The trail was an active rail line from 1858 to 1988 when Canadian National Railway Company abandoned it. It remained dormant until 2000 when the Province of Ontario purchased the land for future transportation and recreation needs.
In 2006, the Friends of the Trans Canada Trail group was established. Its mandate was to determine if the residents of the City of Kawartha Lakes wanted a Trans Canada Trail. The response was overwhelmingly positive and plans were started to bring the Trans Canada Trail to the City of Kawartha Lakes.
By 2008 the land was leased by the newly created not for profit, charitable organization called the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Association. Work started on the trail and it was registered as part of the national Trans Canada Trail system, part of the longest trail in the world.
The entire trail is linear and the majority of it is handicapped accessible. Various services are available where it passes through urban areas.
Five Core Uses:
- Horseback Riding
- Cross Country Skiing
The entire trail is open to foot travel.
The east section of the trail is 24 km long and is constructed with packed limestone screenings that should provide no difficulty for most bikes.
The entire trail is open to skiing. However it is very flat and is also open to snowmobiles.
The trail is a good place to see songbirds, but other wildlife have been spotted on the trail – wild turkeys, white tail deer, beaver, rabbits and other small animals.
Flat with occasional very gradual grades.
Mixed young forest, wetlands, rivers, streams and open areas, local agriculture (grain crops, livestock – horses, sheep and cattle), and small towns.
Other Points of Interest
Large trestle bridge, bridge over Pigeon River, Rock and Roll Museum, historic sites, schools, Omemee beach, shops and Reaboro Community Park and various services and restaurants along the route. The glacial drumlins, eskers and moraine hills frame the trail by Omemee, while active farmland is located as you approach Lindsay.
Kawartha Trans Canada Trail is a dynamic, evolving trail. Check their website regularly for information about trail conditions, special events, new trail facilities, expansion (route through Lindsay, west section), nature and culture interpretative guides at www.kawarthatranscanadatrail.ca