Grand Valley Trails Association

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Grand Valley Trails Association

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  • GVTA

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The Grand Valley Trails Association (GVTA), a non-profit volunteer organization based in Waterloo Region, is responsible for building and maintaining hiking trails within Ontario’s Grand River watershed. The GVTA was founded in January 1972 by Betty Schneider, then president of the Grand River Conservation Foundation, and was incorporated as a charitable organization the following year. The GVTA’s initial project was to develop a 48.3 km trail from Doon Village to Conestogo along the Grand River, which was extended to Elora Gorge the next year. By 1975, the trail had expanded southward to Brantford along the Grand. In 1987, the trail was extended again in both directions, reaching the present length of approximately 275 km. It was built south from Brantford to Port Maitland on Lake Erie and north-east from Elora to Alton, near Orangeville. The GVTA desires to encourage the public use and enjoyment of these trails while also protecting the natural environment and promoting the human history of the region surrounding the Grand River.


Waterloo, Ont.

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