Guelph Trail Master Plan Update

We’re updating the Guelph Trail Master Plan (GTMP), a strategic document that guides how we plan, design, fund, build and maintain Guelph’s trail system.

An updated GTMP means we can innovate trail design guidelines, revise routes, create new trail facilities and promote trail use in our community—all with your help in prioritizing our trail needs.

Read the draft Guelph Trail Master Plan

Project timeline

Phase 1: summer 2017

Phase 2: fall/winter 2020

Phase 3: spring to fall 2020

Phase 4: winter to spring 2021

  • Final draft master plan released, May 27
  • Council consideration of Trans Canada Trail route investigation
  • Council consideration of final draft master plan, June 28

Aligning the Guelph Trail Master Plan with the Parks and Recreation Master Plan

The GTMP and the Parks and Recreation Master Plan (PRMP) schedules were previously aligned to make it easier for the public to provide feedback and for staff to understand the impacts of both plans.

The projects are being studied together, but the schedules will be staggered. The GTMP will be presented to Council at Committee of the Whole on June 7, with a final decision made on June 28.

Council consideration of the PRMP will move to Q4 2021. The PRMP schedule was adjusted to better understand project impacts due to the reorganization of the Parks and Recreation departments.

About the Trans Canada Trail Route Investigation

A three-kilometre gap exists in the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) route between the city of Guelph and Guelph-Eramosa Township. The alignment would connect the multi-use path along Woodlawn Road to Guelph to the Kissing Bridge Trail, which intersects Wellington Road 39 (Silvercreek Parkway) connecting Guelph to a network of trails across Ontario.

The connection has a complicated history of property ownership, environmental, technical and financial challenges. There is a desire to connect the gap through an off-road route using existing rail and hydro corridors instead of an on-road route. The connections require a partnership between the City of Guelph, Guelph-Eramosa Township, Wellington County, other approval agencies and various trail non-profit groups.

Why we’re updating the Guelph Trail Master Plan

  • The master plan requires an update every five years. The master plan was reviewed in 2010 with an update to the trail network map.
  • Legislation, best practices and our own trail policies have changed since the master plan was created.
  • Our trail network data needs to be updated to include trails that have been designed and built since the last update.
  • We have received requests for revised trail alignments, which require investigation and community engagement.

The difference between the Guelph Trail Master Plan (GTMP) and the Active Transportation Network (ATN) study

The Active Transportation Network (ATN) study (2017) focuses on upgrading a portion of the existing trails to improve commuter trips for active forms of transportation such as walking, running, cycling and inline skating. In contrast, the GTMP update project will review our entire network of existing and planned trails outside of the road rights-of-way and provide guidelines regarding all aspects of the trail-related work. Some trails are part of the ATN, but only those that are outside of the road right-of-way. One of the main objectives of the GTMP update is to coordinate it with the ATN so that the two plans complement each other.

How the GTMP will be used to create future trail routes

While the project will improve the accuracy of the City’s existing trail network data and review trail routing issues, the updated GTMP will be a citywide master planning tool. So it will contain a conceptual (approximate) level of mapping for future trails. Separate studies and construction drawings are needed to determine the precise locations of future trails and their infrastructure designs.

For more information

Tiffany Hanna, Park Planner
Park and Trail Development, Parks
519-822-1260 extension 3371
[email protected]