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Sweets & High Points Tour: Gananoque - Lansdowne Loop

Trail information: 

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Learn more about the Amazing Places you can find on this trail 

1000 Islands Tower, Landon Bay Lookout

 

This leisurely tour detours for great Thousand Islands views and tasty baking – treats for the eye and palette alike.

Start from the cycling hub in Gananoque, in the small Lions Club park beside the Beer Store on King Street – park at the nearby community centre lot. Ride east on King St., careful of traffic, out through the town’s stone gates, and on what is now County Rd. 2, under the overpass, and turn right onto the left/north shoulder of what is actually an exit ramp from the Thousand Islands Parkway. This passage avoids crossing the risky Parkway onto the cycling path.

Enjoy the smooth cycling/walking path – the Thousand Islands Recreational Path – parallel to the St. Lawrence River. Almost 3 KM along, turn left off the pathway into the Thousand Islands National Park property at Landon Bay. Just a little way into the property is a stone archway, the trail-head for the Donevan Trail. Leave your bike and follow this pleasant woodland trail to the signpost for the Lookout Trail. A couple of hundred metres more brings you to the summit and a fabulous view of Landon Bay, the Thousand Islands and the panorama of the region – one of the high points of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere (FAB).

Back on your bike, continue east on the cycling path, just past the campground of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission and the FAB office, to the exit ramps for the Thousand Islands Bridge. Park at the lot just before the toll booth. There is a walkway along the bridge, and in a couple of hundred metres is the highest part of the span and another fabulous view of the river and islands. The entire span – all in Canada – is just under a kilometer in length, and great views full length, if you have the inclination. On the island is the Thousand Islands Tower – an elevator ride takes you up 100 metres to another spectacular view.

Back to the Parkway, go back west a couple of hundred metres and turn right at the Frontenac Arch Biosphere office onto Reynolds Road/County Road 3. Being wary of traffic – no paved shoulders as yet – ride north almost 4 KM, over Hwy. 401, and come to the Rapid Valley Restaurant at the intersection with Cty. Rd. 2. Here’s where you’ll find locally renowned baked treats – often including some of the best butter tarts, ever.

Refueled, continue north into the village of Lansdowne, and turn left at the Freshmart grocery to go west on King St., becoming the Eden Grove Rd./Cty Rd. 34, past the school and a downhill glide. In a little over 4 KM, at the stop sign turn left/south onto Kyes Rd., and then right/west onto the Haig Rd. until that ends at Cty. Rd. 34. Turn left/south. A short distance past the railway tracks, turn right on Cty. Rd. 35/Station Rd. and follow this, passing the old Gananoque railway station building, until Station Rd. ends at Cty. Rd. 32. Turn left, and before long into Gananoque. Now, at the intersection of Stone St. (Cty. Rd. 32) and King St., you could go right to the Socialist Pig for coffee and treats, or tasty baking at the Panache Bakery – and then back to the cycling hub and your trip start point.

Start Location: 

Downtown Gananoque.

Terrain: 

Moderate hills, some climbing across granite ridge lines with exposed rock cuts.

Distance: 
44 km
Bike Suitability: 

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

Notes and Cautions: 

Exercise caution at railway crossings. The Country Roads 3, 34, 35 and 32 have no paved shoulders. Be cautious of converging traffic. 

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