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.