Kawartha Trans Canada Trail is a 53.8 km section of the Canada wide Trans Canada Trail.  In December of 2000, the Province of Ontario completed the acquisition of the abandoned railway corridor formerly owned by CN, which runs from Uxbridge to Corbyville and in 2006 leased the abandoned rail line to the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Association.  In 2014 the 53 km trail became fully completed and operational.

The Kawartha Trans Canada Trail offers a natural recreational corridor for people of all ages and abilities. This historic railway bed is now a magnificent recreational corridor with a crushed limestone surface. This 53.8 km section of the national trail traverses east to west across Kawartha Lakes. The trail surface is 3 metre wide, hard-packed limestone which provides flat level surface, ideal for a variety of trail uses. You will encounter woodlands, farmlands, wetlands, and communities. For the most part, the trail is relatively flat, with modest changes in elevation throughout its entire length. Trail users will find facilities such as benches, bicycle racks, and picnic shelters along the way. Discover the trail’s many attributes and experience it for yourself.

The main attraction of this trail is Doube’s Trestle, made of wood in the 1880’s, and was 1,500 feet long, with a cut stone culvert of Grand Trunk Railway design to channel the stream underneath. Later the central part of the trestle was converted to a steel bridge. The bridge then had nine spans totalling 572 feet long. A shorter hike in to view and experience this trestle bridge can start at 303 Orange Corners Rd (44.3081, -78.4719) or Emily Park Rd (44.3157, -78.5210).  The one way hike to the trestle bridge, from Orange Corners Rd would be about 1.2 km.

GPS locations for parking lots, roadside parking and washrooms are as follows:

Parking lots

Eldon Road, Pickseed Shelter
44.3126, -78.8710

Fleming College, Lindsay
44.3405, -78.7439

Memorial Park, Lindsay
44.3445, -78.7308

Logie Street Park, Lindsay
44.3426, -78.7265

Highway 36 Bridge (underpass)
44.3474, -78.7132

Reaboro Park, Reaboro
44.3179, -78.6440

Omemee Beach
44.2974, -78.5576
Roadway Parking

Simcoe Street, Manilla
44.2937, -78.9825

Emily Park Road
44.3157, -78.5210

Orange Corners Road
44.3081, -78.4719

Lily Lake Road
44.3069, -78.4127

Ackison Road
44.3092, -78.3873
Public Washrooms

Fleming College, Lindsay
44.3413, -78.7412

Omemee Beach
44.2981, -78.5575

Link to trail map:   https://ktct.ca/map/

We would also direct you to read our DISCLAIMER and our TRAIL USERS CODE.


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Kawartha Trans Canada Trail characteristics

Length: 53.8 km
Difficulty: Easy (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Stone Dust
Trail use: Hiking, Cross-country skiing, Snowshoeing, Cycling, Snowmobiling, and Equestrian
Wheelchair accessible
Fees: none

Flora & Fauna:

Not yet reported.

Amenities: washrooms at selected locations

Attractions: Trestle Bridge

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Find it: Ackison Rd, Peterborough, ON

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 44.3092000
Longitude: --78.3873000