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Green Ribbon Trail 2

Top: A  landscape view of Martindale Pond. Bottom left: Cross this bridge to explore more of the trail. Bottom middle:A plaque indicating green as a symbol of hope. In memory of all missing children in the area. Bottom right: The entrance to the park.Photos: [Umar Syed].



The Green Ribbon Trail is situated on Martindale Pond and houses a variety of species of animals and plants. The pond extends northeast and connects with Lake Ontario. The entrance to this 529 meter trail is situated with many park benches; where one can enjoy a bite to eat. Visitors can then traverse the dirt trail. Within the trail lies a bridge, that overlooks Martindale Pond; where one can hear frogs croaking and the chirping of crickets.  This wetland environment is also available for recreational boating visitors can bring boats, kayaks or canoes and moor them temporarily on the outskirts of the trail. Travelling on the water will enable visitors  to get close to the aquatic plants such as water lilies and animals such as turtles, frogs and geese.




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This destination is also part of the TripClip tour entitled

Survey Tour of Natural Picnic Areas.


Hours of Operation




From Toronto:
Take the Garndiner Expressway W ramp
Merge onto the Gardiner Expressway and continue travelling until it connects to the QEW (Queen Elizabeth Way) in 14.8 km
Merge onto QEW/ON-403 W and travel for 70.4 km
Take exit 51 onto Regionaal Road 34/ Seventh Street. Drive for 750 m.
Turn left onto Seventh Street Louth and travel for 700 m
Turn right onto Lakeshore Road W and travel 1.8 km until Main Street
Drive 140 m and turn right at Martindale Road.
Drive 600 m and the destination is on the right

From Niagara:

Take ON-420 W and drive for 1.9km
Keep left and connect with the QEW. Drive for 18.5 km
Take exit 48 (Martindale Road) and drive 350 m
Turn left onto Martindale Road and drive 850 m.
The destination is on the left



This park was created by the community in dedication to all missing children. A monument located at the trailhead, reads “Green as a symbol for hope” in dedication to all missing children as well as to preserving the environment for future generations.  The trail is managed by the Green Ribbon Trail Committee. The names of the founding members can be found on plaques located at the entrance to the trail.



This trail is surrounded by a wetland that is considered Class 1 enivronmentally sensitive. Provincial legislation is in place to protect this area and the animals and plants that live here. There are four sections of the trail, with each section housing a different variety of animals and plant species. Info panels are present along the trail. The trail entrance is surrounded by terrestrial plants, which are soon replaced by aquatic plants as visitors progress further into the trail. You will see amphibians, birds, fish, and insects. Some may be easier to find than others.


Further Information









Ownership & Management

City of St. Catharines


A parking lot is available. Benches line the trail as well.




Martindale Road
St. Catharines, Ontario
Municipality Niagara Region


9056885601 with ext.

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.184937
Longitude -79.281764
UTM easting 639631.1839124634
UTM northing 4782785.120123554


Recreational and Community Services
50 Church Street
St. Catharines, ON
Tel 9056885601 with ext.

Walking time 

20-30 minutes

Jogging time 

10 minutes

Cycling time 

3-5 minutes

Surface features 

dirt, grass

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