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Perth County, St Marys & Stratford

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Destination Stratford

The County of Perth and the two independent municipalities of Stratford and St. Marys within its census division are a quaint agricultural area in southwest Ontario where cyclist can find scenic countryside routes passing through farmlands and along the Avon River as well as idyllic and charming communities filled with local culture and small businesses that warmly welcome visitors.

Rural roads, both paved and unpaved traverse the area, alongside farms and fields, often with little traffic, making it perfectly suited for great cycling adventures. Cyclists heading into the communities of St. Marys and Stratford will find the charm and culture of buzzing destinations that are home to many great businesses offering local products and unique culinary delights. Visiting Stratford between April and September offers the chance to experience the world-famous Stratford Festival renowned for the fantastic Shakespearean plays. For those who are looking to hit the trails, a number of wetlands and conservation areas such as the Thames Nature Trail & Wetlands or Wildwood Conservation Area are located within the county borders, all of which can be explored by bicycle. Cyclists coming from the surrounding areas can cycle into Perth County on the cross regional G2G Trail traversing the northern part of the county.

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  • opens in a new windowStratford and Perth County Cycle Routes– Created by Cycle Stratford, these routes begin and end in Stratford, and lead on longer journeys through the nearby areas of Perth County. The routes are plotted on paved roads. There are nine routes available varying in distance between 26km and 59km. opens in a new windowPerth County Cycling Routes – 6 rural road routes outside the communities of Listowel, Millbank, Milverton, Mitchell, Stratford, Shakespeare, and St Marys. The routes follow paved but quiet country roads with distances between 20km and 85km

    opens in a new windowWest Perth Thames Nature Trail – West Perth consists of about 10km of tails that are ideal for walking, hiking, jogging or biking. The trails wind through wetlands and follow along the Thames River with scenic landscapes, lush green space and natural animal habitats.

    opens in a new windowWest Perth Wetlands Nature Trailopens IMAGE file  – The West Perth Wetlands include 65 acres featuring 3 rehabilitated ponds, 10kms of walking trails of which some are also accessible by bike.

    opens in a new windowNorth Perth Trail System – This trail system is approximately 22km long and can be used in all four seasons on foot or by cycling, horseback riding, skiing, snowshoeing or snowmobiling. Trails stretch from Gowanstown to Listowel (currently under construction) and from Listowel to Henfryn.

opens in a new windowWildwood Conservation Area Trails – Wildwood’s four hiking and biking trails range in length from 1.2km to the 24km lake trail. All trails are multi-purpose and can be used by both hikers and cyclists. Find a bike wash station, bike maintenance and repair station and camping on-site. Entry permit required.

  • Wildwood Conservation Area Mountain Bike Itinerary – This mountain bike itinerary for includes trail information as well as nearby restaurants, cafes and accommodations.

opens in a new windowGoderich to Guelph Rail Trail – Known as the G2G, this 127km multi-use linear trail runs along the former CPR railway line stretching from the waters of Lake Huron in Goderich to downtown Guelph. It is overseen and maintained by volunteers and steward groups who are passionate trail enthusiasts and continuously work on improving the trail.

In Perth County, In Perth County, the trail passes the northern part of the county between the communities of Millbank and Monkton.

opens in a new windowPerth County Digital Hike and Bike Map – A digital route map that shows information about hiking and cycling trails within Perth County.

opens in a new windowExplore Stratford and Perth County Mapopens PDF file  – This print map features six on-road cycling routes, four off-road trails and multiple points of interests across Perth County.

opens in a new windowSt. Marys Trails Mapopens PDF file  – This trail guide features over 25km of trails and parklands of which some are suitable for biking. There are a number of points of interest within the town of St. Marys.

* Please note there may be additional trails, routes, events and information resources for the region that may be of interest and useful to cyclists. Changes to the above links, listings and cycling routes may occur.

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