Edition 7 of the Guidebook was published in 2015 and is the most recent map directory. The development of and the maintenance of a footpath by a volunteer organization is always a work in progress. Changes to the trails do happen between Guidebook publication dates for a variety of reasons. If you notice errors, or omissions in the guidebook, please notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following changes have been made since the last Guidebook was published:
The trail is closed at the end of Powerline Road, at km 53.3. At that point, the trail passes north through the parking lot and follows the S. C. Johnson Trail for about 700 metres, passing a set of concrete and pipe barriers on each side of the rail trail. Shortly after the barriers, the Grand Valley Trail picks up again at about 43.179085, -80.354900. There should be a left turn blaze on the edge of the S.C. Johnson Trail, however, that blaze tends to periodically “disappear”. The trail then rejoins the original Grand Valley Trail, follows the bend in the river and continues to the end of Curtis Ave S. at km 56.3. Note that this re-route along the S. C. Johnson Trail does not change the length of the trail. This change was made effective September 2016 at the request of the landowner. Revised Map 8.
The trail section from km 9.3 to Cedar Creek Road is now closed and has now been rerouted along roads. This change means that when coming from the south, after the Dryden Tract, turn left on Alps Road for 1.2 km; turn right on Regional Road 47 (Dumfries Road) for 1.6 km; turn right on Cedar Creek Rd for 0.8 km and join the existing trail with a left turn near what was km 12.0 and is now km 12.9. This reroute adds about 0.9 km to the main trail compared to the old route. This change was made because of a new gravel pit operation effective October 2015.
Note that at km 3.7, on the south side of Beke Road across from Sudden Tract, there are signs that read "No Trespassing". This does not apply to hikers. The landowner wants to keep bikes , ATVs, dirt bikes and horses off his property. Revised Map 9.
The Idlewood Creek section of the trail has changed. After the last house, the trail turns left passing between houses out to Edgewater Crescent and then turns right along the sidewalk for a short distance, past a private street. Just before 264 Edgewater Crescent, the trail veers right for a few metres along a groomed path/sidewalk. At approximately km 34.0 (coordinates 43.443353, -80.405933), the trail no longer enters a woodlot. The trail now turns left along a multipurpose, stonedust trail and proceeds for about 400 m before veering right and across Idlewood Creek on a steel bridge. After crossing the bridge the trail veers right following the creek on the right for about 700 metres to Woolner Trail, formerly Zeller Drive and km 34.4. The trail turns right, descends to the end of Woolner Trail at the Grand River and turns left onto a crushed stone trail, which is part of the Walter Bean Grand River Trail. About 50 m along the crushed stone path, the GVT veers right along a footpath in a wooded area closer to the river. This reroute, effective April 2016, adds approximately 0.7 km to the main trail. The old km 34.4 becomes km 35.1. Revised Map 10.
The Grand Valley Trail has been closed and rerouted starting at km 50.9, where the trail turns right (or north) and proceeds to Snyder’s Flats Road. At the road, opposite the Bloomingdale Mennonite Church, the trail now turns right (or east), follows Snyder’s Flats Road to Sawmill Road at the Bloomingdale Park and Community Centre, formerly km 56.8. This change reduces about 5 km off the original trail. The change, effective November 2015, was made at the request of the landowner of the Preston Sand and Gravel portion of Snyder’s Flats. Revised Map 11.