Building Bridges | Connecting Communities
Over 127 km of safe passage to Hike, Bike, Run or Walk

HELP US COMPLETE YOUR TRAIL! 127 KM Multi-Purpose Trail - Hike, Bike, Run Or Walk The Trail

The Guelph to Goderich Rail Trail, or G2G, is a 127 km train right of way abandoned in 1988 and currently under re-development as a highly accessible public recreational trail for non-motorized use – walking, hiking, running, cycling, snowshoeing and skiing.

Help us complete the Trail.  Watch our video on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/G2GRailTrail/) and pass it on!

We are currently completing the Walton Departure, Millbank Parkade and grooming the trail bed from Auburn to Millbank – as promised all of the funds go directly onto the trail.  We need to continue to develop, manage and rebuild bridges along the entire 127 km. Let’s make this a trail we can all use from Guelph all the way to Goderich!

For those who find it more convenient to support by donating:

Contribute through PayPal – This means you can donate in Canadian dollars. This also acts as a Merchant Account allowing cards to be processed without a PayPal account.

Snail Mail – Send us a cheque (made out to G2G Rail Trail Inc.) or money order to:

G2G Rail Trail Inc.
℅ Douglas Cerson (Sentry Group)
36-620 Davenport Rd
Waterloo, ON
N2V 2C2

Charitable receipts issued upon request.



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G2G Trail Committee


The Goderich to Guelph Rail Trail, which has become known as G2G, runs 127 km along the former CPR railway line, which stretches from downtown Guelph to the waters of Lake Huron. It is overseen and maintained by volunteers and steward groups who are passionate trail enthusiasts.

Working from the original plan that was drafted over 25 years ago, the G2G Rail Trail volunteer based advisory committee stepped up, roughly five years ago, to adopt the responsibility of completing the proposed rail trail.

The G2G Rail Trial Advisory Committee leads working groups along with the existing established trial groups. The central purpose and goal of the committee is to foster a final operational plan for future maintenance and trail development using all best practices and resources available.


Kissing Bridge Trailway

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The Kissing Bridge Trailway  is the 45 km section of the G2G that runs between Guelph and Millbank and is overseen by the Kissing Bridge Trailway Advisory Board. The Kissing Bridge Trailway travels through rural communities, rivers, and wetlands of Southern Ontario. While on the Kissing Bridge Trailway, you are able to take a 2 km detour to view the West Montrose Kissing Bridge, the last covered bridge in Ontario.

The Trailway offers a unique view of the surrounding farmland and extends into Mennonite county. The surface of the trail is mainly composed of stone chip and is extremely flat and even due to the fact that it runs along a former railway. This makes the trail suitable for many activities, including Hiking, Biking, Running, and Walking.


Perth Harvest Pathway


Passing by rich southwestern Ontario farmland, the Perth Huron Pathway runs from Millbank to the outskirts of Monkton via Milverton.

Not far from the PHP the neighbouring Avon trail can take you back to Waterloo Region on a fresh route towards Conestogo.


Lake Huron Route


The western end of the G2G Rail Trail begins in Walton and ends at the shores of beautiful Lake Huron in Goderich, Ontario. Running primarily through Carolinian forest and agricultural lands, the LHR encompasses the Goderich to Auburn Rail Trail (GAR) that is supported by the Maitland Trail Association -from Auburn to Hwy 21 in Goderich – and the Menesetung Bridge Association – from Hwy 21 to the lake.

Not to be missed on this route is the historic Tiger Dunlop tomb and the breathtaking view from the Menesetung Bridge that spans the Maitland River and looks out onto Lake Huron.


G2G Trail Events

Get off the couch and on the TRAIL! All of our events are supported by the surrounding communities along the G2G Rail Trail.

As an outdoor enthusiast, you, your friends and your family can Bike, Hike, Run or Walk the trail. From bird watchers to experienced cyclists, the G2G Rail Trail offers a place for you to be as active as you choose.
The key focus the G2G Event Committee is to encourage local communities to engage with the trailway, while allowing for a safe environment for all ages.

The central theme for the past six years has been focused around the real need of “building bridges and connecting communities.”

Watch our webpage calendar, Facebook and Twitter feeds for information on upcoming events.


SOTT 2016

For the past 6 years, thousands of outdoor enthusiasts have supported, using human power, the development and conversion of the Goderich to Guelph Rail Trail.

Spring On The Trail on May 14th is our major fundraiser of the year. In 2016 it will be at both ends of the trail with events along the Kissing Bridge Traiway that runs from Guelph to Millbank and on the G2G Trail in Goderich and in Blyth.

Help facilitate the community based conversion of the former CPR 127KM rail bed by coming out to support, enjoy and utilize the trail.

Look for events and information hosted by volunteers in any of the communities along the trail. For location of “trailhead” crossings, follow the trail on our google map link.

For more updates on events in the individual communities please visit our facebook page Facebook.com/g2grailtrail

Spring On The Trail is a free event – but we do ask that you consider a contribution of $20.00 or make a larger donation towards trail improvements. Go to www.springonthetrail.ca for more information.

You can donate by clicking our Donate button or follow any of the Paypal links.

You can volunteer and participate as a group, club or business by contacting events@G2GRailTrail.com


Partner Events

We love to share our trail!

While most happenings on the trail are spontaneous or are personal treks, larger activities are welcome and encouraged.

Plan an event along the trail and let us know, we will post it for you to help pass the word. Past years have seen enthusiastic use of the trail for the Steaming Nostril bike race and of course our own Spring on the Trail. We look forward to working with you on your event.


Canada 150th 2017

2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation and all of Canada will be celebrating. Around the July 1st, 2017 celebration we will make a “run” at a Guinness World Record with an end to end foot race encompassing the entire trailway.

During the 2017 season we will join in the celebration at the 100th Annual International Plowing Match hosted in Walton, Ontario just 250 meters from the G2G Rail Trail.

Stay tuned to see how you can participate and be part of the action!


G2G Rail Trail

Mapping and wayfinding is an important tool for any trail.  G2G has engaged with local stakeholders and the University of Waterloo, working together to provide active online mapping.

Our mapping project is also being used to develop real time online tools for trail steward groups to aid in maintenance and project management.

Our current map allows you to see not only the overview of the various communities and the entire trail, but also to find the major points of entry to the trail in Google Earth and the bypasses where bridges are yet to be rebuilt.

When the final map is ready there will be a live link from the home page.


Click here for a Google Earth view of the trail

Click here for an interactive map showing closures and construction

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Printable Maps

Lake Huron Route Map 1

Lake Huron Route Map 1

Click on map to access Lake Huron Route from Goderich to Blyth via Auburn.

Lake Huron Route Map 2

Lake Huron Route Map 2

Click on the map to access the Lake Huron Route from Blyth to McNaught Line , via Walton.

Perth Harvest Pathway Map 1

Perth Harvest Pathway Map 1

Click on the map to access the Perth Harvest Pathway from Walton to Monkton.

Perth Harvest Pathway Map 2

Perth Harvest Pathway Map 2

Click on the map to access the Perth Harvest Pathway from Livingston Line through the diversion at Milverton.

Kissing Bridge Trailway Map 1

Kissing Bridge Trailway Map 1

Click on the map to access the Kissing Bridge Trailway from Millbank to Elmira, via Linwood and Wallenstein.

Kissing Bridge Trailway Map 2

Kissing Bridge Trailway Map 2

Click on the map to access the Kissing Bridge Trailway from to Guelph via West Montrose and Ariss.


Connecting Trails

Transcanada Trail

TransCanada Trail

The historic TC Trail coincides with the G2G at the Kissing Bridge Trailway.


Cottontail Road Trail

Cottontail Road Trail

This newest Wellington County trail connects the G2G to the Elora Cataract Trail.


Blyth Greenway Trail

Blyth Greenway Trail

This offshoot of the Blyth section travels along Blyth Brook and ends at a unique stone arch bridge.


Local Maps


Trails in Wellington County


Trails in Woolwich County

North Perth

Trails in North Perth


Trails in Huron County


Trails in Waterloo


The Elora Cataract Trail


The Stratford Avon Trail


The Guelph Hiking Trail Club


G2G Charitable Foundation

Fundraising campaigns can be tough to organize and the need for financial resources can seem never ending.

In order to keep the legacy of the former rail bed in good repair, it was necessary to register the organization as a charity.
This decision has been very well supported.

G2G Rail Trail Inc. has two main mandates as a registered charity:

1. Ensure the G2G Rail Trail can be maintained for everyone to use.

2. To extend a helping hand to any Trail Group that connects to the G2G Rail Trail

Reference: G2G Rail Trail Inc. Charity Reg# 835906231 RR0001



The G2G Rail Trail is proudly maintained by volunteers but is supported through your kindness and generosity.

Your donations are greatly appreciated and can be made through our website using the Paypal button,  or by a cheque to our email address. If you have a specific project or purpose for your donated funds, please contact us directly via email – foundation@g2grailtrail.com.

We welcome all support!

You can also help by using the trail yourself and spreading the word to get more people to use, enjoy and support the trail.

Reference: G2G Rail Trail Inc. Charity Reg# 835906231 RR0001


Use of Funds

Although time and labour is kindly donated by our volunteers, many of the materials and machines we need for the trail are not free.

Improvements are varied and can be expensive, ranging from stone dust for the pathway itself to large bridges to reconnect the trail to its former continuous state.

Past ventures include building a bridge at Millbank, a staircase with bike trough at Katherine St. in West Montrose and improved surfacing, signage and gates along the entire trailway.

We look forward to building more bridges and adding benches and other amenities to make the Goderich to Guelph Rail Trail a safe and enjoyable passageway for you and your family.

You can find more information about our past and ongoing fundraising projects by visiting our Donate page.

Reference: G2G Rail Trail Inc. Charity Reg# 835906231 RR0001



Goderich to Guelph Rail Trail Inc. strives to enrich the quality of life for everyone.

We promote the development, preservation and enjoyment of diverse, high-quality trails and greenways that connect our Southwestern Ontario communities.

Reference: G2G Rail Trail Inc. Charity Reg# 835906231 RR0001