We are still getting emails about illegal dirt bikes and ATVs on the trail despite clearly marked gates that show they are not allowed on the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail. Did you know that less than 2% of Trans Canada Trail routes in Ontario allow ATVs? Eventually this will be 0%. These routes receive no funding for trail maintenance or enhancements from Trans Canada Trail. The Kawartha Trans Canada Trail is a volunteer run, charitable organization - our 54 kilometre trail is one of the sections that make up the 24,000 kilometre Trans Canada Trail nationally. In 2017, the Trans Canada Trail will be connected from coast-to-coast-to-coast and will be the longest trail in the World.
To report illegal use by ATVs or dirt bikes please do the following:
You can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Our volunteers work hard to keep the trail safe and well maintained for the enjoyment of residents of, and visitors to, Kawartha Lakes.
500 DAYS IN THE WILD is Dianne Whelan’s new adventure film, an homage to forgotten spirits, an ecological pilgrimage and a modern day Canterbury Tales. A 23,000 km journey where story has no boundaries. In August, Dianne spent some time in Peterborough & Kawartha Lakes. She was interviewed by CHEX Daily on August 25th and shared some of her stories of her journey across Canada on the Trans Canada Trail.
Follow Dianne as she hikes, bikes and paddles the trans Canada trail: http://500daysinthewild.com/
or follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/diannewhelan
In 2017, the Trans Canada Trail will celebrate its 25th birthday. Since its initiation in 1992, the TCT has been dedicated to connecting communities all across Canada and preserving the natural beauty of the place we call our home.
I have had the opportunity to work and volunteer with the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail for the past two years. During this time, I have taken part in the maintenance of the 53.8 kilometres of trail found within the Kawartha Lakes; cutting grass, painting gates, and surveying fellow trail users concerning their experiences on the trail and ways we could improve the experience. I have also attended meetings with the Board of Directors as well as various events organized by the KTCTA. Through these experiences I have gained a vast amount of knowledge about all aspects of the Trans Canada Trail. The trail users, from the first-timer to the daily visitor, have a great sense of appreciation and fulfillment, and the organizers of the trail are motivated by this enthusiasm. My experience with the trail has shown me that with the determination of a motivated group, we can change the lives of many people.
In 24 years, the TCT has succeeded in connecting the majority of Canada together. With the help of donations and countless dedicated volunteers, soon the entirety of this great nation will be connected via a natural, accessible trail that we can all enjoy.
Marc Landry is a Toronto, Ontario based action sports photographer. Honing his skills on local and World Cup cycling circuits, Marc has since expanded his subject matter to include several outdoor adventure sports. He recently wrote this blog post of his Uxbridge to Belleville 225km, two-night, three-day tour along local trails - including the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail.
Read all about it here: http://www.ridingfeelsgood.com/ontario-bikepacking-trip-headwaters-shoreline