Nature lovers or anyone looking for a scenic escape may want to explore the shores of the Grand River in the Canadian province of Ontario in its entirety, from Alton to Lake Erie.

The Grand Valley Trails Association is a conversation and recreation organization that was formed in 1972. The association has built and now maintains about 150 miles of trail in the Grand River Valley.

The terrain is mostly riverside, rural meadow, and woodland. With the changing seasons in Southern Ontario, there are some spectacular views along the way.

The trails follow the Grand River, giving visitors a chance to take in the many unique features of Canada’s only official Canadian Heritage river to flow through urban areas. Following the trail into the area in the town of Brantford, day-trippers will enter the “Carolinian Zone,” where people interested in nature study can find rare trees such as the Burr Oak, and Sycamore.

You can also see a wide variety of plants and wild flowers as well as many species of birds and animals, including Heron and Deer. The pathways offer miles of trails that are ideal for hiking, jogging, and just lazy-day sight-seeing.

They’re also ideal for a family picnic and for getting to and from various points of interest such as the Alexander Graham Bell homestead in Brantford, as well as the Mennonite Pioneer Tower in the city of Kitchener. The river itself is also great for Fishing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Rafting, and Tubing.


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