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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.

Waterford Heritage Trail and Shadow Lake Trail features

  • Year-round, multi-season trail
  • Part of the Trans Canada Trail
  • Historic Black Bridge with panoramic views of the Waterford Ponds
  • 19 kilometres of asphalt and granular surfaces that connect to downtown Waterford
  • Interpretive signs that tell the story of Waterford
  • Direct access to the Waterford Heritage Museum
  • Stairway joining the upper and lower trails
  • Parking with direct access to the trails
  • Multiple areas to fish
  • Docks and boat launch areas
  • Access to more than 10km of paddling

Interpretive signs

When you visit be sure to read the many interpretive signs that share the history of the town of Waterford. Check out our newly installed ‘Interpretive Signage’ near our two historic train station sites.

Interpretive sign along Waterford Heritage Trail

Special thanks to the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise for funding the projects, and appreciation also goes to Mike McDonnell for the hours of research, authouring and assisting Andy Kooistra with the installation tasks.


  • All sections of the paved trail are wheelchair accessible – learn more at AccessNow
  • The trail is paved between Thompson Road and College Street and on the Shadow Lake Trail into downtown Waterford
  • Gate openings are a minimum of 1 metre to allow room for wheelchairs, bike trailers

Continous improvement

Waterford committee members are committed to continuous improvement. Check out some of the projects to enhance the trail experience.

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