Dear Trail User,
If you have ideas for improvements to the Georgian Trail or have identified issues needing resolution, please contact the municipality whose responsibility it is to manage its section of the Trail: Collingwood, The Blue Mountains or Meaford (contact links below). These municipalities have planned upgrades to the trail surface in a number of locations. (See locations of proposed upgrades)
In addition, Tree Trust (a charitable non-profit organization) has embarked on a three-year planting program along sections of the Georgian Trail that would benefit from more tree cover. Read about the 2023-2025 Georgian Trail tree planting program. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Both of these initiatives to upgrade the Trail are being funded by generous, and grateful donations to the Georgian Trail.
Enjoy the Trail!
Tranquil and Picturesque
THE GEORGIAN TRAIL
The Georgian Trail runs some 34 kms along the magnificent southern shore of Georgian Bay between Collingwood and Meaford. The trail features a hard-packed, granular surface ideal for walkers, joggers, cyclists, cross-country skiers and snowshoers.
There are regular distance markers along the Trail and shady rest spots with benches. Bridges across Black Ash Creek, Silver Creek, Indian Brook, the Beaver River and Workman Creek. You will enjoy varied landscape from wilderness, rural to urban, and more than 30 convenient access points. There is parking near Hwy 26 W. at Northwinds Beach, The Depot, Craigleith Provincial Park (day-pass required), Peasmarsh and Council Beaches, Thornbury and Meaford Harbours, Bayview Park and Harbourview Park in Collingwood.
You 'll find many opportunities along the Trail to stop, rest and relax with easy access to sandy beaches and conservation areas and in winter, the Georgian Trail's low grade offers easy cross-country skiing.
There are many accommodation options, shops, restaurants and places to explore in and around our supporting municipalities: Collingwood, Thornbury and Meaford as well as in nearby resorts such as Blue Mountain Village.
The Historic Depot, Craigleith. circa 1947
The Northern Railway line originally connected Collingwood and Meaford. It was completed in 1872 and used for rail transport until its formal abandonment by the Canadian National Railways in 1984. A 1988 feasibility study recommended that the property be kept in the public domain and developed as a recreational trail. On October 31, 1989 the Georgian Trail officially opened as a wonderful new asset for both residents and visitors to the South Georgian Bay area. Go behind the scenes and read, Beginnings of the Trail and also, Our Apple Storage Building Connection.
• Stay to the right of the Trail.
• Pedestrians always have the right-of-way.
• When overtaking others, pass on the left and sound a warning.
• Cyclists should ring a bell or call out “passing left” when approaching pedestrians.
• Do not block the Trail.
Motorized vehicles and horses are not permitted on the Trail. Pedal assisted e-bikes are permitted. Dogs must be leashed and please scoop up after them. Leave no litter. Leave flowers for others to enjoy and stay on the Trail. Cross driveways and roadways with extreme caution.
The original Thornbury trestle bridge spanning the Beaver River saw a major renovation in 2017