The Green Ribbon Trail is an unexpectedly short, but beautiful little area that’s just off of Martindale Road, south-west of Port Dalhousie. 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 by 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 Green Ribbon 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.
When was the last time you explored a new area in your city? I’m always amazed by the new discoveries I can find in my hometown.