Monday, September 03, 2007

Two short Chateauguay Valley rides

I spent some time on the weekend doing two short Chateauguay Valley rides.

Ride 1 - Ormstown Tullochgorum Road and Chateauguay River ride

The first one was a lovely country-side ride in the forests and fields and along the river, about 35 km and 91.5 to 2 hours of riding. Slight options include stopping in either Athelstan and Powerscourt (a slight ride extension) or slightly modifying the return leg to include a stop in Huntingdon (and return via south side of Chateauguay river).

Here is a map of the route The link will show the map full size, and with directions too.

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Ride 2 - Beauharnois Canal & Hungry Bay sunset ride

The end of the bike path at Hungry Bay opposite Valleyfield

Just north of the Chateauguay Valley is the mighty St-Laurence River. Recently, bike paths have been built on both sides of the canal. I rode from St-Louis-de-Gonzague to Hungry Bay at the mouth of the canal on Lake St-Francois & Valleyfield.

This ride was a lovely sunset ride, quiet, relaxes, new asphalt, lots of nice rest stop possibilities, and was a nice diversion for an end of the day. There are bike paths on both sides of the canal, although you can cross the canal only at beauharnois. The two bridges do not permit bikes (this is my understanding, adventurous people may choose to ignore the bikes-prohibited" signs.

Here is a link to the Beauharnois canal bike paths courtesy of the Tourism Le Suroit website

Here is a poor map of the ride:

There are good paths on both sides of the canal, and of Valleyfield too!


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