Trails are hallmarks of livable communities and of cities that are built on a human scale. Despite its scenic location, Kingston has had very few dedicated off-road trails until now, and those it had were short and did not connect with other trail systems. However, the former railbed of the Kingston and Pembroke (K&P) Railway in Frontenac County and north Kingston are now being transformed into a viable multi-use pathway capable of supporting cycling, hiking, cross-country skiing and equestrian activities.
Nick-named by locals as the "Kick and Push", the K&P Railroad has been abandoned for years, but offers the opportunity to provide a trail extending from Kingston to Harrowsmith and then to Tichborne, potentially reaching as far north as Sharbot Lake. At Harrowsmith, the trail now connects with the existing Cataraqui Trail, a part of the Trans-Canada Trail network. The K&P right-of-way (ROW), previously owned by Bell Canada, has now been partly acquired by the city of Kingston (rural area) and Frontenac County has acquired much of the rest of the ROW south of Tichborne. The redevelopment work currently focuses on the Frontenac County section.K&P redevelopment pushes north
The K&P Trail has now been extended from Harrowsmith to just north of Verona, for an additional 12 km. And the County of Frontenac has added two very useful tools to its website - links are below. The left picture link takes you to a pictoral tour of the Trail in the County and the right picture link is an interactive map that lets you determine the Trail's elevation along the way.
To promote the public acquisition of the K&P right-of-way (ROW) from Kingston to Harrowsmith and to promote a future acquisition of the ROW to Sharbot Lake
To promote the development of the K&P right-of-way into a non-motorized, multi-use (cycling, hiking, cross-country skiing, equestrian) pathway in the Kingston area and northward.
To promote the use and maintenance of trails as a recreational and transportation alternative.
NOTE: The K&P Trail Group neither owns nor maintains the K&P Trail. Our role is to advocate for the preservation of this public heritage such that all residents of the City of Kingston and County of Frontenac and visitors to the area may benefit from its presence.
NOTE: Motorized vehicles (except for local farm vehicles) are not allowed on the city portion of the trail
It is now possible to walk or cycle all the way from north Kingston to Verona on the K&P. The surface for the full distance is stone dust, a fine ground stone that is easy to walk or cycle on. The County improvements add an additional 20 km to the trail (starting from Orser Rd, the terminus of the City portion of the trail), for a total of about 34 km. Use of the trail is strictly at the user's own risk.
(L) Rock cut on new County portion of trail (R) New bridge over Millhaven Creek
(L) connection to Scanlon Rd is down a short but steep incline (R) culvert under trail with date
City of Kingston completes bridge across Little Cataraqui Creek and extends trail to trailhead on Binnington Court (at Dalton)
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