Trail Activities

Trail Activities for Kids

There is no dispute that spending time in nature makes us feel better. The term “nature deficit disorder” coined by Richard Louv in his book “Last Child in the Woods” really resonates with Discovery Routes and puts purpose behind our work to support the trails community towards equitable access to trails in all our communities across the Near North.

As parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles we know it can be challenging sometimes to pull our little ones off their screens and outdoors. By sharing some easy trail activities, we hope you can engage and motivate little ones to discover the local trails towards meaningful experiences with the living world.

Hike-and-Go-Seek trail activity

Try this Hike-and-Go-Seek Winter Scavenger Hunt at Laurier Woods, the Cranberry Trail or any of the other snowshoe trails in the area. Did you know that a number of our local libraries lend out snowshoes to fit the whole family? Call your local library for details.

Try this  Hike-and-Go-Seek on the Kate Pace Way in the summer months.

Ever heard of a Storybook Trail? Follow the pages of a children’s story along the snowshoe trails at North Bay Nordic or on the Township of Chisholm’s Laporte Trail.

This Treasure Hunt by the Nature Conservancy and Nature Rocks can be done on any of our local trails.

Forest Talk Radio: the Laurier Woods Edition

Forest Talk Radio weaves together folktales and forest science to produce an old fashion radio comedy experience delivered right to your smartphone as you walk the trails of the Laurier Woods Conservation Area in North Bay.  Find out more at

little girls at Laurier Woods Conservation Area

Local Youth Programming

The Canadian Ecology Centre in Mattawa offers on-site and outreach environmental programs.

The vast network of trails we celebrate exist on the traditional lands and waterways of the Anishinaabe people within the territory protected by the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850 and Williams Treaties of 1923.