Goderich to Guelph Rail Trial
The Goderich to Guelph Rail Trail, or G2G, is a 127 km train right of way abandoned in 1988 and now under redevelopment as a public recreational trail.
In the Beginning
The original railway was built by the Guelph & Goderich Railway and completed in 1907 to link the port at Goderich and a string of rural communities to Guelph and markets beyond. The business prospered for a few decades but traffic dwindled and Canadian Pacific Railway received permission in 1988 to decommission the line. Over the next decade, public access was piecemeal, some sections were rehabilitated by local volunteers, some became overgrown and gated off, and the bridges deteriorated.
In 1998, the County of Wellington and Regional Municipality of Waterloo leased 45 km of the trail, from the outskirts of Guelph to the village of Millbank, to create the Kissing Bridge Railtrail, named for the historic covered bridge at West Montrose. Other local municipalities and volunteer groups rallied to recondition and open sections of the trail, such as the western section from Goderich comprised of the Lake Huron Route and the Perth Harvest Trailway. More groups are forming and media coverage has been mostly positive. There is a handful of parties reticent or ambivalent to the completion of the trail among some local councils and individual landowners. In 2010, the G2G Rail Trail Advisory Committee was struck to spearhead efforts for completion and to encourage public engagement with the recreational, tourism and commercial potentials of the trail.
G2G Rail Trail
The G2G starts from the edge of suburban Guelph and connects scenic countryside, rich farmland, sheltered woodland, along and over streams and rivers, past 13 villages and towns, and ends at Lake Huron at the mouth of the Maitland River and harbour at Goderich. The Rail Trail cuts across the countryside, highways and roadways, so entry points are numerous along its 127 km length. From any of the many road intersections, users on foot or wheels can be immersed in natural surroundings in literally a couple of minutes.
The trail is straight and flat with an average 3° incline, making it ideal for all levels of skill, fitness and accessibility. The surface varies from groomed and compacted gravel to dirt tractor trails.
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