Watch for coming details on the 4th Annual Adventure Travel Festival! Planned for the weekend of INTERNATIONAL TRAILS DAY 2015 - Saturday, June 6, 2015.
Visit the new Kawartha Adventure Travel Festival website for more details, to purchase tickets, or to become a trail donor today!
Township of Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield - A potential hazard on a section of the Trans Canada Trail east of Hwy 7 has been brought to our attention. There is a deep depression on the trail (sinkhole) just North of Lily Lake Road. The trail actually crosses Lily Lake Road at Stockdale. The Township has graciously erected a couple of barriers at this location in order to limit the potential for serious injury. Although this is not a section of trail managed by the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Association, we want to make trail users aware of the potential hazard.
On October 16th the Lindsay Post reported that over the Thanksgiving weekend a police ATV patrol conducted a check in the former Emily Township that resulted in five ATV-related charges.
What wasn't mentioned in that report is that the charges were laid against ATVs that were on the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail.
Our Association has worked hard to prevent ATV use on the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail: there are signs at each access point, bollards to prevent entry, and rocks strategically placed to stop ATVs from ducking around the bollards.
We, and the many trail users concerned about ATV use, appreciate the efforts of the police to monitor ATV use.
For a detailed explanation of and rationale for our policy on motorized use of the Trail, refer to the FAQ section of the blog.
After observing flora and fauna along the trail, Ms. Johnson's grade 4 students at Jack Callaghan P.S. created a mural. Wade and Emily, standing in front of the mural, explained the process. They used markers to colour, cut out their creations (Wade seemed particularly proud of his poison ivy) then glued onto mural paper. The mural is posted along a hallway, to encourage other classes to continue to use the Trail
Principal Kathy Spaeth tells us that the school has been using the trail for cross-country running training and a number of classes have been out exploring the trail.
With the Official Opening just a week away, the Trail surface in fine shape, and some signage in place, the Operations Committee, under the direction of Jim Paterson, continues to make improvements. Jim sent in this report:
This next phase includes the placement of rocks adjacent to each of the sets of bollards at various intersection locations between Lindsay and Omemee. This will further restrict access to the trail by motorized vehicles such as ATV’s. In addition, there are existing drainage problems on each side of the section of the trail just east of the Slanted Road. We are having some ditching work done on this section and also having a culvert installed to move the water away from this area of the trail. Once the ditching and culvert work is done we will have the trail re-graded.
You can check out photos taken by Bill Elliott in a gallery. One photo shows the old bridge just west of the hamlet of Reaboro. This bridge did not have any decking on it and was recently covered by our KTCT volunteer from Reaboro, Denis Grignon. Thanks Denis!