Cycling The Waterfront Trail
The Parks of The St Lawrence features over 80km of paved and gravel bike paths that meander through the woods, along the shores of the St Lawrence River and over bridges, bike causeways and two parkways.
Our cycling paths are broken down into two main corridors along the Waterfront Trail;
- The Thousand Islands Parkway
- The Morrisburg to Cornwall Trail
Thousand Islands Parkway
Stretching over 45 kms, the bike path is paved and features some small hills. Located adjacent to the Parkway, the bike path offers some of the most scenic views available of the Thousand Islands waterway.
Towards the West-end of the path you will find Ivy Lea Campground – a perfect spot to stop and rest for the night. With waterfront camping and cabins for rent right on the gorgeous thousand islands and under the Ivy Lea international bridge.
A 20km trip east and you will find Brown’s Bay Beach, a lovely spot to pull-over and rest. Featuring some excellent waterfront vistas as well as picnic tables, washrooms and showers, Brown’s Bay is a cyclist paradise.
Want to try your luck at adventure, then why not stop in at Skywood Eco Adventure. The Zipline and Adventure course park is one of Canada’s largest and is right across the Parkway from Brown’s Bay. Be sure to call ahead to reserve a spot and enjoy the thrill of a lifetime!
DOWNLOAD THE WATERFRONT TRAIL MAP FOR THE 1000 ISLANDS PARKWAY
Morrisburg To Cornwall Trail & The Long Sault Parkway
The Long Sault Parkway is made up of 13 islands, 11 causeways with a few small rolling hills and is as scenic a bike ride as you will find in this region of the country. The roads are pave with large shoulders for cyclists, and the reduced speed from the vehicles adds to the touring and safety. With 3 campgrounds and 2 beaches on the Parkways, it is also a great place to spend the night or relax for a little while on your journey.
A short 5km ride from the Parkway's west exit is the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Aside from a beautiful, wooded bike path, the Sanctuary features over 100 species of birds and has 8km of walking trails. Stop at the visitor centre and grab a snack or drink. Washrooms and bike rentals are also available.
The waterfront trail continues west with a newly paved 5km stretch that meanders through Ault island and towards Upper Canada Village. Stop and tour the village and see firsthand how people lived and worked back in the 1860’s. The Village has a few restaurants for you to enjoy, public washrooms, and a village store.
Further west is Crysler Beach and Crysler Park Marina. Both facilities are bike-friendly and worth a stop. The beach is a quiet spot to enjoy a break and a breeze, while the Marina is a full-service stop with washrooms, showers, cabins for rent, waterfront campgrounds, a store and a restaurant – all with an amazing view of boats and the St Lawrence River. There is also a bike locker and racks available for cyclists.
There are many great stops on the Waterfront Trail and the St Lawrence Parks are proud to welcome cyclists to all of our facilities and attractions.
For more information on the Waterfront Trail – please visit their website at WaterfrontTrail.org