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Balsam Lake Provincial Park

Ontario Parks Balsam Lake Provincial Park is an all-season recreation park along the Trent-Severn Waterway.

The park has two hiking trails:

The Plantation Trail is an interpretive trail that explores human impact on the land over the last 150 years.  The trail passes through logging sites, old farm fields and reforestation plantations.  The highlight of this trail is a quiet moment overlooking a pond filled with wildlife.

The Lookout Trail is an interpretive trail that begins on an esker and passes through a number of different landscapes, including a cedar swamp, deciduous forest and open meadow.  The highlight of the trail is a lookout tower offering a view of Balsam Lake and surrounding countryside.

The park is home to a wide variety of wildlife. Deer, fox, raccoon's, skunks, flying squirrels, chipmunks, beaver, lots of birds and even a wandering bear.

Although the park is closed the main parking lot is plowed in the winter. Visitors are welcome to use the park to ski, snowshoe and hike.

The Park is located on Arterial Road 48 between Kirkfield and Coboconk.

Address: 2238 Hwy 48 Kirkfield, ON

Website: http://ontarioparks.ca/park/balsamlake

Although the park is closed the main parking lot is plowed in the winter. Visitors are welcome to use the park to ski, snowshoe and hike.

Carew Park – McDonald Park

This trail is located in downtown Lindsay.  This is a lighted trail in an urban area. The trail is 4km long.

For more information call 705-324-9411 x 1301

Dunsford Nature Trail

The Dunsford Nature Trail is a recently built trail on a converted railway line and it extends 2.5km from Dunsford to Verulam Concession Road 2.  It is an area of lowland swamp and forest at the headwaters of a branch of Emily Creek.  Access to this trail is available in the village of Dunsford, which is located northeast of Lindsay and southwest of Bobcaygeon on Sturgeon Road (Kawartha Lakes Road 7).

For more information call 705-738-2363

Emily Provincial Park

Emily Park is located Regional Road 10, just north of Omemee.  The entrance to the trail is near the south beach parking area.  Walk along the elevated boardwalk over a cattail marsh to a sphagnum moss island and a lookout tower to see the osprey nest.  You can also swim at two sandy beaches along Pigeon River, fish or go for a paddle.

Marsh Boardwalk Trail

The Marsh Boardwalk Trail begins on a bark-chipped surface and immediately you enter an area of tall and mature cedar trees creating a dense tree canopy.  Soon you arrive at the boardwalk and begin walking through cattails and ferns on both sides of the boardwalk.  The cattails are so tall it is impossible to see over them, but it is possible to see wildlife such as frogs, turtles, red-winged blackbirds and American bitterns.  The boardwalk stops at a unique island referred to as Sphagnum Island, which was created over thousands of years.  The island has lots of Balsam Fir trees and ground hemlock.  The trail continues to circle around the island.  Soon you arrive at a lookout platform that allows you to scan the marsh, Pigeon River and forest.  If you look carefully, you will see a nest where for generations a pair of ospreys has raised their young.

Address: 797 County Road 10, Omemee, Ontario

Website: http://ontarioparks.ca/park/emily

Telephone: 705-799-5170

Emily Tract - Loops 1 and 2

Emily Tract is located on Arterial Rd. 14, just west of Cowan’s Bay and Emily Provincial Park.

Emily Tract comprises 99.2 hectares (205 acres) of mixed forest property, with two trail loops winding through the property allowing you to explore unique glacial land features, such as moraines and eskers.

Emily Tract contains two trail loops: Loop 1 is gently rolling and heavily forested and Loop 2 crosses a wooden bridge, is hillier and is also heavily forested.

Fleetwood Creek Natural Area

Fleetwood Creek Natural Area is a 900 acre (380 hectare) tract of land managed by Kawartha Conservation for the Ontario Heritage Foundation.  Located within the Oak Ridges Moraine, the area is characterized by steep valleys, sand, soil, and many cold water streams.  These streams form the headwaters of Fleetwood Creek, a major watercourse within the Kawartha Region watershed. The property is home to 250 species of flora and fauna and 44 species of birds. Three trails lead you through uplands, deciduous forests, meadows, and wetlands.

East Forest Trail

The East Forest Trail takes you through the dense cedar forest, followed by a climb up the valley slope. The Trail ends with a walk through an open meadow and then back through the forest to the parking area.

Valley Trail

The Valley Trail is a short trail that allows the visitor to view the characteristic valley lands of the area from two perspectives.  An observation platform offers a spectacular view of the surrounding land at any time of the year.  The more adventuresome can also descend into the valley.

Address: 902 Ballyduff Rd.

Website: http://kawarthaconservation.com/conservation-areas/fleetwood-creek-natural-area

Telephone: 705-328-2271

Ganaraska Trail

The Ganaraska Trail can be accessed at several locations in the City of Kawartha Lakes.

The Ganaraska Trail is a recreational trail, with a total length of 500 kilometers it stretches across every type of landscape possible.  Since 1967, it has been developed and maintained solely by volunteers and private landowners.  Its route crosses parts of the Somerville Tract and the Victoria Rail Trail in the City of Kawartha Lakes.

The Peterborough section is almost entirely in the City of Kawartha Lakes. The section starts on the Victoria Rail Trail, where it intersects with Crosswinds Road, south of Reaboro.  It follows the rail trail to Lindsay, along the Scugog River for some distance, and then takes the Victoria County Recreation Corridor, which it follows to 2kms past Burnt River.  At this point, the trail increasingly sees evidence of Canadian Shield country.  The section ends in Moore Falls after 77 kilometres or varied terrain.  The first 50 kms are flat, and the next 20kms are rugged.  The last 5kms are on country paths from Buller Road to Moore Falls.

Hydro Dam Trail

Access this trail through Fenelon Falls. Note that there is no sign pointing towards the hydro dam. This trail provides a great location to watch beautiful waterfalls and to learn more about hydro-electric power generation.

John Eakins Walkway

This walkway is located along the Trent-Severn Waterway at Bobcaygeon Lock 32, a National Historic Site in Canada. The walkway is dedicated to former politician John Eakins. Access to the trail is available in the Town of Bobcaygeon at Lock 32.

The Kawartha Trans Canada Trail

The trail runs east to west across the southern portion of the City of Kawartha Lakes, linking up with the Peterborough County and the Region of Durham sections of Trans Canada Trail. Users will enjoy the beauty of the rural landscape along the trail. A favourite photo opportunity for all is the majestic Doube’s Trestle Bridge situated about halfway between the Peterborough border and Omemee. The Lindsay East section of the trail (22 kms) allows for the five authorized Trans-Canada Trail activities – bicycling, hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling. However, snowmobiling in this section is not posted, groomed and is used at snowmobilers own risk. The Lindsay and Lindsay West section has been completed with hiking/walking, cycling and cross-country skiing allowed on Fleming College property and cycling, walking/hiking, horseback riding, cross country skiing and snowmobiling are allowed on the west section. You require an OFSC permit for the west section.

Visit http://ktct.ca/ for further information

Ken Reid Conservation Area

Ken Reid Conservation Area is a 110-hectare (272 acre) property of open meadow and forest that provides protection to the Mclaren’s Creek wetland.  It is designed to be easily accessible and enjoyable for the whole family.  Amenities include a swimming beach, hiking trails, cycling trails, picnic shelters, group camping area, wetlands viewing platform and cross-country ski trails.  Located just minutes outside Lindsay, this site is best recommended for those wishing a relaxing day out of the busy suburban life.  Ken Reid Conservation Area contains 12 interconnected trail loops totalling almost 12 kilometers.

Ken Reid Conservation Area is located 3 kilometers north of Lindsay on Sturgeon Lake, off Hwy 35 on Kenrei Park Rd.

Loop A is 1.4 kilometers in length.  Loop A is located adjacent to Parking Lot A.

Loop B is 600 meters in length.  Loop B is located adjacent to Parking Lot A.

Loop C is 1.1 kilometers in length.  Loop C is located 208 metres from Parking Lot A.

Loop D is 1.7 kilometers in length. The osprey nest observation platform is accessible from Loop D.  Loop D is located 481 metres from Parking Lot A.

Loop F is 500 meters in length.  Loop F is located 691 metres from Parking Lot A.

Loop G is 500 meters in length. Loop G is located 297 metres from Parking Lot A.

Loop H is 400 metres in length.  Loop H is located 318 metres from Parking Lot A.

Loop I is 700 metres in length. Loop I is located 536 metres from Parking Lot A.

Loop J is 1.2 kilometers in length.  Loop J is located 566 meters from Parking Lot A.

Loops K and L are a total of 3.6 kilometers in length.  Loop K is located 958 metres from Parking Lot A.

For more information visit www.kawarthaconservation.com

 

Pigeon River Headwaters Conservation Area

Pigeon River Headwaters Conservation Area is a diverse 125-hectare (308 acre) property that is a natural safe haven for flora and fauna.  A high point of 360 metres (1,181 feet) at the southeast corner of the property offers a panoramic view of a vast tableland and the valley of the Pigeon River.

Forest Trail

The winding Forest Trail allows visitors to enjoy the area from the depths of the woods and to take in the wide array of plants and wildlife.

Marsh Boardwalk Trail

The Marsh Boardwalk Trail is a delight for floral enthusiasts and also offers a variety of water-loving creatures.

Upland Trail

The elevated Upland Trail offers visitors a peaceful view of the property with fewer trees.

For more information visit www.kawarthaconservation.com

Rivera Park Trail

The Rivera Park Trail is located on the east side of the Scugog River in Lindsay.  The trail is 2km in length, and takes approximately 30 minutes to walk.  The trail is open year-round and is great for a variety of outdoor activities. For more information call 705-324-9411 x 1301.

Scugog River Trail

The Scugog River Trail follows the Scugog River on the east side of Lindsay.  This abandoned rail line has recently been paved by the Rotary Club of Lindsay, making this trail accessible for walkers, wheelchairs and strollers and great place to in-line skate.  This has been a non-motorized trail as of March 1st, 2007.  Access to this trail is available on Logie Street and King Street.

Sir Sandford Fleming College Trails

There are three loop trails behind the College complex that take a walker through the woods, along the Scugog River and across a field.  Beautiful bridges, boardwalks and look out areas have been developed and maintained by College students.

Campus is located on Albert Street South, Lindsay.  Trails are accessible behind Heavy Equipment

Somerville Tract

Somerville Tract is comprised of 3,420 hectares of mixed forest property.  There are three trail loops covering a variety of terrain including pine plantations, wetlands, hardwoods and rock outcrops.  Somerville Tract offers many kilometers of double track.  The rolling cottage roads and forest tracks are ideal for mountain bikes.

Somerville Tract is located 5.6km west of Kinmount on Arterial Rd. 45.

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