City of Brantford Trails 

The City offers nearly 70 kilometers of recreational trails that are perfect for running, cycling or hiking. With constant upgrades and additions, there's always somewhere new to explore along the way.

Trail Updates & Closures:

Gilkison Flats Trails

Gilkison Flats Trails are now open for public use. These trails have been closed all year due to damage sustained during the flood events of February 2018.

Tree and brush clearing has now been completed as well as grading and leveling of the shared use trail and various footpaths throughout. Please note that the trail surface consists of hard packed gravel, and compacted earth in some areas. Trail conditions may become uneven and unsuitable for use during wet weather. Full trail reconstruction including paving of the shared use trail will be undertaken in 2019. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work towards the full redevelopment of this important trail connection and recreational opportunity.

Notice - Trail Closures

TH&B Trail - Colborne Street to Mt. Pleasant

Through access along the TH&B trail from Colborne Street to Mount Pleasant is temporarily unavailable due to road construction along Shellard Lane. Absolutely no through access across Shellard Lane.

Please follow detour signage available and Click for Detour Map (pdf). Two detours are available for trail users – Please choose the route that works best for your riding level. Detour 1 involves a 3.4km stretch along a 80km/h vehicular roadway. For family friendly trail use, please follow Detour 2. For any questions or more information please contact 519-759-4150.

Click for Detour Map (pdf)

Trail Closures Due to Flooding

Grand River Trestle Bridge

The trestle pedestrian bridge over the Grand River, downstream of the Lorne Bridge are closed until further notice.

Click for a Map of Trail Closures (pdf).

DRUMMOND STREET BRIDGE: The pedestrian bridge spanning the canal at Drummond Street to Greenwich Street is closed indefinitely due to deterioration.

Click for Drummond Street Bridge Closure Map (pdf).


  • Keep to the right - that means everyone, not just cyclists.
  • Call out or sound your bell before passing others.
  • Please leash and pick up after your pet.
  • Help keep our pathways clean - use the trash cans provided at most access points.
  • Stay on the trail. Travelling "off route" can destroy plants and wildlife.
  • Respect all signs and laws. Watch for vehicles at road crossings, and always be prepared to stop!
  • Use lights when riding at night and wear bright clothing.
  • Think safety, and cyclists - please wear a helmet! If you are under 18, it's the law - for everyone else, it's good common sense. 

Attention - Vehicles and equipment are not permitted on trails

Under Bylaw 102 - 2004 the operation of motorized vehicles and equipment on trails and in city parks is not allowed.

  • this includes ATV's, motorcycles, motorized trail bikes, snowmobiles, motorized scooters, e-bikes, etc.
  • motorized wheelchairs and scooters used by persons with disabilities are allowed on city trails.
  • pedestrians and cyclists use our trails and children play in our parks, please help to keep them safe.

Thank you for your attention and cooperation regarding this matter.

Trail Conditions

Female cyclist on riding bicycle on wooded trail on a Summer day.
  • Trail conditions can vary and may change quickly. Some sections may become damaged, flooded or impassable during bad weather. Stay alert!
  • While most pathways are suitable for motorized wheelchairs and strollers, some sections are steep and challenging. Check the map for locations or call (519) 756-1500 for more information.
  • Washrooms may be accessed at various facilities along the trail. Check the map for specific locations.
  • Camping, hunting, open fires, and motorized vehicles are prohibited. Trails are not maintained in the winter.
  • Trail use is at the users' risk.  

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