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Trans Canada (?) from Blairton Station to Havelock Trail Review
While Google Satellite searching for interesting things on the TransCan, I saw an open water pond just East of Blairton Station. Then, as I continued looking to the West, the TransCan appeared to simply stop at Regional Rd 50 just South of Hwy # 7. However, I could still see a trail continuing into Havelock beside an abandoned railway spur which had an unaltered railway bridge on it. Kinda mysterious, and it piqued my interest.
So we drove on up Hwy # 45 from the 401 at Cobourg to Norwood, and took Hwy # 7 through Havelock to Belmont Township Line 4 and drove 420 meters South to where the TransCan crosses it. Click on this link to open Google Maps at the precise location :
We started walking East to see the pond. Once we arrived, we saw beavers had dammed the culvert and the trail was impossibly flooded. The distance to and back was 2 kms.
Upon returning to Blairton Station, we met a local who informed us that this section is perpetually flooded by beavers. Disappointed that I couldn’t recommend it to our readers, we asked about the trail going toward Havelock. His answer wasn’t much better, but … hearsay is one thing, experiencing is another.
So, we drove back to Hwy # 7 turned toward Havelock and went 190 meters down Regional road 50 to the huge parking lot made for the trail. We headed West to the 6th Line. About two thirds the way, the abandoned railway spur line joined us. The trailbed became very large chunks of crushed stone. A little difficult to walk on, but doable. There was a private property sign and a fence between the trail and the rails until we reached the 6th Line. The distance between Reg. Rd. 50 and the 6th Line was 1.2 kms one way.
At the 6th Line, a sign stated “ATV TRAIL” and an arrow pointed to the right toward Hwy # 7. However, a trail still appeared to continue alongside the tracks on the other side of the 6th Line. Since we weren’t ATVs, we decided to continue alongside the tracks. There was no signage telling us we couldn’t, and I really wanted to see that RR bridge. So we carried on to the 7th Line. The distance between the 6th and 7th Lines was 1.1 kms.
Along this stretch, we had open access to the rails as we intermittently walked on the railbed itself, and beside them, on the trail. This was where we came across a small tree with four large cocoons hanging from it. We also scored at least eight of the biggest white morels we’d ever seen.
At Belmont 7th Line to Hwy # 7, we finally arrived at my railway bridge. Wow ! What a beautiful sight. The timbers it was made of were HUGE! It’s hard to imagine, trees that big were plentiful at one time. Hwy # 7 was quite audible on this stretch, but who cares ? I got to see my bridge, so I was happy. We continued on a little further until the creek disappeared into the bush, and the next sight would be Hwy # 7. The distance between the 7th Line and Hwy # 7 was 1.2 kms.
The Final Take
The 2 km return walk from Blairton Stn. to what the locals call the duck pond is wide enough for two to walk side by side, but parking is kinda tight. The parking lot on Reg. Rd. 50 is huge and the walk to the 6th Line is pretty and interesting where the abandoned rail spur joins the trail.
Now, from there on, I have no idea if it’s the Trans Canada trail or what. Anyway, there was nothing saying we couldn’t walk it, so from the 6th Line to the 7th Line, you have access to the old rails. From the 7th Line to Hwy # 7, lies my beloved old railroad bridge over the creek. For the most part, two can walk side by side for the 3.5 kms between Reg. Rd 50 and Hwy # 7.
There are a number of fanciful benches en route to the duck pond, but no facilities beyond the parking lot on Reg. Rd. 50 anywhere else on this stretch of trail. A good trail for railway buffs.
Have a nice walk,