Crane Park Community Bridge

The Guelph Hiking Trail Club is leading an initiative to build the Crane Park Community Bridge.

It's the Club's 50th Anniversary Legacy Project and is supported by the City of Guelph and funded by the generosity of private donors, the Club and the community.

The 25-foot bridge crosses a storm water outlet and will provide safe year-round access to the already well used lands on both sides of the storm water channel. This will extend recreational trails to the south of Crane Park.

Work on the abutments is completed and we have put down a deposit on the Eagle Steel Bridge. We hope to have it installed before year end.

Please help us build the bridge and spread the word.

All money collected during the Fall campaign will be used to fund the project.

Thanks to everyone who has donated we have now received $50,000 of our $60,000 goal!

Abutment Work in Progress

GHTC Celebrates 50th Anniversary in 2022

50 years is a long time for a community organization to be around. There has been no better time in the club's history to be thankful for the services provided by the club. People have flocked to the trails and it has brought much recognition to the hard work the club does to keep up these trails for everyone to use, not just members. 

We have more planned celebrations to mark our 50th anniversary that will send our club off into the next 50 years. Mark your calendars, and stay tuned in!

  • Crane Park Bridge Project - July to November
  • 50th Celebration Party at the Arboretum - September 18   Members - Up load your 50th party pictures
  • Kissing Bridge End-to-End (GHTC's portion) - Fall - Cancelled

Introducing the "50th Anniversary Passport Program": Log your hiking of all GHTC trails on 50th ANNIVERSARY PASSPORT HIKING LOG.pdf and email to and get your name added to GHTC Walk of Fame.

Online GHTC Trail Map and printable PDFs

Online GHTC Trail map and Printable Trail Section PDFs are available FREE to members and cost $5 for non-members.

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Wellington Plaza River Trail remake in progress

The Guelph Hiking Trail Club is taking the initiative to improve the underserved river trail behind the commercial plazas on the corner of Wellington Street and Gordon Street. A section of hiking trail south of downtown Guelph is getting a remake thanks to the Federal Economic Development Agency’s funding commitment for “placemaking” projects across Southern Ontario.

More info

Artist impressions of planned design & one of several work parties!


Wellington Plaza River Trail Progress

"Art in Hard Times" finds new home on Wellington Plaza River Trail. Thanks to GHTC member Jim Hoare and President John Fisher for the install and to "Art not Shame", plaza property owner, and the Federal Govt My Main Street funding for making this possible.

The lead artist was Melanie Schambach whose forte is art-based community building. A digital paint by numbers participatory process that involved dozens of people in its creation.

Visit for a greater understanding of the themes and the process which is particularly suited to be displayed on this trail. GHTC and its partners are working to improve this trail by creating a "Welcoming Space for All."


'Civic Dreamscape' by Seth unveiled in downtown Guelph

Guelph Hiking Trail Club leads project to install a public art mural along the Alf Hales/Trans Canada Trail, 141 Woolwich St. The funding agreement between the Club and the Federal Government's Canada Community Revitalization Fund is part of the Club's initiative to "enhance the urban trail user's experience."

We were fortunate to be able to commission Seth, a world-renowned graphic artist to design the artwork and to Sign Art for its production.

Guelph Mercury article

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Who We Are

GHTC is a volunteer organization that offers guided hikes of various lengths, throughout the year in Guelph and the surrounding area. We maintain over 80km of trails, thanks to private landowner permission, from Cambridge to Limehouse and from Guelph to West Montrose.

We offer general hikes, kids' hikes, photo hikes, trail end-to-end hikes and ski/snowshoe hikes. Members get together for fall/winter slide show presentations and various social activities.

While most of our hikes and events are free and open to the public, consider supporting the Guelph Hiking Trail Club by becoming a member! Membership fees are $25 annually and tax-deductible. Membership fees and donations are used to pay for trail maintenance, newsletter production, and liability insurance. 

Support GHTC activities and Trail improvements           

  Nicola Ross, the author of the Loops & Lattes series of hiking  guides, will donate $5 to the Guelph Hiking     Trail Club for every 'Loops & Latte'  book purchased on her website.  See more of her books


Guelph Hiking Trail Club is a charitable organization 

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