About the Book

Abandoned rail to beloved trail

The story of the Caledon Trailway  is about the conversion of an abandoned railway into a beloved linear park, the first registered link in Canada's Great Trail.  But more than just a history lesson, the book chronicles the incredible volunteer commitment and community engagement which made the Trailway a reality.  Now used 90,000 times a year, the Trailway connects users to Caledon's history,  to diverse habitats, and to each other.

The Committee

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Just as the Trailway itself was initially brought to life by a dedicated group of volunteers who became involved in every angle; this book is also the result of a concerted volunteer effort.  Cheri Cowan, Walter Getman, Emil Kolb, Fay McCrea, Dave Mullan, Wayne Noble, Jan Smith-Bull and Betty Ward have been working on this project since 2017.  Walter Getman passed away in September 2019; he is missed by all who knew him. Photo: Rosemary Hasner.

Creative team

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Author Diane Allengame  (Answering the Call; a history of firefighting in the Town of Caledon) and Editor Donna Davies (Answering the Call; Settling the Hills; For Those Who Served; Acres of Glass)  bring considerable local history expertise to the project.  Guest Author Nicola Ross (Caledon Hikes; Loops & Lattes) contributed the Trail Diary and maps.  Wallflower Design (In the Hills magazine) ensured this coffee-table format book is as beautiful as its content.

Walter Getman

Memorial Bench

Walter Getman was, to many, "Mr. Trailway."  He was involved in its creation, maintenance, special events and in later years served as Caledon's Trailway ambassador at Great Trail events in places such as Vancouver and Hull. He can be seen here, on the far right, at the unveiling of the Great Trail stone in Caledon East in 2017.


Walter's contributions to the Trailway will be recognized with the installation of a stone bench, inscribed with his name. Fundraising is well underway towards our goal of $1,500.  If you would like to contribute, please send us an email on the Contact Us page.

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