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About our trails

The Waterford Heritage Trail network is a 19km decommissioned rail line that connects to the Brantford Rail Trail to the north, and the Sunrise Trail to the south. The trail is part of the Trans Canada Trail. Read more about the trail redevelopment project.

Gorgeous forests, fields, wetlands and grasslands line this rail trail, giving you a diverse landscape to view as you make your way into the town of Waterford. As you head out of Waterford you’ll pass through farmers’ fields, forests and wetlands. The trail supports a variety of activities including hiking, cycling and cross-country skiing. Find bike-friendly local businesses and more on the Ontario By Bike website

Download the Waterford Heritage Trail Network printable map (PDF) and explore the waterfront, rail trail and fitness trails.

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Trail Features

Take in the gorgeous forests, fields, wetlands and grasslands on this rail trail as you make your way into the town of Waterford. Read more about trail features.

Trail Etiquette

Please review our Trail User’s Code and ensure the Waterford Heritage Trail and Shadow Lake Park stay beautiful. Read more about trail etiquette

Black bridge

Black Bridge

Black Bridge is a century-old 166-metre long high-level rail bridge that connects to Port Dover, Simcoe, Brantford and beyond. Read more about Black Bridge.

Trail History

During the golden age of rail in the first decades of the 20th century, Waterford was the junction point of three railroads. Read more about the trail’s history.

Town of Waterford

Waterford is a picturesque town of about 3,000 situated in Norfolk County on the north shore of Lake Erie. Read more about the town of Waterford.

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