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Brockville West: Caintown Cruise (48km)

Trail information: 

This loop starts and ends in downtown Brockville at the parking lot on Water St. adjacent to City Hall and the restaurant Bud's On The Bay. There is a full assortment of services and facilities in Downtown Brockville.

The route out of town follows residential streets to St. Lawrence Park and then turns west onto King St (Cty Rd 2).

Just past the Brockville Country Club, turn right onto Lyn Rd (Cty Rd 46) and cycle past one of four adjoining cemeteries (a few hundred metres along, on your left) that date back to Brockville's founding times.

Follow Lyn Rd as it goes under the CN Rail Toronto-Montreal main line and under Hwy 401, climbing up and over a granite ridge line with exposed rock cuts. This is the biggest climb on this route.

At the stop sign for Cty Rd 27, turn left to continue on Cty Rd 27/46. On your right, you'll pass Burnbrae Farms' headquarters and one of its processing plants. Burnbrae is the largest egg producer in Canada.

A little further along, as you enter the town of Lyn, you'll pass a school on your right and the cenotaph on your left. If you stop at the cenotaph you can look out and down to the south into the Lyn Valley.

At the main intersection in Lyn, bear right with Cty Rd 46. You'll climb a nicely challenging short rise past the 135 yr old Christ United Church and then out of the built-up town area and into rural countryside.

At the yield sign where Cty Rd 46 joins Howe Rd and continues to the right, instead turn left over the bridge and then take an immediate right onto Seeley Rd.

Seeley Rd runs generally west and almost dead flat with long straight stretches.  There's an occasional farm and country residence along the way, and a lot of brush.  Seeley Rd turns into Cronk Woods Rd and then turns into Caintown Rd.  From the turn onto Seeley Rd, you'll spin just under 10km to a T-stop at County Rd 5.

Turn left onto County Rd 5 and head west and south, following it all the way to Cty Rd 2.  Along the way you'll cross a small ridge line, crossing up, over, down, up then down again, with lots of exposed pink, black and yellowish granite in the cuts.

Be carefull crossing the double rail line just on Cty Rd 5 -- this is a busy train corridor and it's not at all uncommon for one passing train to end and a second one coming the other way to be hidden behind it.

When you come to a T-stop at Cty Rd 2, turn left towards Brockville.

If you need a refueling stop, turn right onto Cty Rd 2 and you'll immediately enter  Mallorytown.  About 1 km in, there's a large general store with a washroom to the right at the intersection of Cty Rd 4 (Quabbin Rd).  Then return east back along Cty Rd 2 to continue the return to Brockville.

Cty Rd 2 from Mallorytown has paved shoulders for 10km, east all the way to the Hwy 401 interchange. From there, continue to follow Cty Rd 2 all way the back into Brockville, passing the cemeteries, the Country Club, and St. Lawrence Park before turning right onto Rivers Ave and retracing your route to downtown.

Start Location: 

Downtown Brockville

Terrain: 

Moderate hills, some climbing across granite ridge lines with exposed rock cuts.

Distance: 
48km
Climbing: 
Moderate hills.
Bike Suitability: 

All paved roads, suitable for road, touring or hybrid bike.

Notes and Cautions: 

As always in this area, exercise caution at railway crossings. It's a double main line with high speed trains in both directions.

King St and Country Rd 2 between Brockville and the Hwy 401 interchange at Long Beach have no paved shoulders. However, traffic is light. Assert your presence as you cycle far enough from the curb in a straight line, avoiding the potholes and remaining clearly visible

One of a series of out-and-back rides starting and ending in Brockville, exploring the countryside to the west of the city where the ridges of the Arch break through uneroded flats of the St. Lawrence Lowlands. A Google Maps composite of all the routes can be found here.

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