View of abandoned CN line facing south from Advance Avenue.
Many communities have abandoned rail lines. In many
The Napanee, Tamworth and Quebec Railway was launched in 1879 to connect the Bay of Quinte to the Ottawa Valley. Developed in stages by several railway companies, the line reached Ottawa in 1913. The last CN train ran on this line in 1979. In 1997, CN donated this line to the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority which maintains a walking/bicycle trail from Strathcona all the way to Ottawa. The abandoned CN line from Deseronto to Strathcona, most of it within the Town of Greater Napanee, is growing in in weeds, brush and old rail ties. Some of the rails have been removed; some remain. Some sections have been transferred to private ownership but easements could probably be acquired to reconnect the entire trail. The railway bridge over 401 has abutments which will have to be removed when 401 is widened to 3 lanes around 2025.
See Staff Report January 16,
“… several breaks in the
See Minutes January 22,
See Staff Report November 30,
See also County Trails (bicycle lanes along County Roads)
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