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Lyn Valley Tour - Brockville West (33km)

wayfinding challenge
Trail information: 

This is one of several routes that explore the scenic and peaceful countryside northwest of Brockville, at the east edge of the Frontenac Arch.

This moderately long 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 Yacht 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 Cty. Rd. 46 joins Howe Rd. Cty. Rd. 46 continues to the right, but bear left to stay on Howe Rd. You're now heading south again through flat farmland for just over two kilometers until you come to a T-stop at Yonge Mills Rd. Turn left - this becomes West Main St. leading you back into Lyn.

Entering Lyn, the route would turn right onto Lyn Valley Rd., a block past an old stone church.  If you're in need of refreshments though, ride a little further on Main St. to a general store on the left. Enjoy a visit to the Heritage Place Museum for a look into Lyn’s past. 

The Lyn Valley Rd. descends quickly into the Lyn Valley, past "the pit" swimming area of the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority, then meanders beside Lyn Creek and becomes Hallecks Rd. Be careful crossing the double rail line.  Continue to follow Hallecks Rd as it descends off the sandstone ridge, cross over Hwy. 401 and go south to a T-stop at Cty. Rd. 2. Turn left to cruise Cty. Rd. 2 back to 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: 

A few moderate hills.

Distance: 
33km
Bike Suitability: 

Paved roads - Road, touring or hybrid bike.

Notes and Cautions: 

County Rd 2 west of Brockville has no paved shoulders until the west edge of Brockville.

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. This loop extends the Lyn Loop route by 9 km. A Google Maps composite of all the routes can be found here.

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