Community trails master plan


Each day, more people are hanging up their car keys, and reaching for either their walking shoes or bike helmets to get around our city. As a result, the need for a high-quality, connected system of pathways, linking neighbourhoods to recreation facilities, shopping and employment, continues to grow.

Our multi-use pathways and trails master plan sets us up for success, providing a blueprint for our work on developing and maintaining multi-use pathways across our community over the next 10 to 15 years.

A multi-use pathway is a wide trail, typically surfaced with gravel or asphalt and found along greenways, hydro corridors and through parks. Local examples include the Iron Horse Trail or the Water Bean Grand River Trail.

Our master plan promises a connected and cohesive network of wide, hard or gravel-surfaced off-road cycling and pedestrian pathways - with links to the on-road cycling network.

Other focus areas of the plan include:

  • Building our existing community trail system into our network, where appropriate,
  • Ensuring multi-use pathways are included in all new neighbourhoods - in an appropriate and timely manner -- as part of the subdivision development process, and
  • Developing an implementation strategy that will identify trail development costs and prioritize projects for construction.

When complete, the network will provide residents with a means to travel easily and safely through their neighbourhoods, across our city and on to neighbouring municipalities.

For more information, review our multi-use pathway network map.

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