Parks and Nature

St. Thomas boasts many beautiful park and natural spaces. With a history spanning over 100 years, the city has retained much of its heritage park spaces. Rugged nature abounds within surrounding conservation areas for those looking to hike, camp or canoe.
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St. Thomas Elevated Park
Join us on a delightful adventure as we discover the charm of the St. Thomas Elevated Park! 🌳🚶‍♂️🚶‍♀️ Take in breathtaking views above the Kettle Creek Valley on this repurposed railway bridge turned into urban park. Walk the entire trail and continue on the Trans Canada Trail route. Explore vibrant public art, immersive murals, and learn about native plants and trees. This is a must-visit destination for anyone seeking outdoor fun, cultural enrichment, and inspiration!🌿✨
Dalewood Conservation Area in St. Thomas
Join us for an epic adventure through the wild beauty of Dalewood Conservation Area in St. Thomas! Hike scenic trails, paddle the vast reservoir by kayak or canoe, or simply soak in the tranquility. This stunning escape has much on offer: challenge yourself on rugged terrain, camp under the stars, or find peace on a paddle. Get ready for beautiful views, diverse wildlife, and unforgettable memories under the wide-open Canadian sky. #ExploreRailwayCity #stthomasproud #TheRailwayCity
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Explore St. Thomas Parks
For our #MotivationMonday take some time for self-care and step outside to embrace a lovely walk in the warming weather.🌤️ ⁠ ⁠ It's a perfect opportunity to explore some of the beautiful parks and environments St. Thomas has to offer. Enjoy a walk or bike ride in the lush Pinafore park or stroll along the Elevated park taking in the beautiful views and friendly atmosphere. ⁠ ⁠ Time to breathe in the fresh air, bask in the sunshine, and immerse yourself in the beauty of the blooming season. 🌻⁠
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St. Thomas is a Tree City!
🌳 Did you hear? St. Thomas has been named one of the Arbor Day Foundation's "Tree Cities of the World" for the second year in a row!⁠ ⁠ Join @stthomas_on at Pinafore Park on April 26, 2024 at 9AM to celebrate with their second annual Community Tree Giveaway!⁠
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Lake Margaret Trail
We are excited to share that the latest Cycling & Hiking Trail Map is ready for you to pick up! 🗺️ ⁠ So today for our #MondayMotivation we encourage you to get out and explore! We have beautiful trails, parks, historic neighbourhoods, and much more.✨⁠ ⁠ In this photo we feature the Lake Margaret Trail with Canadale in the distance! 🚶🌳⁠ ⁠ To start your explorations, follow the link in bio to our Trails maps! If you'd like a paper map, please visit us at Railway City Tourism. 🚴‍♀️⁠
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Dalewood Conservation Area
Our #WhereAreWe Wednesday brings us to the beautiful Dalewood Conservation Area! 🌲 Dalewood is managed by @kettlecreekca and encompasses 25 hectares of Provincially Significant Wetland. Follow the Dalewood Reservoir Trail for a good hike through the forest! 🥾
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Winter Beauty in St. Thomas
Today our #MondayMotivation comes to you courtesy of mother nature! 🌲❄️ Photos by @darmst55 perfectly capture winter's beauty. 🤩
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Pinafore Park Waterfall
Some stunning images of Pinafore Park this Fall from local photographer @frankpelsoczi! 📸🍂 Pinafore Park is truly a gem any time of year, with many different areas and trails to explore. The waterfall Frank has captured here can be found near the entry from Elm Street.
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Springwater Conservation Area
Make Monday more meaningful by experiencing the majestic Springwater Conservation Area this #MotivationMonday! 🍄🌳🪵 Enjoy the sun steaming through these Carolinian trees and let the tranquil sound of flowing streams inspire you to reconnect with the beauty that surrounds us.⁠ . ⁠ 📌Located at 8059 Springwater⁠ 📷️@michaelkrahnphotography⁠ 🏕️@catfishcreekca
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Waterworks Park in St. Thomas Ontario
For our #MondayMotivation let's take some time to explore one of our hometown's best gems--Waterworks Park! 😍We could all use some fresh air, and what better way to get it than walking through this stunning park? Come take a stroll, and you won't regret it! 🤗 Share you pictures you take along the way using #ExploreRailwayCity
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The Search for Spring Wildflowers in St. Thomas Ontario
For our #MondayMotivation we encourage everyone to enjoy this beautiful weather, get outdoors, and search for Spring wildflowers! 🌺🌻 Janis Harris, from @harrisflowerfarm, put together an excellent comprehensive guide highlighting our SW Ontario native wildflowers to get you started! 🌼
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St. Thomas is a Tree City of the World for 2022!
Did you know that the City of St. Thomas has been recognized as one of 50 new Tree Cities of the World for 2022? 🍃 . St. Thomas is one of 21 Canadian cities with this recognition! 🌳🌲 . Tree Cities of the World was founded in 2019 by the @arbordayfoundation & the United Nations’ @fao. 📸 at Pinafore Park
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Trails in St. Thomas Ontario
For our #MondayMotivation we encourage you to get out and about to explore the city! We have beautiful trails, historic neighbourhoods, street art, and much more.✨⁠ .⁠ As Spring settles in, you can see all the sites St. Thomas has to offer while enjoying the weather (hopefully more sunny days)! In this photo we feature the trail leading up to the @elevatedpark! 🚶🌳🚴‍♀️
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Artwork on the St. Thomas Elevated Park
There is always something fun to see at the @elevatedpark! Great views, a public art gallery that keeps on growing, and a connection to our railway heritage all make the Elevated Park a great place to visit for our #WhereAreWe Wednesday. 🌅🥾🖼️
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Whistlestop Trail in St. Thomas
Our #WhereAreWe Wednesday takes us to the Whistlestop Trail! The Whistlestop Trail is maintained year round and brings you (off-road) from downtown St. Thomas to the Angus Mackenzie Trail, and continues on from there on a large paved shoulder to downtown Port Stanley! 🌲🥾🚲️ . The Trail gets its moniker as a nod to it's railway heritage. 🚂 It begins alongside the historic L&PS Railway Line, and follows a parallel route to the tracks once they separate at Sunset Drive.