The Georgian Trail

In 1986 a group of interested citizens met to determine the degree of public interest in purchasing a 32 kilometre stretch of abandoned railway line for the purpose of creating a hiking, bicycling and cross country ski trail. This was a rather formidable task since the rail line passed through two Counties (Grey and Simcoe), two Townships (Collingwood and St. Vincent) and three municipalities (Collingwood, Thornbury and Meaford). The Georgian Cycle and Ski Trail Association was formed to plan the implementation strategy of the trail and the fund raising necessary to accomplish it. This body is an independent, charitable association of volunteers and members with its own bylaws and Board of Directors.

There were many hurdles to cross -- Ownership, Purchase, Fund raising, Design, Construction, Liability etc. but the steering committee persevered and overcame each obstacle in it's path so that the dream became a reality. Today we have this wonderful trail following the shoreline of Georgian Bay from the Town of Meaford to the Town of Collingwood. The trail passes through wetlands, lilac groves, streams where beavers build their dams and is in close proximity to a Provincial Park for camping on the shore of Georgian Bay. We feel privileged to share this with the many tourists who come to enjoy this magnificent area in which we live and play.

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