Cross Regional and Connecting Cycling Routes

Cross Regional and Connecting: Cycling Routes & Trails

Travel The Great Trail Your Way

As the longest recreational trail in the world, The Great Trail (known as the Trans Canada Trail) offers a wide range of activities through a variety of landscapes – urban, rural and wilderness, along greenways, waterways and roadways.

True to its name, The Great Trail embodies the vastness of our terrain and the diversity of Canada’s people.

  • Total Distance: 24,000 km across 13 provinces & Territories
  • Trail Type: combination of on road, and gravel trails
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A view of the Grand River, wild flowers and foliage in summer

The Haldimand section of Waterfront Trail winds along quiet country roads lined by quaint waterfront cottages. It also passes through Dunnville, one of the larger Lake Erie Waterfront Trail communities.

Heading east from the Norfolk boundary near Port Dover, the Trail passes by Nanticoke Power Plant and Peacock Point. Both Haldimand Conservation Areaand Selkirk Provincial Park offer camping and washrooms. Selkirk has a wonderful restaurant if you find yourself in need of nourishment (Sunflower Cafe).  The Trail east of Selkirk follows a beautiful country road with frequent views of Lake Erie.

James Allan Provincial Park has beaches and washrooms, and is a good spot for walking and birdwatching. Located at the mouth of the Grand River, you see Port Maitland, once a thriving fishing village.

Heading north, you enter Dunnville along the shores of the Grand River. Byng Conservation Area offers camping and loads of recreational activities including swimming, kayaking, and canoeing.

Dunnville itself has many accommodation options as well as places to eat. Another wonderful option for camping or a great day is Rock Point Provincial Park–known for its fossils, viewing platform, sand dunes, beach, hiking trail, great birding.

A sailboat in the distance on Lake Erie

Chippewa Trail, riding from Hamilton to Haldibrook Road and back (26 km round trip)

This 15-kilometre abandoned rail corridor links Hamilton with Caledonia as part of the Niagara-Haldimand branch of The Great Trail (Trans Canada Trail).

The Haldimand Chippewa Trail connects the Hamilton Chippawa Trail at Haldibrook Road and runs 2.7 kilometres south along the old Georgia-Pacific rail line to Haldimand Road 66 near Caledonia.

The on-road portion of the trail then runs east on Haldimand Road 66 to McClung Road and south on McClung and connects to the Caledonia Riverside Rotary Trail at Seneca Park in Caledonia which takes trail users to the Grand River and then off-road again along the Grand to the hamlet of York.

This trail is likely the only part of the Trans-Canada Trail where you might catch a glimpse of a lion or a tiger as a portion of it runs alongside the Killman Zoo.

A bike rests against a tree in the fall