20 km Linear rail trail • This is another wonderful spurline of the Toronto to Algonquin Greenway (TAG) route. In contrast to the rustic Beaver River Wetland Trail, this one passes through more populated environs. The Rotary Greenway connects the city of Peterborough with the village of Lakefield along a smooth trail with lots to see. It’s one of the more visited stretches, and can be busy. So please, take it easy and watch out for others – especially children and seniors.
You will pass through the east side of the Trent University campus, alongside the Otonabee River. The trail offers possibly the best view of the Ron Thom designed Bata Library – an iconic Canadian architectural treasure. Its design steps down to the river’s edge.
The southern half of this trail (closer to Peterborough) has a paved surface popular with roller bladers. Exercise caution here, as speeds tend to be faster on this hard surface trail.
The northern half (closer to Lakefield) is more of a nature trail with a smooth crushed limestone surface, and occasional opportunities to stop by the water and watch for wildlife. The trail parallels the Trent Canal, part of the Trent-Severn Waterway, a Parks Canada National Historic Site. There are several opportunities to watch the operation of the boat locks, and there are often picnic tables and washrooms at the lock sites.
This easy trail could make for a pleasant day or overnight excursion for a family – or anyone really. Because there are lively communities at either end, there are lots of attractions to round out a trip, and food services at frequent intervals. The Lakefield Trail, is a pathway network that will take you through the Lakefield village business section. Close to the university there’s a food business directly on the trail. It’s a takeout fry-shop staffed by lively young people – university students? You can sit at an outdoor table with your burger and fries and watch all types of cyclists go by. In East City, (a kind of secondary downtown to Peterborough on the east side of the Hunter Street bridge) there’s one restaurant/pub right on the trail, and other options nearby. There’s a waterfront park/campground at either end of this trail: Lakefield Park, and Peterborough’s Beavermead Campground.