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Discover the Lakefield Trail

Established in late 2000 as a community Millennium project, the Lakefield Trail is a 5.5 km. trail which, after meandering through the Village of Lakefield, connects to the Trans Canada Trail via the Peterborough County Rotary Trail.

Lakefield Trail History

The Village of Lakefield Special Events Committee was a Council appointed committee with a mandate to coordinate and plan activities to celebrate the Village's 125th anniversary and the new millennium in the year 2000. One of the projects developed by this committee was the development of the Lakefield Trail, a 8.5 km scenic trail network throughout the village. At the time, Peterborough County was building a trail on the rail bed between Trent University and Lakefield and, as a result, our trail is connected to the Trans-Canada Trail.

Fundraising efforts attracted government grants to support the project. Countless hours of volunteer time made the dream of a Lakefield Trail a reality. The Trail was built in phases starting in 1999 and was completed in late 2000.

All sections of the this multiuse trail are fully accessible and Historical interpretive signs along the Trail take you back in time, as they tell the story of Lakefield's notable literary past and canoe building heritage.

Your tour along the eastern portion of the Trail can include a side trip through Lakefield's thriving business section or, for a more natural setting, visit the west side of the Otonabee River as the Trail follows the southern tip of Katchewanooka Lake. Here the Imagine the Marsh Conservation Area section of the trail takes one to the Doug Sadler Viewing Tower, which offers bird watchers an ideal lookout over the vast marshland area. The southwest loop of the Trail passes by stately homes to Lock 26 of the Trent Severn Waterway.

Whether it's a quiet stroll, a leisurely cycle or a more ambitious jog, the Trail provides a place to enjoy all of the diversity the Village of Lakefield has to offer. It provides an opportunity for everyone to get active and 'Do the Trail', no matter what level of activity they are interested in.

We are proud of our Trail and invite you to share with us the pleasures of this beautiful, natural environment whether you live in our community or you are here for a visit.

For information on the Lakefield Trail contact:

Township of Selwyn Recreation Office
P.O. Box 270, Bridgenorth, ON K0L 1H0
Phone: (705) 292-9507 Ext. 243
E-mail Tiffany Jacobs

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