Ontario By Bike Ride – May 2024

1000 Islands St. Lawrence River Ride

Dates: May 24 to 26, 2024
3 days, 2 nights

Total Distance: 157km

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, and includes return transportation for you and your bike. We make it easy – Just bring your bike and ride.

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 and road bikes. Enjoy a group ride option or ride at your own pace using detailed maps and information provided.

View Digital Routes:
Day 1-3: https://ridewithgps.com/ambassador_routes/1392-1000-islands-st-lawrence-river-ride#photos/3299711
*Routes subject to change

Price: $419pp (based on double occupancy); $579pp (single); $369 (triple); $339 (quad) +HST.

What’s Included: 2 nights hotel accommodations; 2 breakfast and 3 lunches; snacks and hydration stops; parking; luggage transfer; support SAG van; ride ambassadors; group social; detailed route maps; bus shuttle back to start location.

Note: We have limited rooms available for this ride, be sure to book early to reserve your space. If there are no spaces left, do put your name on the waitlist, as we may be able to access additional rooms.

Terms & Conditions: Please review information on cancellation policy, health and safety precautions and waiver required – HERE.


Email booking@transportationoptions.org to get on ride waitlist, indicating the ride name, your name, number of people in your booking party and desired room type

Ontario By Bike/Transportation Options

For additional booking inquiries email: booking@transportationoptions.org

Photo credits: 1 – Ontario By Bike, 2 – Parks Canada, 3 – Justen Soule

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.
Consider overnight accommodation options in Gananoque for the night before rides starts. View list of certified bicycle friendly options HERE.

Day 2: Brockville to Morrisburg – 55km

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. For the speedier riders arriving early, consider catching the only show of the day, a 2pm matinee at the Upper Canada Playhouse. 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. Stow your bike on the truck and load onto the bus for a return ride back to Gananoque and end of the weekend.

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:
This is not a looped itinerary and it is suggested to always organize and/or confirm reservation and timing of transportation services prior to departure to ensure availability of services. Gananoque is located in south eastern Ontario. Factor in the following approximate drive times to get to the start: Toronto 3 hours; Ottawa 1.5 hours; Montreal 2.5 hours.

Arriving Early / Staying Late:

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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