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Old Coach Road Trail
76 Southgate Dr. GPS N 44° 42.602' W 063° 40.458'
Terrain and Surface:
This 1-km crusher dust trail with undulating slopes winds through the Bedford Ravines neighbourhood. A short boardwalk crosses a cascading brook; no winter maintenance.
Parking on Southgate Dr.; Bus routes 80, 82 at Southgate on Bedford Highway.
This trail rated Fairly Easy.
Enjoy the interpretive panel and a copy of the trail guide at the trailhead. Discover this historic route once travelled by coaches to Bedford and beyond.
The Old Coach Road Trail runs from Vanier Way to Southgate in Bedford. There is a continuation of the trail which runs from Vanier Way into the woods behind Fernleigh Park subdivision. GPS unknown at this time.
Crushed stone pathway with a couple of moderately steep slopes. It runs through treed green space, with some water features, through the housing development of The Ravines of Bedford South.
The original road (running parallel to the Bedford Highway) seems to date from 19th or 20th century. The trail follows an old logging road or military trail; was ameliorated by Clayton Developments during the building of the Ravines of Bedford South subdivision.No conclusive evidence has appeared to determine whether it was used as an alternate to the Bedford Highway or simply as a logging road. In this century its original starting point was near the present Larry Uteck Blvd. with its termination at Pine Street (no longer in existence) in Bedford.
It offers a gentle stroll under canopied trees. There is the remnant of an old wall, probably dating to the early years of the trail; seasonally there are several species of wild flowers, painted trilliums, etc. and frogs in the pond.
This trail rated Fairly Easy is a historic trail preserved in the Ravines of Bedford South housing development. The trail is lined with beautiful undulating tree cover and ferns with small ponds and brooks. It runs above and parallel to the western shore of the Bedford Basin which can be viewed from the adjacent street and walkway network. This trail is popular among individuals and groups for the interpretation of nature. There are benches along the trail.
There is a Kiosk located at 76 Southgate Drive Trail Head where hikers will find information on Cultural and Natural History interpretation board and map. As well, a self guiding brochure is available to users to borrow for the hike.