Hamilton–Brantford–Cambridge Trails

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The Hamilton–Brantford–Cambridge Trails are a network of multi-use interurban recreational rail trails connecting several municipalities in Southern Ontario, Canada. The trails are part of the Southern Ontario Loop of the Trans Canada Trail. From end to end, the trail is 80 kilometres (50 mi) long, running from Cambridge South through Paris to Brantford and then East to central Hamilton.

Gordon Glaves Memorial Pathway[edit]

The first portion of the Hamilton-Brantford-Cambridge Trails to be completed was named the Gordon Glaves Memorial Pathway in 1993.

Cambridge to Paris Rail-Trail[edit]

The second portion of the Hamilton-Brantford-Cambridge Trails is the Cambridge to Paris Rail-Trail was opened in 1994. It runs along the old Lake Erie & Northern Railway. It stretches 18 kilometres (11 mi).

Hamilton to Brantford Rail Trail[edit]

In 1996, the The Hamilton to Brantford Rail Trail was the third portion of the Hamilton–Brantford–Cambridge Trails to be completed. It runs 32 kilometres (20 mi) from Hamilton to Brantford through the towns of Dundas and Jerseyville. The entire former railway bed is surfaced with stone dust and marked with a post at each kilometer, with frequent benches by the side of the path. From Brantford to Jerseyville the trail is owned and maintained by the Grand River Conservation Authority with the Jerseyville-Hamilton section similarly owned by The Hamilton Region Conservation Authority.

Beginning in Hamilton just north of the Chedoke Municipal Golf Course, the trail runs West over Ontario Highway 403, through Ainslie Wood and into the Dundas Valley Conservation Area. Parking and washroom facilities are available at the Dundas Valley Trail Center, 5.5 kilometres (3.4 mi) from the trail head. The path winds up the face of the Niagara Escarpment for 8.5 kilometres (5.3 mi), reaching the trail's peak elevation at the ruins of Summit Station on the boundary of the Hamilton Harbour and Grand River watersheds.

The trail then descends through farmland to Jerseyville, where another parking lot is located at kilometer 18.5. It continues in a nearly straight line for several kilometers before turning South, crossing under the 403 and passing another parking area at the 30 kilometres (19 mi) point. The final 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) run through Brantford to connect with the Gordon Glaves Memorial Pathway.[1]

SC Johnson Trail[edit]

The section opened in 1998, completing the network of off-road trails from Hamilton to Cambridge.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hamilton to Brantford Rail Trail". Grand River Conservation Authority. Retrieved 2013-04-26.