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
  • 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


  • All sections of the paved trail are wheelchair accessible
  • 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 the projects to enhance the trail experience.