All Ages All Abilities

Ray finds a seat beside the HCRT, Haliburton County Rail Trail, during a Sunday Ramble. Long stretches of TAG will require similar improvisations for a trailside rest.

Ray finds a seat beside the HCRT, Haliburton County Rail Trail, during a Sunday Ramble. Long stretches of TAG will require similar improvisations for a trailside rest.

The Toronto to Algonquin Greenway (TAG) will inspire people of all ages and abilities to engage in outdoors activity, finding peaceful solitude in nature or interacting sociably with co-travellers. Greenways welcome all walks of life. They are the Village Green, the market square, the neighbour’s fence, the collective community backyard where you exchange pleasantries about the weather, the flock of geese passing overhead in a V, the tadploes the kids have found in a trailside stream. We think they’re especially valuable for the generations to bump into each other; something that has been lost in our daily routines dominated by car travel and screen time.

TAG suits differing abilities. This website will give some idea of that variability, but your input will help us provide a clearer picture. Quite a few community trail sections are negotiable by wheelchair or mobility scooter. These are paved pathways within towns, often part of municipal parklands beside a river or lake, connecting to accessible libraries, museums and restaurants.

Paddlers and hikers can choose their degree of challenge from the Hike and Paddle pages. The six rail trails are removed from car traffic making them ideal for lapsed, nervous or novice cyclists. Trail surface conditions vary dramatically. We’ll try to portray these realistically as field surveys are completed.

Rail trails are flat! Trains can’t negotiate hills, so railways were engineered to keep the track bed as level as possible. They run straight or with wide sweeping curves. The open profile of a rail trail positively embraces an all ages and abilities walking group. We observed this firsthand with the Sunday Rambles. Unlike the single file dictated by a narrow forest footpath, a rail trail is an ideal venue for conversation, with walkers moving fluidly at differing speeds. Children can be kept in sight as they run ahead to explore some fascination of nature, without fear of straying off the trail. Cycling or walking TAG’s diverse rail trails can offer a joyous freedom unavailable on any other type of infrastructure. Enjoy!