Le ride du jour - Voie Maritime / St-Laurence Seaway
In the near future there will be bike paths lining both sides of the st-Laurence river
Today our sunshine daytime ride is leaving the urban jungle to get some fresh air and river views along the Voie Maritime / St. Laurence seaway.
- This bike path (actually a closed-to-cars roadway) exists between
- Longueuil near Pong Jacques Cartier bridge
- Parc Drapeau/Ile Notre Dame/Ecluse St-Lambert locks
- Estacade/ice bridge between Nuns Island (ile des soeurs) and the seaway (parallel to Champlain bridge)
- You can touch south-shore terra firma at Ste-Catherine.
The Voie Maritime / St-Laurence Seaway bike path has many attractions:
- Completely & totally away from roads and cars
- Amazing view of Montreal from across the river
- A nature park at St-Catherine end of path, with lots of rest/picnic possibilities
- Follows the St-Laurence river's edge - real nature, not park designer-built "nature."
- No commercial activity, this is 100% away from civilization (this is a good thing).
- 1/4 dirt road 3/4 paved road (the section between the Estacade to St-Catherine is completely paved). Can't win them all.
- Two ship locks (St-Lambert & Ste-Catherine) to entertain you with transportation technology and infrastructure
The future: This path will soon be connected to the Pont Mercier bridge new bike path sidewalk (a couple of years away) and will make a great loop ride on both sides of the st-Laurence river/fleuve St-Laurent.
If you have never visited here, we think this should be your number one exploration goal, and it may even become your favorite local bike ride and nature destination.