Why are there "W"s in the middle of the trail?

To create a unique way to enjoy the trail, the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Association in partnership with the Kawartha Lakes Green Trails Alliance and with financial assistance from the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion has produced a podcast composed of 12 interpretative sites located at unique places along the east section of the trail. These sites are marked with a large Ws in the middle of the tread with a smaller painted Ws1, Ws2, etc. opposite this marker along the fence line. When stopped at one of these locations you can listen to the corresponding companion podcast for an interpretive cultural or natural experience relating to your location. We hope this provides trail users with another way to enjoy the Kawartha Trans Canada trail.

To experience this unique interpretive trail journey, just follow the simple directions below:

  1. Download the FREE companion podcasts linked below to your computer by right-clicking on each link and selecting "Save Link As..." or something similar.
  2. Load the podcasts onto your chosen listening device as you would any other mp3.
  3. On the trail, when you encounter a Ws, find the painted sign with its number and use your chosen device to listen to the podcast corresponding to your location.
  4. Continue along the trail to enjoy more interpretive talks and immerse yourself in the local history of the trail!

Podcast Downloads

 Introduction4.1 MB
 Whistle Stop 1: Agriculture4.5 MB
 Whistle Stop 2: Community in Action3.2 MB
 Whistle Stop 3: Village of Reaboro4.1 MB
 Whistle Stop 4: Eskers2.9 MB
 Whistle Stop 5: Trains, Plains & People4.5 MB
 Whistle Stop 6: The Pigeon3.0 MB
 Whistle Stop 7: Marsh or Swamp2.2 MB
 Whistle Stop 8: Beaver Lodge2.6 MB
 Whistle Stop 9: Drumlins2.2 MB
 Whistle Stop 10: Trestle Bridge2.5 MB
 Whistle Stop 11: Missing Link2.1 MB
 Whistle Stop 12: One Step at a Time6.8 MB
 Thank You1.7 MB

Special thanks to BOB FM 91.9 for their in-kind technical support and to Dave llman, the voice of this podcast. This project was completed in partnership with the Kawartha Lakes Green Trails Alliance.

We would also like to thank David Archibald. He is the talented musician behind "One Step at a Time", which was written and recorded for the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail and captures the beauty of travelling the trail through our region. You can learn more about David from his website, davidarchibald.com.