If your vacation plans include ‘going green’, then make sure to rack up your bikes this season and bring them along to the St. Lawrence Parks. We operate and maintain two fantastic parkways which are a cyclist’s paradise: the newly resurfaced 38 kilometre 1000 Islands Parkway located between Gananoque in the 1000 Islands and Brockville or the Long Sault Parkway located east of Upper Canada Village.
This 30 kilmoetre section of Ontario's Waterfront Trail between Upper Canada Village and Cornwall follows a paved multi-use pathway which winds its way through a migratory bird sanctuary, several waterfront parks, and even an open air museum. At one point it turns onto a parkway which passes through a series of islands which are connected by causeways. Most of the route runs along the waterfront and is generally removed from any busy roads, except in the area near Cornwall, where the path does parallel some high traffic thoroughfares. It is also fairly flat, except, again, in the Cornwall area, where you will have to contend with a few long slopes. There are at least two places where you will be able to stop for a quick meal or buy a snack or something to drink.
The Long Sault Parkway connects a necklace of islands featuring campsites and beaches – a great place to stop to cool off. And if you are biking Monday through Friday, beach admission is free! To the west, enjoy a ride by the River on the 1000 Islands Parkway. It’s a gentle, rolling spin along a very scenic path with constant views of the St. Lawrence River, with many opportunities to stop into small villages along the way for a shop, bite or a sip, country charmers like Ivy Lea or Rockport.