The Victoria Rail Trail is an 85-kilometer rail trail with corridors linking Kinmount to Bethany through Lindsay. This public trail is open year round for recreational uses including walking, hiking, cycling, fishing, horseback riding, dog sledding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and, subject to possession of a valid trail permit, snowmobiling and ATV-ing.

The North Corridor at 42 km follows the former CN rail line north, from Fenelon Falls to Kinmount. Stop for a picnic lunch at Island Park or view the falls at Trent-Severn Waterway Lock 34. The trail follows Cameron Lake and then the Burnt River leading into Somerville Tract which is heavily forested and perfect for hiking, bird watching and wildlife viewing. After leaving the Forest, head north past the Crego Creek Bridge and into Kinmount.  Northern trail head is at  Austin Sawmill Heritage Park, Pinery Rd, Kinmount, ON

Recommended Access Points for North Corridor:

Kinmount (parking and washrooms available): Austin Sawmill Heritage Park at Kawartha Lakes 121 and Station Road.
Fell Station/Superior Road (parking available): West of Kawartha Lakes Road 121
Fenelon Falls (North) (parking and washrooms available): Garnet Graham Park

The Central Corridor at 26 km begins in the north end of Lindsay at Thunder Bridge Road and takes you north to Fenelon Falls. Ken Reid Conservation Area is the first stop and contains a variety of trails, marsh boardwalk, Osprey nests, picnic shelters, group camping and a beach area. Follow Sturgeon Lake into Cameron and then north into Fenelon Falls.

Recommended Access Points for the Central Corridor:

Fenelon Falls (South) (limited parking): Old Railway Station
Cameron (limited parking): Long Beach Road (Kawartha Lakes Road 34), East of Highway 35
Kenrei (parking available): Kenrei Road at Victoria Rail Trail
Lindsay (limited parking) (motorized north, ATVs and Snowmobiles): Thunderbridge Road
Lindsay (limited parking) (non-motorized): Victoria Avenue North, between Pottinger Street and Susan Court.

The South Corridor at 36 km is the old CP Rail line that extends 30 km from Lindsay to Bethany. This trail begins off King Street East with the new Rotary Trail – 1.5 km of paved pathway. Going south from Logie Street the trail follows the old CP Rail line to Bethany passing through farmlands and the natural areas of Fleetwood Creek Valley, bordered by the Bethany Hills. A portion of the trail passes through the newly formed Windy Ridge Conservation Area. The southern trailhead is in Bethany, ON at the intersection of Ski Hill Road and Jackson Street

Recommended Access Points for the South Corridor:

Lindsay (parking and washrooms available): Kent Street East at Old Mill Park
Lindsay (limited parking) (motorized south, ATVs and Snowmobiles): Logie Street
Pigeon River (limited parking): Mount Horeb Road, Kawartha Lakes Road 31
Bethany (limited parking): Intersection of Ski Hill Road and Jackson Street

Access to interactive map:

2oldguyswalking website offers a great review of the southern portion of this trail, including images and maps. Go here to read this review.

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

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Victoria Rail Trail characteristics

Length: 85 km.
Difficulty: Moderate (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Gravel, Natural, Paved, and Stone Dust
Trail use: Hiking, Cross-country skiing, Snowshoeing, Cycling, Equestrian, Dog Sledding, Rock Climbing, and Canoeing & Kayaking
Accessibility Notes: Not wheelchair accessible
Fees: None

Flora & Fauna:

Not reported yet

Amenities: None

Attractions: Boardwalk

City of Kawartha Lakes Telephone: 705-324-9411

Find it: See notes above

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 44.1833710
Longitude: -78.5676610