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LINDSAY, ONTARIO – November 24, 2016

Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Association AGM

On November 23rd, the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Association (KTCTA) hosted their Annual General Meeting at Fleming College. Volunteers were honoured for their support – they have contributed countless hours towards maintaining and enhancing the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail (KTCT) for the enjoyment of residents and visitors to the area. 

“Volunteers built this trail and they keep on giving their time to maintain it.  The KTCT is not supported by municipal funding so we rely on financial donations from individuals, businesses and organizations to help volunteers to carry out their work. Every financial contribution is applied to trail operations. Without regular financial support, trail maintenance and enhancements are jeopardized.” Al MacPherson, President

Donations have declined since the trail was completed and the KTCTA volunteer Board of Directors enlisted the services of Jacks Communications to develop a fundraising strategy.

“Our ‘Love Your Trail’ campaign is intended to attract sponsors and individual donors who agree to commit a donation to the association for five consecutive years. Sponsoring the KTCT provides us with some assurance of operational continuity, while providing sponsors with access to trail enthusiasts. You might be surprised to learn that KTCT users are not just Kawartha Lakes residents, they come from surrounding areas and the GTA as well.” John Hagarty, ‘Love Your Trail’ Campaign Chair

In fact, the Trail Studies Unit at Trent University completed a trail user survey for the KTCT which found that the largest group (44%) of trail users were visitors from Peterborough County.

Current ‘Love Your Trail’ sponsors include: Heather Richardson (Staples & Swain Professional Corporation), Brad Bird (Mincom Plus Realty Inc.), Linden Mackey (Mackey Funeral Home Inc.) , Aaron Young (Bell World Lindsay), Greg Dowdall (IPC Securities Corporation) and the Optimist Club of Lindsay.

ABOUT KAWARTHA TRANS CANADA TRAIL ASSOCIATION

The Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Association (KTCTA) was established in 2007, as a not for profit charitable organization. For more than a decade, the volunteer-run KTCTA developed the 54 kilometre abandoned rail corridor that travelled east (Peterborough) to west (Uxbridge) in the City of Kawartha Lakes into a quality, safe and vital link within the Trans Canada Trail nationally.

ABOUT TRANS CANADA TRAIL (NATIONAL)

It began as a bold dream in 1992; the idea of creating a trail from coast to coast to coast that would be a gift from Canadians to Canadians. This vision, the Trans Canada Trail – The Great Trail – continues to capture the imagination and support of people across the country. The world’s longest recreational trail winds its way across Canada’s magnificent greenways, waterways and roadways. Once fully connected, 24,000 kilometres will link over 15,000 communities.

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CONTACT

Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Association

 

Al MacPherson, President     /     (705) 324-3222     /     info@ktct.ca     /     www.ktct.ca

While the efforts of many people gave the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail life, the need for ongoing fundraising is real. The trail is not supported by municipal funding. It is managed by the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Association, a volunteer-run charitable organization. Every financial contribution is applied to trail operations, maintenance & enhancements.

If you would like to make a donation online, we've made it easy for you, thanks to Canada Helps. Canada Helps is a safe and secure way to donate online. You decide how much to give, when to give, and how often, and your personal information is always protected. Through Canada Helps you also have the option to pay securely by Credit Card, Paypal, or Interac Online. When giving, please consider pledging a monthly amount. This continuous revenue stream is critical in providing long term sustainability and ongoing maintenance for the trail.

To donate to the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail online, click here: https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/8841 Your gift will make a difference for future generations. Please give generously. Thank you.

 

 

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Managing Partners - Trail Monitoring

The Kawartha Trans Canada Trail has 12 Managing Partners who volunteer their time and effort to help maintain the trail. It is this type of community involvement that ensures the trail remains safe & enjoyable for residents and visitors to Kawartha Lakes. Thank you so very much to our our partners:

  • Fleming College
  • Abercrombie Brothers & Central Senior Public School
  • O’Reilly Family
  • Spokes for Folks
  • Lunney Family
  • Heart of Ontario Snowmobile Club
  • Fowlers Corners District Lions Club
  • Omemee District Lions Club & Scott Young Public School
  • Village of Reaboro
  • Kawartha Lakes Green Trails Alliance
  • City of Kawartha Lakes Parks and Recreation Department
  • Lindsay Lilac Committee

We have a Trail Monitoring Form online http://ktct.ca/contact/monitoring-form for members of these organizations to report on trail conditions.

Trail users can send an email to info@ktct.ca if you would like to report illegal use or trail conditions that require attention.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

How To Report Illegal Use

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:

  1. Avoid any confrontation. We do not want anyone hurt or insulted.
  2. Note time, date and location.
  3. Report the illegal use to the Lindsay Police if the location is in Lindsay or Ops Township, or to the OPP for all other locations of the trail. 
  4. Send a description of the dirt bike or ATV to the “Contact Us” form: http://ktct.ca/contact
  5. If you are certain of the location where the trespasser lives, include this address in your email to us and we will send a letter to that address.

You can also send an email to info@ktct.ca

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

KTCT in the News

Click the links below to download various newspaper clippings about the trail.

 Official Opening1.7 MB
 Robin Esrock Book Tour1.3 MB
 Love Your Trail Campaign2.7 MB

Downloads

Click any of the links below to download a PDF of one of our brochures, reports, or newsletters.

General Brochure 7.2 MB
Donation Brochure 2.3 MB
Donor Acknowledgement 3.6 MB
2015-16 Annual Report 600 KB
Photography Workshop 1 MB
KTCT Newsletter