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Trans Canada from Kings Mill Rd. to Harold Rd. (Stirling) Trail Review
UPDATE July 21 2020 – We’ve just realized that Google Maps has erroneously named this section of the Hastings Heritage Trail … The Trans Canada. However, since most folks use Google Maps, I’m going to leave the title as it is in the attempt to avoid confusion.
Regular readers of this site will know we assess long trails like the Trans Canada, in search of the more interesting stretches to review/recommend to our readers. Well, this eight km stretch that runs roughly parallel to County Rd. 14, ten minutes North of Stirling has a number of interesting attributes. For this review, we took it from the South to the North. From Stirling take Cty Rd. 14 for 6 kms to the village of Sine. Take Kings Mill Rd. 1.1 kms to the roadside trail access. Click on this link to open Google Maps at the Kings Mill Rd access : https://maps.app.goo.gl/zEFXgvcNZaB7gR2b6
From Kings Mill Rd. To Wellmans Rd. (2.2 kms one-way)
This stretch has a slight “S” curve in it, and the first 1/3rd is through cultivated farmland. There’s mixed canopied relief from the sun all along it, and a bridge over an impressively deep waterway.
Where you come out onto Wellmans Rd. you could take a right, and walk 125 meters to a pair of bridges over two waterways. On your left, you’ll see a rough road that’ll take you over the original bridges.
Wellman’s Rd. to Harold Rd. (1.8 kms one-way)
While all the Trans Canada stretches we review have water, it’s usually either wetland or very slow moving water. As we walked this stretch, I began to hear the familiar roar of a waterfall. It eventually became too loud to ignore, so we noticed a trail off to the right (East) and followed the sound since there weren’t any signs telling us we shouldn’t. The ground was reminiscent of Vanderwater CA where the river flowed through massive cracks in the limestone, under our feet. Though here, we couldn’t see or hear water beneath us so we continued across the barren rock until we found a break in the shrubbery. Pushing our way through, we came across a lovely waterfall some four feet tall. Unfortunately, it was very constricted and so didn’t photograph well. But it was well worth the few meters sidetracking to view it.
Not much further along we came to another, much more obvious trail (as in ATV) to the right which took us to a coupla gorgeous views of the river.
Then we came to the equally lovely bridge with further photogenic views of the water. We carried on to completion at Harold Rd. then returned to the bridge for our trail lunch.
The Final Take
This stretch of Trans Canada Trail has three roadside accesses, so you can walk a return of 4.4 kms, or continue on another 3.6 kms return kms for a total of 8 kms. There’s a short walk from the center access (Wellmans Rd.) that will provide you a view of two new, and the original two old bridges, on Wellman’s Rd. Just before the bridges, on the South side of Wellmans Rd. you can follow a short trail for a view of the stream and the bridge from downstream.
The stream accesses on the section between Wellmans and Harold Rd. will provide a pretty (and rare) waterfall, numerous views of the stream, and a bridge with a bit of shade for a cool trail snack spot.
Have a nice walk,