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This hike we haven't done for years because of the construction along the 401, so I thought it was about time. This beautiful hike follows the Speed River over a flat, tree covered area. Lots of parking available and the trail is flat. We will be heading east on this trail. Please note that the hike will take place at 10:00am, rain, shine or snow. If weather turns nasty, you will be informed on the message board and I will post on here too. Friendly pets are welcome including friends.Kids are welcome and free. We can discuss where we will meet for coffee or light Lunch during the hike. Suggestions are welcome. I look forward to seeing you there! Happy Hiking! Brendalee...your organizer
The Cambridge to Paris Rail-Trail is owned and operated by the Grand River Conservation Authority and follows the old roadbed of the Lake Erie and Northern Railway between the City of Cambridge to the Town of Paris. The Cambridge to Paris Rail-Trail was opened in 1994, and was the first section on the Trans Canada Trail built in this part of southern Ontario. The old roadbed of the Lake Erie and Northern Railway between the City of Cambridge to the Town of Paris. It was opened in 1994 and was one of the first Ontario abandoned rail lines to be converted to recreational trail use. The Lake Erie and Northern Railway was one of the last electric railways to be built in Ontario. The electric cars were similar to streetcars, although running along their own right of way and hauling both freight and passengers between urban communities. General Trail Description The 18 kilometre (11 mile) trail follows the Grand River through lush Carolinian Forest with spectacular river overlooks en route. Posts mark each kilometre from Cambridge. The trail is level, finished with fine gravel, and provides an easy path for cyclists and hikers. Trail Access Cambridge: The Canadian General-Tower Trailhead and parking area is located on Highway #24 (Water Street), just south of the City of Cambridge. Watch for the Canada Petro gas bar on the right or west side of the road. The parking area is the first driveway past the gas bar. Food sales and washrooms are located nearby. A kiosk provides trail information and history. After the hike you are more than welcome to join me at the Melville Cafe in downtown Galt for coffee/lunch. Directions are on the link below. http://www.melvillecafe.ca/directions.htm Happy Hiking, Brendalee ... your Organizer
Bob McMullen Linear Trail (3.2km)- stonedust. This is a nice flat easy trail to do in the spring. General Information - The Bob McMullen Linear Trail (located in the Preston section of Cambridge) is a natural trail of manicured stonedust, winding along a broad, open floodplain from Hamilton St. to Preston Auditorium. This is a great trail to see the Grand River meet the Speed River. This hike goes for a little over one hour. Guest, Kids and friendly pets are welcome. The confluence of the Grand and Speed Rivers provides panoramic views and excellent bird watching opportunities. Species sighted include the Great Blue Heron, Osprey, numerous ducks, Red-Tailed Hawk, and the occasional Bald Eagle. A variety of butterflies are also prevalent, included the rare Tawny Emperor. This trail travels along the site of the original Mennonite Meeting House, Jacob Hespeler Raceway and the Rock Springs Brewery. More pictures on the link below. http://www.cambridge.ca/relatedDocs/Bob%20McMullen%20Linear%20Trail%20Brochure.pdf Best wishes and happy hiking! Brendalee your Organizer.