About the trail

The Tomifobia Nature Trail is a 19-km rail-trail located in the Tomifobia River valley, between Rte. 141 in Ayer’s Cliff, and Rte. 247 in Beebe (Stanstead), Quebec. It lies in the heart of the Eastern Townships’ natural and architectural heritage. Sentiers Massawippi, a non-profit membership organization and a registered charity established in 1990, created the Tomifobia Nature Trail on an abandoned railway right-of-way, in 1993. Using grants and donations from members and others, and much volunteer labour, Sentiers Massawippi works to maintain this beautiful linear park for safe hiking, cycling and cross-country skiing, as well as nature conservation, education, and the preservation of our heritage. Although the trail is free to use, we encourage all users to become members of Sentiers Massawippi or to consider making a tax deductible donation. Memberships and donations help maintain the quality of the trail.

While always mindful of our duty to preserve and protect the natural environment, we have created several scenic picnic areas, and erected small shelters near the ends of the trail. We have also placed toilet facilities at km 12 (summertime), in addition to refurbishing the historic monument at km 13.4 that commemorates an 1895 accident on the Massawippi Valley Railroad. Visit our Access & Points of Interest page for a list of other things to see on the trail.

The Tomifobia Nature Trail links up with the Route Verte at Magog via Rte. 141 (highway) in Ayer’s Cliff and Chemin Benoit, and with the trail to Newport, Vermont, via Beebe and customs.

Trail is open to:

  • Bikes (with a bell)
  • Joggers
  • Walkers
  • Dogs on a leash
  • Birdwatchers
  • Snowshoers
  • Cross-country skiers
  • Fat Bikes

Not permitted: 

  • Snowmobiles
  • Motorized vehicles
  • Horses
  • Overnight camping