For anyone who enjoys long, flat, relaxing hikes, this is the trail for you! The Cambridge to Paris Rail Trail is a total of 18 kilometers in length and offers excellent birding opportunities right along the Grand River. The trail is well-maintained for its length – thanks to the ongoing efforts of the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) – and provides an easy path for hikers, joggers, and cyclists (GRCA, 2014).
Originally, the trail followed the old roadbed of the Lake Erie and Northern Railway from the City of Cambridge to the Town of Paris (GRCA, 2014). It was one of the last electric railways to be built in Ontario; these railways were similar to streetcars and moved both freight and passengers between urban hubs (GRCA, 2014). This particular trail was opened in 1994, and was also one of the first abandoned rail lines to be put to recreational use in Ontario (GRCA, 2014).