Township of Woolwich

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Trails

Woolwich Township boasts eleven trails totalling more than 80 kilometres. Trail use in the Township includes walking, running, cycling, and cross country skiing. Snowmobiling is permitted only on designated sections of the Kissing Bridge Trailway.

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

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                                                                                                                        Lions Ring Trail in Elmira

Trail News- ALERT!- Please note that due to severe flooding the Health Valley Trail and the Mill Race Trail in St. Jacobs are closed. Please stay off these trails until further notice.

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Please respect other trail users as well as private landowners for their kind consent by abiding to the following:

  • Stay on marked routes and do not leave the trail.
  • Township of Woolwich By-law #36-93 states that dogs must always be leashed while off of their owner's property. The by-law also states that owners can be fined if they do not stoop and scoop.
  • Respect the privacy of people living adjacent to the trail.
  • Hunting is not allowed on or near the 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.
  • Cyclists are to ring their bell or call out to announce their presence when approaching other trail users from behind.
  • Leave nothing but thanks and take nothing but pictures.

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Non Permitted Uses 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


 As a courtesy to other trail users you must keep your dog on a leash at all times on public trails as per the Township's by-law, which  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 up to a $350 fine. Dog waste must be bagged and disposed of in the proper manner.  The Township's Animal Control Officer  monitors trail usage by dog owners. Please keep our trails safe and clean for all users!

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Tips for Cyclists and Pedestrians at Roundabouts

 

Pedestrians:
1. Use the sidewalks and cross walks around the outside of the roundabout. Do not cut across the middle of the roundabout.
2. Use the "splitter island". This will let you cross one direction of the traffic at a time.
3. 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. 

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 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:

                   

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