Parks & Trails 

Lorne Park Beautiful Flower Gardens

The City of Brantford prides itself on the quality parks and trails it provides season after season for residents and visitors to enjoy. Some parks provide a peaceful, relaxing setting where you can enjoy passive recreational activities, while others are venues for sports and active pursuits. The City's gorgeous private and public gardens have been recognized with several titles in the Communities in Bloom competition.

The City offers nearly 70 kilometers of natural trails that are perfect for running, cycling or hiking. With constant upgrades and additions, there's always somewhere new to explore along the way.


Under Bylaw 102 - 2004 the operation of motorized vehicles and equipment on trails and in city parks is not allowed.

  • this includes ATV's, motorcycles, motorized trail bikes, snowmobiles, motorized scooters, e-bikes, etc.
  • motorized wheelchairs and scooters used by persons with disabilities are allowed on city trails.
  • pedestrians and cyclists use our trails and children play in our parks, please help to keep them safe. 

Thank you for your attention and cooperation regarding this matter.


The Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) has advised that the section of the Grand Valley Trail under the 403 bridge that passes under the Grand River will be closed while the 403 bridge is under construction. This closure will be in effect during the 2014 and 2015 construction season.   For more re-route information and map please click the Grand Valley Trail website .

The section of trail from Lorne Bridge to Morrell Street is closed for construction May 22nd - May 27th, 2015.  Sorry for any inconvenience

Thank you for your patience.


People play in parks and walk on our trails; they sometimes leave garbage behind.

Dogs play in parks and walk on our trails; they can leave something a little different behind.

The City's goal is to eliminate all "presents" left behind in Brantford's parks and trails, whether it's ourselves or our fine, furry friends who are creating the mess. 

We need your help!

If you're enjoying a day in the park with Fido or taking your dog for a walk on the trails , the City of Brantford implores you to remember two key factors of bylaw #102-2004:

  1. Please keep your furry family member on a leash, unless you're in a designated leash-free park
  2. Please pick up any little "leave-behinds" your dog may drop.  The old 'Stoop and Scoop'!

Following this City of Brantford bylaw will ensure that we can all enjoy our beautiful parks and gardens harmoniously.

Thank you for your cooperation - by working together, we can keep our city clean!

Giant Hogweed

Giant Hogweed has not yet been confirmed in Brantford.  There are several plants that can be mistaken for Giant Hogweed.  Two of the most common look a-likes to Giant Hogweed are Angelica and Cow Parsnip.  By looking at the stem, leaves and flower of the plant in question and referring to the Giant Hogweed comparison to other plants link below, confirmation that a plant is not Giant Hogweed can be pretty easy.  If the flower is yellow, the plant in question is most defintely not Giant Hogweed.  If the plant has a white flower but the flowers are globe shaped and not flat with a smooth and not hairy stem, the plant is most likely Angelica and not Giant Hogweed.    Cow Parsnip is almost identical and can be hard to differentiate.  Please see the chart below.


 Height:      3 - 8 inches             8 - 14 inches
 Leaves: - coarsely and palmately lobed up to 20 in. long and wide, fuzzy underside    -sharply and unevenly lobed (up to 5 ft. long), hairy below
 Stems:  -ridged, 2 in. thick at base, fuzzy hairs, few/no purple spots   - 2-4 in. in diameter, hollow and ridged with purple blotches and coarse hairs.
 Flower:     -white umbel, 4-12 in. wide with 15-30 rays, flat-topped    -white umbel, 12-20 in. wide with 50-150 rays, flat-topped.
 Comments:  -can cause moderate skin irritation    can cause severe skin irritation, blisters, etc.