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Talbot Trail


The trail extends nearly 200 kilometres from Windsor to Fort Erie with sections following Highway 3 through Wainfleet and Port Colborne. Hikers will enjoy the natural and scenic attractions of the Carolinian forests.

The Talbot Trail is an historically significant overland route completed in the 1820s in Ontario, Canada, near the north shore of Lake Erie. The building of the route was overseen by Colonel Thomas Talbot. It was originally a corduroy road which eventually became Highway 3 and several modern county and regional roadways. Its original intent was to provide a continuous land route for settlers and military personnel between the Niagara region and Amherstburg, aiding in the development of the Talbot Settlement.

The route begins in Windsor and travels northeast through Leamington, Wheatley, Blenheim and St. Thomas. East of Aylmer, it leaves Highway 3 and follows County Road 38 (Heritage Line) proceeding through the village of Straffordville. It continues to Courtland, where it rejoins Highway 3. The route proceeds east along Highway 3 through Delhi,Simcoe, Jarvis and Cayuga. At Dunnville, the route splits from Highway 3 and follows County Road 3 (Lakeshore Road) through the tiny communities of Stromness, Lowbanks, Long Beach and Camelot Beach, before rejoining Highway 3 near Wainfleet. It proceeds east along Highway 3, terminating at the Niagara River in Fort Erie.

The actual 19th century settlement road began in Amherstburg and ended in Canborough, north of Dunnville, where existing settlement roads provided a route to Fort Erie and Niagara Falls.

Information provided by the Regional Municipality of Niagara and Wikipedia websites.

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