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Maitland River

About the MTA

The Maitland Trail Association has been blazing trails since 1975!

Today, MTA volunteers continue to maintain over 80 kilometres of public-use trails in and around Goderich, Ontario.

Explore the Maitland Trail and experience the beauty of Huron County's natural landscape.

The Maitland Trail Association is a non-profit, volunteer-led organization that was formed on July 2, 1975 with a proposal to build a trail that would follow the path of the Maitland River.  Today, our dedicated volunteers maintain over 80 kilometers of blazed hiking trails. Our mission is to provide a safe and enjoyable hiking experience for all, while also educating visitors about the natural and cultural history of the area. Our volunteers work tirelessly to maintain the trails and surrounding ecosystem.

Trails maintained by the Maitland Trail Association

Maitland Trail (including side trails)
Millennium Trail
Menesetung Trail
Maitland Woods
Sifto Loop
2G (Goderich to Guelph Rail Trail - from the Menesetung Bridge to the Maitland River in Auburn)

Our Mission

To maintain and develop dedicated and partnership trails in the Maitland Valley for discovery and appreciation of the natural environment.

The MTA, through the development and maintenance of sustainable and vital organizational structures driven by accountability and responsibility, shall strive to adhere to its guiding principles:

  • Protecting the natural environment of the Maitland River Valley as it pertains to trail maintenance and development;

  • Providing safe and, where possible, accessible, opportunities for physical activity, nature appreciation and recreation for the community;

  • Fostering community involvement, partnerships and stewardship.

Board of Directors

President:  Phil Paquette

Secretary:  Vacant

Membership Co-ordinator:  Mike O'Brien

Treasurer:  Cathy Paquette

Maintenance Crew Coordinators:  Phil Paquette (with Doug Ellacott, Con Melady, Mike Cicchini)

Trail Maintenance & Landowner Relations: John Beaver

Trail Ranger Co-ordinator:  Doug Ellacott

Hike Ontario Representative:  Hugh McGregor

G2G Representative:  Phil Paquette

Environmental Committee:  Cam Whiting

Signage Committee:    Gerry Wasylciw

Hike Leader Coordinator:  Paula Deering

Website Manager & Social Media Assistant:  Gena Lowe

Communications Director & Newsletter Editor:  Hannah Moore

Google Drive Administrator (Librarian): Vacant

Trail Maps: Kathleen Lush (After serving on the board for many years, Kathleen Lush stepped down in 2024, however, she will continue working on the MTA trail maps and other environmental initiatives.)

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