Trail festivities in Sharbot Lake August 26 celebrating Canada 150 anniversary

Posted on Tuesday August 15, 2017

Frontenac K&P Trail Update August 

Glenburnie, Ontario – A special celebration of trails is happening across Canada next Saturday August 26 and locally Sharbot Lake will be a hub of trails activity. This gathering is one of more than 200 celebratory events planned in Canada from coast to coast to coast.  The event in Sharbot Lake – also a Canada 150 celebration – will be held in partnership with the Trans Canada Trail and the Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance. In fact, the best way to plan your participation is by visiting the website of the Central Frontenac Canada 150 Celebrations Committee at https://www.cfcanada150.ca/k-p-trail-day.html.

 “I am especially looking forward to this event as it will bring all the various user groups together to celebrate our trails.  I encourage everyone to come to Sharbot Lake and be part of it,” said Richard Allen, Manager of Economic Development for the County of Frontenac. “The volunteers who have been running Canada 150 events in Central Frontenac have been doing an amazing job all year and their involvement in this event makes me look forward to it even more,” Allen said. 

Initially, the August 26 event was also meant to officially open the final stretch of the Frontenac K&P Trail from Tichborne to Sharbot Lake but that opening has been delayed until the trail is closer to completion. Construction on that final stretch has begun and the County of Frontenac has agreements in place for all required parcels of land along the rail bed. However, in some cases the completion of the necessary paperwork to transfer ownership has taken more time than expected. 

While construction is underway, users are urged to refrain from accessing the trail between Tichborne and Sharbot Lake until further notice. The County of Frontenac will continue to issue updates on progress made on the trail.

To date, the completed section of the Frontenac K&P Trail stretches the length of roughly 40 kilometers between Orser Road in South Frontenac and the village of Tichborne in Central Frontenac. The last time a section of the trail opened was in November of 2015 when it came up from Verona to Tichborne. That 20-kilometer part includes bridges over White Creek, Elbow Creek and Fish Creek.

The Frontenac K&P Trail is open to a variety of user groups including hiking, biking, skiing, horseback riding and snowmobiling. And, contrary to more southern parts of the trail, the section north of Craig Road, just north of Verona, is accessible to motorized vehicles year round. While many trails in eastern Ontario require a permit for ATVs, that is not a requirement on the Frontenac K&P Trail between Verona and Sharbot Lake.

When completed, the K&P Trail will also serve as an important link in the Trans Canada Trail, which enters Frontenac County near Arden, connects to the K&P Trail and exits the County to the East towards Smiths Falls via the Cataraqui Trail.

The County of Frontenac’s development of the K&P Trail began with major land acquisitions in 2007.  In 2009, a Trails Master Plan and Frontenac K&P Trail Implementation Plan were approved by County Council.  They are available on the County of Frontenac website.

Trail users are encouraged to report issues related to trail maintenance to the Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance at info@thetrail.ca or by calling 1-877-889-8810.

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Marco Smits, Communications Officer County of Frontenac
Phone: 613-548-9400 x 305 Email: msmits@frontenaccounty.ca