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Brockville West: Tour de (butter)Tarts (86km)

Rapid Valley Restaurant
Trail information: 

This longer 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 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 brush.  Seeley Rd turns into Cronk Woods Rd and then turns into 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 County 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 bump of Blue Mountain in the distance, and Charleston Lake hidden behind the ridge of which Blue Mountain is part.

When you reach a T-stop at the bottom of a hill and the intersection with County Rd 4, turn right towards Rockfield.  This segment of Cty Rd 4 is also known as the Rockfield Rd.  You'll pass through some gently rolling farmland before the road flattens and straightens, finally coming to a T-stop at the Blue Mountain Rd. 

Turn right onto Blue Mountain Rd, heading north. Straight ahead, you'll see the bump of Blue Mountain just a few kilometers away.  The road will curve left to head west through farmland around Greenfield and then Warburten, after which you'll come to a T-stop at County Rd 3, also known locally as the Outlet Rd.

At this intersection, if you turn right to head north on Cty Rd 3, you're on the "Athens: Around Charleston Lake" route. As an option, you can go right and follow the route to Athens, then from Athens take Cty Rd 5 south to Cty Rd 2 and return to Brockville.

To continue our quest for buttertarts however, turn left from Cty Rd 4 onto Cty Rd 3, heading south towards Lansdowne.  In the village of Lansdowne, you'll find full services.

Continuing south from Lansdowne on Cty Rd 3, you'll reach a T-stop at Cty Rd 2.  On your right is the Rapid Valley Family Restaurant and Gas Bar.  Don't be fooled -- this little restaurant is one of the friendliest places around, with some of the best baking too.  The buttertarts here are Full-Five-Stars good!

With a full belly, get back on your bike and turn left (east) to follow Cty Rd 2 about 34km back to Brockville. 

Approaching Mallorytown, if you need another rest/refueling stop, turn left onto Cty Rd 4 (Quabbin Rd).  Just around the corner, you'll find a large general store with a washroom. Return to Cty Rd 2 at the stop sign and turn east to continue on our return to Brockville.

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: 
86 km
Climbing: 
Moderate hills.
Bike Suitability: 

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

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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