The Grand Valley Trails Association (GVTA) is a non-profit volunteer organization that builds and maintains footpaths within Ontario’s Grand River watershed in Southwestern Ontario. The association was incorporated as a charitable organization in 1973. (Charitable organization number CRA#118946086RR0001.)
The mandate of the association is to build and maintain hiking trails in the Grand River valley. The association promotes year-round hiking and cooperates with other organizations to promote recreation, physical fitness, and the conservation and preservation of wildlife, ecology and natural resources.
The trail runs approximately 250 kilometres and stretches between Port Maitland, near Rock Point Provincial Park, on Lake Erie, south of Dunnville, to the town of Alton, near Orangeville.
The association which is administered by a volunteer board of directors, has an established community of hikers and volunteers who help build and maintain the strong trail system and who help promote hiking through organized outings. Costs incurred to build and maintain the footpaths are covered through membership fees and donations from organizations, the private sector and community groups.