A new world opens for Peterborough and the Kawarthas Cyclists
Currently, MTO is busy paving new full shoulders on Highway 28 from Lakefield to Bancroft and the sections of 118 east from Haliburton to the intersection of 118 and 28 where shoulders are missing are being filled in.
To date, they’ve completed the job up to Apsley with a .5 km section missing in Haultain for some strange reason, even though the existing pavement has been scraped for repaving.
Boom. Just like that, the north side of the big Kawartha Lakes is open to cyclists without long detours and touring cyclist have a great new cottage country loop open up. Not only that, we’ll now have bike access to Kawartha Highlands and Silent Lake Provincial Parks not to mention Algonquin.
With shoulders on 118 from Gravenhurst east through Haliburton and shoulders from Bancroft to Peterborough it’s easy to picture a multi day tour incorporating all these towns. Or perhaps a northern route to Ottawa through Bancroft and Calabogie
Great riding that’s been inaccessible until now.
I’ve added a new paved route to the archive, a 110 km loop around Stoney Lake making full use of the new lanes. We rode it about a month ago just as the lane paving passed the east end of the lake and it’s a worthy addition to the local route repertoire.