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The Trans Canada Trail from Uxbridge to Blackwater Review
The TransCan trail from Uxbridge to Lake Ridge Rd. is a bit too urban for us. Hence, we started from Lake Ridge Rd. and headed North – East toward Blackwater.
Yeah, I know the sign says “Beaver River Wetland Trail” but this is part of the Trans Canada. We reviewed the Beaver River Wetland Trail from Blackwater to Sunderland in an earlier review, and the link is posted near the end of this one.
Lake Ridge Rd. to Scugog Line 12 (3 kms one – way)
The roadside parking is adequate for about four cars on either side of Lake Ridge Rd. This link will open Google maps at the precise location :
The first quarter of this stretch is wooded, and Lake Ridge Rd is quite audible from it. Once you clear the curve in the trail and enter the wetland, the sound begins to fade. At this point the trail becomes typically railway berm(ish) in that, the next 2.5 kms are perfectly straight until the slight curve at Scugog 12.
As mentioned, most of this stretch is through a wetland. There are some farms, residences, and Lake Ridge Rd. traffic visible in the distance though. Mind you, we walked it in December so in the warmer weather, foliage would help muffle sound and hide a lot.
About 2/3 along, you’ll pass a crossroad. It appears to lead to a quarry or some such thing. As well, just as you round the curve before Scugog Line, look to the South – West for what appears to be an old locomotive with a coal car. I have no idea what that’s about. UPDATE – March 18, 2019 – Thanks to our reader Eric May for informing us that this locomotive was formerly at Brighton’s “Memory Junction” museum.
Scugog Line 12 to Blue Mountain Rd. (1.6 kms one – way)
The parking situation on Scugog Line 12 is pretty tight. So we elected to park on Blue Mountain Rd. and walk South to Line 12 and back. We particularly liked this walk through the wetland as there were very few trees and shrubs lining the trail. In fact, we stood on the bridge and discussed how we felt like we were on a boardwalk with all the open air views. There’s a short bit of forested trail right at Line 12.
Blue Mountain Rd to Scugog Line 14 (1.3 kms one – way)
The Southern 1/3rd of this stretch is forested, with the rest being wetland. However, the wetland part of this trail is more heavily lined with shrubbery, so the feeling isn’t quite as windswept and open as the previous stretch. You’ll cross Marsh Hill Rd. on your way to Scugog Line 14.
Scugog Line 14 to County Rd. 13 (5.2 kms one – way)
This stretch, continues through a wetland of the Beaver Creek. There are a number of bridges allowing a view of open water and the shrubbery alongside the trail doesn’t interfere much with the view. In fact, I found the vibrant red of the dogwood stems rather appealing. The entire trail is wetland to the West, though there’s very little water visible. You’ll see just one small incidence of cultivated land with a farm road alongside it at about 3.4 kms along. This road paths out to Concession 2.
If you zoom in on Google Maps satellite view (as I always do) on this stretch, you’ll see these strange little “islands” in the wetland :
I had all description of ideas about what they are, but none of them explained everything I saw. So I e-mailed the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority for help, and in a most impressively prompt fashion, they told me this :
I believe the sites you are referring to are wetland enhancement sites for waterfowl. I haven’t been inside any of the pods, but I know Ducks Unlimited reps have shared with me that the Beaver River is an important breeding location and flyway (because of its north/south alignment). If you are unfamiliar with how these are built, the cattails are cleared 3-4 meters in a rectangular/circular shape and the dredgate is piled in the centre to give it a doughnut shape.
County Rd. 13 to Hwy 12 (820 meters)
This short, final stretch takes you through a tree lined corridor, and ends with a bridge over a lovely pond right at the Hwy. From here, you can continue heading North-East on The Beaver River Wetland Trail.
The Final Take
This entire trail is part of the Trans Canada. That means it’s flat, straight, and seriously at risk of becoming monotonous as you walk it. However, the wetland surrounding Beaver Creek runs alongside for the majority of it. There are a few forested stretches but it’s mostly open to the sky so it could be a warm one in the season. There was lotsa wildlife evidence in the wetland as we walked it in December. Come Summer, it should be alive with animals.
Typical of the Trans Canada, the parking is sometimes a challenge, but there are up to seven accesses to choose from, and roadside parking is always free. The trail is, of course, wide enough for two to walk side by side, and is well maintained. There are no facilities of any kind, not even a rest bench for the entirety of this section of the Trans Canada Trail.
Have a nice walk,