many species of amphibians, mammals, birds, trees, flowers, lichens and mosses you can spot along the way.

Aaron Provincial Park Trails

Campgrounds Open May to Oct
Contact (807) 223-1425

Blue Lake Provincial Park Trails
Rock Point Trail 4 km (2 hours) moderate.
The Rock Point Trail takes you though a variety of environments from cedar groves to jack pine ridges. Hiking boots are a must for the trail as it weaves throughout varying terrain. It starts at the beaver pond and loops back to the campground near M Road.  
Spruce Fen Trail 1 km (30 minutes) easy, barrier free
A "fen” is a fascinating world where land floats on water, plants eat animals and creatures of the water fly. The Spruce Fen Trail takes you through a black spruce fen and a beaver pond environment. The trail is board walked to protect the Fen and is also wheelchair accessible.
Goblin Lake Trail 11 km (5 hours) moderate
For those with an adventurous streak, the Goblin Lake Trail is the one for you. Walk the edge of Goblin Lake and explore the wilds of Northern Ontario the way our pioneers would have. Follow the directional signs carefully and always let someone know where you are and when you are expected to return.  

Blue Lake Trails
Campgrounds Open May to Oct
Blue Lake office: 807-227-2601
Dryden office: 807-223-7535.

Trans Canada Trail

From coast to coast to coast the Trans Canada Trail is one of Canada’s truly great endeavours. Experience Canada’s legendary wilderness, explore provincial and territorial capitals, canoe the routes of early explorers, visit national and provincial parks, commute to and from work, cycle historic rail trails and picnic in urban parks.

The Dryden area is home to both land routes as well as water routes.

Land Routes

The Dryden Trail (which features Laura Howe Marsh)

  • 6.7 km
  • Greenway trail
  • Walking, hiking, cycling, cross country skiing

Dryden to Wabigoon River Trail

  • 26.2 km
  • Gravel roadway
  • Walking, hiking, cycling

Blue Lake Loop - Pine Tree Pathways Trail

  • 26.5 km
  • Gravel roadway
  • walking, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, cross country skiing

Water Routes

Dogtooth, Stewart, Winnange, Manomin Canoe Trail

  • 82.1 km
  • Water route, Greenway and Blueway Trail
  • canoeing, kayaking, snowmobiling, dog sledding, snow shoeing

The Dryden Trail(Click to Enlarge)

Dryden to Wabigoon River Trail(Click to Enlarge)

Blue Lake Loop - Pine Tree Pathways(Click to Enlarge)

Dogtooth, Stewart, Winnange, Manomin Canoe East(Click to Enlarge)

Dogtooth, Stewart, Winnange, Manomin Canoe West(Click to Enlarge)