Cycling Ontario’s newly constructed historic heritage Kawartha Trans Canada Trail
(Last updated October 31st, 2016)
Let’s face it, spring has gotten off to a rough start this year. Winter’s refusal to let go and make way for warmer weather is a little disappointing, but don’t be fooled, July and August will come charging out of the gate before you can utter the words summer vacation, in no time at all. Which is why, I have already been in the garage tuning up the bikes before temperatures went above freezing.
Since moving back to Ontario two years ago with a young and very active son, my holiday and weekend trip planning have centered around the outdoors and physical activity. What a better place to live and combine both in one fantastic package! This year, cycling the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail (KTCT) is at the top of the list.
With just over 40 km of newly constructed trail with a hard-packed gravel screenings surface, this unique four season route of historic and cultural heritage links communities, parkland, farmland and the natural environment by providing opportunities for nature appreciation and interpretation, and preserves the corridor for present and future generations.
The trail runs from the Regional Municipality of Durham near Uxbridge to the County of Peterborough and follows the route of a railway which operated from 1858 to 1988. The trail links five communities, parkland, farmland and the natural environment. In Lindsay, it travels through Sir Sandford Fleming College campus, one of Canada’s most environmental schools, with wind turbines, green roofs, community gardens and solar energy projects. Further east, it goes through downtown Omemee, childhood home of musician Neil Young where you can visit the Youngtown Rock and Roll museum.
Kawartha Lakes is a cycle-friendly community and home to many businesses that welcome cyclists, from accommodations and restaurants, to attractions and shopping experiences. Whether you are a beginning or advanced cyclist, you are sure to find a trail or route that lets you explore and enjoy.
The Kawartha Trans Canada Trail has as great website: http://ktct.ca/
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