A Regional Trail Network
The CRCA is working with local municipalities, hiking groups, snowmobile clubs and other interested individuals to build a regional trail network. The proposed network would consist of the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Waterfront Trail, the Cataraqui Trail and the K&P Trail.
The Cataraqui Trail, the K&P Trail, and Waterfront Trail are now largely complete. The K&P Trail provides a good linkage for the Trans Canada Trail.
The Waterfront Trail
The Waterfront Trail now stretches along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River from the Niagara Region to the Quebec border. In this area a group of enthusiastic local volunteers called The Eastern Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Waterfront Working Group, or WWG, worked on the section of trail along the eastern part of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. The WWG encouraged municipalities and community groups to locate the trail as close as possible to the waterfront. Since their work was completed, this group was disbanded in 2007.
The Waterfront Trail is very different from the Cataraqui Trail. It is not owned by one group or organization. Instead, it follows existing roads, road allowances and public lands. The Waterfront Trail is only located on private lands if the owner is in agreement. Permitted uses include walking and cycling.
For more information about the Waterfront Trail click here.
The K&P Trail
Another group of enthusiastic volunteers would like to see the former K& P rail line fully developed into a multi-use trail. The proposed trail would provide a link from the Waterfront Trail to the Cataraqui Trail and also, north to an additional section of Trans Canada Trail.
The City of Kingston identified the K&P land acquisition as a priority in 2005. Most of the former rail line has been purchased within the City and an official opening was held in 2007. The city portion of the trail is now complete from Douglas R. Fluhrer Park to Orser Road at the city limits.
The County of Frontenac has now fully developed the K&P Trail from Orser Road to Tichbourne (as of late 2015) and many sections of the trail from Tichbourne to Sharbot Lake have been completed.
The County of Frontenac facilitated a trails planning committee to develop a plan for the Trail examining such aspects as design standards, permitted uses, funding, management and promotion.
The Trans Canada Trail (AKA The Great Trail)
Initiated in 1992 as a project to celebrate Canada’s 125th year, the Trans Canada Trail is one of the world’s longest networks of multi-use recreational trails. Once fully connected, it will stretch nearly 24,000 kilometres from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans, through every province and territory, linking Canadians in nearly 1,000 communities. The goal is to connect the Trail as a continuous route from coast to coast to coast by 2017, the 25th anniversary of the Trail and Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.
The Trans Canada Trail is made up of nearly 500 individual trails, each with unique and varied features. This section uses the northern portion of the K&P Trail which intersects with the Cataraqui Trail at Harrowsmith. It continues eastwards along the Cataraqui Trail for 81 km, to Smiths Falls. From Harrowsmith the TCT follows the K&P Trail north to Tichbourne and eventually to Sharbot Lake.
For more information on the Trans Canada Trail sections in Ontario, see http://www.tctontario.ca
The Rideau Trail
The Rideau Trail is a 387 km network of hiking trails between the City of Kingston and the City of Ottawa located in the general area of the Rideau Canal and its tributary waters. Part of this trail intersects and uses the Cataraqui Trail from km (?) to km(?) before veering south and joins again from km (?) to km(?) before heading north.
For more information on the Rideau Trail, see http://www.rideautrail.org