The Welland Canal Society began construction on the trail in 1980 and completed it in 1986. It was named in honour of William Hamilton Merritt, the person who originally conceived the idea of the Welland Canal. The Battle of Beaverdams Park. Located along the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Welland Canals. Remnants of former canal locks, mills, and other industry are located throughout. Many wineries are in the region. St.Catharines hosts the annual Niagara Grape and Wine Festival.
The Merritt Trail begins at Bradley Street in south St. Catharines and continues through to Martindale Road in West St. Catharines, and connects with the Green Ribbon Trail. The Merritt Trail is an historic trek across land that has a natural beauty all of its own. Some sections of the trail are intermittent, therefore, if you wish to follow the trail from beginning to end it is advisable to pick up a map. History enthusiasts will thoroughly enjoy viewing many of the old sections of the once active second Welland Canal. Stonedust provides an ideal pathway for foot travellers and bicyclists alike.
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