Completed in 1996, the 32 km Hamilton to Brantford Rail Trail represents the third and final portion of an 80 km route of the abandoned Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo Railway that was converted into a multi-use interurban recreation trail.
This system, referred to as the Hamilton-Brantford-Cambridge Trails, offers some of the best bicycling and hiking opportunities in southern Ontario.
The Hamilton to Brantford Rail-Trail is Ontario's first entirely off-road, interurban hiking and biking trail. The Hamilton Region Conservation Authority owns and maintains the trail from Hamilton to Jerseyville, and the Grand River Conservation Authority owns and maintains the trail from Jerseyville to Brantford.
The Hamilton section of the trail runs through the scenic Dundas Valley Conservation Area, home of the Thomas A. Beckett Forest and the Dundas Valley Trail Centre, a sanctuary park and rest area with indoor washroom facilities, gift shop and snack bar.
Kilometre distances are marked at most locations along the trail and parking areas can accommodate vehicles and equestrian trailers. The trail is surfaced with stone dust and is suitable for bikes, walkers and equestrians.
With file and web information from the Hamilton Regional Conservation Authority or http://www.grandriver.ca/index/document.cfm?Sec=21&Sub1=86&sub2=0
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