The Long Sault Parkway. A cyclist’s dream!
Posted by BaffinPaddler
Road warriors unite. Spring and fall is a fantastic time to cycle the jewels like the Long Sault Parkway in Ontario.
The parkway and waterfront views along this section of The Waterfront Trail are pretty much yours outside of the busy summer tourist season.
The Waterfront Trail is on roadway through the Long Sault Parkway.
There are 11 kilometres to cycle through 11 islands connected by bridges along the awesome St. Lawrence Seaway and as many more kilometres as you’d like to cycle if you want to keep going east towards Cornwall or west towards the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary and beyond in either direction.
The migrating Canada Geese and your cycle buddies are pretty much your only companions in the spring and fall.
It’s pretty sweet!
The open road.
The mystical water views between islands.
You may even see a fleet of kayakers out there. It’s a good paddle spot too. I like it! It’s hard to decide sometimes, “Do I take my kayak or my bike to Long Sault?”
The first time, the second time, and the third time I cycled the Long Sault Parkway, I thought the same thing, “This is a cyclist’s dream.” This is why I keep coming back in the spring and fall.
There are fees for parking inside the parkway or day use fees if you use the beaches, or camping fees from mid-May until Thanksgiving in October.
But you can always cycle the parkway for free if you come through on the Waterfront Trail from east or west.
Ontario’s Waterfront Trail is awesome. It stretches some 900 km from Niagara-on-the-Lake to the Quebec border. It follows the shores of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, so you can choose the sections of path that suit you best for day cycles or multi-day bicycle touring.
The Waterfront Trail varies from city to city. Thirty percent of the Trail is off road dedicated path and 70% follows residential streets or shoulders of major roads. Some sections are not waterfront, and you may pass through some forested areas.
I love cycling along great waterways. Do you?
Enjoy the Long Sault Parkway!
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