This ride is now over
The detailed ride itinerary for this ride is available below for download. Enjoy great trail riding with a self-guided ride experience.
Uxbridge Kawarthas Rail Trail
When: Any time! It’s now a self-guided itinerary.
Total Distance: 85km to 100km
The Ride: Enjoy this weekend-long, quiet and safe off-road rail trail ride from Uxbridge through the Kawarthas ending at your choice destination of Peterborough or Lakefield. Whether you ride independently or with friends, make the most of this linear trail. The well-maintained, hard-packed trail, with some paved sections, traverses idyllic farmlands, along waterways and canals, and through lush green forests.
Experience Level and Ride Guide: Easy to moderate. Off-road rail trail, hard packed limestone screening, small paved sections, level road crossings, with on-road riding limited to city bike lanes and quiet town roads. Suitable for hybrid bikes, mountain bikes, and older road bikes.
View Route: Ride with GPS
Uxbridge to Lindsay – 45km
Starting in Uxbridge, just one hour from downtown Toronto, load up on supplies before meeting with the group at a parking lot conveniently located near trail head. Enjoy a leisurely ride following the Trans Canada Trail as it cuts through a variety of scenery on a fairly flat and straight line into cottage country and the City of Kawartha Lakes, Lindsay. Visit Lock 33 along the historic Trent-Severn Waterway, rest your legs at local restaurant or cool down with a post-ride ice cream at Kawartha Dairy’s Barn. Later that evening, catch up with other riders at an group get-together. Overnight and enjoy a warm welcome at the trailside accommodation, Days Inn & Suites Lindsay.
Sunday, July 29 – Lindsay to Peterborough or Lakefield – 40km or 55km
Rejoin the trail, and cross the Scugog River leaving town and continuing eastward on the off-road trail through quiet rural landscapes. Stop for a refreshment break in Omeemee, before crossing the scenic sky high trestle bridge just a few kilometers east of this riverside hamlet. Cruise into Peterborough on the trail, crossing over to city bike lanes for less than a kilometre before reaching riverside parkland for lunch stop at the local cafe. After lunch choose between rejoining the trail following the Trent Severn Waterway 15km into town of Lakefield or stopping in Peterborough to explore more at the Canadian Canoe Museum, Liftlock Visitor Centre, shopping downtown, or to enjoy a post ride patio. Load bikes into van and hop on the bus from designated meeting spots for an easy return to the start and Uxbridge, the end to a perfect weekend.
Additional Visitor Information:
Use below to find out more about ride areas and plan an extra day or two to see more.
Getting Back to Start Options: Drop off a vehicle at either end; have someone pick you up; take a taxi; rent a bus for passengers / van for bikes; ride to/from start and finish or consider
using combo of GO Transit train and bus services on Lakeshore East and into Peterborough.
Photo Credits: Kawarthas Cycling Club, S. Sauve, Ontario By Bike
For More Information Contact:
Ontario By Bike
Phone: 416-827-2772 / 1-866-701-2774
Email: info (at) ontariobybike.ca
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