Looking for a great, waterfront winter walk to do with the kids in the Quinte region? Look no further than Centennial Park in Trenton, Ontario. This paved, stroller-friendly and waterfront trail is one of the best walks to do with toddlers and babies. The trails are well-maintained in winter and the views of the Bay of Quinte are unbeatable. This is definitely one of our favourite places for a family walk in Trenton. Thinking of trying this trail with your kids? Check out details of our family’s walks below to help you plan and make the most of your visit!
Centennial Park is located just east of Downtown Trenton, on the east side of the Trent River and directly on the Bay of Quinte.
2 km loop walking trail, paved, stunning views, well-maintained and stroller-friendly
BEST FOR AGES:
All ages. Since this is a paved, stroller-friendly pathway, it is particularly suitable for families with babies, toddlers and little kids who may wish to ride their bikes.
Yes! We visited about a week after heavy snowfall and about 2 days after freezing rain. The trail was almost completely clear!
We (me, my 2.5 year old and 5 month old baby) first visited on a gorgeous, sunny winter day. The temperature was about -6 degrees celsius and there was no wind, making it the PERFECT day for a walk along the shore of the Bay of Quinte. We returned a few days later to do this one again, on a windy, overcast day. Even though the conditions were not as great on our second visit, the walk itself was still very enjoyable.
We drove in along Ontario Street and parked in one of the parking lots just opposite of the Duncan McDonald Memorial Gardens. The lot was well cleared of snow and the access to the walking path was also clear of snow, so it was easy to unload the kids and get the stroller onto the pathway.
The pathway itself was in amazing condition. It was clear that the trail is very well maintained in the winter. We arrived for our first visit here just one week after very heavy snowfall and about 2 days after an episode of freezing rain, which had left our own driveway looking like a skating rink. Since there was so much snow and ice elsewhere in town, I was expecting the Centennial Park trail to also be in rough shape, but it was almost perfectly clear.
We bundled up and then ventured east and south on the trail. We walked around the inlet/pond where there is a wakeboard park, and toward the Bay of Quinte. My son (2.5) had fun running along the trail, splashing in some puddles (even though it was -6 the sun was warm enough to melt patches of ice), and admiring the towers and cables of the wakeboard park.
We took our time and played in the snow as we walked. When we eventually reached the edge of the water we were greeted with absolutely stunning views.
We continued along the pathway beside the Bay of Quinte, past the Amphitheatre. There are many benches along this stretch of the pathway, which are setup to look out over the beautiful views of the water.
Eventually we came to the point where the pathway splits and you can take one shorter loop or continue around a second longer loop. What I didn’t realized before we got to this point is that the first loop wraps around the Trenton Wastewater Treatment Plant. This is the one major downfall of the Centennial Park trail.
We took the pathway to the right and only completed the first loop of the trail system. When we reached the far side of the Plant where we were down wind (wind blowing West to East), the smell was horrible and STRONG. We hurried through this section of the trail as fast as possible.
Next time we try this walk, I am going to head left at this point and complete only the second loop so that we hopefully avoid most of the smell coming from the plant.
Aside from the unfortunate location of the wastewater treatment plant, the paths and views in Centennial Park are beautiful and perfect for walking with a stroller. This is definitely one of the best places to walk with kids in Trenton and we will definitely be back soon!
Interested in other great winter walks for kids in the Quinte area? Checkout my post on our visit to Bleasdell Boulder Conservation Area! It is our favourite spot so far 😉
Have you visited Centennial Park recently? Have an update on conditions? Know of another great destination for kids in the Quinte area? If so, I’d love to hear from you! Please leave a comment below or contact me!