About Us

The Avon Trail began in 1975, largely due to the vision and efforts of the late Dr. Crosby Kirkpatrick and a number of dedicated volunteers who, by 1976 had completed a trail joining St. Marys to Conestogo, linking 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. Motorized vehicles, camping, and fires, are not permitted on the trail.

Overview Map of the Avon Trail

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 Kiwanis Community Centre Complex,
111 Lakeside Drive,
Stratford, Ontario
at 7:00 p.m.

The Avon Trail is a Canadian Registered Charity with the Canada Revenue Agency.