Cycling in Brockville and the 1000 Islands

The Waterfront Trail: This cycling route stretches over 1600km along the Canadian shores of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair and the Niagara, Detroit and St. Lawrence Rivers. The Waterfront Trail connects 75 communities and over 405 parks and natural areas including wetlands, forests and beaches. Created to regenerate, celebrate and reconnect people to our Great Lake waterfronts, the Trail has become a well-loved and used recreation, fitness and green transportation amenity and a world-renowned tourism attraction. The fully signed Trail is a combination of paths (21%), neighbourhood streets (21%), and rural roads (58%). Many urban centers have dedicated paths that are a central features of their waterfronts.

Between Brockville and Gananoque along the Waterfront Trail there is a beautifully paved, multi-use path on the north side of the 1000 Islands Parkway that is separated from the road by a few meters of grass. This path is great for families as it is very smooth, is separate from the high traffic roadway, and passes by Brown’s Bay day use area and beach, as well as Skywood Eco Adventure Park zip line and aerial park.

The Brock Trail: A 7km walking and cycling path that runs along Brockville’s beautiful waterfront in the historic downtown core and continues north through to the other end of town. This scenic pathway is paved to accommodate bicycles, roller blades, wheelchairs and strollers. The Trail takes you to Canada’s Oldest Railway Tunnel and around Blockhouse Island before continuing to Hardy Park, Rotary Park, and then following Buell’s Creek to the north end of town. A newly added section of the Trail gives you the option to go West to St. Lawrence Park.

Stop by the Tourism Office at 10 Market Street West to pick up a city map which includes the trail route and to get information on the best places to park during your stay.

Cycle the Arch: Brockville is part of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. While every public road is a potential route, the routes assembled here are your insight into local knowledge. If you’re on an extended trip transiting the FAB region, looking for a casual family outing, or yearning for something more adventurous, this is the site for you. Consider staying in the FAB region for a few days, riding several routes for a great sampling of the Biosphere, and its story. Their site shows the categories of routes to help guide you to routes best suited to you and your abilities.

 For more detailed routes and information for the area, as well as user submitted routes, check out Bikemap