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Gord Harry Trail

Named after Gord Harry, longtime conservationist, former Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority Chairman, Wainfleet Mayor and Wainfleet resident, this conservation trail extends east to west across the Township of Wainfleet along the former Grand Trunk Railway Corridor and running parallel to the Lake Erie shoreline.

Gord Harry Trail

Along the trail you will see picturesque views of wooded areas, open fields and quarry lakes. The trail’s proximity to a number of wildlife areas means it acts as a travel corridor for area wildlife and you are likely to see an abundance of birds and small mammals.

This 13 km trail has barrier free access with gated entries at each road crossing. The Gord Harry Trail connects directly to Wainfleet Wetlands Conservation Area, and passes near Long Beach, Morgan’s Point and Wainfleet Bog Conservation Areas.

Parking is available at the Station Road and Quarry Road entrances.

Season:

Year round

Directions:

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Coordinates:

Latitude: 42.8861
Longitude: -79.3054

Activities:

hikingbikingcross-country-skiingsnow-shoeingwildlife-viewing

Amenities:

parking

Controlled Activities:

horseback-riding

Park Rules:

All pets must remain on leash.

The Heritage Highways

 

HeritageHighwaylogoCovering nearly 2000 km from Windsor to the Gaspe Peninsula in Quebec, this historic route traces a path of forts, battle sites, and museums. Highway #3 in Wainfleet is part of this historic scenic route.

Talbot Trail

talbot1The trail follows highways and country roads for 400 km through three historic and picturesque counties and two regions from Fort Erie to Windsor. Sections of Highway #3 and Lakeshore Road in Wainfleet Township are part of the Talbot Trail.

 

 

 

talbot trail

Marshville Heritage Festival

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Since its introduction in 1989, the Festival has grown dramatically, and it is regarded as one of the best festivals around. It features historical demonstrations in and around a beautifully restored 19th century Wainfleet (then Marshville). The event attracts over one hundred Artisans and thousands of tourists from across Ontario and New York State. The Marshville Heritage Festival is located in and around the Heritage Village in Wainfleet during Labour Day Weekend. For more information call the Marshville Heritage Society Inc. at 905-899-9995 or visit their website at Marshville Heritage Festival Home Page

Campgrounds

Wainfleet offers visitors a variety of choices when looking for accommodations for a night or more. Many campgrounds are offered throughout Wainfleet. For those who prefer sleeping in pure comfort, our area motels stand ready to serve. Wainfleet offers camping in two conservation areas, which are listed below.

There are two conservation parks located at Long Beach and Chippawa Creek that offer camping to the public during the summer. The parks open for the Victoria Day weekend and remain open until after the Labour Day weekend.

Chippawa Creek Conservation Area

ChippawaCampsiteThe Chippawa Creek Conservation Area, located in the north-western corner of the Township of Wainfleet along the Welland River, offers a number of recreational activities. Activities include picnicking, family camping, swimming, boating, fishing, biking and unstructured winter sports such as cross-country skiing, skating, and snowmobiling. The park consists of 366 acres of land and a small lake. Special events are scheduled during the summer operating hours. Contact park for details.

84646 Regional Road 45
Wainfleet, Ontario
(905) 386-6387

Long Beach Conservation Area

LongBeachCampersThe Long Beach Conservation Area consists of 140 acres of land located along Lake Erie's north shore. The park offers picnicking, family camping, swimming, fishing, beach volleyball, boating, and some winter sports. Over 2000 ft. of beach is well maintained with access to a boat launch on the park grounds. For a list of special summer events contact the park.

Lakeshore Road
Wainfleet, Ontario
(905) 899-3462

 

Feeder Canal

A unique feature of Wainfleet is the Feeder Canal that was historically part of the Welland Canal network.

The following excerpt from the Historical Profile of the Township of Wainfleet desribes the construction of the Feeder and its importance to the community:

The construction of the Welland feeder canal from the Grand River across the clay plain to Welland, undertaken to provide a sufficient head of water for the operation of the Welland Canal, brought about a change in the settlement geography of the township. feederThe completion of the canal prompted the municipal government to install a grid of drainage into the feeder canal. The excavated material from the ditches was utilized to form a road foundation thus allowing the building of a grid of roads through the low-lying clay and sand regions. The installation of the roads and ditches encouraged agricultural settlement inland, and the completed feeder canal (1832) was large enough to accommodate horse drawn barges and schooners loaded with cargoes of lumber and wheat, thus providing shipping facilities for people who settled near the canal's bank.