Lake Wabukayne - Aquitaine
|Trail:||Paved cycle path|
|Connections:||Winston Churchill, Milgrove and Lisgar|
This trail is somewhat isolated from others unless you cycle on road or live in Meadowvale. It connects to several other trails within Meadowvale such as the Winston Churchill and Lisgar. Cycling from outside Meadowvale, nearby roads are very busy or cross very busy roads. For adults, used to on road traffic, I can suggest Glen Erin Drive from the Burnhamthorpe trail (5.2 km) or Britannia West of the Credit-Culham trail (2.6km). Again, these routes are for experienced adults only. Once you're on the Wabukayne trail, it's a paved bike path with only one road crossing up to Lake Aquitaine (2.5km). The path extends to Glen Eden Park (4.8km).
Possibly because of the trail's isolation, or the weekends I ride, trail use is lighter than I had expected. There are many short feeder trails that connect to the surrounding neighborhood. Fortunately, there are trail markers and now at some locations are trail billboard maps. Suggest you to go to the resources menu above and download from the Mississauga maps section.
On Glen Erin Drive, a little over one block north of Britannia, the trail entrance is on the east side of Glen Erin. Once you head down into the trail, you'll join it at the bottom of it's "U" section.
You can head either West, or East and meet up again a short distance north, but I always like the east's trip around Lake Wabukayne. The west portion however has a branch to the Lisgar, Milgrove and Winston Churchill trails.
You are greeted by a sign that warns of Coyotes in the area (must be from Brampton!) at night.
Follow the trail as it heads east but keep to south shore past the fishing platform and then up the narrow trail as it curves around the south shore all the way around to the north east end of the lake and behind the weir. Cycle north through the park and between the houses up to Montevideo Drive. Stop, watch for traffic then cross Montevideo and continue northward between the town houses, and the sports field as you curve westward to meet up with the western arm of the trail at Plowman's Park.
At the park, turn northward and head under the Battleford Rd overpass and head up to the bottom southern section of Lake Aquitaine.
Lake Aquitaine is just east of Meadowvale Town Center and the lake is a sloppy "U" shape, with a multi use trail encircling it. You've cycled up to and entered at the bottom of the "U".
To the west are the washrooms, children's splash pond, fishing deck and behind the weir; the path branches to continue north under Aquitaine Ave or curves back east to round the park lake. Everyone goes around the lake at least once, and every time I've taken a break and watched, many go several times around the lake.
If you've taken the west route around the lake you'll pass the branch that heads further north under Aquitaine Ave then over the Derry Road pedestrian bridge. On a hot day, I like to take the trail that goes through the woods (keeping to the north) where it rejoins the main path. On the other side of Derry, take the west path that goes through the sports field and comes to it's end at the corner of Oslo and Copenhagen. From what I can make of the maps, there is no exit other than back to Derry Road, so reverse directions and head back to Lake Aquitaine and your return trip home.
Lake Aquitaine and Lake Wabukayne are man made storm water reservoirs. Lake Wabukayne was developed together with the surrounding area in 1976 and was once Cook's Pond. The lakes hold storm sewer run off rather than it directly flow into Mullet Creek and Credit River. The lakes accumulates sediment that otherwise would clog and erode downstream. You can't swim in the lakes, but you'll often see people fishing.
Rivers were first used by Canada's settlers as a source of power for Grist mills to process grain into flower, saw mills to build better homes, and tannery's to produce cheaper cloth. The river banks were cleared of trees and cut lumber was sent to market down river. The trees however moderated the level of water in the rivers and cycles of flooding and drought was the result of their removal. Urban areas only make the situation more pronounced.
In my way of thinking, these man made lakes are in effect 'trees' that moderate water level and quality except every decade or so you have to clean them.
Information in this document is subject to change without notice. Trail descriptions are provided as public information only. The author assumes no responsibility for damages or injuries that may occur to person or property as a result of biking or otherwise using the trails described herein. The author also assumes no responsibility for any damages or injuries to person or property caused by any person biking or otherwise using the trails described herein. Ride at your own risk. Pictures and web site is copyright 2004