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2024 is the Year to Visit Eastern Ontario’s Jewel: The Prescott Russell Recreational Trail

The Prescott Russell Recreational Trail has been around for close to 20 years but 2024 is going to be a special year!

For those who haven’t had the pleasure to visit, the Prescott Russell Recreational Trail is a 72km multi-purpose and dedicated cycling pathway stretching from the outskirts of Ottawa all the way to the Quebec border near Rigaud. The Trail is flat being an old rail bed and is covered mostly with crushed stone, with small paved sections that pass through the villages of Hammond, Bourget, Plantagenet, Vankleek Hill and St-Eugene, to name a few.

Recent Trail Enhancements

2024 will be an exciting cycling season, with many recent enhancements to the Trail. It became part of the Trans Canada Trail in late 2023, so you can look forward to rolling on one of the newest sections of the world’s longest trail. The Trail also just finished building their sixth Pavilion near the village of Alfred. Every Pavilion along the Trail has a dry toilet, a covered space with picnic tables and a map of the region, including an interactive option. You can expect to find a Pavilion every 10-15km, which is certain to make the journey more comfortable and enjoyable.

E-bike Rentals, Peaceful Rural Trail Close to Ottawa, Gatineau and Montreal

This season will also be the first full cycling season where you can rent e-bikes from one of three partners near the Trail in the villages of Bourget, Plantagenet and Vankleek Hill. The Trail organization is reporting more and more e-bikes on the Trail with last season being very encouraging for the new rental program. The e-bike trend is sweeping the nation and is a great way to make longer rides more accessible to a larger portion of society while being environmental and economical.

A lot of newer cyclists and older adults love the Trail since it’s not only pretty with farmland and rural landscapes, but also has minimal road crossings to reduce the risks of car interactions. Resurfacing has been completed on the portion closest to the Quebec border in anticipation of the opening of the Rigaud section of the Trail, which will help amplify cross-provincial cycling traffic.

Being within an hour drive from the metropolitan areas of Ottawa, Gatineau and Montreal, cycling the Trail has been known to make city dwellers feel better instantly while breathing the sweet rural air, while not having to cycle or travel all day. It’s like the best of both worlds!

Cycling Promotions, New Loops & Map

As well, there are a number of promotions happening this year including a great virtual tour in both official languages thanks to a partnership with the Eastern Ontario Agri-Food Network. The Trail has also recently published some great cycling loops with tons of local attractions like wine, beer and art around the small villages of Vankleek Hill, Plantagenet and Bourget.

The Trail organization has unveiled their new foldable regional cycling maps (including SDG Counties and Cornwall areas) recently at the Montreal Bike Show in February, and the feedback has been phenomenal. You can pick them up while visiting Trail partners this spring or see the digital version on their website.

Trail Events

For those who want to get involved, the Trail organization has some volunteering programs such as the spring and fall cleaning initiatives, and also have an ‘Adopt A KM’ program plus many other ways to partner.

The Trail also hosts monthly community markets seasonally at the Bourget Pavilion, where you can pick up fresh produce and goods including local meat as well as arts and crafts from local producers. The markets are held every third Saturday of the month from June to October, from 10am until 3pm.

The Trail is also working on a few more events to get tourists and locals alike to visit and cycle the region, including an inaugural two-day cycling tour planned for September 2024. The details will be on the Trail’s website and at their Facebook and Instagram accounts. Give them a follow and consider signing up to their Newsletter for all the latest events and info for the Trail and the region.

We hope you’ve been inspired to get out on your bike and plan an outing on the Prescott Russell Recreational Trail in 2024. They look forward to seeing you!

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Published On: April 4, 2024Categories: News

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