With the majestic Ottawa River as a backdrop, discover our beautiful part of the country through three loops revealing welcoming and enchanting cycling paths. The partners, the MRC of Argenteuil and of Papineau, in Quebec, as well as the United Counties of Prescott and Russell, in Ontario, are proud to present the Cycl-O-Route.
WEST LOOP 87 KM
From Lefaivre, this loop will lead you through the villages of Treadwell, Plantagenet and Wendover, where you may take the ferry in Clarence Point across to the Papineau MRC. If you prefer going to the heart of the city of Rockland, continue through Tucker Road and Laurier Street where you can take a break at one of the many restaurants or alongside the Ottawa River, at Du Moulin Park where a sawmill was formerly located.
On the Quebec side, from Thurso, Guy Lafleur’s hometown, you may take La Route Verte (148) going east or cycle on an exclusive right-of-way by riding through the National Park, until you reach Plaisance. Then, the village of Papineauville is quite interesting for its many shops and finally you arrive in Montebello, the tourist village of Petite-Nation. The Castle, the Manor, the Zoo, the Chocolate Museum and the many lodging accommodations and restaurants will, without any doubt, fulfill your expectations.
CENTRAL LOOP 54 KM
From Long Sault Bridge in Hawkesbury, follow Le Chenail Street, Main Street onto County Road 24 heading towards the village of L’Orignal which features several Heritage Buildings and Commemorative Plaques. Visit the L’Orignal Old Jail, which has witnessed sorrows and secrets for nearly 175 years. This route will lead you to Lefaivre where the ferry will take you across to La Route Verte in the Petite Nation.
At Fassett, take Route 148 east. In Grenville-sur-la-Rouge, stop at the Chutes des Sept-Soeurs campground to admire the fast-running Rivière Rouge, or enjoy a swim at the Place Rouge campground. Continue towards the peaceful village of Calumet along Rue Principale. Next, discover Grenville with its 19th century historic canal and Maison du Patrimoine. Then cross the border via the Long-Sault Bridge to continue your ride into Prescott and Russell.
EAST LOOP 55 KM
From Pointe-Fortune, discover the Macdonell-Williamson House and its history. Continue your journey by accessing La Grande Montée, Concession 3 and County Road 14 towards the Voyageur Provincial Park and Chute à Blondeau. Proceed towards Hawkesbury. The Maison de l’Île, built in 1810, is currently a Tourist Information Center. Cross over the Long Sault Bridge towards Grenville and discover the region of Argenteuil.
Cross the Long-Sault Bridge and take Route 344 east in Grenville. Along this quiet winding road you can admire the rich built heritage of Argenteuil. Enjoy a swim at the Brownsburg-Chatham campground or take a break at the Carillon Generating Station Lookout. Continue along the VéloRoute d’Argenteuil paved bike trail. A detour via the Desjardins d’Argenteuil Foot bridge and the Argenteuil Regional Museum is a must. Admire the Carillon hydroelectric generating station from the Carillon/Pointe Fortune ferry.