Great for hiking and snowshoeing. This loop trail passes around the Woolwich Reservoir in Floradale, Ontario. It is one of several trails in the Township of Woolwich. It was established in 1980 by the Elmira Lions Club, the GRCA, the village of Floradale and local landowners and is maintained by the Elmira Lions Club. It can be used for hiking, biking, cross country skiing and snow shoeing. Check the Township of Woolwich website for all the Trail Descriptions and its Guidebook of Woolwich Trails.
Canagagigue Creek (can-a-ga-jig)
The creek is a tributary of the Grand River and was part of the home of the Attawandaron (Neutrals) who occupied southern Ontario before Mennonites began to settle the area in the early 1800's. The reservoir (man-made lake) was created in 1974 by the Grand River Conservation Authority by damming Canagagigue Creek to manage/stabilize water flow in the region. The dam is located at coordinates 43.622668,-80.56437.
After the reservoir Canagagigue Creek meanders south east past Elmira, crosses Northfield Drive and Jigs Hollow Road before its confluence with the Grand River at coordinates 43.573926,-80.490293 between West Montrose and Winterbourne.
Floradale & Canagagigue Creek History
Refer to Wikepdia for a brief history of the local mill with its overshot waterwheel.
Food in Floradale
Bonnie Lou's Café, 2238 Floradale Rd (coordinates: 43.634035,-80.580375) is a favourite spot for breakfast or lunch. As of 2015FEB12 Bonnie's Regular Hours: Mon-Thurs 8-4 & Fri & Sat 8-8 Breakfast weekdays 8-11, Sat. 8-12. Saturday Breakfast Buffet only! Check Bonnie's website for up-to-date hours of operation.
It is located on the south west corner at the intersection of Floradale Rd and Ruggles Rd. It is recommnended that you call Bonnie Lou's a few days before you plan your walk to check the current hours of serving breakfast and/or lunch ... 519-669-2142.
Parking & Access to Trail
Option 1: If you wish to do this loop and have breakfast before walking or do the loop and have lunch after, it is suggested you park in the village of Floradale. There is limited parking behind Bonnie Lou's Café as well as across from Bonnie Lou's Café on Ruggles Road (not Floradale Rd) near the postal boxes (approximate coordinates: 43.634512,-80.580909 > see location in Google Maps) ... note the angle parking and be sure to leave room near the postal boxes for local residents to pull over their cars and pick up mail (see Google Maps Street View).
To access the trail from Bonnie Lou's Café cross over Floradale Road (heading east and south of the water). Walk down the embankment (see Google Maps Street View) keeping left and across a grassy area and cross the creek on the steel pedestrian bridge. Once you exit from the pedestrian bridge follow the grassy area to the right (east) and you will start seeing Lions Trail signs as you pass through the Floradale Community Park. The trail continues along the perimeter of the reservoir until you return to where you started ... see map images below as well as GPS data that may be downloaded.
Option 2: If you are not planning on having lunch or breakfast in Floradale, you could park in the Woolwich Reservoir parking lot near the dam. The entrance to the Woolwich Reservoir Conservation Area is at 7224 Reid Woods Drive (coordinates 43.616724,-80.565008 ... see in Google Maps) and the parking lot is at coordinates 43.621881,-80.566079 ... see in Google Maps). NOTE: The gate to this entrance is not always open and will likely close at dusk. To check gate times, contact staff at Laurel Creek Conservation Area or phone 519-884-6620.
GRCA Map & Interpretive Sign
Check the Grand River Conservation Area Woolwich Reservoir web page for information about this flood control area as well as two PDF files. One is a map of the trail & the other shows the interpretive sign about the natural environment of the property
GPS Track of Walk in Google Maps
Map Images & GPS Tracks for Download
The following two screen captured images show the track in Garmin's Map Source using Topo Canada maps followed by Google Earth. Below the last image you will find the various tracks for download.