On Saturday, September 5th, I had plans to visit friends in Woodstock for the evening. Another great opportunity to explore a new section of the Trans Canada Trail! I went on the website and checked the TCT Map. I discovered a really nice section in Brantford, pretty much en route to my final destination, so I packed up my bike, lots of water, as it was going to be very hot today, and headed to the Trans Canada Trail in Brantford!
I started out at Colborne Street, parking on a side street on the opposite side of the trail. I rode over the bridge and saw the trail running along the river. It was definitely cooler along the water which helped as it felt like 39 degrees today with the humidex. There were lots of people out and about, riding their bikes on the trail and cooling off in the water alongside of it.
After arriving at the sign and taking a few pics, the trail went away from the water and was extremely hot, but also very awesome! It was nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and all the crowds.
Most of the trail so far was very foresty with huge trees on either side and woods that were so deep you couldn’t see through them. I stopped for a quick picture at Waterworks park. I was loving the signage on this trail. Each one showed a map of the trail, and then listed at the bottom which part of it you were at. So clever!
After Waterworks park, I came up to the damn and got off my bike to take some photos. I walked down to the water and took out my Buff from my backpack and dunked it in the water, then put it on my head to cool myself off. It worked great and I did this several times throughout the trail during the day to cool down my body temperature. I had not put my buff to much use before this and was grateful to have it on this day. If you are unfamiliar as to what a Buff is, you can check them out HERE .
After leaving the damn, the trail goes onto the road for a very small section. The you are quickly back onto the gravel trail shortly after, and once again, peddling alongside the river. Every so often there was a cleared area where a bench had been placed to overlook the water and stop for a rest, so when the next one became visible, I decided to stop and do just that. It was a beautiful view, amongst many on the trail so far, and I was loving the sights!
After my rest, I got back on my bike and arrived at Jubilee Terrace shortly after. I loved reading all of the signs and plaques along the Trans Canada Trail. They were always extremely informative and interesting. I enjoyed learning the history of the area and these signs offered a great deal to educate people!
More beautiful views along the river and on the other side of the trail here, was Glenhyrst Gallery. They had a lovely property to view as well, full of bright colourful flowers and pretty gardens to enjoy!
I continued on the trail, riding past the Brantford Golf and Country Club, which also looked like a great way to spend the day! The view and trail were awesome all the way along! Unfortunately, my time was running short and I was due at my friends house for dinner, so I turned my bike around and headed back down the trail, the way I’d come.
On the way back, I saw a side trail that I’d seen earlier and decided to take it and see where it led to. The explorer in me wouldn’t have it any other way. I was really happy I had done so because I came upon this gorgeous area and stopped here to resoak my buff and cool my head off and have a quick snack. I even saw some cute little frogs disguised as dirt!
I got back on my bike and continued on the trail back to my car, taking a shot of the river from the bridge I had to ride over to get back to my car. Looking at the photo, the trail is along the right side of the river.
I really enjoyed my time riding on this section of the Trans Canada Trail today in Brantford!
If you are looking to do your own section of the Trans Canada Trail, or are looking for information on how you can help them reach their amazing goal of connecting Canada by Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017, please visit The Trans Canada Trail Website . I think the mission they are on is one that will benefit all Canadians, and everyone should do what they can to help out!
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