Length – 34 km (one way)
90% rail trail path
10% road crossings, detours
Elevation – Gradual slope up escarpment for 30 minutes, then it levels out
Terrain – Sections of asphalt, crushed stone
Skill – Hill climb is Intermediate, the rest is easy
Maps – New map boards and signs posted
Traffic – Bicycles, joggers, hikers, dogs, X-country skiers in winter
Facilities – Parking on street, outhouse, benches
Highlights – Lookouts from the cliff, Albion Falls, Grand River
Trail Fee – Free
Phone – 905 546 2489
Website – City of Hamilton
Similar Trails – Hamilton Brantford RT,
- Starts at Corktown Park (Ferguson Ave. S. and Young St.)
- Albion Falls – on Arbour Rd.
- Chippewa trailhead – at Stone Church Rd. E. and Dartnall Rd.
- Gypsum Mine Tract trailhead – at Caledonia Soccer Complex, McClung Rd.
History – During the 19th century, many railway companies made efforts to build a track bed up the formidable Niagara Escarpment to reach Lake Erie. It took until 1881 for the Hamilton and North-Western Railway (H&NW) to lay track all the way to Port Dover, a project which was originally begun in 1834 by a company called the Hamilton and Port Dover Railway.
Hamilton and Toronto were competing to be the main rail shipping centres in the region, and this route now ran from Lake Erie to the Hamilton docks on Lake Ontario. Due to railway consolidations, the line changed hands many times. The Grand Trunk Railway ran it for a few decades, but in their haste to expand, they ran out of money and by 1928 the entire track became part of CN Rail.
By 1997 most of the track was decommissioned and repurpose for recreational trail use or turned into farm fields.