Explore Local :: Green Ribbon Trail


As October passes just as quickly as September did, I’m starting to really notice how much shorter the days are becoming. It feels like only 2 weeks ago we had daylight until 9pm! To take advantage of the daylight before the snow rolls in, I’ve been trying to get out and explore my own backyard as much as I can. Most recently I took a few hours to check out the Green Ribbon Trail just off of Martindale Road, southwest of Port Dalhousie.

The Green Ribbon Trail is unexpectedly short, but a beautiful little area as it runs through the Barnsdale Marsh, a class one wetland. The trail was developed in 1995 by the local community and is dedicated to missing children across the globe. It was brought about with the tragic loss of Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy, victims to Karla Holmoka and Paul Bernardo. The Green Ribbon of Hope was the symbol used during the search for Kristen and hence is the name for this trail.


While currently beautiful with autumn colours, this trail isn’t only for fair weather. You’ll see many people fishing, kayaking, or just enjoying one of the many benches along the path. In the winter, it’s not uncommon to see people ice fishing as well as skating on the frozen marsh.


If you take the trail towards Third Street Louth you can connect with the 740km long Waterfront Trail that follows the shoreline of Lake Ontario. You can also connect with the Merritt Trail by following Martindale Road towards the QEW. Makes sure you take the time to enjoy the full beauty of the area before going elsewhere, and give your loved ones a hug when you get home.


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