Township of Woolwich

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Woolwich Trails - more than 80 kilometres of trails!

Woolwich Township boasts eleven trails totalling more than 80 kilometres. Walking, running, cycling, and cross country skiing are all welcomed and encouraged on the Township Trails. Snowmobiling is permitted only on designated sections of the Kissing Bridge Trailway.

Thank you to our Trail Volunteers  The trails in Woolwich Township result from the time and efforts of many individuals, groups, and private landowners. A heartfelt thank you goes out to all those who continue to support Woolwich Township trail maintenance and development.


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Please respect all trail users and private landowners for their kind consent to use their property by abiding to the following:

  • Stay on marked routes and do not leave the trail.
  • Owners must keep their dogs leashed while off of the owner's property. The By-law also states that owners can be fined if they do not stoop and scoop (Township of Woolwich By-law #36-93).
  • Respect the privacy of people living adjacent to any trail.
  • Hunting is not allowed on or near any trail.
  • Do not disturb farm animals or wildlife.
  • Leave flowers, plants and trees for others to enjoy. 
  • Abide by the signs regarding permitted trail use.
  • Please stay to the right and allow others to pass to your left.
  • Motorized vehicles are not allowed on trails except for snowmobiles on designated sections of the Kissing Bridge Trailway.
  • Cyclists are to ring their bell or call out to announce their presence when approaching other trail users.
  • Leave nothing but thanks and take nothing but pictures.

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Uses not permitted on Trails

Recreational vehicles (ATVs, 4x4s and motor bikes) are not permitted on public trails in Woolwich Township for safety reasons. Charges under the Trespass to Property Act can be laid against anyone found on properties without permission. If you witness recreational vehicles on a public trail or are a landowner experiencing a problem with trespassing, call the Waterloo Regional Police at 519-570-3000 and request a cruiser and report the incident to the Township of Woolwich By-law Division by leaving a message at 519-669-6101.

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Dogs on Public Trails

Please keep our trails safe and clean for all users!

As a courtesy to other trail users, you must keep your dog on a leash at all times on public trails as per Township By-law #36-93.  This By-law also states that dog owners must clean up after their pet.  Owners are liable for their dog's actions under the Ontario Dog Owners Liability Act.  Both offences carry a fine up to $350. Dog waste must be bagged and disposed of in the proper manner.  The Township's Animal Control Officer  monitors trail usage by dog owners.

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Tips for Cyclists and Pedestrians at Roundabouts

Pedestrians

  • Use the sidewalks and crosswalks around the outside of the roundabout. Do not cut across the middle of the roundabout.
  • Use the "splitter island". This will let you cross one direction of the traffic at a time.
  • Watch for gaps in approaching traffic. Choose a safe time to cross.

For experienced cyclists

  • Ride as if you were driving a car. When getting into a roundabout, merge into the travel lane before the bike lane or shoulder ends. Within the roundabout, ride in the middle of your lane; don't hug the curb. Watch out for drivers' blind spots.
  • Remember to signal to show drivers and other riders when you're leaving the roundabout.

For less experienced cyclists

  • Dismount and walk your bicycle.  Follow the tips for pedestrians.

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Looking to Volunteer?

Would you or your group like to become involved in trail activities? Are you a student looking for volunteer hours required for graduation? Contact 519-669-6027 or Ann Roberts to find out how you can get involved.

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Plants to Avoid Touching - enjoy from afar!

The natural environment attracts many people to our trails in Woolwich. However there are a few plants that should be enjoyed from afar. Do NOT touch the following:

Poison Ivy

Giant Hogweed: Click here for further information or for a copy of the Giant Hogweed Brochure.

Noxious Weeds: Check the Region of Waterloo's Read it and Weed it Flyer.

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