MAPS AND TURN-BY-TURN TRAIL GUIDES

 
 

TURN BY TURN TRAIL GUIDE

A turn-by-turn guide to the Laura Secord Legacy Trail is available below in downloadable PDF version or in a mobile-accessible web version.

TURN-BY-TURN TRAIL GUIDE - June 2018:

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MAPS of the LAURA SECORD LEGACY TRAIL

Overview maps and interactive Google maps of the five stages of the Laura Secord Legacy Trail are available for downloading below.

Note that because the trail is 32 km long, you would need many printed maps for detailed trail navigation.

We recommend that you review the interactive Google maps online to familiarize yourself with the details of the trail sections you will be walking on. Also, if you have a smartphone with a data plan, you may also wish to bookmark the links to the trail guide and the interactive maps in the web browser of your mobile device so that you can access them in the field. You can zoom these maps to any level on your mobile device.


Click on the links in this table to view or download the maps of the Laura Secord Legacy Trail.
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SATELLITE MAPS
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BASE
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You can open, download, and save the Google trail maps, and use them for navigation in the field.

Or you can use Google Earth to explore the entire trail, including topography, elevation, and 3D trail flight simulation (requires free Google Earth software).
(may be displayed
and printed in
satellite or base
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in any scale)
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STAGE 1: SECORD HOMESTEAD TO FIREMEN'S PARK:

GOOGLE MAP
(2016)

SATELLITE MAP
(2013)

BASE MAP
(2013)

STAGE 2: FIREMEN'S PARK TO NIAGARA COLLEGE:

GOOGLE MAP
(2016)

SATELLITE MAP
(2013)

BASE MAP
(2013)

STAGE 3: NIAGARA COLLEGE TO RODMAN HALL:

GOOGLE MAP
(2016)

SATELLITE MAP
(2013)

BASE MAP
(2013)

STAGE 4: RODMAN HALL TO ROTARY PARK:

GOOGLE MAP
(2016)

SATELLITE MAP
(2013)

BASE MAP
(2013)

STAGE 5: ROTARY PARK TO DECEW HOUSE:

GOOGLE MAP
(2016)

SATELLITE MAP
(2013)

BASE MAP
(2013)

MAP OF ENTIRE LAURA SECORD LEGACY TRAIL:

GOOGLE MAP
(2016)
SATELLITE MAP
(2013)
BASE MAP
(2013)

ABOUT THE TRAIL


Spanning the full 32 km (20 miles) of her epic journey, the Laura Secord Legacy Trail is a permanent monument to Laura's legacy, as well as the site of the 2013 Laura Secord Commemorative Walk.

Considerable research was undertaken to identify the route Laura Secord took on that fateful June day in 1813 from the Secord Homestead in Niagara-on-the-Lake to DeCew House in Thorold, where she delivered her famous message. We have drafted a modern-day approximation of the route that can be negotiated safely by hikers of average abilities. The five-stage route follows everything from ancient forested Indian trails to modern city sidewalks. You can hike the entire route, or break it up into shorter segments.


Above: The Laura Secord Legacy Trail travels 32 km from Queenston to Thorold. Click map image for a larger version.



A STAGED APPROACH


The Laura Secord Legacy Trail is divided into five stages, with six waystations along the route. Each stage will give you a different walking experience, along a route that parallels the route that Laura Secord took in 1813.

Though taken at different times of the year and different stages of trail development, the trail overviews below should give you a fairly accurate overview of the trajectory and features of the Laura Secord Legacy Trail.



LEARN MORE ABOUT EACH STAGE OF THE TRAIL...


BRIEF OVERVIEW OF STAGE 1: Laura Secord Homestead to Firemen's Park

BRIEF OVERVIEW OF STAGE 2: Firemen's Park to Niagara College

BRIEF OVERVIEW OF STAGE 3: Niagara College to Rodman Hall

BRIEF OVERVIEW OF STAGE 4: Rodman Hall to Rotary Park

BRIEF OVERVIEW OF STAGE 5:
Rotary Park to DeCew House





Stage 1: Laura Secord Homestead to Fireman’s Park

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 


 
 
 

Stage 2: Fireman’s Park to Niagara College

 
 

Distance: 6.51 km - Average Walking Time: 2 hrs.


Stage 2 of the Legacy Trail starts in the wooded stands and open spaces of Firemen's Park, Niagara Falls, on the edge of the Escarpment. The trail crosses the CNR Railway and heads westward, crossing the busy QEW traffic corridor on the Sand Plant Hill Footbridge (below, left). On the west side of the QEW, the trail descends from the bridge and passes through the famed Screaming Tunnel, featured in Halloween ghost stories and at least one David Cronenberg horror film (below, right).

 
 

The trail continues along tranquil Warner Road and into the forest at Wood End Conservation Area (below left), where it merges with Niagara College's Wetland Ridge Trail, a side loop of the Bruce Trail also known as the Paul Naray [Silurian] Side Trail (West) (below right).

 
 

The Stage 2 route follows the Wetland Ridge Trail west down the escarpment for about 30 m, doubling back in a northeasterly direction in the woodland ecotone close to the edge of the Niagara College vineyards (below left). This section of trail traverses a patch of glacial till (talus slope) at the base of the Escarpment, which is geologically interesting but which makes walking somewhat difficult (below right). For the less adventurous, a grassy alternative to the glacial till follows the edge of the Niagara College experimental vineyards.

 
 

After 400m, the Wetland Ridge Trail emerges into the open alongside the eastern edge of the Niagara College vineyards (below left), just west of the twin lagoons (below right).

 
 

 
 

 
 
 

Stage 3: Niagara College to Rodman Hall

 
 
 


GOOGLE MAP

SATELLITE

BASE MAP



Distance: 9 km - Average Walking Time: 2 hrs.


Stage 3 of the Laura Secord Legacy Trail begins at the transit loop at Niagara College. Stage 3 is the most urbanized section of the walk, taking you through urban parks and along city sidewalks. Much has changed since the day Laura Secord passed through the small settlement of Shipman's Corners. This stage of the walk provides you with a fascinating overview of how industry, transport, population growth and economic development have caused the landscape to evolve in the past 200 years.



 
 

 
 

Walk along Taylor Road in front of Leons Furniture and pass the intersection with Homer Road (named after the all-but-forgotten Village of Homer that Laura Secord walked through on her trek). Carefully cross Homer Road at the intersection of Taylor Road, then follow Taylor Road west. Taylor Road will curve north and approach the Garden City Skyway at the York Road traffic lights. Turn left at the intersection of York Road (which soon becomes Queenston Street), and walk over the Homer Bridge across the Fourth Welland Canal (formerly Ten Mile Creek).

You'll follow urban sidewalks along Queenston Street (the old Iroquois Trail) past tranquil Victoria Lawn Cemetery, then head west on Eastchester Road to Centennial Gardens. The parklands of Centennial Gardens surround the valley of Dick's Creek, where the First Welland Canal was located.

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Next, you will follow the edge of Twelve Mile Creek and cross over to the west bank on the St. Paul Crescent truss bridge (below, left), wending your way up the hill to the manicured grounds of historic Rodman Hall (below, right). Stage 3 ends at the front door of this noble edifice, now a public art gallery.