The vision for a national shared-use Trail began in 1992 with the formation of the Trans Canada Trail Foundation. Its mandate was to raise funds and coordinated the efforts of trail builders throughout the country. A Trails Council was established in each province and territory. In Ontario these councils are divided into a number of areas. Our area is represented by the Discovery Routes Trails Organization. They work according to local community needs, with other volunteer groups, including our Magnetawan Area Business Association. When complete, the Trans Canada Trail will link our land and bond our communities in a lasting embrace. The longest trail in the world touches all three great oceans surrounding Canada: the Arctic, the Pacific and the Atlantic.
The Trans Canada Trail winds its way through the area; the Sequin Trail from Fern Glen to Sequin Falls, and the Old Nipissing Road north to Magnetawan and beyond, is now part of the Trans Canada Trail. The Old Nipissing Development Road (originally built in the 1840s) is now the main street of the Village of Magnetawan. It originally ran from Rosseau to Nipissing and was the only route by road to the north. It has since fallen into disuse. However, there are many ghost towns, old cemeteries, and abandoned farms to see. Many of the original settlers came this way before the railways were built. Route sights along this road lead from the Sequin Trail at Sequin Falls to Commanda at Hwy #522. The road is an excellent trail for hiking or mountain bikes. Below is a link to a description and map of our area trails.
Trans Canada Trail Kiosk
The committee appointed by the Magnetawan Area Business Association to erect a Trans Canada Trail kiosk in Magnetawan is pleased the work is complete. The new kiosk was unveiled at the Community Centre on the 6th of July, 2002. The unveiling ceremony began at 4:30 p.m., and was followed by a BBQ sponsored by the Magnetawan Lions Club, and square dance.
The kiosk contains over 700 names of individuals in the area who have contributed to the construction and maintenance of the Trans Canada Trail, and some 40 brief messages from area businesses and organizations.