4 – Trans Canada Trail Uxbridge to Peterborough

Photo credit: Sean Marshall

Photo credit: Sean Marshall

80 km Linear rail trail • Uxbridge is the self-proclaimed Trail Capital of Canada. Toronto to Algonquin Greenway (TAG) joins up with the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) at the heritage railway station in this vibrant little town. Together, TAG and TCT head East toward Peterborough on a trail converted from the abandoned railway bed – tracks removed.

Several municipal jurisdictions are involved in this segment of trail, but it is surely the volunteers of the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail and the Green Trails Alliance that are to be lauded for ensuring the connectivity through this area. The trail passes through the town of Lindsay, leaving the rail bed briefly for on-street and bike path routes through this old fashioned riverside town. Lindsay is the junction of the Victoria Rail Trail Corridor to the North, see TAG Zone 7. East of Lindsay, TAG and the TCT pass through Omemee, home to Youngtown Rock’n’Roll, the Neil Young museum – open weekends, May to October. Continuing towards Peterborough, the trail carries over the memorable high railway bridge at Orange Corners (pictured here).

Peterborough is the largest urban centre along TAG outside of Toronto. Enjoy an extended visit here. It is situated on Little Lake, the Otonabee River and the Trent Severn Waterway. Peterborough has a lively arts and music scene, and a cafe district along Hunter Street. The Greenway route will bring you through several parks and greenspace areas at the water’s edge, and right through the downtown. Of special note is GreenUP’s 5-acre Ecology Park right on the trail, described as an ecological adventure for the whole family.

Peterborough is home to the Canadian Canoe Museum which we believe is a national treasure. Exciting things are happening as the CCM plans its move to a new waterfront location. Then the public will be able to walk or bike in the one door and paddle from the other. The Canoe Museum is much more than a display of all types of small watercraft – it is a heritage museum which provides an eloquent discourse on how our country of Canada came to be. The canoe was integral to early survival, travel, trade, exploration – every aspect of the relationships between the First Nations, the French and English. The Canadian Canoe Museum is an essential inclusion to the Toronto to Algonquin Greenway.