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In December of 2000, the Province of Ontario completed the acquisition of the abandoned railway corridor formerly owned by CN, which runs from Uxbridge to Corbyville.

A summary of the key events related to this section of the rail corridor are:

1858Rail Line established.
1988CN Line Abandoned the line and removed the railway ties and no management of the line occurred.
1988Kawartha Rail Trails Organization formed based out of Peterborough viewed this line to be a significant contribution to recreation, tourism and local heritage.
19921st Economic Study by Trent University for this rail trail- estimated $1.3m to $3.6m economic impact for area.
1994Ontario Trails Council- became the lead agency for the Trans Canada Trail in Ontario- identified this section of rail trail as an important potential connection.
1999Town of Lindsay Municipal Government passed motion endorsing the Trans Canada Trail through Lindsay.
2000Province Ontario purchased line for possible future transportation, recreation and energy needs.
2000Trans Canada Trail Ocean Water Relay Celebration occurred in Lindsay an area, it was a major tourism event using part of the rail trail.
2001Release of the final report by GSI Real Estate and Planning Advisors (Consultants) for the Ontario government. After a comprehensive public consultation process, rail corridor identified as a key Trans Canada Trail route and recommended cycling, walking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling as the recreational trail use.
2003Subsequent to the GSI study the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (Peterborough District Office) was given the responsibility to implement the recommendations in the study. A Rail/Trail Advisory Committee was established.
20042nd Economic Study by PriceWaterhouse for the Trans Canada Trail Foundation was completed to estimate the economic impact of the Trans Canada Trail in Ontario. It was determined that provincially $2.4 billion would be generated and for this section (includes City of Kawartha Lakes) of the trail (Region 6) it was estimated over $400m.
2005The Ontario Trails Council & Trans Canada Trail Ontario Director made a presentation to City of Kawartha Lakes Community Service staff for support to have the trail established. No action taken.
2005Ontario Provincial Trail Strategy Released (October) and the Trans Canada Trail is given a Provincial Priority to be completed by 2010.
2006The City Kawartha Lakes Trails Master Plan completed, the plan identified the Trans Canada Trail as a priority in the development of trails within the City of Kawartha Lakes.
2006(January) Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources declared the rail line corridor surplus and subsequently it was released to the Ontario Realty Corporation for possible disposal.
2006(January) 1st Friends of Trans Canada Trail meeting for the City of Kawartha Lakes was held with a mandate to retain ownership of this rail corridor and have a registered and operational TCT by 2010.
2006Ontario Government leased the abandoned rail line to Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Association.
2006-2007Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Association incorporated as a not-for-profit charitable organization.
2010Construction of the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail 95% complete.
2014Last 800 meters of trail completed at the end of Dobson Street in Lindsay. Total of 53 kms of trail fully completed and operational.


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