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We are proud to showcase over 40 trails in our trail guide "Wellington Walks". Wellington County is home to a wide range of trails in rural, urban and natural areas. Many of our trails are operated by volunteer trail organizations and individuals in our communities. We thank them for their vision and commitment to making trails available in Wellington County. You can download the trail guide here.
The County owns and operates three trails at Wellington Place between Fergus and Elora (Trestle Bridge, Aboyne and Museum trails) and also helps operate the Kissing Bridge Trailway sections in Guelph/Eramosa and Mapleton.
The Kissing Bridge Trailway is part of the Trans Canada Trail. It is operated through a partnership between the County, the Region of Waterloo and groups who maintain sections of the trail. To raise funds for two major bridges needed to complete the trail, an annual "Spring on the Trail" event is held on the second Saturday of May. You can find out more about participating, volunteering or contributing to this event at http://www.springonthetrail.ca/. There is also a website for the trailway which can be found at http://www.kissingbridgetrailway.ca/.
The Elora Cataract Trail currently connects Wellington County from Elora east towards Halton Region. A new Trans Canada Trail route in Centre Wellington will close the gap between Elora and the Kissing Bridge Trailway in Waterloo Region to the west.
Site preparation for this new 14 km trail (Cottontail Road Trail) will begin in February 2015 with hazard tree limb and limited tree removal along the Elora Research Station on Second Line East and old Cottontail Road.
This trail is jointly funded by the County of Wellington, Trans Canada Trail and Pan Am Legacy Fund.
We also gratefully acknowledge the support of our partners, who have agreed to locate portions of the trail on their land:
Township of Centre Wellington
Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario
Township of Woolwich
The trail will consist of road shoulders, off road trails and signed roadways. The route winds through rural farmlands and gently rolling terrain.
The northern end of the trail is opposite the entrance to the Elora Gorge Park and Campground. The Cottontail Road unopened road allowance owned by the Township of Centre Wellington will be enhanced at the trail entrance to offer room for some parking, directional signage, map kiosk and trail gate.
Heading south from Sideroad 4 along Second Line East and off road trail is proposed to follow the current winter snowmobile trail used by the Fergus-Elora-Belwood snowmobile club. The trail will be situated on lands at the Elora Research Station. At Sideroad 10 the trail resumes as a signed, on road trail heading west on paved and gravel country roads to connect to the Kissing Bridge Trailway north of Ariss.