The snow has gone and thoughts are now about cycling, walking, hiking and horseback riding. Generally, the trail is in good shape with some small areas that needs to be repaired due to some illegal use. This winter there was a significant increase in snowmobile use, snowshoeing and cross country skiing along the trail. The tread surface is soft and we encourage users to wait until it dries out – three or four days of continuous sun would make it better for travel.
There are plans to install more signs and barriers this spring. New directional signs will be erected near the Highway 36 Bridge connecting to downtown Lindsay. A new map for the East KTCT has been produced and is available at tourism offices in Lindsay and Peterborough, as well as some local businesses. A brochure about the entire trail is available. The three public schools along the east section of the trail have adopted sections of the trail as their environmental school zone and will soon be planting wildlife shrubs and installing blue bird nesting boxes.
Four managing partners have signed an agreement to help manage the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail – Eastern section. These partners are: Fowler’s Corner Lions Club, Omemee Lions Club, Village of Reaboro Residents, and Kawartha Lakes Green Trails Alliance. The trail has been divided into managing zones and each of these partners will help maintain their section.
Funding Grants have been submitted for upgrading the west section of the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail that connects to Durham Region – Uxbridge. We are optimistic the grant submissions will be successful and we will have another 20 km of high quality trail constructed by September, 2009.
We are always looking for volunteers check out the volunteer section of the blog for more information.