In 1997, Canadian National donated the former Strathcona to Smiths Falls rail line to the CRCA. It is now known as the Cataraqui Trail. While the CRCA is the owner, the management and development of the trail is taken care of by the Cataraqui Trail Management Board (CTMB). The Management Board has representatives from trail user groups, municipalities, landowners and the CRCA.
From 1998 to 2000, the CTMB completed a Master Plan, raised funds and undertook many improvements to develop a multi-use trail. Cycling, hiking, skiing, snowmobiling and horseback riding are all permitted on the Cataraqui Trail.
The section of the Cataraqui Trail from Harrowsmith to Smiths Falls is designated as part of the Trans Canada Trail and was officially opened in September 2000. There is much ongoing work to do to keep the trail open. Bridges must be repaired, culverts replaced, trail surfaces improved and signage needs to be installed. Ongoing maintenance is also required. The CTMB had organized teams of volunteers to help monitor and maintain the trail. They are also responsible for the necessary funds to operate, develop and maintain the trail. If you would like more information please visit the Cataraqui Trail Website.