Posts Tagged ‘Grand River’
Here is a collage of pictures taken this morning at Riverside Park in Cambridge. (the Osprey was outside the park along the Grand River)
This is one of the nicest entries into the City of Kitchener. The Freeport Bridge spans the Grand River and Freeport Health Centre, part of Grand River Hospital, stands on the hill above the river. I took this picture from Canoeing the Grand which was featured in yesterday’s post. The picture in the October 19, 2010 post was taken below the same bridge.
I was part of a group who rented canoes here and paddled downstream to Moyers Blair Landing. There was only one portage around a dam and trip was very enjoyable. It was hard to imagine we were in the middle of the city. There are eight different routes of varying length and difficulty listed on the Canoeing the Grand website. They also shuttle people to trails year round so they can hike, cycle or ski back to their site. Gift certificates are available.
At the Freeport Bridge, 3734 King Street East. Kitchener, Ontario N2P 2G5 (map)
Phone: 1-866-896-0290 | (519) 896-0290
This picture shows the King Street East bow bridge over the Grand River at Freeport with the rail bridge in the foreground. Several of my older patients at Freeport Health Centre have told me stories about the electric rail passenger service between Preston, Freeport and Kitchener-Waterloo which was in operation between 1903 and 1955. It is interesting that discussions about a new light rail transit system are in progress at this time.
Here is an informative website about the history of electric rail passenger service in Waterloo Region. I have copied a couple of paragraphs below.
“In 1894 with the completion of the Galt-Preston line, a charter to build an electric rail line between Preston and Berlin (Kitchener) was granted to Thomas Todd of Galt (President of the G & P), Fred Clare of Preston and J.A. Fennel of Kitchener. For various reasons, the Preston and Berlin Street Railway lay dormant until 1900 when it was reorganized. Construction on the new line began in 1901 at the G, P & H connection at east Preston. From there it followed the G, P & H line to Preston Junction at the entrance to Riverside Park. From there it traveled through Freeport and on to Berlin where it connected with the Berlin and Waterloo Street Railway. The laying of the track was completed by 1902 but initial passenger service on the line was delayed until February 5, 1903. The official opening of the line occurred on August 21, 1903 with normal service in place five days later.
However, the other modes of transportation began to make inroads into the rail passenger traffic and in April 1950 the Grand River Railway requested permission from the Board of Transport Commissioners to discontinue passenger service. As a result of local protests, the request was refused but business did not improve. In 1955 the company renewed its request to discontinue passenger rail service and this time the request was granted. On April 14, 1955, electric rail passenger service in Cambridge came to an end. Electric freight service continued for a few more years but the end of the local electric rail service same on October 1, 1961 when diesels took over the local freight traffic.”
Schneider Park, part of the Walter Bean Trail, is along the Grand River across the road from Freeport Hospital on King Street East in Kitchener. The Kitchener Waterloo Rowing Club, which is affiliated with the City of Kitchener and the City of Waterloo, is located here. These docks belong to the club and when the rowers are gone, they are a popular platform for fishing.