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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

Phone: 705-454-3324

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

Bobcaygeon Wilderness Park

A naturalized park setting located on the edge of Bobcaygeon, this municipal property is a project led by Environmental Action Bobcaygeon (EAB) and funded through a successful Ontario Trillium Grant Application, and the property will see the development of approximately 2-4 kms of walking/hiking trails. A serene setting for people wishing to bird-watch and just enjoy the outdoors, motorized use of these new trails will be prohibited. 

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 nests.  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 Emily Park Road (County Road 10), Omemee, ON

Phone: 705-799-5170

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

Emily Tract - Loops 1 and 2

Emily Tract is located on Arterial Road. 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.

Forest Trail

The Forest Trail is divided into two branches; the West Branch is a 3 km loop which consists of a twisting path on a gradual slope leading through open meadows and forests.  The East Trail, a 3 km loop leads through a dense forest then climbs 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 2.2 km 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 Road, Pontypool, ON

Telephone: 705-328-2271

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

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 kms 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 Kawartha 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 kms 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. This section is suitable for novices.

Website: http://www.ganaraska-hiking-trail.org

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.

Indian Point Provincial Park – Indian Point Trail

Located on the north end of Balsam Lake, the 946 hectare Indian Point Provincial Park features one of the longest undeveloped shorelines in the Kawartha Lakes region.  Consisting of a low, limestone escarpment, this lake shore property is an alvar.

This is not an operating Provincial Park and there are no visitor facilities.  Camping is prohibited.

Located near Coboconk, 38 kms north of Lindsay; at the north end of Balsam Lake. Water access is available from Balsam Lake. 

Telephone: 705-454-3324

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.

Gamiing Nature Centre Trails

Explore the wetlands and forests at the Gamiing Nature Centre. The 55 hectare property includes over 7 kms of trails and over 15 hectares of wetland along scenic Pigeon Lake.  Future plans include a 600 metre boardwalk into the marsh.

Address: 1884 Pigeon Lake Road, Lindsay, ON

Telephone: 705-799-7083

Kawartha Settlers’ Village Trail

Kawartha Setters’ Village, Bobcaygeon features a beautiful nature trail that extends around the perimeter of their 9 acres.  The trail is completely natural, with mature trees, historic flowers and vines.  The grass is kept cut and is a lovely peaceful walk around the rest of their northern boundary.  Plan a walk and visit the Village while you are there.

Address: 85 Dunn St, Bobcaygeon, ON

Telephone: 705-738-6163

Website: http://www.settlersvillage.org

The Kawartha Trans Canada Trail

East:

This trail is a multi-use (5 core uses of the Trans Canada Trail) from Lindsay to Fowlers Corners.  The trail has been surfaced (hard-packed limestone), flat and level, scenic rivers, wetlands and vary of landscapes can be experienced along the trail.  Various access points, including County Road 36, Omemee, road crossings between Lindsay and Peterborough.

 

West:

The Kawartha Trans Canada Trail goes through Lindsay on a hard-packed limestone screening treat, flat and level allowing for easy travel passing by the villages of Little Britain, Oakwood and Manilla on its way to the Town of Uxbridge and beyond.  Access at Sir Sandford Fleming College, Frost Campus in Lindsay or Angeline Street South behind Sweetnam Drive, Lindsay.  There are numerous access points where the trail crosses roads heading west.

Website: http://ktct.ca/

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 kms.

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

Loop A is 1.4 kms 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 kms in length.  Loop C is located 208 metres from Parking Lot A.

Loop D is 1.7 kms 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 kms in length.  Loop J is located 566 meters from Parking Lot A.

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

Address: 277 Kenrei (Park) Road, Lindsay, ON+

Phone: 705-328-2271

Website:  http://kawarthaconservation.com/conservation-areas/ken-reid

Lindsay Legacy Trail

A 1.6km section of paved trail from Victoria Junction (the corner of William Street North and Orchard Park Road, Lindsay) to Thunder Bridge Road, along the Victoria Rail Trail Corridor (VRTC). This trail is great for any form of active transportation. Stop by the railway station replica for information on geocaching, train history and local wildlife.

Pigeon River Headwaters Conservation Area

Pigeon River Headwaters Conservation Area is a diverse 125-hectare (308 acre) property situated partially within the Oak Ridges Moraine.  It is important for the many cold water seeps and springs that form the headwaters of Pigeon River, and as habitat for a diversity of wildlife.  The southeast corner of the property offers a panoramic view of a vast tableland and the valley of the Pigeon River.

The conservation area has three interconnecting trail loops that total almost 5 kms.  The trails go through dense forest, wetlands and meadows.

The marsh boardwalk is a highlight of the park. Water milfoil, turtlehead, asters, cattails, and arrowhead all thrive along the length of the walkway. Frogs, salamanders, turtles, and other water loving creatures also enjoy the marsh.

Address: 445 Gray Road (off Highway 35)

Website: http://kawarthaconservation.com/conservation-areas/pigeon-river-headwaters

*please note the road is unassumed and the driveway and parking lot are not maintained from October 31 to May 1

Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands

Formerly known as Dalton Digby Wildlands, this park is one of the most diverse and least disturbed natural areas found in Central Ontario.  Containing more than 50 landform vegetation patterns, this site has limited or no recent history of logging. Its low-rolling topography includes organic soils, flat sandy deposits, and bare bedrock uplands with shallow soil patches.

Day use hiking and canoeing are permitted activities.  Overnight camping is only allowed on existing campsites on the Ganaraska Hiking Trail.  Victoria Falls, Hunter’s Lake and Little Gull  Lake are popular day use areas.  No camping is actively enforced in these areas.

Note: There are no maintained public facilities or services within the park.

Ganaraska Hiking Trail:

Over 40kms of trail traverse the Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Park including an additional three loop trails.  Check the Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association website for further information.

This park is found in the western portion of Haliburton County, the Townships of Anson and Lutterworth; the northern portion of the City of Kawartha Lakes, in Dalton and Digby Townships, as well as the southern part of Ryde Township in the District Municipality of Muskoka.

Address: (Access Points):

  • 1115 Devils Lake Road – Township of Minden Hills
  • 1526 Black River Road – City of Kawartha Lakes

Telephone: 705-454-3324 extension 5224

Website: https://www.ontarioparks.com/park/queenelizabeth2wildlands

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

In addition to the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail that meanders its way through the Campus there are three loop trails off the KTCT 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.  Enter Campus on Albert Street South. Trails are accessible behind Heavy Equipment Building and Student Union Building.

Website: https://flemingcollege.ca/campus/frost-campus

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 Road 45.

Indian Point Provincial Park – Indian Point Trail

Located on the north end of Balsam Lake, the 946 hectare Indian Point Provincial Park features one of the longest undeveloped shorelines in the Kawartha Lakes region.  Consisting of a low, limestone escarpment, this lake shore property is an alvar.

This is not an operating Provincial Park and there are no visitor facilities.  Camping is prohibited.

Located near Coboconk, 38 kms north of Lindsay; at the north end of Balsam Lake. Water access is available from Balsam Lake. 

Telephone: 705-454-3324

Windy Ridge Conservation Area

Windy Ridge Conservation Area is a 35-hectare (87-acre) property that offers an ideal spot to enjoy a short walk in the open air and a stunning view.  A lookout is minutes away from the parking lot, where you can see a panoramic view of natural areas of significance and beauty, including the Oak Ridges Moraine, the Hogsback Esker, and a provincially significant wetland that includes Pigeon River and Fleetwood Creek.

The Conservation Area has a single 1.3km loop trail and is bordered by the Victoria Rail Trail along the western boundary.

Address: 998 Mount Horeb Road (Off Highway 35)

*Please note parking is not maintained from October 31 to May 1

Website: http://kawarthaconservation.com/conservation-areas/windy-ridge

 

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