The idea of the Avon Trail was birthed in 1975, largely due to the vision and efforts of the late Dr. Crosby Kirkpatrick and a number of dedicated volunteers. By 1976 the trail was complete, joining St. Marys to Conestogo, and thereby creating the link that joins the Thames Valley and Grand Valley Trails. Thanks to the generosity of more than 80 landowners, the trail runs through scenic farmland and meanders along small rivers and streams. Since it is a continuous long distance trail, it also follows a few country back roads, and occasionally a busier route through the small towns in its path. The trail is marked at regular intervals by white rectangular blazes. Most access points are marked with the small, 3 inch square diamond sign (pictured). Motorized vehicles, camping, and fires, are not permitted on the trail.
The Trail is open from dawn to dusk. Out of respect to our Landowners, the Trail is closed in its entirety on December 25.
Many of the woodlots along the Trail allow hunting. Do not hike in the woodlots from mid November to mid December.
Learn more on our FAQs page.
The Avon Trail provides hiking opportunities led by volunteer leaders. It has the following objectives:
- stimulate an interest in hiking
- establish and maintain trails for hiking
- encourage awareness of the natural environment
- promote the conservation of the environment
The Avon Trail has two members’ meetings each year and one annual general meeting. All are held at the:
Stratford Rotary Complex Community Hall, 353 McCarthy Rd., Stratford, Ontario
at 7:00 p.m.
Canadian Registered Charity with the Canada Revenue Agency: #891197972RR0001