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Chances are you know someone who has been skating, skiing or snowmobiling lately, but how about snowshoeing.

Bethany is close to the Victoria Recreation Corridor – a 55 km trail, stretching from Lindsay to Kinmount. The trail is used year-round for over a dozen types of sport – including trails perfect for snow shoeing. Maybe this winter is the time to try something new.

The trail follows the former CN rail line and will take you from Lindsay along Sturgeon Lake to Fenelon Falls and onto Kinmount.

Snowshoeing has been gaining in popularity in Ontario. Consider the benefits:

  • Minimal equipment
  • Easy to learn
  • Fun for the whole family
  • Provides an incredible physical workout

In fact, you can burn more calories snowshoeing than you can walking, running or cross country skiing at the same pace. It provides a cardio workout while also building strength, agility, balance and endurance.

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You can walk over the deepest snow, making it easier to get around on any trail. The snowshoes distribute your weight, leaving you with an experience of floating on the snow. While some people are content to walk on their snowshoes, there are others who sprint up hills for that bit of extra exercise.

Canada’s first snowshoes varied in shape, size and materials depending upon the choice of trees and animals available. Many were carved from birch or hard ash. Today most snowshoes are made of lightweight aluminum frames with steal cleats.

In the Bethany area you can access the trail through access points in the South Corridor and Central Corridor.

The South Corridor is the old CP Rail line that extends 30 km from Lindsay to Bethany. The recommended access points:

  • Bethany at the intersection of Ski Hill Road and Jackson Street
  • Pigeon River (limited parking) at Mount Horeb Road (Arterial Road 31)
  • Lindsay off of King Street

The Central Corridor begins in the north end of Lindsay at Thunder Bridge Road and takes you north to Fenelon Falls. The recommended access points:

  • Lindsay (Non-motorized), William Street North – Victoria Junction between Eglington Avenue and Orchard Park Road
  • Lindsay (Motorized) at Thunder Bridge Road, Ken Reid Conservation Area
  • Cameron on Long Beach Rd. (Arterial Road 34) East of Highway 35
  • Fenelon Falls (South) at the Old Railway Station

And the timing is perfect! You can take part in the second annual Snowshoe Kawartha races…5k or 10K.

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Source: http://snowshoekawartha.com/

 

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Bethany Ontario, Kawartha Lakes

It’s February and with a winter like the one we’re having this year, it can seem like it’ll never end. Why not brave the cold and have some fun?  Bethany is home to wonderful trails for snowmobilers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

There is an old rail line – the Victoria Rail Trail – to the immediate west of Bethany Village that is part of an extensive trail system.

It is an 85-kilometer rail trail with corridors linking Kinmount to Bethany, through Fenelon Falls and Lindsay. This public trail is open year round for recreational uses and is fantastic for snowmobiling.

It offers sports enthusiasts splendid panoramas and vistas, including views of lakes and waterways, meadows and valleys, and rolling hills and forests.

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This scenic rail trail is divided into 3 sections for easy access and your snowmobiling pleasure. The North Corridor follows the former CN rail line north, from Fenelon Falls to Kinmount.  Stop for a break 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.  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.

The Central Corridor begins in the north end of Lindsay at Thunderbridge Road and takes you north to Fenelon Falls.

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. An easy access point for Bethany residents and visitors is at the intersection of Ski Hill Rd. & Jackson St.

If 85km of pristine trails aren’t enough to whet your exploring appetite, the Central Ontario Loop Trail is a marketing partnership promoting a shared-use regional trail system passing through five counties. This system is a unique 450km loop of publicly owned trails and covers a huge area of Central Ontario including Peterborough and the Kawarthas.

However, if snowmobiling isn’t your thing, don’t worry! There are plenty of other ways to enjoy the local trails including walking, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and ATVing.

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Victoria Rail Trail

Victoria Rail Trail

In Bethany?  It’s possible.

Spring arrives on Wednesday, although it may not seem like it today!  It’s my favourite season.  To me, spring means getting back into my garden, reconnecting with my neighbours now that the winter hibernation is finished, hikes, bikes and baseball.  Spending time outdoors is a priority as soon as the snow melts and the winter coats are put away.

My next few posts will be looking at what to do in and around Bethany in the spring.  Not sure if any of the activities will lead to enlightenment but they’re sure to help shake off the winter blahs (and pounds!)

VICTORIA RAIL TRAIL CORRIDOR

The Victoria Rail Trail is an 85 km rail trail with corridors linking Kinmount to Bethany, through Lindsay.  The trail follows the former CN rail line which was constructed  in 1874.   This public trail is open year round for recreational uses including walking, hiking, cycling, fishing, bird watching, horseback riding, dog sledding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing; and, with  a valid trail permit, snowmobiling and ATVing.  It’s a great, well- maintained trail for hiking or biking with beautiful scenery and reported wildlife sightings.  Some favourite sections are the area around Cameron Lake in the North Corridor and Draonel Station, outside Bethany on the South Trail.

This trail seems like a great way to reconnect with nature.  Reportedly, it’s good to head there as soon as the snow melts!

NORTH CORRIDOR

The North Corridor follows the former CN rail line north from Lindsay to Kinmount.  It begins at the North end of Lindsay at the top of William Street North, traveling 55km through the Ken Reid Conservation Area and  Fenelon Falls and onto Kinmount.

SOUTH CORRIDOR

south corridor

south corridor

The South Corridor, the old CP Rail Line, extends 30 km from Lindsay to Bethany. This trail begins off King St. E., with the new Rotary Trail – 1.5 km of paved pathway. The trail heads south to Bethany, progressing through farmlands and the natural areas of Fleetwood Creek Valley, bordered by the rolling hills of Bethany, including Devil’s Elbow Ski Resort. 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 (limited parking) Mount Horeb Rd. (Arterial Rd. 31)
  • Lindsay (King St.)
trail rules

trail rules

TRAIL USE GUIDELINES

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

  • Speed limits of 20 km/hr
  • Hours of use between 7:00am to 9:30pm
  • No ATVs between Logie St. & Thunderbridge Rd. in Lindsay at anytime; ATVs are not permitted on the trail during the 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 ATVs and snowmobiles only
  • Dogs must be kept on a leash
  • Pedestrians have the right of way over all other users
  • Privacy and the rights of abutting landowners must be respected
  • No littering or removing natural vegetation

Visit explorekawarthalakes or Victoria Rail Trail for more info

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