Our Summer Trail Tour continues, as local runners share their favourite trails with the community. The Sunday following each feature, Health and Performance will lead a run on the trail for anyone to join. Read more about the Summer Trail Tour.
This week, Jessica Kuepfer shares the Walter Bean Grand River Trail at RIM Park, which passes along a heritage farmstead, a nature sanctuary, the Grey Silo Golf Course and the spectacular Grand River. Special this week, we will be passing by racers who are participating the in the ENDURrun, who will be kicking off their week with a half marathon on the course.
Group run at The Walter Bean Grand River Trail at RIM Park
Date: Sunday, August 7, 2016
Time: 8:30 AM
Meet: Grey Silo Golf Course Parking Lot
Length: 5-15 KM of trails
More details: All paces are welcome. The main group moves approximately 5:30/km. Runners have the option of turning around at any point to cut the run to their preferred distance or time.
The northernmost section of the Walter Bean Trail
Whether you are looking for a relaxing walk, a scenic run, a cross country ski workout or a roller blade by the river with friends, the Walter Bean Grand River trail offers 15 KM of paved roads and paved bike pathways. Along the trail, there are a number of interesting features including a heritage farmstead, a 13-acre nature sanctuary, the Grey Silo Golf Course, and the Grand River.
There is a wide variety of beautiful natural features along the trail including wetlands, creeks and wild plants. The wetlands are home to frogs, snakes and turtles. Another unique feature to the trail is the Elam Martin Farmstead, a sixth-generation Mennonite family farm which is located near RIM Park. The farmhouse area has been designated under the Ontario Heritage Act as historically significant. Architecturally, the farm-house is Mennonite-Georgian in style, serving the Old Order Mennonite way of life, with a kitchen garden, orchards, smoke house, drying house and woodshed.
This is the second time the Summer Trail Tour has explored the Walter Bean Trail, as we previously looked at the southernmost section in Cambridge and North Dumfries. Stay tuned for more sections of this great trail system.
Access: The full Walter Bean Trail can be accessed from the 19 Access Points outlined above. To run this section, the group will meet at the Grey Silo Golf Course parking lot, 2001 University Ave, Waterloo.
Full length of the trail: 15 KM
Trail system: Trail system includes heritage farmstead, a 13-acre nature sanctuary, the Grey Silo Golf Course, and the spectacular Grand River.
More information: can be found here.