Route: Hamilton & Lake Erie Rail Trail (ON, Canada)

Location
Ontario, CA
Description

Built on the surviving rail bed of the former Hamilton and Lake Erie Railway, this groomed rail trail runs for 24.3 km from north of the city of Caledonia to the lower city of Hamilton via the Chippewa Trail and the Escarpment Rail Trail. This route begins north of the Reserves of the Six Nations of the Grand River and the Mississaugas of the New Credit, and runs through the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe First Nations.

Starting at Haldimand Road 66 at the Southern Terminus of the Chippewa Trail, this route cuts through the countryside between Caledonia and Hamilton, passing the Killman Zoo, and reaching the Northern Terminus of the Chippewa Trail at Stonechurch Road. Here the route is cut through by the Lincoln M. Alexander Parkway, but by turning right on Stonechurch Rd for 500m and left on Arbour Rd, runners can use a footbridge to cross the Parkway and catch the continuing course of the old rail bed. To do this, after crossing the Parkway turn left into the Albion Falls parking lot and continue past the Southern Terminus of the Escarpment Rail Trail, following the route cut through the prominent Niagara Escarpment by the Hamilton and Fort Erie Railway in the 1850s. The route ends at the foot of the Escarpment next to the still-in-use Canadian Pacific railway at the north-western corner of Corktown Park at Young Street and Ferguson Street.