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2017 Cycling In Ontario Guide

Cycling in Lanark County is a popular cycling spot. An increasing number of cyclists are finding their way to the County for longer road rides, short touring loops, trail riding, special cycling events and tours. A number of mapped bicycle routes provide cyclists with the option of following quiet country roads, off-road trails, or the Rideau Canal heritage waterway.

Lanark County’s proximity to Ottawa, Kingston and the Toronto–Montreal corridor enables cyclists to easily plan a route that will take them through scenic landscapes and into welcoming towns and inviting communities.

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  • Regional Road Routes

    Lanark Cycling / Vélo dans Lanark - 22 mapped routes of varied distances, many interconnected from community start points that include towns of Smiths Falls, Perth, Almonte, Pakenham and Carleton Place.

    Mississippi Mills Cycling Map / Carte vélo – 7 dedicated routes are listed on a bilingual map for Mississippi Mills, just 15 minutes west of Kanata.

    Cycling in Perth and District – Detailed maps of 10 cycling routes that range from 10km to 93km through the Lanark Highlands.

    Smiths Falls Bicycle Route Map – These routes include both in-town and out-of-town routes. Listed as routes 11–16 in the Cycling section of the Lanark County Outdoors Map.

  • Cross Regional Routes and Trails

    Trans Canada Trail – Portions of this cross-Canada trail run through the region. Multi-use trails with various surface types. For more info visit: Trans Canada Trail website’s “Explore The Trail” feature to find access points:www.tctrail.ca/explore-the-trail

    • Lanark Link – This 106 km gravel road runs from Carleton Place through Perth to Smiths Falls.
    • Carleton Place Trailway – The picturesque 7 km gravel trailway links the Beckwith Trail with the Ottawa to Carleton Trailway.
    • Ottawa to Carleton Trailway – From the Carleton Place Trailway (outside Carleton Place) to the Bells Corners community in the City of Ottawa, this 23 km gravel trail takes riders through a mostly urban environment.
    • Central Frontenac Trailway – This 35 km gravel trail on a former railway extends east-west through Sharbot Lake. This is part of the CP rail corridor linking westwards to Tweed and Havelock, and eastwards to Glen Tay, near Perth.

    Cataraqui Trail – With one trail end point at Smiths Falls, this 104 km four-season rail trail travels outside the county to Strathcona. Note the trail is composed of various trail materials and thus may not be suitable for all bike types. Approximately 80 km of the trail is designated a part of the Trans Canada Trail system.

    K & P Trail– The long-abandoned Kingston to Pembroke rail bed is intended for a variety of recreational uses, including cycling. Recent trail improvements included connecting Kingston to Harrowsmith, using portions of the Cataraqui Trail, with trail work now extended to north of Verona and eventually connect on to Sharbot Lake and beyond. – Plan a trip, take a virtual tour, learn more about trail work: www.frontenacmaps.ca/tour

    Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance – Featuring trail networks spreading from the Bay of Quinte all the way north to Algonquin Park. It includes some sections of the above-mentioned K & P Trail that cross Lanark County.

    Rideau Heritage Route – Follow any portion of the 202 km long Rideau Canal and UNESCO World Heritage Destination route by bicycle. This is primarily an unsigned, on-road route and includes multiple options for cyclists to plan their own itinerary along quiet country roads. This route boasts many community, water and heritage attractions along the way. – Download a variety of cycling routes along or near the Rideau River including the: Smiths Falls Loop (93 km); Chaffeys-Westport-Perth Loop (127 km) and more.

    Murphy’s Point Provincial Park - This park features 15 km of trails (easy to moderate difficulty), 20 km of groomed ski trails. For more information please visit their website.

  • Regional Mountain Biking Trails

    MVT - Mississippi Valley Trails - Located just outside the community of Almonte are a number of mountain bike trails that rest alongside of the Mississippi River. Download map for information regarding washrooms, trail access and features. Follow local Facebook Group for trail updates - Facebook Group: MVT - Mississippi Valley Trails

  • Cycling Information Sources and Published Maps


    • Lanark Cycling / Vélo dans Lanark - 2015 - There are 22 mapped routes of varied distances, many interconnected from community start points that include towns of Smiths Falls, Perth, Almonte, Pakenham and Carleton Place, taking cyclists on quiet country roads and some trails across Lanark County. Along with route notes, accommodations, shopping and dinning suggestions are also mapped.  
    • Lanark County Outdoors Map – Lanark County Tourism 2012. Information on cycling across the County and 23 routes plotted on outdoor map.
    • Cycling in Perth and District– The Perth and District Chamber of Commerce has designed detailed maps of 10 cycling routes that range from a 10 km jaunt in and around Perth to a challenging, full-day, 93 km excursion through the Lanark Highlands. Routes: Glen Tay, Murphy’s Point, Harper/Balderson, Maberly, Fallbrook, Middleville, McDonalds Corner, Ferguson Falls, Perth and Westport.
    • Mississippi Mills Cycling Map / Carte vélo - 2014 - The town of Mississippi MMBikeMapCoverMills has developed a cycling map with 7 dedicated cycling routes ranging in length from 11km to 100km. Mississippi Mills has hundreds of kilometres of exceptional cycling, including beautiful countryside and rolling hills.
    • Smiths Falls Bicycle Route Map – This Town of Smith Falls bicycle map contains a number of in-town routes, points of interest, out-of-town routes ranging in distance, and connecting trails.

    Please note there are many additional map guides for the region that cyclists may find interesting or useful. New maps and guides are produced yearly, and the information listed here may change.

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