Gray’s Creek – A Beautiful Park Area Bordering Cornwall and Glen Walter
Just east of Cornwall, Gray’s Creek Conservation Area is a pristine, 45 hectare wooded park and protected watershed that provides year-round outdoor recreation opportunities.
The park borders Cornwall on Boundary Road and separates the city from Glen Walter, the waterfront community of South Glengarry. At over 40 hectares of wooded park area, it is a great place to enjoy hiking, walking on nature trails and several other outdoor activities.
Operated by the Raisin River Conservation Authority (who’s main administrative offices are at the park entrance) Gray’s Creek is a very well kept protected conservation area. There are over 5 kilometres of walking/hiking paths that are accessible year-round for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing alike.
Tip: The RRCA will even rent you some snowshoes or skis if you happen to come to the park without them.
One of the regions only pet-friendly public parks, Gray’s Creek is a favourite destination for walking your pet in a friendly, natural outdoor setting.
The trails in Gray’s Creek meander through densely wooded areas, creeks and untouched nature for a unique natural perspective of the areas many songbirds, animals, amphibians and waterfowl. The paths are not flat paved paths, in fact, you will find it quite a good brisk hike to walk the entire 5 kilometre loop, passing through many small hills and valleys. The paths are clearly marked and it is very difficult to get lost, even though you feel you are miles away from civilization when exploring the nature trails.
Gray’s Creek features several activities for families and large groups. There is a picnic area, charcoal BBQs, a gazebo, horseshoe pits, restrooms, plenty of parking, a kids play structure and swings. The open park space is a great place to host an event, an outdoor wedding or a family gathering. Before planning an event, it is recommended that you speak to the RRCA and get the proper approvals and permits.
There is a marina that houses 110 open slips during the summer months. Prices vary each season but range in the $400 to $800 range for the summer. Monthly slips are available as well and you can quickly and easily launch a boat from their boat launch for a small fee (includes parking). The marina is a great place to access the St Lawrence River for points east of Cornwall, while providing a safe harbour for vehicles when you are out on the water.
Gray’s Creek is a park and conservation area that provides several opportunities to relax and be outdoors. Part of the greater waterfront parks of Cornwall, Gray’s Creek can be accessed from the walking recreational path along the waterfront. It’s a great place to bring a pet and get in a good nature walk.