Grand Watershed Trails Incorporated

January 17, 2018

The Grand Trails adventure experience takes the next step.

The Grand Trails Project has taken a major step forward with the incorporation of the Grand Watershed Trails Network Inc. as a not-for-profit corporation.

Joy O’Donnell, President of the GWTN, announced details of the incorporation on Wednesday, January 10, to a large group of people from various local municipalities and stakeholder organizations located within the Grand River watershed.

The Honourable Kathryn McGarry, MPP (Cambridge), Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry spoke at the meeting, highlighting the significance of the Grand Watershed Trails Network Inc. as a community-based project that will improve economic opportunities and promote appreciation of local heritage within the watershed.

Guest speaker Patrick Connor, CEO of the Ontario Trails Council, described other trail projects of provincial significance that his organization has supported.  Mr. Connor laid out the process that will enable the GWTN to develop a trail network from the headwaters of the Grand River near Dundalk to the mouth of the Grand River in Port Maitland.

The Grand Watershed Trail Network Inc. has received approval in principle from ten municipalities from Haldimand County to Wellesley; as well as the Region of Waterloo and Six Nations of the Grand.  Now that it is formally incorporated, the new board will continue to gather support through remaining areas of the watershed and will develop a master plan for trail development and connectivity.

In order to achieve this vision, our volunteer board is seeking donations to enable us to map existing trails; to start to fill gaps in the network; and to initiate a marketing campaign.  This unique trail system will bring people back to the river, to truly appreciate the natural, historical and indigenous heritage of the area.  Please consider supporting our GoFundMe Campaign.

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