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Brockville West: Lyn + Howe Rd (33km)

wayfinding challenge
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 of 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 (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. 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 to the south into the Lyn Valley, where we'll be headed on our route back to Brockville.

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 again through flat farmland for just over two kilometers until you come to a T-stop at Yonge Mills Rd. Turning left, this is also West Main St leading you back into Lyn.

Entering Lyn, your route turns right onto Lyn Valley Rd. If you're in need of refreshments though, there's a general store on the left on Main St just past Lyn Valley Rd. Return to Lyn Valley Rd to continue.

The Lyn Valley Rd descents quickly into the Lyn Valley, past "the pit" swimming area, then meanders beside Lyn Creek and turns into Hallecks Rd.

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

Continue to follow Hallecks Rd as it descends off the ridge line, crossing over Hwy 401 and running 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
Climbing: 
80m
Bike Suitability: 

Paved roads - Road, touring or hybrid bike.

Notes and Cautions: 

King St and Country Rd 2 west of Brockville 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. 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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