Trail Reroute & Closures
Trail User's Code
Trail Captains & Workers
Trail Maintenance Inspection Report
a) Plover Mills Area
Bill 100 has caused some land owners to close trails especially in the Plover Mills area. Hike leaders are advised to schedule no hikes in this area from Plover Mills to Hwy 7 until the issues have been resolved.
From time to time, the TVTA trail has to be rerouted from the route shown in the guidebook due to a variety of reasons.
The following re-routes have been updated as of Nov 2019
Trail Section 1 Southdate road to Sharon Creek
Trail Section 2 Sharon Creek
Trail Section 3 Sharon Creek to Delaware
Trail Section 4 Delaware to Komoka Provincial Park
Trail Section 5 Komoka Provincial Park
Trail Section 6 Komoka Provincial Park to Warbler Woods
*Please note blaze shape changes to white round circle with protruding arrow when in Kains Woods ESA
Trail Section 7 Warbler woods to Byron
Trail Section 8 Springbank and Greenway Parks
Trail Section 9 Greenway Park to Gibbons Park
Trail Section 10 GIbbons Park to Kilally Meadows
Temporary Reroute (Disregard the Guidebook at 2.3 thru to 5.7)
The trail returns to the paved multiuse trail. Keep Left and go under the Richmond Street Bridge. Ross Park is on your right. Upon entering Ross Park follow D2 to Richmond St. and turn Left. Go one block and turn Left onto Raymond St. Follow to the curve then turn Left. Go across the street and turn Right down the slope. At the bottom turn Right and follow the footpath for approximately 250 meters. Where the trails intersect, take the trail on the R that doubles back up the bank. At the top the trail comes out onto a paved driveway leading onto Meadowdown Dr. Turn Left (east) onto Epworth Av. Turn Left at the crosswalk stop light, through the gate into the King’s College grounds. Turn Right (east) through the gate in the chain link fence into the grounds of St. Peter’s Seminary. The trail follows along the top of a steep wooded bank that slopes down to the river on the left. Continue behind St. Peter’s Seminary. Turn Left opposite the tennis courts and double back down the bank to the bottom. At the intersection turn Right and follow the gravel path to the multiuse trail (TVP). Turn Left and follow D3, going past the washrooms, and following the multiuse path all the way to Adelaide St.
Pass under Adelaide St. bridge on the multiuse trail (TVP)
Trail Section 11 -Killaly Meadows to Fanshawe Park
*Please note blaze shape changes to white round circle with protruding arrow when in Kilally Meadows ESA
Trail Section 12 Fanshawe Park (Main Trail)
Trail Section 13 Fanshawe Park (Blue Trail Loop)
Trail Section 14 Plover Mills to Highway #7
Trail Section 14 Ebenezer South to Plover Mills (Blue Trail)
Trail Section 15 Highway #7 to St. Marys
2. Trail Map
3. Trail User's Code
1. Only hike along marked routes and do not leave the trail.
2. Do not climb fences but use stiles provided.
3. Do not open gates unless the TVTA trail goes through the gate and then be sure to close them.
4. Carry out all garbage and litter, even other people's if possible.
5. Protect trees and shrubs.
6. Leave flowers and plants for others to enjoy.
7. Keep dogs on leash, especially on or near farmland and naturally sensitive areas.
8. Walk around the edge of fields and not across them. Do not disturb farm animals.
9. Protect and do not disturb wildlife.
10. No camping or fires permitted except in designated areas. eg. Fanshawe and Wildwood Parks.
11. No motorized vehicles. NO BICYCLES ON PRIVATE LAND.
12. Leave only your thanks. Take only photographs.
6. Trail History
1968 - An idea takes root
As early as 1968, the London Chamber of Commerce expressed concern over suggestions that the government should purchase river valley lands for public use. It was felt by many that the ideal situation would allow for public enjoyment of these lands without the landowners losing control of their property. With this as its premise, the Chamber Recreation Committee began studying various recreational possibilities in the Thames River Valley, including the feasibility of a hiking trail similar to the well-publicized Bruce Trail. After hiking the area and making preliminary contacts with some landowners, it was seen that the idea of a hiking trail held a great deal of merit.
1971 - The TVTA is formed
Three University of Western Ontario students who were keenly interested in this venture, together with the Chamber of Commerce, organized a meeting of about fifty like-minded persons at the London Public Library and the Thames Valley Trail Association was formed on October 19th, 1971. The first directors were Bill Ratcliffe and Jim Gilpin, two of the U.W.O students; Jay Sanderson and Wilf Lamb of the Chamber of Commerce; and Chris Horne.
1972 - Trail work starts
The University of Western Ontario approved a trail through its grounds on July 10th, 1972.
In December of the same year the section of the trail around Fanshawe Lake was completed.
1973 - Official opening
The London section of the trail was officially opened on June 16th, 1973.
1976 - Trail expansion & incorporation
Over the following years, trail construction, clearing and marking continued with the co-operation of many community-minded landowners - from large property holders such as the London Public Utilities Commission, to many farmers north of the city. The trail continued to develop and finally reached St. Marys, north of London in July of 1976. In this same year, the association became incorporated.
Several years later, Tom Petley developed and blazed a trail through Kains Woods west of London. After Roy Kerr had maintained this trail for many years, the Thames Valley Trail Association took over and named it the Roy Kerr section of the trail.
1992-1995 - Trail completion and links
In 1992, through the efforts of Gordon Jackson, the trail was extended south and west through Komoka Provincial Park. Finally, in 1995, a further extension southward through Delaware to Elgin County linked the Thames Valley Trail with the Elgin Trail, completing a network of trails from Port Stanley to the Bruce Trail. This final extension was brought about through the enthusiastic efforts of John Nolan who carried this idea to fruition, extending the trail from its original length of 60 kilometers to 109 kilometers.