Ontario By Bike Ride – May 2024

This ride is now over.

The detailed itinerary for this ride is available below for download. Enjoy great trail and road riding with a self-guided ride experience.

1000 Islands St. Lawrence River Ride

When: Anytime. It’s a self-guided itinerary.
Suggested Ride Time:
3 days, 2 nights
Ontario By Bike Ride Hosted: May 24 to 26, 2024

Total Distance: 163km

The Ride: Cycle one of the most spectacular routes in Ontario discovering the 1000 Islands and St Lawrence River on a three day, long weekend tour. Starting from Gananoque and ending in Cornwall, following the Waterfront Trail east, this ride is on a mix of trails and roads and includes the stunning 1000 Islands Parkway Trail and Long Sault Parkway. Plan to slow down the pace to take in the scenery and make the most of waterfront rest stops and villages. Enjoy a night in Brockville before pedalling on to Morrisburg for the second night, and the last day of riding taking in an array of natural and heritage attractions in what was once called Upper Canada. This ride follows a linear route.

Experience Level and Ride Guide: Moderate. Riders on this ride need to have some experience riding on roads with vehicle traffic as the route is approximately half on roads and half on trails or park roads. The route does follow a signed bike route, the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, but not all segments have bike lanes or paved shoulders to ride in. Some of the road route is on very quiet country roads, other segments are busier. Off-road trails do incorporate some segments of unpaved surfaces, which are hard packed so easy to ride. The majority of ride is on paved surfaces, and combined with limited elevation changes, the flat terrain makes this ride suitable for hybrid bikes, mountain bikes, gravel and road bikes.

View Digital Routes:
Full Route – Gananoque to Cornwallridewithgps.com/routes/46538261
Day 1 – Gananoque to Brockvilleridewithgps.com/routes/46538169
Day 2 – Brockville to Morrisburgridewithgps.com/routes/46538166
Day 3 – Morrisburg to Cornwallridewithgps.com/routes/23579340
* Above links provide free navigation, when using RidewithGPS app

Day 1: Ganonoque to Brockville – 55km

A short ride out of Gananoque will connect riders to the 37km off-road and paved 1000 Island Parkway Recreational Bike Path. Pedalling into the heart of the 1000 Islands, this first day features a stunning, world-class cycling experience on the trail running adjacent to the glistening waters of the St. Lawrence River. Slow down for panoramic lookouts and island views, beach picnic areas and a visit to the riverside village of Rockport. The final 10km brings cyclists off the paved path and on to Old Hwy 2 into Brockville and end of the ride day. Choose to cool down with a post-ride dip in the river at St. Lawrence Park, just west of downtown Brockville or head into town, finding a patio to enjoy the evening in the bicycle friendly downtown area. Visit the newly opened historic railway tunnelAquatarium and shops in town before catching up with other riders at an evening group get-together. Overnight at trailside Super 8 in Brockville or find alternate certified bicycle friendly options HERE.

Day 2: Brockville to Morrisburg – 60km

Set out from accommodations conveniently located alongside the Waterfront Trail, following this signed route east out of town. Riding on paved roadway, with many kilometres of paved shoulders, the route on day 2 is through quiet rural countryside, with pretty pastoral farmlands alongside the St. Lawrence River. Stop in small towns, slow down for historical plaques and local museums, as this area is rich in heritage. After a picnic lunch enroute, pedal onwards to Morrisburg and accommodations for the night at bicycle friendly McIntosh Country Inn, just east of town. Enjoy the evening, dinning at hotel or in town.  

Day 3: Morrisburg to Cornwall – 48km

With so much to see and do on that last day, consider an early start to explore more. At Crysler Farm Battlefield Park, learn more about this site and its significance in the War of 1812. Nearby stop in at Upper Canada Village to see a picture perfect 19th century village. Follow the unpaved easy to ride trail eastward into the quiets of the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary, stopping at the interpretative centre. Continuing east, a highlight of the weekend is the Long Sault Parkway, a park road that joins 11 picturesque islands afloat in the St. Lawrence. Make a last stop in the fascinating Lost Villages Museum, to learn more the flood area, before rolling into Cornwall following trails alongside hydro canals.

Additional Visitor Information:

Use below to find out more about ride areas and plan an extra day or two to see more.

Getting To/From Start:
Gananoque is located in south eastern Ontario. From Toronto 3 hours; Ottawa 1.5 hours; Montreal 2.5 hours.

This is a one-way linear route – you will need to arrange your own transportation back to start location. Options include dropping off a vehicle at either end; have someone pick you up; take a taxi; rent a bus for passengers / van for bikes; ride to/from start and finish; ride and return to same start location daily.

In 2025, VIA Rail will be offering bike transportation on select trains.
www.viarail.ca or www.biketrain.ca


Consider an overnight option at one of Ontario By Bike’s certified bicycle friendly accommodations in South Eastern Ontario here.

For More Information Contact:

Ontario By Bike
Phone: 416-827-2772 / 1-866-701-2774
Email: booking (at) ontariobybike.ca

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