Crysler Canada Greenway

Location: Oldcastle - Kingsville Ontario
Region: Southwestern
Character: Abandoned Rail Bed
Length/Size: 50 km

Crysler Canada Greenway
By David Richardson

In 1995, with a significant donation from Chrylser Canada, the Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) purchased 42 km of abandoned railway corridor to preserve this significant corridor. An 18 month public planning process determined that the property would best benefit the community as a multi-use recreational trail, underground utility corridor and a natural green space. The corridor begins south of Oldcastle, and continues south through the Towns of McGregor and Harrow, and proceeds through Kingsville to Ruthven at Colasanti's Tropical Gardens. In the past several years, additional extensions have been purchased and currently, the Greenway is nearly 50 kilometres in length.

There are five community entrances where you can park your car and enjoy any of the activities below.

Recreation Activities Available

The Greenway is conveniently accessible to most of the region and an ideal trail for exploring on foot.

Get off the road and enjoy the Greenway for a change of scenery.

Bird Watching
This natural corridor across the region can provide some interesting bird watching opportunities throughout the year.

Lots of nice picnicking spots to choose from, and plenty of opportunity to walk it off later.

Cross-Country Skiing
An ideal trail for the cross-country skiing enthusiast.

Horseback Riding
Horse access available between South Talbot Road and Concession 4 (north-south section), and Ferris Side Road and McCain Road (east-west section).
Rules and Regulations for Riders:
Ride on the grass - please keep off the gravel trail
Dismount at gates and bridges and walk horse through
Absolutely no horse droppings to be left on the gravel trail

Free parking and washrooms are available at each Community Entrance. Picnic tables at some locations including Oldcastle and Colasantis Tropical Gardens. Please see our map for locations.

Conservations Area Facts
The Chrysler Canada Greenway is the southern-most section of the Trans Canada Trail. It connects natural areas, rich agricultural lands, historically and architecturally significant structures, award winning wineries and many other features that make the Essex Region unique. The Greenway effectively joins 25 otherwise separate natural areas and three watersheds. It significantly improves the quality of life in the Essex Region by connecting people to nature and culture in a way that is accessible to all.

Open Dawn until Dusk. Available for use year round. Free of charge.