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Last Updated
June 28, 2001

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The Riverbank vision for the future of the trails in Cambridge, as stated in the Cambridge Heritage River Trail pamphlet is to "...create a continuous, integrated trail system along both the Grand and the Speed Rivers, to link commercial and residential districts and eventually to join trails from the adjacent cities of Kitchener and Guelph."

Below is a list of the 6 official trials and a brief description thereof. Before visiting any of these trails, please make sure to read the trail rules. The numbers behind the names are references to locations on the Trails' Map.

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MILL RUN TRAIL (2): (7.5 km - natural)
Nature trails run between Jacob's Landing and Riverside Park, under Highway 401, next to the Speed River. Trail surface varies from beaten earth, to stonedust, to stretches of boardwalk, and follows former Galt, Preston, Hespeler Electric Railway Line. May be muddy in spring or after heavy rains.

Best suited for hiking and mountain biking.

Jacob's Landing (1):
Scenic view of "Old Hespeler" over Mill Pond built by Jacob Hespeler after whom the town was named. Follow streets east, along south side of river, to Blackbridge Road, which then meets the Speed River Trail leading to Guelph; or follow Mill Run Trail west along north side of river.


Riverside Park (3):
At 250 acres, Cambridge's largest park features an interpretive boardwalk, sports field, petting zoo and wheelchair accessible playground. Washrooms, food concessions and picnic facilites available. At Speedsville Road, hikers follow north side of Speed River through park, past the 200 foot span Russ Street Pedestrian Bridge. Bikers follow Rogers Road to King Street. Cross King Street bridge to Chopin Drive, follow Chopin to Hamilton Street and start of Linear Trail.

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LINEAR TRAIL (4): (2.5 km - natural)
Manicured stonedust trail winds along broad, open floodplain from Hamilton Street to Preston Auditorium. Grand and Speed River confluence provides panoramic views and excellent bird watching opportunities. Species include Blue Heron, osprey, numerous ducks, red-tail hawk and occasional bald eagle. A variety of butterflies are also prevelant, including the rare Tawny Emperor. Look for interpretive signs on the Jacob Hespeler Raceway and Rock Springs Brewery.

Best suited for cycling and leisurely strolls.

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BLAIR TRAIL (6): (0.5 km - natural)
This short, picturesque trail, which follows the former Grand Trunk Railway Line, features numerous historical interpretive signs and runs from Fountain Street, over Blair Creek, to the Shingle Bridge lookout. Park at intersection of Morningside Drive and Fountain Street. Follow Blair Road south of Living Levee Trail.

Best suited for leisurely strolls.

Moyers Blair Landing (5):
Good fishing hole and excellent canoe launch site to start a leisurely paddle through the city.

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LIVING LEVEE TRAIL (7): (7.7 km - urban)
Begins at Blair Road/George Street extension and runs through Riverbluffs Park through downtown core to Churchill Park. Trail follows limestone bluffs and crosses 70 foot Devil's Creek Waterfall. Look for Devil's Cave and heart shaped "Galt Fossils" at bluffs. From Riverbulff's Park, trail follows river, past Dickson Park, to Parkhill Road. Along west bank, follow streets to Absolom's Walk where the river trail leads to Waterworks Park terminus. Or, cross Parkhill Bridge to east bank, where it connects to award winning Mill Race Park. This unique Living Levee development blends formal promenades within a setting of heritage limestone architecture. Travel from Mill Race Park north to Augusta Street, or south to Churchill Park.

Best suited for leisurely strolls and viewing the scenic architecture.

Riverbluff's Park (8):
Offers the only portion of navigable river for motorboats in Cambridge. Park is the home of the Cambridge Rowing Club and is the site of the Cambridge annual Riverfest Celebration. Features include washrooms, picnic areas, playground and docking/boat launch.


Mill Race Park (9):
Concerts and music festivals including the Mill Race Folk Festival and Living Christmas Pageant are held in the stone amphitheatre, built within the ruins of old Dickson textile mill. Features excavated "raceway" or canal which once powered the mill. Concession, washroom and small picnic area. Site of offical Canadian Heritage River Designation Plaque and favourite location for photographers.

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CAMBRIDGE-TO-PARIS TRAIL (11): (18.0 km - natural)
Across Highway 24 from Churchill Park, follow 18 km of flat, stonedust trail to Paris along the former Lake Erie and Northern Railway Line. Look for rare Carolinean forest species such as sycamore and sassafrass; a variety of birds from turkey vultures to the majestic bald eagle and a natural, freshwater spring.

Best suited for cycling.

Churchill Park (10):
On the east bank, from Barradell's Loft, follow Water Street (Highway 24) to Churchill Park, past Cambridge to Paris Trail head. The city's second largest park features deer and bird pens, washrooms, playground, sports fields, picnic facilites and limited camping. Home of the Highland Games.

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GRAND TRUNK TRAIL: (3.0 km - natural)
From Riverbluff's Park to Blair Road.

Best suited for cycling and hiking.

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NOTE: Canoeing:
Nature enthusiasts set in at Blackbridge Road and travel past three dams on the Speed River to its confluence with the Grand. OR, paddle the more gentle and urban waters of the Grand River by setting in at Moyer's Landing or Riverbluff's Park. This route has only one portage, at Parkhill Dam; otherwise, it's clear paddling all the way to Paris.





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