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LOWER TRENT TRAIL, A Ribbon of Parkland

Trail Route and Features


The Lower Trent Trail is a 17 km “rail trail” stretching from Glen Ross to Hwy 401in the City of Quinte West. The trail runs parallel to the west side of the Trent River and passes through Frankford, Batawa and Glen Miller. The entire trail is linear with many sections being handicapped accessible. Various services are available where the trail passes through urban areas. An accessible link with the Bleasdell Boulder Conservation Area was completed in 2010.

Core Uses

The trail is used for walking, hiking, cycling, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing and nature enjoyment. There is no fee to use the trail, but donations toward trail maintenance are welcomed.


No motorized vehicles are permitted on the trail.


Funds for the development of the Lower Trent Trail are raised through grants, fundraising events, and donations. Major funders include Trenval Development Corporation, Mountain Equipment Co-op, National Trails Coalition, Retired Teachers of Ontario Hastings-Prince Edward, Parrot Foundation Inc, Ontario Power Generation, Bayshore Credit Union, Kay Stafford Memorial Fund, Union Gas, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Land Owners

The majority of the rail bed is owned by the Province of Ontario and managed through the Ontario Realty Corporation. Batawa Development Corporation (BDC), the City of Quinte West, Sonoco and Hydro One each own a small section of the rail bed.

About the Friends of The Trail Inc.

Established in 2004 The Friends of the Trail Inc. (FOTT) is a registered not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to the promotion, protection and preservation of the Lower Trent Trail as a four season, non-motorized recreational trail.
The Friends of the Trail Inc. has a management agreement with the Province of Ontario to develop and manage a non-motorized, recreational trail on the former rail bed. FOTT has more than 100 members who actively support the vision, mission and goals for the Lower Trent Trail.



Primary Objectives

To assist the Provincial Government and other trail owners to develop, maintain and promote the use of the former rail bed between Trenton and Glen Ross as a year-round, public, non-motorized, recreational trail.

Secondary Objectives

To promote and publicize the trail as a free, recreational area available to all for non-motorized recreational purposes and as a destination for walkers, hikers, cyclists, cross-country skiers, and snow shoe enthusiasts.

To support the enforcement of, and publicize the trail's current designation as a non-motorized, multi-use trail.


Executive Committee

Chair - Bill Gray
Vice Chair - Vacant
Secretary - Michael Davis
Treasurer - Kishor Pyakurel
Membership Chair - Tina Keay
Public Relations Chair - Vacant
Trail Maintenance Chair - Tom Postma
Fundraising Chair - Vacant

Officers and Board of Directors

President - Bill Gray
Vice President - Vacant
Secretary - Michael Davis
Treasurer - Kishor Pyakurel
Members at Large
     Robina Wood
     Gloria Johnson


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