Friday, March 25, 2011

Spring ride Chateauguay river


Fields and forests. Paradise found.



A bike ride through the country side.

Our favorite early spring ride is along the Chateauguay river from Ormstown to Huntingdon or further to Quebec's oldest covered bridge at Powerscourt. (Interactive map here)

We highly recommend the Ormstown to Powerscourt ride using the same road out and back. But if you want some variety (and a shorter return section), do the ride as indicated on the map. Note that the diagonal nature of the road network can cause minor confusion so the return by river route is more idiot-proof in the route-finding department.

We saw 1000 snow geese here on Wednesday.

Distances

Ormstown-Huntingon 32Km / 20 miles round trip.

Adding Powerscourt adds about 20 km more.

5 Comments:

At 12:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello,

Is this route road bike friendly or is it a little too beaten up?

Thanks in advance

 
At 7:44 PM, Blogger Cycle Fun Montreal said...

This is where we ride our road bike. Watching the road ahead is always useful, but it's lots better than riding on Montreal streets.

 
At 11:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks!

 
At 1:57 PM, Blogger Geneviève said...

I did this ride yesterday with a group of 11, including a beginner, and we loved it!

The IGA is a great starting point (Opens at 8AM! Food! Bathrooms!) and the ice cream stand is a bonus on the return.

The asphalt was above average everywhere except for a 4km section between Athelstan and Huntingdon. Also, some of the small bridges were closed (Dewitville), so we stayed on the eastern bank of the river.

Thanks for posting this and your other rides!

 
At 9:16 AM, Blogger Cycle Fun Montreal said...

Glad you enjoyed it, this circuit is a really nice ride.


The last time we visited, you could easily walk around the closed bridge in dewittville. That said, you can ride on the east/south side of the Chateauguay river no problems. Just avoid the numbered highway Rt 138 (Rt 138A --aka the old highway -- is OK)

Yes, the section huntingdon to athelstan is a bit crappy, but still scenic!

Lastly, if you take the non-river route back to Ormstown, don't take the Rt 201 north back into ormstown, go 100 metres further and take quiet Jamestown road.

 

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