The TransCanada Trail from Beatty’s Curve Rd to Sulphide Rd #39 (Kaladar) Review

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The TransCanada Trail from Beatty’s Curve Rd to Sulphide Rd #39 (Kaladar) Review

TC Beatty's Curve to Sulphide Rd location-min

This is a 12 km (one-way) stretch of the TransCan which we did in two sections as, with our travel time, there wasn’t enough time in one day to walk it all. We started from the North end and walked to the center, then returned another day to walk from the South end to the center. We could’ve parked on Hwy #41 in Kaladar but we chose not to walk 3.6 kms from Kaladar within 50 –100 meters of highway #7 to get to Beatty’s Curve Rd. (where the highway curves away from the trail, providing a beautifully silent walk).

Please be warned. If you want to access from Beatty’s Curve Rd as we did, there is absolutely no parking available on it. … AT ALL. So, you’re gonna have to park on Hwy #7 and walk Beatty’s Curve road in, to the trail. You might notice ONE wide spot where you could park a car on Beatty’s Curve Rd. but you’ll find out (like we did) that “the natives are NOT friendly about you parking on their property. So, either go up to where the TransCan crosses Hwy #41 at Kaladar, or park on Hwy #7 somewhere out of the way near Beatty’s Curve rd. However, there are some wetlands visible on Google’s satellite view between Kaladar and Beatty’s Curve Rd. that might be pleasant (if you don’t mind walking that close to a highway).

TC Beatty's Curve to Sulphide Rd Trail Map-min

To get to Beatty’s Curve Rd. take Hwy #37 North from the 401 for 46.5 kms (until you hit Hwy #7). Turn right on Hwy #7 and drive 18 kms to Beatty’s Curve Rd. and find a spot to park on the side of the highway. This link will open Google Maps at Beatty’s Curve Rd / Hwy #7 : https://goo.gl/maps/WYXUdtw8qv7mfFQZ8

Otherwise, continue past Beatty’s Curve Rd for 3.6 kms to Kaladar, turn right on Hwy #41, and the trail crosses the highway in about 150 meters. This link will open Google Maps at the location : https://goo.gl/maps/DJH3hee96M54jVWZ7

The TransCan from Beatty’s Curve Rd 1/2 way to #39 Sulphide Rd (6.0 kms one-way)

We approached the trail from Beatty’s Curve road which is very narrow, and less than 400 meters long. You’ll see a wide spot that looks like a good parking place … it isn’t. It’s private property. Just before you hit the TransCan, you’ll pass The Jack Pine Conservation Estate, a “soon to be completed” conservation land management project (slated for completion by 2023 or 4).

Beatty’s Curve road runs into, and stops, at the TransCan. Turn right and head South. The first interesting thing you’ll see is the solid rock face on the one side of the trail. It was odd to me as it wasn’t a rock cut, meaning it wasn’t drilled and blasted out. The rock face looks naturally eroded in just the right angle and distance for a railbed to run alongside it.

1 Beatty's Curve Rocks

The next thing you’ll notice is the water. It’s everywhere around you, and a constant companion as you walk. Some of it is beyond sight behind foliage, but there’s still plenty to be seen from the trail.

2 Beatty's Curve Water

Another coupla things you’ll notice on this stretch, are the proliferation of butterflies and bumblebees on the trail, and birdsong in the forested areas.

3 Beatty's Curve B'flys

You’ll walk over a beautiful old railway bridge, the kind with the big old rivets holding 1/2 inch thick steel girders together. Further on, there’s a very sturdy old concrete bridge, and just before the halfway point, there’s another old steel bridge. Unfortunately, none of them bore dates, not that we could see anyway. At the second steel bridge, you’ll see some structures off to the side of the trail (a barn and such). This is almost the exact center of the trail‘s distance to Sulphide Rd (#39), so it was where we stopped for a trail lunch before turning back.

4 Beatty's Bridges & Trail

We were passed by 2 dirt bikes, 2 ATVs, and even a pick-up truck, on this trail on a Thursday in mid-June. It wasn’t until then, that we noticed how clean this trail was. Especially with all the motorized activity. We were also quite struck by the consideration, and friendliness of the people operating those vehicles.

The TransCan from Sulphide rd (#39) halfway to Beatty’s Curve Rd. (6 kms one-way)

This stretch from Sulphide Rd to the halfway point was done in late July. Much like the Northern half, this one starts with some lovely rockcuts alongside the trail, but, after walking an impressive height of land right from the trailhead on Sulphide rd.

1 Beatty's Curve Sulphide Rocks

From there, also much like the Northern half, the water starts, and continues to be a constant companion for near the entire length. The difference being that by July, the waters were full of yellow and white pond lillies.

2 Beatty's Curve Sulphide Water

Of course, along with all that water come all the creatures who like it. Countless numbers of turtles (including a rare Blandings turtle), frogs, blue and green herons, a pair of immature Wood ducks, and numerous butterflies were encountered. A doe and fawn wandered out from one of the wooded stretches and posed for us as well.

3 Beatty's Curve Sulphide Wildlife

This half of the trail was a pleasant blend of open sky wetlands, and cooling treed canopy (much appreciated by me in July). There’s just one small iron bridge on this section before you hit the larger “centerpoint bridge” with the barn and some other structures visible from the trail.

4 Beatty's Curve Sulphide Bridge & Trail

The Final Take

This 12 km stretch of the TransCan was one of the most rewarding and enjoyable we’ve ever walked. It was dead silent, save the wind and wildlife. The entire trail has a pleasant blend of open sky, and shaded canopy. Being a former railway path, it’s flat, easy walking (or cycling), and well wide enough for two to walk side by side. We encountered dirt bikes, ATVs and even a pick-up truck across both visits (on week-days) and we didn’t mind at all. Every one of the operators of those vehicles were considerate, courteous, and one even asked if we were alright or needed anything. That’s not to say we were inundated with them, not at all. I just wanted to say how little I minded sharing the trail with those kinds of people (and if you’ve read any of my other reviews … that might shock you).

There are, of course, no facilities of any kind including parking, but the roadside parking is fairly comfortable at both ends.

*** Please Note *** This review is a continuation of the TransCan from a Southern stretch up to Sulphide rd. This link will open that review : The Trans Canada Trail between Sulphide Rd. 39 and … Sulphide Rd. 39 (Tweed) Review.

Have a nice walk,

Bushwhacker

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