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Brockville - Gananoque Coffee Run (104km)

Quiet roads, fast friends (photo: Alan Medcalf)
Trail information: 

This longer out'n'back ride starts and ends in downtown Brockville – but could just as well start in Gananoque, riding the return-to-Brockville part of the route, first.  Whichever direction, it’s a countryside and riverside loop where the kilometres slip by quickly.

To avoid King Street traffic, the route out of town follows Water Street, through the parking lot of the Metro grocery, then onto King Street, turning left/west.  Ride past St. Lawrence Park and beyond and at the edge of the city King St. becomes County Road 2. 

The first couple of kilometres of Cty. Rd. 2 has a bike lane, but becomes a two lane highway with a narrow paved shoulder west to the Hwy. 401 overpass. Then, there is a broad paved shoulder all the way through countryside to Mallorytown.

 At Mallorytown (washrooms and history exhibits at the Mallorytown Coach House, and food at the Freshmart grocery at corner of Cty Rd 4), the paved road shoulder ends, and Cty. Rd. 2 is narrower with poor sight lines to Gananoque. While you could continue along Cty. Rd. 2 to Gananoque, an alternate route avoids much of the traffic. Turn left/south onto Cty. R.d 5, and follow the road over 401, over hills and valleys where short stretches have extra paved width, until it ends at the Thousand Islands Parkway.  Follow the Thousand Islands Recreational Trail – the paved cycling path parallel to the Parkway – to exit left the into Gananoque, just before the Parkway goes on to merge with Highway 401. 

At the traffic light at the bottom of the hill, turn left onto Cty. Rd. 2 which becomes King St. when through the stone gateway. Continue through downtown past the five traffic lights, and down the slight grade past Stone St. You'll see the historic old Macdonald House that is now the town hall on your right, and the Socialist Pig coffee house across the street on your left. This is our destination, though there are other restaurants in town, and the Gananoque Brewery next door to the Socialist Pig. 

For the return route out of Gananoque, either retrace King St. or turn right (south) onto Stone St. and follow it to the end, then picking up the Ontario Waterfront Trail, signs guiding along side streets and the Thousand Islands Playhouse and residential areas, back to King St. just out of the downtown core.

Follow King St. out past the town gates on Cty. Rd. 2, under the overpass and turn right – following the paved shoulder on the left/west side of the exit ramp to the Thousand Islands Parkway.

From here, take the Thousand Islands Parkway cycling path route back towards Brockville. The cycling path ends before the Parkway merges to 401 east. Cross the Parkway at that point, and onto Brockmere Cliffs Road. In less than 3 KM, this road intersects Cty. Rd. 2. Turn right/east and back into Brockville.

Before reaching Brockville, Cty. Rd. 2 splits into a dedicated bike lane parallel to the motorized lane. Pass the cemeteries, the Country Club, and St. Lawrence Park before turning right onto Rivers Ave. and retracing the residential route to downtown.

Note – you could ride this loop in reverse – a Gananoque to Brockville Coffee Run. Downtown Brockville has some pleasant coffee and lunch spots, such as the Boboli (avid cyclists themselves), Tait’s, the Buell Street Bistro and Brockberry Cafe.

Start Location: 

Downtown Brockville – the Water Street parking lot; or the cycling hub by the Beer Store in Gananoque

Terrain: 

A few moderate hills.  Generally relaxed terrain (mostly flat).

Distance: 
52 km each way = 104 km.
Bike Suitability: 

Paved all the way - suitable for road, touring or hybrid bike.  

Notes and Cautions: 

County Rd. 2 from Brockville to Hwy. 401, and Cty. Rd. 5 between Mallorytown and the Thousand Islands Parkway have no paved shoulders. Cycle in a straight line, avoid potholes, and remain clearly visible to motorists.

This is a longer out'n'back cruise from downtown Brockville to the Socialist Pig coffee house in Gananoque.

The route can also be started/ended in Gananoque, with great coffee and treats available in downtown Brockville at Ogies, Tait's Bakery or Boboli.

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