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Victoria Rail Trail Corridor (VRTC)

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Victoria Rail Trail Corridor (VRTC)

The Victoria Rail Trail is an 85 kilometer rail trail with corridors linking Kinmount to Bethany, through Lindsay.  This public trail is open year round for recreational uses including walking, hiking, cycling, fishing, horseback riding, dog sledding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and, subject to possession of a valid trail permit, snowmobiling and ATV-ing.

North Corridor

The North Corridor follows the former CN rail line north, from Fenelon Falls to Kinmount.  Stop for a picnic lunch at Island Park or view the falls at Trent-Severn Waterway Lock 34.  The trail follows Cameron Lake and then the Burnt River, leading into Somerville Tract, which is heavily forested and perfect for hiking, bird watching and wildlife viewing.  After leaving the Forest, head north past the Crego Creek Bridge and into Kinmount, the Historic Austin Sawmill and the old railway station are part of a community park.

Recommended Access Points:

Fenelon Falls (North)

Garnet Graham Park

Fell Station

West of Arterial Rd. 121

Burnt River

North of the Burnt River Library

Watson’s Siding

Wet of Arterial Rd. 121, South of Monck Rd.

Kinmount

Austin Sawmill Heritage Park

Central Corridor

The Central Corridor begins in the north end of Lindsay at Thunderbridge Road and takes you north to Fenelon Falls.  The Ken Reid Conservation Area is the first stop, with facilities including  a variety of trails, a marsh boardwalk, Osprey nests, picnic shelters, group camping and a beach area.  Follow Sturgeon Lake into Cameron and then north into Fenelon Falls.

Recommended Access Points:

Lindsay

(Non-motorized)

William St. N

(Motorized)

Between Eglington Ave. & Orchard Park Rd.

Thunderbridge Rd.

Cameron

Long Beach Rd. (Arterial Rd. 34) East of Hwy. 35

Fenelon Falls (South)

Old Railway Station

South Corridor

The South Corridor, the old CP Rail Line, extends 30 kilometers from Lindsay to Bethany.  This trail begins off King Street E with the new Rotary Trail – 1.5km of paved pathway.  Going south from Logie St. the trail follows the old CP Rail line to Bethany, progressing through farmlands and the natural areas of Fleetwood Creek Valley, bordered by the Bethany Hills.  A portion of the trail passes through the newly formed Windy Ridge Conservation Area.

Recommended Access Points:

Bethany

Intersection of Ski Hill Rd. & Jackson St.

Pigeon River

Mount Horeb Rd. (Arterial Rd. 31) Limited parking available.

Lindsay

King St.

Victoria Rail Trail (VRTC) Trail Use Guidelines:

While on the Victoria Rail Trail a few basic rules apply:

  • Speed limits of 20km/hr. must be observed by all vehicles (ATV’s, snowmobiles, and bicycles) in urban areas (Lindsay, Bethany, Fenelon Falls, Burnt River and Kinmount); elsewhere the speed limit is 50 km/hr.
  • All use of the VRTC is limited to between 7:00am and 9:30pm
  • ATV’s are not permitted on the VRTC between Logie Street & Thunderbridge Road in Lindsay at any time.
  • ATV’s are not permitted on the trail during winter months
  • Motorized vehicles are not permitted on the VRTC during the month of April
  • No two-wheel motorized vehicles are allowed.
  • Only licensed and insured ATV’s and snowmobiles with a KATVA/OFATV or OFSC trail permit are allowed
  • Dogs must be kept on a leash
  • Pedestrians have right of way over all other users
  • Privacy and rights of abutting landowners must be respected
  • Do not litter or remove natural vegetation

Trail rules are intended to promote harmonious, multi-use recreation activities and will be enforced pursuant to City By-Laws governing use of the corridor.  Violations should be reported to the City of Kawartha Lakes during normal office hours at 705-324-9411 or to the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122

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