Important Notices for Trail Use
Respect Private Land
As a responsible trail user, please RESPECT ALL PRIVATE LAND while on the trail. The buffer zone indicated on our maps is intended to illustrate proximity to the trail only and contains private property and sensitive environments. Please use roadways and dedicated trail access points when entering and exiting the trail. Trespassing on private land adjacent to the trail is strictly forbidden.
Poison Ivy Warning
Please note that POISON IVY may be present in ditches along the trail. For your safety, we ask that you please stay on the trail to avoid potential contact. For help identifying poison ivy, please visit this website.
Trail Use at Own Risk
Kawartha Trans Canada Trail is dedicated to the safe enjoyment of the trail. However KTCTA is not responsible for any injury that might occur during the use of the trail. Use the trail at your own risk.
With the exception of snowmobiles, all motorized vehicles including ATV’s and dirt bikes are not permitted on the trail. Users of motorized vehicles on the trail are trespassing and police will enforce this law for any users caught on the trail.
Following severe storms there may be damage to the trail tread or fallen trees across the trail. Please notify us as soon as possible so that our managing partner for that section can assess and repair the damage. You can contact our managing parters directly here.
Trail Use Policies
We ask that all trail users enjoy the trail while being respectful to other trail users, private land owners, and the environment. Please follow our Trail Use Code of Conduct while on the trail.
- Respect the privacy of people living along the trail
- Respect the sound of nature. Avoid loud voices and noise such as mobile phones and radios
- Hunting or carrying firearms on the trail is prohibited
- Motorized vehicles (other than snowmobiles with a valid Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs [OFSC] permit) are prohibited
- Leave the trail cleaner than you found it - Please carry out litter
- Take only pictures, leave only footprints
- Do not disturb wildlife or farm animals
- Please keep pets on a leash at all times
- Clean up after pets and horses
- Respect and obey trail signs
- Stay to the trail – No trespassing on private property
- Respect other trail users and protect the quality of their experience
- Alert slower moving users to your presence, slow down and proceed with caution as you pass them
- Walk, ride or cycle in single file in the middle of the trail, even when wet or muddy
- Stay to the right of trail and pass on the left
- Bike riders yield to both hikers and horseback riders; hikers yield to horseback riders
- Do not block trail entrances or park on the trail at any time
- Camping or fires are prohibited
- Leave flowers, wood, rocks and plants behind in their rightful place for others to enjoy
- Avoid tree damage. Do not break branches or strip bark off trees
- Preserve the past - Examine, but do not touch cultural or historical structures
Approved June, 2008
Purpose: This policy provides clarity on the relationship between the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Association (KTCTA) and adjacent land owners, permitted trail uses, and provides guidelines on monitoring and enforcement mechanisms.
- KTCTA is a not for profit organization; its organizational structure provides for multiple stakeholder representation including but not limited to adjacent landowners, user groups, institutional and municipal representatives.
- Regular communication with the Public will be maintained through use of KTCTA Website.
- Insurance coverage will be maintained by the KTCTA as it relates to the responsibilities of the Organization and obligations for the trail.
- The KTCTA will make every attempt to accommodate, individuals and groups with special needs that may not be traditional users of a trail, including the elderly, persons with disabilities, school educational programs and other persons with special needs.
- Signs will be posted, and appropriate gateways/barriers installed at entrances to the trail and road crossings, that clearly indicate the uses permitted, rules for the use, and contact information for the KTCTA.
- The KTCTA will conduct regular patrols to inspect the line for damage, environmental problems and other physical characteristics that require maintenance or repair.
- The KTCTA, will work in consultation with the police department having jurisdiction in the area to devise a patrol and enforcement strategy.
- When preparing management or operational plans the KTCTA will contact all affected adjacent landowners to consider details development proposal and the trail use.
- Where a landowner owns, or a farmer requires access to lands on both sides of the line, that owner shall be entitled to a crossing of the line. The Landowner is expected to consult with the KTCTA regarding the location, and design of any such crossing.
- Permitted Trail uses include: hiking/walking, cycling, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
- Other than those exemptions listed in items 12-13 (below) no motorized vehicle shall use the trail, except as authorized for trail maintenance, patrol, and emergency purposes.
- Right angle crossing of the trail by adjacent landowner and farmers for access to their lands, moving of equipment, and maintenance is permitted.
- Snowmobiling may be permitted, subject to the detailed conditions listed below.
- Winter snowmobiling activities will share the line with non-motorized uses.
- Improvements for snowmobiling will be compatible with other non-motorized uses.
- West section of rail corridor – existing use by Heart of Ontario Snowmobiling club be continued.
- ATV’s and motorcycles are not permitted.
Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Association operating policies policy number: No. 1 dated: March 18, 2010
Intent: A guide for managing partners and volunteers to deal with vandalism.
Definition: Vandalism refers to wilful damage to property.
Strategy: Where vandalism may be a one time occurrence and damage is minimal, try to remedy immediately and note the occurrence for reference. If occurrences continue to take place repeatedly and the nuisance has escalated to become persistent and/or expensive further action may be required. Discuss with the trail coordinator before calling the authorities. The partner will contact the KTCT coordinator for further instructions. If the vandalism is taking place or someone (trail user or partners) is at risk of personal injury or further property damage may occur, immediately the authorities will be called by the trail partner(s). A follow up communication to the trail coordinator is requested. A meeting with the trail managing partners, volunteers and committee members will be held each spring to train and inform those involved in the trail program of the procedures and guidelines to be used in the management of vandals on the KTCTA. A contact list of names, phone numbers will be provided by the committee chairperson at the spring training session.
KTCTA partners, volunteers and or workers are not expected to confront vandals on or off the trail. Representatives of the KTCTA are expected to take the following action when they observe vandals or vandalism:
- Do not confront any adult or group of people committing an incident!
- Take notes of the incident (what happened, where and when).
- If observed:
- Try to obtain a description of the person involved;
- if a vehicle is involved get the best description you can, (registration number, make, colour).
- Keep a record of the frequency of incidents.
- Complete a report and forward to the trail coordinator.
- If a sign is removed have it replaced as soon as possible.
- If vandals have created a high risk occurrence where liability of injury is likely to occur the appropriate police authority (OPP or Municipal Police depending on the location) should be called.
- If the incident involves minor damage i.E. A sign – stolen, tagged, a lock removed – have the item replaced as soon as possible – prepare a notation of the date, time and extent of damage and report to the trail coordinator.
Police Authorized to Enforce Laws on Kawartha Trans Canada Trail
The City of Kawartha Lakes (Lindsay and Ops) Police Service and the City of Kawartha Lakes - OPP Detachment have been provided a letter of authorization from the Board of Directors of the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Association to access the Trans Canada Trail in order to Act as its agent for the purpose of provincial enforcement in the event of inappropriate use such as ATV and Dirt Bike and enforcing the Trespass to Property Act and other related legislation.
Approved March 26, 2009
A Special Event shall be defined as: any specific activity on the KTCTA which is promoted by a third party organization; with or without an attached fee. (e.g. walkathon, bike-a-thon, etc) Additionally, a special event will also be interpreted as any (organized) activity or outing which would be intended for more than 25 participants on one date. (e.g. nature hike)
- To provide opportunities for recreation, group activity, and fund raising where compatible with the objectives for use of the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail and;
- To reduce potential for conflict among Trail users, other special events and trail maintenance activities and;
- To ensure the continued enjoyment of the KTCT by all permitted users.
- Criteria for analysis of recreational activities
- Activities will be monitored for compliance and impact on the trail corridor. Continued use will be evaluated on these results.
- Activity should not require significant KTCTA resources for administration and monitoring.
- Activity must not pose significant liability concerns to the KTCTA.
- Activity must be in line with mandate of the KTCTA and not be contrary to other Provincial legislation including (but not limited to) the Greenbelt Plan, Species at Risk Act, Highway Traffic Act, Off Road Vehicles Act, Trespass to Property Act, Occupier’s Liability Act)
- Requirements for Event Applicants
- Special Event application must be submitted a minimum of 60 days prior to the planned event. Proof of insurance at time of request
- Map indicating section(s) of the trail you wish to use
- Temporary signs (if used), may be placed 7 days prior to the event and removed 3 days after.
- The event organizer is responsible for obtaining any required road permits, and police notification.
- Special event permission is limited to use of the KTCT only.
- All special events must comply with all other rules of use affecting the KTCT.