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Lansdowne Lunch Loop – Brockville – Lansdowne

Trail information: 

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This loop is a leisurely rural and riverside ride on country roads out from Brockville, and a St. Lawrence view coming home.

To avoid King Street traffic, the route out of town follows Water Street, through the parking lot of the Metro grocery, then onto King Street, turning left/west.  Ride past St. Lawrence Park and beyond and at the edge of the city King St. becomes County Road 2. 

The first couple of kilometres of Cty. Rd. 2 has a bike lane, but becomes a two lane highway with a narrow paved shoulder west to the Hwy. 401 overpass. Then, there is a broad paved shoulder all the way through countryside to Mallorytown.

 At Mallorytown (washrooms and history exhibits at the Mallorytown Coach House, and snacks at the Freshmart grocery at corner of Cty Rd 4), the paved road shoulder ends. Turn right/north at the Freshmart onto Cyt. Rd. 4, through the village, across the double-line CNR tracks, and westward. The road turns north in about 5 KM, and then a sharp left/west turn where it intersects the Junetown Rd. Cty. Rd. 4 is named the Rockfield Rd. at this point. Continue west, past Balleycanoe and Co., and at the intersection with Blue Mountain Rd., turn left/south.

About ¾ KM on and at the top of that first hill, turn Right/west on Centennial Rd., past the artist’s studio with whimsies by the barn, and at Pacific Rd., turn left/south to Union Rd., and turn right/west.  A short distance to Cty. Rd. 3, and turn left/south and ride to Lansdowne. Keep on this road, down the hill through Lansdowne and to the Rapid Valley Restaurant, the lunch stop at the intersection with Cty. Rd. 2.

Save room for dessert – from the Rapid Valley, having enjoyed the ‘home-cooking’ and local artists’ works on the walls, follow with caution to traffic Reynolds Road/Cty. Rd. 3 south to the Thousand Islands Parkway. Turn left/east on the paved cycling path.

Just a few kilometres along is the west-most stone gate for the village of Rockport, on the south side of the Thousand Islands Parkway. Cross the traffic, downhill into the village, where the Rockport Boat Line does a brisk business touring the river from early spring to late fall. On the waterfront is the historic Andress Boat Works, where the regionally-iconic St. Lawrence skiffs were once made, and today a diving operation is based. On the upper floor is the River Rock Shoppe – and a fine selection of ice cream.

Back to the Thousand Islands Parkway and cycle path through the village, continue to head east towards Brockville. The cycling path ends before the Parkway merges to 401 east. Cross the Parkway at that point, and onto Brockmere Cliffs Road. In less than 3 KM, this road intersects Cty. Rd. 2. Turn right/east and back into Brockville.

Before reaching Brockville, Cty. Rd. 2 splits into a dedicated bike lane parallel to the motorized lane. Pass the cemeteries, the Country Club, and St. Lawrence Park before turning right onto Rivers Ave. and retracing the residential route to downtown.

Start Location: 

Downtown Brockville – the Water Street parking lot; or the cycling hub by the Beer Store in Gananoque

Terrain: 

A few moderate hills.  Generally relaxed terrain (mostly flat).

Distance: 
87 km
Bike Suitability: 

Paved all the way - suitable for road, touring or hybrid bike. 

Notes and Cautions: 

County Rd. 2 from Brockville to Hwy. 401, and Cty. Rd. 3 between Union Rd. and the Thousand Islands Parkway have no paved shoulders. Cycle far enough from the edge in a straight line to avoid potholes, and remain clearly visible to motorists.

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