Georgian Trail use and COVID-19
Use of the Georgian Trail, especially by local residents, is increasing daily as the weather improves and people look for ways to safely exercise and get some fresh air. During the current COVID-19 crisis, in accordance with government guidelines, we remind you not to use the trail if you have any symptoms, have returned from abroad or have had any contact with COVID-19.
If you are healthy and asymptomatic, please feel free to use the Trail, ensuring you maintain 2m separation from others at all times. Please share the trail and, if cycling, or running, be sure to warn pedestrians of your approach. It is critically important to practice physical distancing at this time and the Georgian Trail is no exception. Stay safe!
Don DeGrandis, President, Georgian Cycle & Ski Trail Association
Locating 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.
THE TRAIL ASSOCIATION
The Georgian Cycle & Ski Trail Association is a volunteer organization with a mandate to promote the use of the Trail for all to enjoy and to ensure that the views of all Trail users are fairly presented to the three participating municipalities who host the trail: Collingwood, Town of The Blue Mountains and Meaford.
We look to improve the attractiveness and safety of the Trail by identifying beneficial projects. Collecting and managing donations allows the Association to provide necessary financial assistance for Trail maintenance and support of capital projects. Many of our donors have continued to support the Association year after year. We love to hear from all trail users.
Motorized vehicles and horses are not permitted on the Trail. 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. Cyclists should alert walkers, joggers and other cyclists when passing.
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The original Thornbury trestle bridge spanning the Beaver River saw a major renovation in 2017
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ARTICLES FROM THE CURRENT ISSUE
• A new trail section in Meaford...
• A bit of history...
• Supplementary Trails to explore...
• New bike stations coming...
• Plans for tree species signs along the Trail...
• Donations to the Trail are critical. Please donate!
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