Brantford is home to the “Hub of Ontario Trails,” which link three major branches of the Trans Canada Trail at Brant’s Crossing, located in downtown Brantford on the Grand River. With over 70km of nature trails, including 26km of Trans Canada Trail, to hike, run, cycle, snowshoe, cross-country ski, or wander with your dog, there are hours of landscape to explore right here in beautiful Brantford.
Our trail system connects Brantford to other nearby cities including Port Dover, Hamilton, Paris, and beyond. The Trans Canada Trail arms joining Brantford to Hamilton and Port Dover are also part of what is now known as “Brock’s Route.” This present trail is for the most part aligned with the route that Major General Isaac Brock took between Hamilton and Port Dover through Brantford in the War of 1812.
There are a few great places to start your walk or ride, including along Oak Park Road and Hardy Road, as well as at the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, Waterworks Park and Wilkes Dam. Visit our Trail Map to help plan your next adventure.
Our trail system is so extensive that you can explore for days without crossing your own path! Make sure to take your camera to capture some of the beautiful historic sites along the way, including Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks, Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, Bell Homestead National Historic Site, Woodland Cultural Centre, and the Brantford Armoury, as well as the extensive public art collection in downtown Brantford.
Please remember that ATVs, e-bikes, and motorized bikes are not permitted on trails; motorized wheelchairs and scooters are permitted if being used for accessibility.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all washrooms along the trail and in parking lots and trail access points are temporarily closed. All trail users are asked to keep a physical distance of at least 2 metres (6 feet) from others, and avoid congregating.