Arboretum Open for Walkthrough Access Only Until Further Notice
March 31, 2020. Yesterday, the Ontario government announced the immediate closure of all outdoor recreational amenities, with the exception of greenspaces that are used for walkthrough access. In keeping with this announcement, the University of Guelph Arboretum will now be open only for walkthrough access. Those walking through the Arboretum must maintain a distance of two metres between themselves and others.
We kindly ask visitors to The Arboretum to respect our site; park in the parking lots only and keep your dogs on a leash at all times. Please note that Arboretum buildings and disc golf course are currently closed. For up-to-date campus information, visit the U of Guelph COVID-19 page.
The Arboretum is home to over 9 km of trails. These include pathways through natural forests, fields, plant collections and gardens. Running is allowed on all of our non-forested trails (click here for more information on our running trails). For a full map of all our trails click here.
Please leave our trails how you found them. We don't allow any collecting of seeds, insects or other natural items without permission. We encourage dog walkers to utilize The Arboretum but dogs must always be on a leash and owners must stoop and scoop the poop!
This 1.1-km "backbone" trail of The Arboretum starts at the Information Kiosk and ends at the J.C. Taylor Nature Centre. It provides access to most of The Arboretum's other trail systems. Sponsored by the Richard Ivey Foundation in 1989, the Ivey Trail provides a scenic open walking path that allows you to easily move through the grounds without following Arboretum Road.
The trail is identified by a white "IVEY" on the trail posts. The other trail post symbols that you will encounter are illustrated in the brochure below with their corresponding trail or collection.
Find a PDF of our Ivey Trail Brochure at the bottom of this page.
This 2.0-km loop passes through 10 plant collections and crosses many other Arboretum trails. It is the best trail for jogging and cross-country skiing. If you go northwest along this trail, it will take you to the Roy Hammond Rotary Tree Grove. This collection displays over 30 species and varieties of hardy native and exotic trees suitable for roadside planting in cities and suburbs.
W-C Memorial Forest Trail
This trail is part of a program linked to the Wall-Custance Funeral Home and Chapel in Guelph. Trees are planted each year to match the number of donations made to commemorate the lives of loved ones. For more information about the Memorial Forest please go to the Nature Areas Page
Col. John McCrae Trail
Passing through the Gravel Pit Rehabilitation Collection and along a century-old hedgerow, this trail links Wild Goose Woods and Victoria Woods.
Wild Goose Woods Trail
This nature trail consists of boardwalks and dirt paths that meander through areas of marsh, forest, and swamp habitat, which contain a wide variety of native wildlife species. For more about Wild Goose Woods please go to the Nature Areas Page
Victoria Woods Trail
This trail meanders through an old-growth maple-beech woodland, an area that has never been clear-cut. For more information about Victoria Woods please go to the Nature Areas Page