The Grand Watershed Trails Network will link trails in the watershed of the Grand River (a designated Canadian Heritage River), following the river and its tributaries from the source in the Dundalk Highlands to the mouth of the river at Lake Erie. The network will include existing and new, land and water trails, to form a truly unique recreational experience. It will include appropriately accessible and serviced destination and experiential trails which will connect communities, places of interest and activities. The network will also provide connections to Lake Ontario, Lake Huron and Georgian Bay via other major regional trails in line with the Ontario Trail strategy.
The Grand Trails project will connect people and communities through heritage, cultural and outdoor experiences in the Grand River watershed.
- Develop the Grand River Watershed as a living storybook of adventure by partnering with all stakeholders to re-connect people and communities with the Grand River and each other, through intertwining trails on and off the river.
- Be inclusive of everyone and accessible to people of all ages, interests and abilities in all seasons.
- Encourage community-focused cultural, heritage, educational, athletic and spiritual events on and around the river, acknowledging Indigenous connections with the river.
- Encourage people to live in harmony with the environment by allowing people to interact with nature and educating them about the ecological diversity of the watershed.
- Encourage research into the heritage and ecology of the watershed