Nokiidaa – Park Trail

Aurora to Newmarket
Posted on March 18, 2019 / 15146
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 signage, trails maintained
Trail Fee : Free

Length – 18 km (one way)

90% park path
10% roads, crossings, detours

Elevation – Mostly follows the river in a gradual slope, with one hill—yes, only one medium sized climb.

Terrain – Smooth asphalt for the majority of the middle section, with some crushed stone and gravel at each end of the path; also some boardwalks and bridges.

Skill – Easy

Traffic – Nice weekends are busy, with the typical users of Park trails.

Maps – A map is found at the trailhead and there are signs on the trail; there are no signs where the trail splits.

Facilities – Washrooms are located in Newmarket Park and at two Aurora Park centres; places to eat can be found in Newmarket.

Highlights – Old Newmarket, bridges, locks, and wetlands; enjoy carved wooden statues and wildlife.

Trail Fee – Free

Phone – None

Website – City of AuroraCity of Newmarket

Similar Trails – Highland CreekGreenwayHumber River

Local Clubs – Uxbridge Cycling Club,   Newmarket Eagles Cycling Club

Access – There are numerous entry points; refer to map for parking locations.

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The Nokiidaa (Tom Taylor) bike trail is a popular Park trail from Aurora to Newmarket.

On any given weekend, locals cruise this path that runs along the creek and turns into the Holland RiverNokiidaa is an Ojibwa word that translates to “walking together”.

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

This park path is very well-maintained consisting of smooth asphalt.

You will find crushed gravel above Green Lane as well as in the south a few kilometres from the end of the trail’s end in Aurora.

There is only one moderate hill to get around the golf course (near the middle); otherwise your cruise is free and easy as it meanders along the creek.

Starting in the south end, this Park trail has ample signage and connects well to other paths, going through many underpasses to avoid car traffic. There are a few crossings over roads that require you to jog over to reconnect.

About half of the pathway is shaded, with the rest open parkland. At some points the path splits and runs on either side of the creek. They are equally worth doing, and both are optional on the return.

I personally found the west side more to my liking. Here, the trail splits off several times and leads into friendly neighbourhoods.

A lack of signs can have you question which way to go…


…for the full review, please consider purchasing the trail guide.

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Total Score 4 REVIEWS
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  • August 23, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    I have used this trail for more than five years. Now that my kids are 10, 10 and 14 we cannot stop enjoying it. For those wondering there is parking on St John's street which is really close(50 ms or less) to one entry point to the trail, from there I head north to the new section on the Holland area. I love the fact that I can take it with my kids with out the hassle of the vehicles driving around on the road. I will recommend this trail to any family with kids. All the way from St Johns to the north end of the trail is around 13 kms.

  • 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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