The City of Cornwall has a comprehensive network of about 40 kilometres of recreational paths that allow people to walk, bike and rollerblade along the St. Lawrence River and throughout the city.

The largest part of the recreational path spans the entire waterfront, offering great views of the St. Lawrence River. This part of the recreational path is also part of the Waterfront Trail, which stretches from Niagara-on-the-Lake to the Quebec border.

Click here to read the Recreational Path Guide.
Click here for a map of the Recreational Path along with points of interest.
Click here for a map of the Recreational Path and neighbourhood parks.

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 Travel tips

Cornwall's recreational path is one of the City's most popular recreation assets. It's also one of the busiest, with cyclists, pedestrians, joggers, in-line skaters and many others making use of the path on a regular basis.

We all have a part to play in keeping the path safe and enjoyable for everyone, and we must recognize and respect the rights of others to use the path.

All path users are asked to keep the following travel tips in mind:

  • Yield to pedestrians at all times.
  • Always keep to the right side of the path when travelling.
  • Move completely off the path when coming to a stop.
  • Check behind and in front before moving across the path or making a sudden turn.
  • Notify others when you are passing by calling out a warning or ringing a bell.
  • Obey all traffic signs and travel at a safe speed.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
 Tips for cyclists
  • Travel at a safe speed. The pathways are for recreational use; to ensure the safety and enjoyment of everyone, cyclists who wish to travel at faster speeds should use other routes.
  • Yield to pedestrians at all times. 
  • Pass only on the left, after making sure that the lane is clear both in front and behind and calling out "Passing on the left". Never pass without warning.
  • Travel in single file.
  • Obey all traffic signs. 
  • Pull completely off the path if you need to stop.
  • Wear a helmet. It's required for those under the age of 18 and it's a good idea for adults as well.
 Tips for pedestrians 
  •  Keep to the right hand side or lane of the path.
  • When necessary, travel in single file.
  • Move completely off the pathway when stopping or taking a break.
  • Obey all traffic signs.
  • Young children can be unpredictable and may walk into the path of oncoming traffic. Children should be encouraged to walk on grass where possible to avoid potential collisions.
 Tips for in-line skaters 
  • Always wear protective gear every time you skate. That includes a helmet, elbow and kneepads, light gloves and wrist guards. Wear long-sleeved shirts to prevent scrapes and cuts.
  • Helmets are strongly recommended.
  • Travel at a safe speed.
  • Pass only on the left, after first making sure that the lane is clear in front and behind and calling out "Passing on the left". Never pass without warning.
  • Travel in single file.
  • Watch out for cracks in the asphalt.
  • Use of poles is prohibited.
  • Obey all traffic signs.
 Can I operate an e-bike on the recreational path?
Yes. Electric bicycles, or e-bikes, are classified as bicycles under the Highway Traffic Act and as such, they can be operated on City roadways and recreational paths. As with the rules for bicycles, e-bikes are not allowed on sidewalks, and those operating an e-bike must be over the age of 16.
 Is there a speed limit on the recreational path?
No. There is no defined speed limit on the City's recreational path, however users are expected to travel at a reasonable speed for their own safety and the safety of other pathway users.
 What side of the recreational path should I travel on?
All pathway users should keep to the right hand side of the path and move completely off of the pathway when stopping. When passing, do so on the left hand side of the path after calling out a warning (such as "Passing on the left") and/or ringing a horn or bell.

 

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Enrique Kamm
Transportation Engineer
1225 Ontario Street, Box 877, Cornwall ON, K6H 5T9
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James Fawthrop
Division Manager, Parks & Recreation
800 Seventh Street West, Box 877, Cornwall ON, K6H 5T9
T.: 613-938-9898 ext. 4026
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