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An old canal lock



001 - 002 | 2.9 kmFrom the Decew House parking lot go left on the road across the bridge and you will see the trail on the left side of the road heading into the woods beside Lake Moody. The trail passes through thorny shrubs and crosses a few wooden bridges through wet areas. Past the bridge there is a obscured white Main Bruce Trail marker on a tree ahead indicating the trail goes off to the right through the brush. The trail comes out to St. David’s Road overlooking the parking lot at Brock University. Here the trail goes to the left on the road. At the soccer fields on the right, the trail goes back into the woods on the left of the road. The trail then curves right towards a wire fence topped with barbed wire. The trail comes out to an open area with the Ontario Power Generation Plant off to one side with a Porta-John and the trail swings right (002).

002 - 003 | 4.5 kmLeaving the fence behind turn right across a gravel road with a gate to the right and continue straight ahead  where there is a red sign with a leaf logo indicating Brock University and head back into a brush strewn area of the woods past the DeCew Generating Station on the left. The trail continues through Brock University across the campus before heading slightly downhill and into the woods. The Main Bruce Trail now heads downhill and part way down there is an intersection with the main trail going off to the right and a side trail goes off to the left. Take the main trail. Squirrels can be seen where the trail comes to a wide gravel pathway along the edge of the ravine on the left. Continuing along this trail for some distance, the trail comes out to Glenridge Avenue (003) and continues to the left along the sidewalk.

003 - 004  6.3 kmPart way down Glenridge Avenue past the curve where the guardrail ends, carefully cross the road and look for the white markers where the Bruce Trail climbs back into the woods. Climbing a steep hill, the trail continues along at a high level overlooking the street below. The trail comes out to a gravel road with an information plaque on a stone pedestal indicating the Bruce Trail ahead. Go downhill to the left and follow the trail. The trail comes to a large sign called the Bruce Trail Link with information about the Glenridge Quarry Naturalization site and leaves this gravel pathway and turns right back into the woods. The trail now wanders through a sparsely populated deciduous forest with tall trees beside the dirt trail. The trail makes a loop and climbs a very steep hill to the top where the Bruce Trail goes to the left. The trail wanders through shrubby brush before coming out to the cul de sac of a subdivision on Tremont Drive (004).

004 - 005 | 7.5 kmFollow the Bruce Trail blazes down the subdivision until you arrive at busy Glendale Avenue. Observe the fancy brickwork in the driveways along Tremont. A variety of fast food shops can be found at Glendale with the Pen Centre Plaza across the street. Turn right at this intersection (005) and walk along Glendale under HWY 406.

005 - 006 | 8.2 kmBefore the Keg Restaurant with the large chimney you will see the turn right blaze on a telephone pole with the Bruce Trail following a paved pathway on the Merritt Trail (006).

006 - 007 | 10.9 kmThe trail curves around a small park skirting the woods and becomes a gravel path.The trail leaves this path and turns left to arrive at a waterfall area and a canal feeder channel behind a chain link fence with the path curving right around this canal feature. Watch for this right turn which is easy to miss if you don’t watch carefully for the markers hidden by foliage. The trail follows a fence along the old Second Welland Canal and comes to an overpass bridge giving a good view of a small waterfalls in the canal. Up ahead on a telephone pole you will see a blaze indicating another right turn. The trail comes out to Ball Avenue and crosses Merritt St at a house right across the street and goes down the pathway to the left into the woods. Part way down the slope the trail goes off to the right heading down towards the railway tracks and continues to the right of the abandoned railway line.  The trail crosses a few more rail lines before it meets the rerouted Bert Lowe Side Trail (007).

007 - 008 | 11.5 kmHead south to the right on the Bert Lowe Side Trail which continues on the paved Welland Canals Trail, which is part of the Greater Niagara Circle Route (GNCR). The trail soon begins a long but gradual climb up the Escarpment beside the west bank of the Welland Canal.Below you can see the Twin Flight Locks. The trail turns right to cross a railway line at (008).

008 - 009 | 12.6 kmAcross the tracks continue south on the paved trail which runs parallel to the railway tracks. Along this section you will see a series of murals painted on the backs of nearby industrial buildings along the right side. The trail reaches the intersection of Welland canal parkway and Chapel St. S. (009) where there is a viewing area overlooking Lock 7.

009 - 010 | 14.0 kmThe trail takes the road over the railway spur line and then turns right to continue heading south, concurrently with the Welland Canals Trail. The trail passes Highway 58 and once again crosses the railway line before meeting a gravel road at (010).

010 - 011 | 17.4 kmTurn right along the gravel road. Soon the trail turns left and then left again to cross a steel bridge over a small canal. It's hard to believe that this was once the main shipping canal. After crossing the railway tracks once again, the trail turns right and continues southward along the Fourth Welland Canal. The trail passes under a series of hydro lines as the Allanburg bridge come into view. The side trail turns sharply right and crosses a steel truss bridge over the old canal (011).

011 - 012 | 18.4 kmThe trail now heads to the left towards the village of Allanburg. The trail turns right and follows a gravel road along the edge of a baseball field before reaching Holland Rd (012).

012 - 013 | 19.1 kmHere the trail turns right. While this paved road curves off to the left, the side trail continues straight ahead on a gravel road to reach the gates of the Ontario Power Generation. There is parking for a few cars here. Continuing north along the pond, the trail crosses the same railway line once again and then heads left on a narrow gravel access road down a slope to a fence on the left. Turning left, the trail crosses a narrow steel bridge above a water control structure on the power canal that leads into Lake Gibson (013).

013 - 014 | 21.1 kmContinue following the gravel pathway which swings right between the power canal on the left and Lake Gibson on the right. Once again we pass under the wires of the hydro transmission lines. Cross the old railway tracks and at Beaverdams Road (014).

014 - 015 | 21.8 kmCross the road into a farmyard and continue straight ahead past a red barn with a sagging green roof. Follow the narrow dirt path through a grassy area again between the two bodies of water. Passing an abandoned hayfield, the trail passes between two areas of small shrub growth. Crossing a concrete bridge left across the canal, we come to a long square concrete underpass built specifically to carry the trail under HWY 406 (015). This area can be wet at times.

015 - 016 | 22.4 kmComing out of the tunnel the path swings right coming again to a gravel roadway along the edge of the power canal on the right and moving away from HWY 406. The trail continues along the shore of Lake Gibson before crossing the Merrittville Parkway (016) and jogging slightly to the right to continue ahead.

016 - 001 | 23.3 kmComing to a post on the left with an indication to go down a stone road, it’s worth following to take a quick look at a sluice channel feeding into the lake. Return back up the hill and continue onward as you were travelling before the detour. Pass the concrete platform on the right known as “ lovers rendezvous ” with the sign “dangerous water”. A beautiful blue heron glided across the surface of the water here before making a graceful landing. Reaching Decew Road , the parking lot (001) is just across the road. Phew!
Enjoy the hike and the day!
[ Update: Revised route and maps: June 2011 ]

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