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Trail tours to talk history of railroad
Rick Meloen, chair of the Historical Trail Committee, will host walking tours of the trail on Oct. 3 and 4. (Brittany Carter/Niagara Now)

Rick Meloen is laying the stones for the new and improved Upper Canada Heritage Trail.

Meloen, chair of the town’s heritage trail committee, will be offering guided tours along the 1.5-kilometre trail on Oct. 3 and 4, at 5 p.m.

The tours are a way to “keep the momentum going for interest in the trail,” Meloen said.

“(The idea) came out of the neighbourhood walks that the museum was doing ... Someone suggested doing one of the Heritage Trail,” he said.

The tour will focus on the history of the trains and the railroad that once ran through town, and some of the challenges the trail committee is currently facing.

For $10, walkers will trek from the entrance at the corner of John and King streets toward East and West Line, and back. Proceeds will go toward the cost of revitalizing the trail, and making it safer and more accessible.

Meloen is no stranger to guided walking tours. He has been guiding Historical Walking Tours for the Niagara Historical Society & Museum for about seven or eight years. When the decision was made to hold tours of the trail, he said he volunteered to head them up.

Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather, wear running shoes and bring a bottle of water, he said.

The tour is made possible with support from the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Meloen said each tour can accommodate up to 25 people.

“It gets very unwieldy if there’s more than that,” he said.

Registration before hand is required. Anyone interested in participating can contact the museum at 905-468-3912.