Grand Valley Trails Association (GVTA)

P. 0. Box 40068
Waterloo ON  N2J 4V1

Phone: 519-576-6156

Grand Valley Trails Association (GVTA)

The mandate of the association is to build and maintain hiking trails in the Grand River Valley. As this is the reason for the existence of the association, members are encouraged to become involved in trail maintenance. This activity ranges from participating in work parties to "adopting" a section of the trail. The work involved ranges from repainting blazes to constructing foot bridges. Trail maintenance training sessions are included in the program. If you wish to become a member, please visit our Join GVTA web page and for information about how you can assist GVTA, please visit the Helping web page. Note that one does not have to be an avid hiker to get involved.
In addition, the promotion of outdoor activities such as hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and canoeing is a part of the association's activities. These are supplemented by a few social activities. Day or whole weekend outings are organized by volunteers for most weekends during the year and are published in the association's quarterly newsletter (Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall issues). Some of the hikes and information in the newsletters are available in this website at the Hikes/News. End-to-end chevrons and a badge are available at a nominal cost to those persons who have walked the entire trail or sections of it.

The Grand Valley Trails Association (GVTA) is a volunteer organization committed to establishing footpaths within Ontario’s Grand River Watershed.

The Grand Valley Trails Association (GVTA) is a non-profit, charitable organization administered by a board of directors. The GVTA operates under a recently revised (April 2008) set of bylaws. The mandate of the association is to build and maintain hiking trails in the Grand River Valley. We encourage our members to participate in trail maintenance and guided hikes. In addition, the GVTA promotes healthy living that includes outdoor activities such as hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and canoeing to its members.

The main Grand Valley Trail is a marked footpath stretching about 275 km between Port Maitland (42.866035,-79.565699) [near Rock Point Provincial Park] on Lake Erie, south of Dunnville to the town of Alton (43.860379,-80.068796), near Orangeville. A hiker

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Hike: Natchez Hills, G.Valley Trail 10km

Hike: Natchez Hills, G.Valley Trail 10km
10:00 am - 12 April 2018

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Join us for a pretty walk close to the river. Level 2. Pace: 3-4 km/h. ~10 km Leader: Jamie. Depart at 10:00 a.m. from the Walter Bean Trail (M.R. Good Family Trailway)...

Hike: Homer Watson/Wilson/Grand R. circuit 8km

Hike: Homer Watson/Wilson/Grand R. circuit 8km
10:00 am - 22 March 2018

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Come and join us for this pretty and varied hike, where we follow GVT trail through woodland to Wilson Avenue and return on community trails overlooking the Grand...

Hike Pioneer Tower - Fountain St. 7km

Hike Pioneer Tower - Fountain St. 7km
10:00 am - 15 March 2018

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Come and join us for this (unofficial) hike with great views of the Grand River, past historic sites, fields and woodland. Moderate pace and terrain. About 7 km....

Hiking: Riverbend Dr to Bingeman's

Hiking: Riverbend Dr to Bingeman's
10:00 pm - 01 March 2018

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Come and enjoy an easy out and back walk along wide trails, through woodland, with views from above the Grand River. Walk for about two hours total. Pick your distance...

Hiking: Speyside, Bruce Trail 13-15km

Hiking: Speyside, Bruce Trail 13-15km
10:00 am - 01 March 2018

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Come and enjoy the scenic and varied Bruce trail and its side trails near Speyside . Bruce Trail Map 12. Distance 13-15 km. Moderate speed (3 - 4km/hr) and moderate...

Hike Monarch Woods - Downtown Kitchener 10km

Hike Monarch Woods - Downtown Kitchener 10km
10:00 am - 22 February 2018

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Join us as we hike easy trails through woodlands and parks, and alongside creeks to Kitchener's Working Centre. There we'll have lunch and then return the same way. Leader:...

Grand River Community Trails 9km

Grand River Community Trails 9km
10:00 am - 08 February 2018

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Join us for an exploration of varied trails along and around the Grand River. Moderate speed and terrain. Distance: about 9 km Leader: Kathi K. Depart 10 AM from...

Wilson Ave. Kitchener Community Trails

Wilson Ave. Kitchener Community Trails
10:00 am - 01 February 2018

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Join us for a varied walk along trails in Kitchener Hike length ~9 Km. Difficulty 1-2. Leader: Ron Meet for a 10 A.M. start at the south end of Wilson Ave. in...

Pioneer Tower Grand R. Trails 7.5km

Pioneer Tower Grand R. Trails 7.5km
10:00 am - 04 January 2018

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Join us for hike along quiet and varied trails within the city. PIONEER TOWER - FOUNTAIN ST. 7.5km Moderate pace and terrain. Leader: Lois Depart 10am from the...

Grand River Trails, Kitchener

Grand River Trails, Kitchener
12:00 am - 28 December 2017

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Moderate speed and terrain. Distance: 9-10km Leaders: Kathi K. and Ron C. Depart 10 AM from the parking lot at the end of Woolner Trail and plan to hike to the...

Enjoy great food and fun! GVTA’s Holiday Season Dinner

Enjoy great food and fun! GVTA’s Holiday Season Dinner
05:00 pm - 10 December 2017

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GVTA’s Holiday Season Dinner Sunday, December 10th at Rockway Golf Club. 625 Rockway Dr, Kitchener, ON N2G 3B5 Social starts 5 pm. Dinner 6 pm Buffet turkey...

GVTA Members' Photo Contest - bring your photos!

GVTA Members' Photo Contest - bring your photos!
05:00 pm - 10 December 2017

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Show your photos at the GVTA Holiday Season Dinner! (See 'events' for dinner ticket details) GVTA members may enter up to six photos (4 x 6 inches only) taken...

Monarch Woods downtown trails, Kitchener 9.6km

Monarch Woods downtown trails, Kitchener 9.6km
10:00 am - 07 December 2017

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Join us as we explore Kitchener's trails from Monarch Woods, along parkland and streams to Victoria Park and downtown. Lunch at the Working Centre. We return the...

Hike St. Jacob's, picturesque riverside walk

Hike St. Jacob's, picturesque riverside walk
10:00 am - 02 November 2017

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Level walk beside the picturesque Conestogo R. out and back from St.Jacobs on the Health Valley Trail Level 2, Moderate pace, about 7.4 km Leader: to be decided Start...

Hike in the Beautiful Dundas Valley Conservation Area.

Hike in the Beautiful Dundas Valley Conservation Area.
09:15 am - 26 October 2017

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Wonderful views of the Dundas Valley on this loop hike using Bruce Trail and Dundas Valley Trails. Starts 10am or carpool 9:15. Distance about 12km Moderate pace...

Toronto Walk - great views: Tommy Thompson Park

Toronto Walk - great views: Tommy Thompson Park
09:30 am - 21 October 2017

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Tommy Thompson Park/ Leslie St. Spit “there and back” Leisurely Pace (No Pets) Leaders: Greg Vincent vincent.greg@gmail.com and Jeanette Vincent vincentjeanette1604@gmail.com ...

Mount Nemo Loop Hike - Bruce Trail

Mount Nemo Loop Hike - Bruce Trail
09:00 am - 19 October 2017

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Join us for an energetic hike with breathtaking views from the escarpment! Level:3, Pace: 3 km/h. Distance: ~ 7.5 km. Bruce Trail Map 10. Leader: Ron Carpool departs...

Hiking: Pinnacle Hill-Upper Doon Loop, Kitchener.

Hiking: Pinnacle Hill-Upper Doon Loop, Kitchener.
10:00 am - 14 October 2017

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Level 2/3. Pace: 2-3 km/h. 10 km Leader: Jamie Hember 519-745-1375. Departure Location and Time: Depart at 10:00 a.m. from the Walter Bean Grand River Trail parking...

Hike in the Huron Natural Area 8km.

Hike in the Huron Natural Area 8km.
10:00 am - 12 October 2017

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Come and enjoy the fall colours on this beautiful hike right in Kitchener. Varied trails with woodland, ponds, boardwalks, open areas and rolling hills. Level 2,...

Spier / Shand Dam / Belwood Ontario 12km hike

Spier / Shand Dam / Belwood Ontario 12km hike
09:00 am - 07 October 2017

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Join us for an interestng and varied hike with views, forest trails, some road, and a great lunch (optional). Leader: Jamie Hember 519-745-1375. Departure Location...

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