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Brockville West: Junetown Jaunt (56km)

Returning to Brockville
Trail information: 

This longer loop starts and ends in downtown Brockville at the parking lot on Water St. near to City Hall and looking over Tunnel Bay. It’s a leisurely rural road ramble where the eastern edge of the granite Frontenac Arch meets the primitive sandstone of the lower St. Lawrence plain.

The route out of town follows Water St., turn left on Perth St., right at the Brockville Yatch Club to Jessie, left on Ann to turn right on Hartley St. to where it ends at Rivers Ave., and finally left on King St., past St. Lawrence Park and then west on King St.  to the edge of the city where King becomes 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 two hair-pin turns 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 - the largest egg producer in Canada - and one of its farms.  A little further along, entering the village of Lyn, a school is on your right and a cenotaph on your left. Stopping at the cenotaph, you can look out and down to the south into the Lyn Valley.

At the main intersection in Lyn, going left into the village takes you to the Heritage Place Museum, once a blacksmith’s shop and insight into the village history. Go back to that intersection and turn left (bear right if you skipped the museum side trip) onto Cty. Rd. 46. You'll climb a nicely challenging short rise past the 135 yr old  United Church and then out of the built-up town area and into rural countryside on the sandstone bedrock that lies atop the much older granite. 

At the yield sign where Cty. Rd. 46 joins Howe Rd and continues to the right, but 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 forest – great countryside to spot the occasional deer or coyote.  

Seeley Rd. turns into Cronk Woods Rd. and then becomes 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 Cty. Rd. 5 and head west for about 1 KM when you'll come to Junetown Rd. turning off to the right. Take this right turn. Junetown Rd. is very quiet and runs fairly straight and flat through farmland for about 4 km until you reach a T-stop. Turn left to stay with Junetown Rd. and the pavement. 

At some point this road segment becomes Sly Rd., although the changeover isn't obvious. The route here winds along on top of a ridge line. Through the trees to your right you're looking down at farmland, with the granite dome of Blue Mountain in the distance, and Charleston Lake hidden behind the ridge of which Blue Mountain is part.

The Junetown Rd. ends at a stop at the bottom of a hill and the intersection with County Rd 4 – keep left, straight onto Cty. Rd. 4.  Cty. Rd. 4, also known as the Quabbin Rd., will lead you all the way to Mallorytown.  On the way though, you'll have to climb up and over Quabbin Hill. If you feel older as you're climbing, it's because you're going back in time over a billion years as the Precambrian shield granite of the Frontenac Arch pushes through the overlying sandstone bedrock that is only about 500 million years old. You’ll see the contact of the two geological eras as you go down the road through a rock cut.

Entering Mallorytown, exercise caution crossing the double rail line; not only is it rough, this is a busy train corridor. If you need a refueling stop, on your right just before the T-Stop onto Cty Rd 2 there's a Freshmart grocery. To continue on the route, turn left onto Cty Rd 2 at the stop sign to return to Brockville. In a few peddle strokes, the Mallorytown Coach House museum is on your right – and washrooms in the building beside it. 

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: 
56km
Bike Suitability: 

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

Notes and Cautions: 

Use caution at railway crossings, a double main line with high speed trains.

King St. and Country Rd. 2 between Brockville and the Hwy. 401 at Long Beach have no paved shoulders. Assert your presence and remain 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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