Nokiidaa – Park Trail Aurora to Newmarket
Posted on April 15, 2018
Nokiidaa – Park Trail
Listing Types : Park Trail
Note : Popular
Total Trail Km : 18
Park Path % : 90
Road % : 10
Rate Skill Levels : Easy
Terrain : smooth soil, paved, crushed gravel, wood chips, bridges, flat sections, gentle hills, open field
Faclities : parking, food close by, toilet, outhouse, lodging, trailhead map, good trail signage, trails maintained
Trail Fee : Free

Length – 18 km (one way)

90% park path
10% road, detours

Elevation – one hill, yes only 1 medium hill, otherwise it follow the river on a gradual slope

Terrain – smooth asphalt for most of the middle, some crushed stone, gravel on each end of the path, boardwalks, bridges

Skill – easy all levels

Maps – map at trailhead, signs on trail, no signs where trail splits – Newmarket Trail MapNokiidaa Trail Map   large PDFs

Facilities –  parking on street, washrooms in Newmarket Park and two Aurora Park Centres

Highlights – old Newmarket downtown, bridges, wetlands, wood carving statues, wildlife

Trail Fee – free

Phone – none

Website – City of Aurora, City of Newmarket

Similar Trails – Highland Creek, Greenway, Humber River

Local Clubs –  Uxbridge Cycling Club, Newmarket Eagles Cycling Club

Access  – many entry points refer to map for parking locations

Though the Nokiidaa (Tom Taylor) bike trail is not a popular name, this park trail from Aurora through Newmarket is. Any weekend, locals cruise this park path along the creek that turns into the Holland RiverNokiidaa is an Ojibwa word that means “walking together”.

A very scenic path that changes landscape as it winds through the valley among the subdivisions and pockets of wooded trees and fields.

This park path is very well maintained. It’s all smooth asphalt with some crushed gravel above Green Lane and on the south few kilometers at the end in Aurora.

There is only one moderate hill to get around the golf course, somewhere in the middle, otherwise your bicycle cruising follows the creek as it meanders and is free and easy.

The park trail starts on the south end, is well-signed and connects well, going under many road bridges. There are a few crossings over roads that you need to jog over a bit to connect.

About half of the path is tree-covered with the rest open park land. At a few points the path splits and runs on both sides of the creek. Bike ride both, though.

I found the west side more to my liking. The trail splits a number of times and you may need to refer to your map as there are no signs to say which way is more direct. If the park path goes up a hill, likely it’s an exit to a neighbourhood.

Do visit the old Newmarket downtown a block west of the path, as it has lots of charm.

At one point the creek was dammed and remainders of a lock and swing bridge show a time when barge commerce would move north to Lake Simcoe.

Wood sculptures as distance markers every km add interest. Lots of park benches dot the path for a rest. Beautiful in the fall.

A great reason to get out of Toronto for an outing on your favourite bicycle and with your favourite friends.

Total Score 3 REVIEWS
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  • August 6, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    Great trails! Well maintained and very scenic. Getting through downtown Newmarket can be a little hairy. There is a new extension on the north end of the trail to Queen and Young in Holland Landing. Amazing wooden bridge, rest areas, and board walk along this new section.

  • August 4, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    This is a fantastic trail system with lots of scenery, smooth surfaces, and seems very well maintained. It's hilly enough to be interesting but not so much it leaves you out of breath! The new Northern section from the GO station upward is amazing! Thanks for your webpage, without it we wouldn't have known to come here. -Iain (Kitchener-Waterloo)

  • June 15, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Very nice trail, and extremely long if you get into the dirt paths at the end of the paved section. A favourite Park ride, central to the GTA, just out of town easy and scenic.

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