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. Pedaling 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 tunnel, Aquatarium 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.
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.
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.
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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. Call local taxi companies to arrange pick up time, location and passenger numbers:
- Veteran’s Blue Line – (613) 932-7311 – Mini-van’s available, approximate cost 1-way to Gananoque $249 incl. tax/2019 quote
- Choice Taxi – (613)938-8899 – Mini-van’s available, approximate cost 1-way to Gananoque $263 incl. tax/2019 quote
- Bike transportation on trains is currently unavailable. Expected to resume in 2025. Check: www.viarail.ca, 1 888 VIA-RAIL or 1-(888) 842-7245
For larger groups, chartering a bus for bike and rider transportation is an option:
- Howard Bus Service, www.howardtravel.ca, (613) 342-4791
Photo Credits: Alan Medcalf, St. Lawrence Parks Commission
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