If you want to stretch your legs when visiting the pretty-as-a-picture town of Goderich, Ontario, head down to the area close to the harbour and you will find the 3.2 km (6.4 km round trip) Tiger Dunlop Heritage Trail. It crosses the Maitland River and then follows it along, high above with gorgeous river views below.
We recently had the chance to visit the trail while driving along the Lake Huron coast. The desire to walk after three-plus hours of driving led us to this spot.
Light gravel on the predominantly flat path makes this an easy trail. Wild flowers and plants local to this region of Ontario proliferate along the sides of the trail, making it impossible not to stop, and take photos with your camera.
The goal is to reach the gravesite of William “Tiger” Dunlop, the founder of the town of Goderich in 1827.
The route of this trail used to be a CPR rail line, and it also includes the Menesetung Bridge, a former CNR bridge. It’s at this long bridge that you get magnificent views of the Mailtland River and Goderich Harbour, including the Sifto Canada salt mine – the largest in the world.
Past Tiger Dunlop’s grave site, you can continue walking on the Goderich to Auburn Rail Trail (G.A.R.T.) which stretches along 12 km.
Check out Frank’s post about our visit to Goderich and the trail on his new blog Outdoor Adventurers.
Some more photos from our visit and directions:
Directions to the Tiger Dunlop Heritage trail: If you are in Goderich, get onto Highway 21 (Victoria Street North) and head north. Turn left at North Harbour Road West. You will see the small parking lot and entrance to the trail on the right.
NOTE: A devastating F3 tornado struck the town of Goderich on August 21st, 2011 killing one person and destroying many of the beautiful home and landmarks in the centre of the historic town. Read more about it here. The Tiger Dunlop Trail is open to visitors again, offering most likely slightly different views that the ones I shared with these photos.