The Kawartha Trans Canada Trail offers a natural recreational corridor for people of all ages and abilities. This historic railway bed is now a magnificent recreational corridor with a crushed limestone surface. This 53.8 km section of the national trail traverses east to west across Kawartha Lakes. The trail surface is 3 metre wide, hard-packed limestone which provides flat level surface, ideal for a variety of trail uses. You will encounter woodlands, farmlands, wetlands, and communities. For the most part, the trail is relatively flat, with modest changes in elevation throughout its entire length. Trail users will find facilities such as benches, bicycle racks, and picnic shelters along the way. Discover the trail’s many attributes and experience it for yourself.
Trail Accessibility in Ontario
An excellent resource for those who plan to build new or upgrade old trails to AODA standards: The Illustrated Technical Guide to the Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces
Five Core Uses:
Hiking / Walking / Running
The crushed limestone surface of the trail is ideal for hiking, walking and running. All of these activities can have a powerful effect on your health. There is a bench approximately 1 km east and west of Lindsay, Omemee and Reaboro. Walk to the bench and back every day, enjoy the fresh air and reap the benefits.
The trail is suitable for hybrid, cyclocross and long distance touring bikes (anything with a wider tire). Enjoy this relatively flat surface free from traffic and the flora and fauna along the way.
Horseback riding is a great way to enjoy the trail and experience the natural beauty of our region. The crushed limestone surface is suitable and safe for horses. Please help keep the trail beautiful and safe for other users by cleaning up after your horses.
Cross-Country Skiing / Snowshoeing
Just because there's snow on the ground doesn't mean you can't still enjoy the outdoors on the trail. During winter months, the trail is an ideal location for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Uxbridge to Opmar Road is groomed by the ‘Heart of Ontario’ Snowmobile Club. The rest of the trail is not groomed, but snowmobiles are welcome. There is currently no route through the town of Lindsay for snowmobilers.
Prohibited Uses: With the exception of snowmobiles, all motorized vehicles including ATV’s and dirt bikes are not permitted on the trail.
Winter Trail Use
Trails are not maintained from November 1 - April 30, although they are available for use. Please contact us to report any maintenance issues along local trail.
Dogs must be kept under control at all times. Please keep your pooch on a leash when you encounter other trail users. Keep the trail beautiful - SCOOP when your dog poops.
Convenient parking locations can be found in a number of locations along the trail. Parking locations are listed below and can also be found on our trail map.
- Eldon Road, Pickseed Shelter
- Fleming College, Lindsay
- Memorial Park, Lindsay
- Logie Park, Lindsay
- Highway 36 Bridge (underpass)
- Reaboro Park, Reaboro
- Omemee Beach
- Simcoe Street, Manilla
- Emily Park Road
- Orange Corners Road
- Lily Park Road
- Ackison Road