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.

A new and improved 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.

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

We have decided to merge the next Guelph Trail Master Plan (GTMP) engagement process with the Parks and Recreation Master Plan (PRMP), which is currently underway. This makes it easier for you to provide feedback on trails, parks and recreation – together! The goals, deliverables and objectives of the GTMP will remain the same: plan, design, fund, build and maintain the trails of tomorrow.

By aligning the two processes, we are well-positioned to respond to provincial changes stemming from Bill 108. The aligned GTMP and PRMP will feed into the Community Benefits Charge Study and help us understand the financial impacts of both plans.

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All opportunities for engagement are shared with the community through our Facebook and Twitter, here on the website and in the City News pages of the Guelph Mercury-Tribune.

Project timeline

Phase 1: summer 2017

Phase 2: fall 2019/winter 2020

Phase 3: spring to fall 2020

  • Draft master plan report
  • Findings of Trans Canada Trail route investigation
  • Draft report of the Trans Canada Trail route investigation
  • Community feedback (planned for late 2020)

Phase 4: winter/spring 2021

  • Community feedback
  • Final draft master plan
  • Council consideration of final draft master plan (TBD)


Study area

Our study area includes the entire City of Guelph and select land outside City boundaries to explore potential City trail connections to Wellington County, including the Trans Canada Trail (TCT). Lands with completed or ongoing planning studies, including some secondary plan areas, will not be studied in depth, however, we will explore trail connections to these routes.

Proposed study area map

Trans Canada Trail – Route Investigation

Within the GTMP update, we’ll also begin a route investigation for the Trans Canada Trail (TCT). The study will explore aligning routes for the unbuilt section of Guelph’s TCT route between Woodlawn Memorial Park and the Kissing Bridge Trail in Guelph-Eramosa Township (about three to four kilometres). We will summarize and evaluate potential TCT route options based on a number of criteria including owner willingness, cost, technical constraints, environmental and accessibility.

Data collection

Why the data is important

Collecting accurate and complete data on our trail network means mapping every corner of the existing trail system. It’s a big job and accurate data is important.

Updated data gives us the ability to:

  • Accurately map where our trails are, including important informal pathways
  • Review trail surfacing and length
  • Understand how accessible our trails are

By updating our data, we can bring forward a complete and well-researched set of recommendations that could drastically improve our trails. Good data will give us a literal map to where we’re going.

For more information

Tiffany Hanna, Park Planner
Open Space Planning, Parks and Recreation
519-822-1260 extension 3371
[email protected]