If you own Edition 6, 1st Printing, a list of reroutes since the Spring of 2006 appears below.
If you own Edition 6, 2nd Printing, check the list of reroutes done since the 2nd Printing by clicking here.
The development of and the maintenance of a footpat by a volunteer organization is a work in progress. Changes to the trail(s) do happen between Guidebook publication dates/printings. This summary of changes (below) is designed as a supplement to the 2006 GVTA Guidebook, Edition 6, 1st Printing.
If you notice any error or omission in this Trail and Road Name Changes summary or in the existing GVTA Guidebook (6th edition) , please let us know. If you are a member, you may call the appropriate Trail Director with the details (see newsletter for contact information). Alternatively, you may report by e-mailing GVTA at or leaving your name, telephone number and reason for your call at the GVTA Voicemail 519-576-6156. Thank you.
Map 01 > Reroute of main trail at Port Maitland (effective May 2009) - The starting point of the Grand Valley Trail has changed. Now the main trail starts at the Haldimand County boat launch on Feeder Canal Road near the junction of the Feeder Canal with the Grand River. This location is about 0.6 km south west of the junction of Feeder Canal Road and Siddall Road. This shortens the main trail by 3.2 km. The former main trail leading into Rock Point Provincial Park will be blue blazed and known as the Rock Point Side Trail. For details see PDF. View or download map and Google Earth image (~1.7 MB B, two pages).
Map 03 > Reroute of main trail at Ruthven Park National Historic Site (effective July 2008) - This reroute starts on Haldimand Hwy 54 opposite the main entrance to the Ruthven Park National Historic Site. It removes about 400 m from Haldimand Hwy 54 and results in a net gain of 2.2 km after it loops through the Ruthven Park National Historic Site land and onto a portion of the old towpath behind the Gingerbread House Restaurant & Country Inn before reaching Haldimand Hwy 54 again opposite Indiana Road. View or download trail description and map (~ 72 kB, two pages)
Map 03 > Reroute of main trail near Indiana Rd (effective May 2012) - There are new land owners between approximately km 46.6 (a bit north of Indiana Road) and approximately km 47.8. Some tree removal and other alterations are taking place.The trail has been rerouted along the edge of Haldimand Road 54 as shown in the map provided here. Note that GVTA has talked with one of the new land owners and it is our hope that this reroute is temporary. View or download trail description and map (~ 160 kB, one page)
Map 05 > Reroute of main trail on Big Creek Road (effective December 2012) - Two bridges, one on Middleport Road and one on Mulligan Road have been closed. Generous landowners have allowed a team of volunteers from the Carolinian Crest section of the GVTA to reroute the main trail removing 2.8 km from road. The new route adds 3.7 km of off-road footpath for an overall increase of 0.9 km. View or download trail description and map (~ 465 kB, one page)
Map 07 > Reroute of main trail near Wilkes Dam, Brantford (effective February 2010) - At Wilkes Dam, this reroute follows the existing water intake canal trail. At the point where the water intake trail elevates to near dyke level (about km 41.1), cross the dyke and descend on the existing graded ramp to the river floodplain and rejoin the Grand Valley Trail. No map at this time - follow revised (new) blazes. Purpose: To bypass an environmentally sensitive area on the Grand River (Bald Eagle nesting site) at approximately Wilkes Dam (km 40.6).
Maps 07 and 08 > Reroute of main trail near Hwy 403 north of Brantford (effective 2012 Fall) - At approximately km 49.6 (600 m north of km 49.0 and the Blue Heron Trail) there is a reroute. View or download trail description and map. Also check Google Maps.
Maps 08 > New Route Near Powerline Rd - Due to the steep slopes north of Powerline Road and erosion near km 51.8, the main trail has been moved closer to the S.C. Johnson Trail for about 1 km. The new route has been blazed and there will be no use of the lookouts shown on Map 08. (posted 2011MAY12).
MAP 09 > Seasonal Flooding Alert for March to June - Due to rains, ice build up and slow drainage parts of, or all of, the GVTA boardwalk referred to in the third paragraph on the back of Map 9 may be under water - between the km 1.5 (Brant-Waterloo Rd) and km 3.7 (Beke Rd). In 2012 a volunteer work crew refurbished the boardwalk and elevated it.
MAP 09 > Trail Closure Alps Rd to Cedar Creek Road (effective 2013JAN01) - Due to some activity not permitted by the GVTA, the landowner north of Alps Road (~km 9.1), has requested that the trail be temporarily closed on his property. Therefore, the trail between Alps Road and Cedar Creek Road is off limits until further notice. Please follow the re-route: coming from the south, after Dryden Tract, turn left on Alps Road for 1.2 km; turn right on Regional Road 47 for 1.6 km; turn right on Cedar Creek Rd for 800 m and join the existing trail with a left turn, near km 12.5 shown on the map above (formerly km 11.4). View or download trail reroute description and map. Also check Google Maps.
MAP 10 > Reroute of main trail at New Dundee Road (effective May 2008) - The main trail no longer follows New Dundee Road to Pinnacle Drive. At km 16.5 (Reichert Drive) the trail turns right onto the shoulder of New Dundee Road for about 125 m and turns left onto Robert Ferrie Drive. It proceeds to the traffic circle where it turns right onto Thomas Slee Drive and then left onto Monarch Wood Drive. The trail follows Monarch Wood Drive to its end and passes along a walkway to the right (east) of house # 55 (look for a black chain link fence). The trail passes through Topper Woods and exits on Forest Edge Trail (a residential street) opposite Windrush Park. It turns right along the sidewalk for a few metres and then turns left, crossing Autumn Ridge Trail (street) at a three-way stop. It follows the sidewalk of Windrush Trail (street) for about 120 m and turns right and up a slope into Pinnacle Hill Natural Area. The trail continues to Doon School. This reroute returns some on the main trail to two wooded areas where the trail used to be a few years ago prior to the urban development in the area. Note that construction in the area is ongoing. The original main route off of Autumn Ridge Trail (street) between house numbers 60 and 64 remains as a blue access route. View or download map (~ 60 kB, one page)
MAP 10 > Blue Access Trail (effective May 2008) - At approximately km 18.5, between house numbers 60 and 64, Autumn Ridge Trail (street), the former main trail has been kept as an access trail. The trail passes between the two houses, over a stile and up a gradual slope to the main trail and is about 100 m in length. See the reroute listed above for the change in the main trail. View or download map (~ 60 kB, one page)
MAP 10 > Reroute of main trail at Tube Park, Chicopee - After km 29.5 and as you approach the new Tube Park, the main trail has been rerouted slightly in the Tube Park area near Chicopee. Follow the Dom Cardillo Trail as before, go by the Chalet, turn left into the entrance of Tube Park parking lot following the blazes on the lamp posts, cross the parking lot, exit and turn left and then immediately right to rejoin the original main trail. No map.
MAP 10 > Reroute of main trail at Morrison Road, km 30.5 (effective May 2008) - In the Chicopee Ski Hill area, at about km 30.5, the trail no longer turns left along Morrison Road. Now it exits the south Chicopee parking lot, crosses Morrison Road and enters Morrison Park and follows a park path. It exits the park, eventually comes to a path through woods, follows the sidewalk on Manitoulin Crescent and then turns right onto Morrison Road. This reroute results in a net gain of about 1.6 km to the main trail. View or download map (~ 344 kB, one page). NOTE: At the time of this posting the City of Kitchener has closed the trail due to some erosion that should be repaired in the spring of 2008. Hike leaders are asked to check the area prior to leading a hike in this location and plan accordingly.
Map 10 > TRAIL CLOSED from km 33.0 to 35.8 effective 2010OCT01 - DOWNLOAD PDF MAP FOR THIS TEMPORARY REROUTE. Fairway Road Extension and New Bridge Over The Grand River >> UPDATE: As of November 2012 construction of the new bridge over the Grand River at the east end of the Fairway Drive extension is almost complete. Although the bridge is open to vehicular traffic, the trail under the bridge is not open and will not likely be open until later in 2013. Until then follow the reroute map. For more information please read the PDF Map - link above. Links to more information appear below.
MAP 10 > Reroute of main trail at km 33.3, near the end Zeller Drive (effective May 2008) > TEMPORARILY CLOSED see notice above - Turning right onto Zeller Drive (opposite a Walter Bean Grand River Trail parking lot and access point) the trail descends to the end of Zeller Drive where it 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 footpath continues for about 1.5 km until it reaches a large rock. Note that this footpath is prone to flooding in the early spring so the use of the Walter Bean Grand River Trail on your left may be required. View or download map (~ 300 kB, one page)
MAP 10 > Reroute of main trail at km 38.2, end of Ottawa Street allowance (effective May 2008) - At km 38.2 (end of the Ottawa Street road allowance) the trail crosses Otterbein Road instead of turning left along Otterbein Road. It crosses a green patch and turns left along a portion of the Walter Bean Trail which passes behind houses with trees on the river side, before returning to Otterbein Road. View or download map (~ 40 kB, one page)
MAP 11 > Trail change north of Victoria Street (effective Spring 2010) - At km 41.9 about 300 m after leaving Victoria Street. For details please refer to the text and map available here. View or download map (~ 0.6 MB, one page)
MAP 11 > Trail change at Snyder's Flats (effective Fall 2006) - This reroute adds about 0.38 km to the main trail. It is available in two formats: a) web [coloured map image, no text] and b) PDF (~ 100 kB, 2 pages, one coloured map) [recommended].
MAP 11 > Side trail closure at Snyder's Flats (effective 2007) - The Preston Side Trail is closed until further notice. Blue blazes have been removed. This side trail has been closed at the request of the land owner due to some restoration activity in the gravel pit.
Map 12 > Covered Bridge Side Trail (effective May 2011) - In West Montrose this revised side trail has been lengthened to include a portion of the abandoned rail road north of West Montrose and west of the Grand River that is not currently a part of the Kissing Bridge Trailway due to the lack of a pedestrian bridge at the Grand River. Using a combination of this revised Covered Bridge Side Trail (blue blazes) and the main Grand Valley Trail (white bales) provides a loop walk of about 4 km. The Kissing Bridge Trailway has an appointed Trailway Advisory Board and stewards that are in the process of raising money to make further improvements and build more bridges. The majority of work done by the Kissing Bridge Trail group is volunteer. - View or download map of revised Covered Bridge Side Trail (~ 76 kB, one page).
MAP 12 > Reroute at Carroll Creek (effective 2010SEP15) - View or download map (~ 65 kB, one page)
MAP 13 > Reroute of main trail from Elora to Fergus (2009) - View or download map (~ 108 kB, two pages)
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