trails and more trails
A major task for the 1998 work crew was to strengthen the beams
The original footbridge wasbuilt in 1995 by members of the
A before view of the bridge with one split beam and bouncing platform.
Because the bridge
was situated in the middle of a forest area, we had to carry in all of our equipment and most work was done without machinery.
With the aid of several hundred bolts and nuts, more that $1000 of lumber
An $800 grant from Molsons and an Our Common Future donation provided
to purchase the materials for our work.
Park at the Sheffield
Street trail entrance and enjoy a walk. The first stretch follows
a dike built for the Silknit dam ..... can you spot the beaver house? After passing the
historic dam, you will enter the forest and soon reach Ellis Creek. The trail then continues on until you reach BeaverdaleRoad. But, be certain to stop on the 80 m boardwalk and enjoy the view of the Speed River .. fishing is permitted.
The entire trail between
Beaverdale Road and the new Russ Street trailhead follows
the route of the 1896 railbed of the historic Galt, Preston and Hespeler
About 250 m north of highway #401 you will pass the site of the long vanished site of Idylwild
A vanished scene from Idylwild Park in the early 1900s. This long vanished park could only be visited by riding the P H & G electric railway. The Mill Run Trail passes this site...actually, you can see it from the north side of highway #401 as you cross the Speed River bridge. An all season footbridge under #401 allows you to walk back into history. One thing about the SpeedRiver has not changed since Idywild was created - excellent trout fishing.
I recently purchased this postcard showing a boat in the river near the Idylwild footbridge. Although the caption states "near Galt", Idylwild Park was actually located half way between Hespeler and Preston. Except for the electric railway, there was no access to this forest park.