Trails

The Township of Centre Wellington has lots of trailways to spend an afternoon walking, running or cycling on. It's a great way to travel and see the picturesque countryside.

Here are a few to choose from:

  • The Trestle Bridge Trail​ will be under construction this year for improvements​
  • Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex Trail: An old farm hardwood bush trail also used as a campground
  • Elora Cataract Trail: Located along the former Credit Valley Railway line, this totals 47 km touching historic trail links parks, watersheds and communities along its route. From Fergus the trail runs along the top of Shand Dam to beautiful Belwood Lake Conservation area. The Elora-Fergus loop of this trailway offers a relaxed and varied 9k hike or bike through open farmland and picturesque pathways with spectacular views of the Grand River. This trail also links both towns to the majestic Wellington County Museum and Archives
  • Elora's Upper Gorg​e Trailway system offers visitors a self-guided historic tour of the gorge. Follow it through tree-lined streets and along cliff-tops. Discover spectacular views, hidden beaches and historic ruins all within a stone's throw of the village.
  • The historic Elora Cataract Trailway zigzags its way across the north end of Fergus. Download this Discover Downtown Fergus guide to explore the charm and majesty of picturesque downtown Fergus. Shop, dine, explore and rest, then hop back on the trail and continue on your journey.

Building on the success of the Elora Cataract Trail, the Township has created a Trails Master Plan which explores the trails and open spaces in the township and their uses. 

  County of Wellington Active Transportation
  ‘Get a move’ on Wellington!
  • There are a lot of ways to get around Wellington County and keep active: walking, jogging, running, cycling, in-line skating, skateboarding, non-mechanized wheelchairs, snowshoeing, and skiing to name a few.  We are working on a plan to support these types of ‘active transportation’ in our municipality and across Wellington County so you can walk, run, or bike to the local grocery store, school or work!

Background

The Wellington County Active Transportation Plan Steering Committee has developed a county-wide active transportation plan  on behalf of the County and all local municipalities.  The County of Wellington Active Transportation Master Plan is a long-term strategy to create a pedestrian and cycling supportive environment.  The plan includes maps which illustrate spine routes and major loops, on-road and off-road facilities types, and a three phased network implementation plan.  An equally important part of the plan is the promotion of active transportation, including education and encouragement initiatives.

  Trestle Bridge Trail
 Trail Improvements​​
  • ​​The Township, in combination with the County of Wellington will be making significant improvements to the Trestle Bridge Trail.
  • It is expected that work will begin spring 2017 and continue into the fall.  The scope of work will include:
    • A fully accessible path which includes widening it to 3 metres 
    • Approximately 20 centimetres of stone dust base
    • Drainage and culvert work to improve conditions on the trail
    • Signage
  • ​Signage will be installed that compliments the County of Wellington's signage program. Between Fergus and Elora, approximately half the trail is owned by the County of Wellington and half by the Township.
  • The Township will also be taking an inventory of trees along the trail to ensure hazard trees are dealt with appropriately and identify any potential conservation ​​opportunities.​
  • This project co​​mbines funding from the County of Wellington and the Township of Centre Wellington. 
  • Improvements such as this are guided by the County's Active Transportation Master Plan and the Township's Trails Master Plan​.

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