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The Trans Canada Trail between Sulphide Rd. 39 and … Sulphide Rd. 39 (Tweed) Review
This 6.5 km stretch (one way) of the TransCan runs fairly straight while Sulphide road takes a sharp turn to the South at its Western end and then turns West again, making this stretch of trail, begin, cross, and then terminate, all at Sulphide Rd.
To get to the Western access, take Hwy #37 North from the 401 to Tweed. Continue North, turn right at Cty rd #39 (Sulphide rd) and drive 3.0 kms to where the trail cuts across the road just before Kanata Ln. The trail section you’re looking for will be on your left (North). Or click the link below to determine the best route from your location :
The TransCan from Sulphide Rd. (Right beside Kanata Lane) to Sulphide Rd. – 3.0 kms one way
This section has a bit of a twist in it so it’s not monotonous. There’s an interesting little bridge over a small stream about 750 meters from the trailhead. It’s a bit unusual because the base isn’t poured concrete, or concrete blocks as so many are. The Wife pointed out that it’s sitting on fancy cut limestone blocks. She noticed while searching for a date as there usually is in concrete. There’s also a small rock cut a little beyond the bridge.
The trail is a blend of open sky and tree canopied walking. Unfortunately the wetlands I saw from Google Satellite view were completely dry, making the bridged stream the only water we saw.
We did see a fox wander across the trail in front of us, but too fast for my shutter finger. However, this fellow struck, and held, a pose for me.
A nice thing about trail walking in late September are the trail snacks nature provides for us.
The TransCan from Sulphide Rd. (North of Bogart Rd) to Sulphide Rd. – 3.5 kms one way
The Wife and I first walked part of this trail in the early Spring while looking over another point of interest nearby. I don’t recall if we made it as far as the pond or not. So, we took a day in early August to re-visit and check it out. This time we covered the whole 7 kms (return). The trail cuts through a massive wetland and has shaded parts at both ends while the center is quite open to the sun. Evidence of wildlife activity was everywhere though we, sadly, didn’t experience any on our visit.
We lost count of the number of obviously small mammal trail crossings. The most impressive being a very wide beaver crossing from a patch of aspens on the North side, across the trail to the open water wetlands to the South. The trunks of the trees they’d felled were too big to drag across the trail, so they chewed the branches off and dragged them back to the water. We could see how they returned at night to peel the bark off the trunks as well.
The pond I’d spotted from the satellite view was, unfortunately, obscured by cattails. Not to say it was totally lost to the eye. I’d hoped it would be more clearly open and visible, but it was still quite picturesque, wild, and untouched.
The Final Take
As with any stretch of the TransCan, this trail is wide enough for two to walk side by side, and based with compacted soil and gravel. In the dead of Summer, the pond views are somewhat obscured by cattails, but in the early Spring, the view will be much better.
Have a nice walk,