Trails

Most trails within Brantford’s city limits are 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

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.

Due to current conditions the following closures are in effect:

  • The Grand Valley Trail footpath will be re-routed as a result of heavy construction in the Hardy Road, Kraemars Way and North West Industrial Subdivision area. The trail re- route is expected to be in place until Dec 2021. Please follow the posted detour signage and stay on designated trails - see attached map (PDF).
  • City shared -use trail south of Powerline Road from Wayne Gretzky Parkway west to Brantwood Park Road.  The pathway link from Andrew Pate Park to the shared use trail is also closed. The trail is anticipated to be closed for reconstruction from Oct., 2021 to Dec. 2021 - see attached map (PDF).
  • City shared -use trail east of Wayne Gretzky Parkway from Powerline Road to Dunsdon St. is closed for construction. The trail link from Childerhose Cres. to the shared use trail is also closed. These trails are anticipated to be closed for reconstruction from Oct., 2021 to Dec. 2021

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 introduced to North America  over the last 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. The sap is toxic and eye contact 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.

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 addressing with hogweed.

If you spot giant hogweed

  • on your own property, a municipal park or other areas such as along a riverbank or a trail, contact Parks Services 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 permitted on all shared 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.
  • 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; trail conditions may change quickly
  • 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