Trails

Most trails within Brantford’s city limits currently remain open. The public is reminded that ATV's, e-bikes and motorized bikes are not permitted on trails. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters used for accessibility are allowed. Bicycles and leashed dogs are also permitted. All trail users must keep a physical distance of at least 2 metres (6 feet) from others and are asked not to congregate while using trails

All washrooms, amenities along the trail and parking lots at trail access points are temporarily closed due to precautions related to COVID-19.

Our trail system connects Brantford to other nearby cities including Port Dover, Hamilton, Paris, and beyond. Trails are paved or have a stone surface and are great for running, biking, or hiking. Please note that our trails are not maintained in the winter months and must be used at your own risk.

Trail map

Check our trail map for an overview of our trail system and washroom locations.

Important notices

Current trail closures

Sometimes we have to close our trails to ensure everyone's safety. View Trail Closures Map.

Due to current conditions the following closures are in effect:

  • Cainsville Rail Trail - Trail is closed approximately 1 km east of Beach  Road towards Cainsville due to significant erosion.
  • Gilkison Flats Main Trail - will be under construction July 27 through August. Click for more information.
  • Rotary Centennial Waterworks Park – side footpath west of the transit yard off the main trail accessed at 324 Grand River Avenue due to Emerald Ash tree failure(s) - Park Closure Aerial Map (PDF).
  • Ballantyne Road Trail – Ballantyne road trail closed August 2020 for road re-construction. Trail access from D’Aubigny Creek Park and the parking lot/boat launch area will NOT be available during this time. Please plan your route accordingly and follow on road detour signage.
  • D’Aubigny Creek Boat Launch – closed August 2020 due to Ballantyne Road re-construction.
  • Masters Lane parking lot to Gordon Glaves Trail Bridge September 28-November 2020

Other closures:

  • Bridge at the path connecting Jaycee Park to Beaver Crescent: closed due to poor condition
  • The bridge at the canal from Drummond Street to Greenwich Street: closed due to poor condition
  • Trestle Bridge (downstream of the Lorne Bridge): closed due to structural condition; an Environmental Assessment is underway

Giant Hogweed

Giant Hogweed is an Asian plant that was brought to North America about a century ago and is now spreading throughout southern Ontario.

It can be hazardous to human health. Giant hogweed sap will make a person's skin extremely sensitive to sunlight. Contact with a plant, followed by exposure to the sun, can cause severe burning and blistering. If sap gets into your eyes, it can lead to blindness.

If any sap touches your skin:

  • wash the affected area immediately with soap and water
  • keep the affected area out of the sun
  • see your doctor if you have a reaction

Watch out for lookalikes

Giant hogweed is part of the carrot family and can sometimes be confused with other common plants such as cow parsnip and angelica. This giant hogweed fact sheet compares giant hogweed to other species.

Giant hogweed on City properties

Giant hogweed has been found on City property in a few locations.

The City has a removal protocol to eliminate giant hogweed from its property, but it is a persistent species that is difficult to remove. Options for removal include spraying a herbicide or digging it out. City staff take strict safety precautions when dealing with hogweed.

If you spot giant hogweed

  • on a city property, such as a park or open space area or along a trail contact tParks and Recreation 519 759-4150
  • on your own property, private land, a municipal park or other areas such as along ariverbank or stream, contact your local municipal weed inspector; Parks and Recreation 519 759 4150.

More information

Rules on trails

Respecting the following rules and etiquette on trails will help avoid conflicts or injuries so everyone can enjoy trails equally and safely:

  • Bicycles are allowed on multi-use trails unless otherwise noted.
  • ATV's, motorcycles, e-bikes, motorized bikes, or snowmobiles not permitted on trails.
  • Motorized wheelchairs and scooters used for accessibility are allowed.
  • Call out or use a bell before passing someone on the trail on your bike.
  • Pedestrians should move to one side (preferably the right hand side) to allow cyclists to pass.
  • Use a light and wear bright clothes at night
  • Wear a helmet while biking
  • Camping, hunting and fires are not allowed.
  • Always be prepared to stop if a trail is damaged or blocked
  • Respect all posted signs and laws
  • Stay on the trail
  • Keep your pet on a leash and pick up after them.
  • Use the trash cans for your garbage
  • Smoking and vaping on City trail property is prohibited