Views from the top don’t get better than this! Doube’s Trestle Bridge is a historic landmark along The Kawartha Trans Canada Trail and it’s totally worth a visit, especially in the fall.
Located 90 minutes from Toronto in the Kawartha Lakes region, Doube’s Trestle Bridge has a fascinating history. The bridge was originally built in the 1880s to provide a missing rail link between Peterborough and Lindsay.
Originally made of wood, Doube’s Trestle spanned 1,500 feet and included a stone culvert to channel the stream beneath.
Later, the central part of the bridge was converted into a steel structure with nine spans totaling 572 feet in length.
It underwent further upgrades in 1923 to accommodate heavier steam engines and later diesel locomotives.
This train line was an essential passageway for both freight trains and passengers until the 1970s.
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The last steam train on the Lindsay-Peterborough line operated in 1975, and the Doube’s Trestle was officially put out of commission in 1978.
It was then leased to the Kawartha Rail Trail and transformed into a recreational trail known as The Great Trail, which is part of the Trans-Canada Trail.
Today, the trestle bridge is enjoyed by hikers and cyclists for its scenic views of the Kawarthas.
This past May, the cast of the new adaptation of the hit TV show Monk was spotted filming on the trestle bridge, reports Kawartha NOW.
It’s considered one of Ontario’s latest and greatest remaining railway attractions.
If you love a good scenic bridge, then you’ll also have to make your way over to the spectacular elevated park in St. Thomas, Ontario.
Time to take your summer adventures to new heights!
Doube’s Trestle Bridge
Where: Trans-Canada Trail, Kawartha Lakes