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The Trans Canada Trail between Hwy 62 and Twiddy Rd. (Madoc) Big Pond Trail
In early April we parked on Hwy 62, 10 kms South of Madoc, and headed west toward a large pond I’d seen on Google Maps satellite view. Click on this link for a Google Map location:
The big, unnamed pond is 800 meters West of Hwy 62 and it’s totally pristine. There aren’t any alternate accesses to the pond either. Hence, no docks, no boats, no ice fishing huts, no junk. Just a picturesque and photogenic large pond with a rather active wetland as well.
We returned mid-May and walked from Twiddy rd to the pond and back. This stretch started with a small pond that didn’t show as a blue spot on Google Maps. It was easily accessed by a short side-trail where I recognized a berm around the pond. At first I thought It was a man-made pond, but after looking it over from the satellite, I suspect it was bermed on that end just to protect the railway berm.
As we continued on, we passed an old abandoned railway crossing. We could only assume a road crossed here long ago. Further on, we saw an unusual example of a rock outcropping that was cut through like in highway construction. You don’t see alot of that in this area.
Finally, we came to the pond. It was just as well that we intended to make this a return walk, as this wet Spring had flooded it right at the pond. So we couldn’t have gone any further anyway. We had our lunch at this point as there was a pleasant breeze, both cooling us, and keeping the gnats at our backs. We watched a trumpeter swan swimming about, I think I spotted a beaver just as it saw me and disappeared. The Wife was scanning the wetland on the other side of the berm from the pond. She was searching for turtles when she spotted a huge water snake. I snapped a few pictures as it slowly worked it’s way toward us. It was slithering up the berm right in front of me ripe for a nice close up, just as every ATV on Earth had to drive by. It was Saturday of a long weekend after all, and the TransCan is a multi use trail. There were a number of motorized encounters, but they were all polite and considerate so I don’t mind.
The Final Take
This stretch of the TransCanada is 3 kms one-way with a large, unspoiled pond and adjoining wetland included. Water and wildlife, two of our necessities for a nice trail. Of course, being a railway berm, it’s plenty wide and flat walking. There aren’t any parking lots of course, but the roadside parking is fairly generous at both ends. The TransCan is multi-use, so on week-ends you might meet some riders, but on a long week-end in May, we had no problem with them. There aren’t any rest benches on this stretch, and no other facilities either.
Have a nice walk,