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Brockville West: Howe+Yonge Mills (38km)

Trail information: 

This short 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 bear left to stay on Howe Rd. You're now heading south through flat farmland for just over two kilometers until you come to a T-stop at Yonge Mills Rd.

Turn right onto Yonge Mills (also Cty Rd 27 which is also W Main St coming out of Lyn. This is a long straight, gently undulating road. After passing Devils Door Rd on your right, on the left you'll pass the Yonge Mills Stone Church, built in 1837.

Be carefull crossing the double rail line just after the church -- this is a busy route and its not at all uncommon for one passing train to end and a second one coming the other way to be hidden behind it.

Continue to follow Yonge Mills Drive to a T-stop at Cty rd 2. Turn left to cruise the Cty Rd 2 paved shoulder east to the Hwy 401 interchange, then continue to follow Cty Rd 2 all 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: 

Some moderate hills.

Distance: 
37.5 km
Climbing: 
Moderate.
Bike Suitability: 

All paved - road, touring, hybrid bikes are suitable.

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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