The Hub Trail

The Hub Trail was conceived in 2006 as a safe, efficient, visible, non-motorized multi-use transportation system that would become embedded into the Sault Ste. Marie culture. Providing a four-season route for all ages to destinations throughout the City, it would make Sault Ste. Marie more accessible by bicycle or foot than ever before. This in turn would foster the City’s goals of encouraging recreation and health, encouraging tourism, and providing new venues for a diverse range of events.

It was from this initial vision that the John Rowswell Hub Trail was created. The Trail is a 22.5-kilometre non-motorized trail that circles the City. It is divided into seven sections, each providing a unique window into the community’s cultural, ecological, and historical wealth. Markers placed every 0.5 km (approximately 1/3 mile) direct Trail users and point out upcoming landmarks. The Trail is named after the late former mayor John Rowswell, who was instrumental in its conception and construction. A dedication plaque can be found on the Trail close to the Civic Centre (marker 0.5 km).

The Hub Trail has become part of the community’s identity, encouraging healthy active lifestyles. Plans are underway to expand and connect it to other trails in and around the area, including the Voyageur Trail and the Trans-Canada Trail.

Preparing for your journey

Whether you’re going on the Trail for a few minutes or a few hours, it’s important to be prepared. Make the most of your journey by considering these tips:

  • Let others know where you’re going
  • Dress for conditions – sun, rain, wind, or snow
  • Pack water, snacks, sunscreen, mittens, etc.
  • Wear bright reflective colours when traveling at night
  • Wear a helmet when cycling or in-line skating
  • Do some light stretching before you start

Trail etiquette and safety tips

Keep your travels on the Hub Trail fun for everyone by putting safety first and respecting other Trail users!

  • Stay on the right of the Trail
  • Don’t block the Trail
  • Cyclists and in-line skaters must yield to pedestrians
  • Keep pets on a leash and remember to clean up after them
  • No motorized vehicles
  • No littering – respect wildlife, habitats and private property
  • Watch for traffic as you cross busy intersections
  • Obey the rules of the road
  • Be aware of your surroundings

The Hub Trail is not maintained between October 15th and May 15th. In the winter, use the Trail with extra caution.