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  1. #1
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    Bancroft to Fenelon Falls

    Hi, i have a week up in the Kawarthas in August and looking to do some biking.
    Planning on a day trip from Bancroft to Fenelon Falls (i believe this is part of the top section of the COLT loop?), which will include the IB&O and Victoria rail trail.
    Any advice on trail conditions, etc and places to check out along the way. Much thanks.

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    I did a (modified) COLT loop on the long weekend, clockwise starting from Fenelon Falls. Some notes:
    - From Fenelon Falls to Kinmount is super-smooth hard packed pea gravel rail trail. It was fast riding even in the uphill direction
    - From Kinmount we went north and came across Milburn Rd to avoid riding on 503. Milburn Rd is good gravel road with little traffic, but some climbs. The IB&O would have originally cut off east at Howland Junction, but there is no bridge there now to put you on the south bank where the railway used to run. Some of the maps and the satellite show you might have some success picking up the rail line, but youíd probably be stuck at some point on 503 to Kinmount. The trail between Milburn Rd and Kinmount is rougher and looser than the Fenelon Falls-Kinmount section, but still not bad going.
    - Through Irondale is paved road. You can see the rail corridor on the maps and satellite, but we werenít able to pick it up anywhere. Contau Lake Rd is gravel with some climbs all the way to Gooderham. You pick up proper rail trail again just outside Gooderham.
    - Gooderham to Wilberforce is 90% rail trail, rough surface with a few loose bits. Generally good going. The section near Gooderham has some nice narrow shady sections along a river.
    - Most of Bancroft to Wilberforce is road riding.

    Here is our route:

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