Public weighs in on Credit Valley Trail


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Funding to support the development of a master plan for the Credit Valley Trail was announced on the Culham Trail near Credit Valley Conservation’s administration office in Mississauga, on September 11, 2015.  Project lead Susan Robertson (far right) and Greenbelt Foundation Vice-President Susan Murray (sixth from the right) attended the announcement with local councillors and provincial politicians.  

On September 11, 2015 the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and Credit Valley Conversation announced a plan to develop a 110-kilometre hiking trail along the Credit River.

With a $100,000 grant from the Foundation, Credit Valley Conservation, partnering with the Credit Valley Heritage Society, will bring to life a 60-year old vision of a connected pedestrian corridor. The new 110-km trail will allow walkers and cyclists to travel from the Credit River headwaters in Orangeville to the mouth of the river at Port Credit on Lake Ontario.

The full trail is expected to be finished in 10-15 years.

The first step is to engage members of the public in the four municipalities along the river to develop the preferred route, identify the cultural and natural highlights along the way, and assess land securement priorities. 

To kick-start the process, we asked our Greenbelt Friends living along or near the proposed route to complete a short survey about what they’d like to see as part of the new Credit Valley Trail.

We received almost 200 responses!

Below, project-lead Susan Robertson gives us the scoop on what people want from the new Credit Valley Trail.   LINE_copy.png

As of September 2015, we’re one major step closer to achieving the long-sought dream of a continuous trail along the shimmering Credit, thanks to the generous assistance of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation.

Now, thanks to you and your outpouring of responses to the Credit Valley Trail survey, we have a better idea of how to get there, with your wish-list in mind.

Your wish-list for the Credit Valley Trail:

Here are the highlights of what we’ve heard:

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Design the trail so people can hike and bike it but also cross-country ski, paddle and fish. 

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Use the destinations to connect people to First Nations stories, conservation areas and provincial parks, historic villages, mills and lovely look-outs, good eats and shops, as well as forests and waterfalls. 

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The interactive map should include the natural and cultural destinations, trail difficulty and distance, entrance and exit points, parking lots, rest rooms, and other trail linkages. 

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Connect it to the newly launched Greenbelt Route and plan it around short day trips. 

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Lastly, use the Credit Valley Trail as a tool to grow the Greenbelt!

Moving forward, fall and winter will be busy as we start to identify the trail’s alignment and the natural and cultural heritage destinations! First and foremost however, this project is a collaborative venture, so if you want to stay in touch, please do by reaching out to the project team at: creditvalleyhs@gmail.com or reading online updates. We’ll be sure to share other ways to get involved through upcoming events and activities planned for Spring 2016! 


--Susan Robertson
MES(Pl), MCIP, RPP
Environmental Planner
Project Lead, Credit Valley Trail Project

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