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Reviewed 29 September 2015

I accept that this trail is the only way of crossing Eastern Ontario without cycling on roads, but it's not built for road tyres at all. I biked all the way from Ottawa to Montreal on a road bike yesterday and it was a soul-destroying experience. The vast majority of the trail is dense gravel that makes it impossible to exceed 20km/h even in the most friendly areas. Then there are completely unkept stoney areas that have clearly been ravaged by farm machinery. There's also NOTHING in the way of services. Not even water fountains at the pavilions. Ok, this is the country we're talking about and I wasn't expecting shops and cafes along the route...but if you're attempting the whole trail you are definitely going to run out of water. A few fountains does not seem a lot to ask. My day improved massively when I reached Quebec.

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Reviewed 29 June 2015

The Prescott-Russell Recreational Trail's website also suggests some on-road cycling trips in the area. We went for a ride along the 'Cycle the Ottawa River" route, and it was great! This route hugs the south shore of the Ottawa River from Ottawa to Hawkesbury (& beyond). We stopped for lunch in Rockland. Several little towns don't have any restaurants, so plan your trip accordingly. You ride through farmland and countryside, and the roads are in very good condition. We saw hardly any car traffic and no trucks at all. Motorcyclists seem to like this route too, but they always give a bicycle plenty of room. We're looking forward to doing it again soon.

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Reviewed 21 August 2014

We biked 20 km of the trail from Vankleek Hill road 34 heading west to Boundary Rd and back to the parking. The trail was crushed dust and great for biking. We passed only two washrooms (port-a-pottie) the whole time. Some great sights on the trail. No services so you will need to bring the required water and snacks. In each of the towns there is some paved area to make it wheelchair accessible.

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Reviewed 15 July 2014

This cycling path crosses under HWY 417 at exit 17 and is only 2 km off the highway, so it was quite convenient to get to. The pea gravel path is in good condition and we cycled westward past farmland and the countryside is lovely. Once past Vankleek Hill, there are very few services so if you go, bring plenty of water and food. Overall it was a nice trip and we'll do it again soon.

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Reviewed 10 June 2013

As avid road cyclists, we are always looking for new country roads to ride on, and so we were pleased when we found a 27-km loop, called the Milky Way, starting in Casselman, Ontario. The Prescott-Russell Cycling Map describes this loop as a "leisure country ride taking you through the villages of St-Albert (famous for its cheese curds) and Casselman." So, recently, on a Sunday, we decided to try it out.

Starting out in Casselman, we headed out on County Road 7, which morphs into St-Albert Rd E, to link up with Route 800 E, and then on to St-Albert, where we stopped at the cheese shop. So far so good. We then rode on Rte 900 E to get to Guerin, and a bit later turned left onto Rte. 800 W and rode for 1.5 km to montée Lafleche, which turned out to be...a gravel road. That's 4.5 km of gravel! We hesitated briefly, and then headed back the same way we had come, only to be accosted by two none-too-friendly bulldogs, who seemed determined to follow us back to St-Albert. Since we'd already had an encounter with a Doberman earlier in the day on Route 800 E., our nerves were somewhat frayed, to say the least.

For most road cyclists, gravel roads are a definite no-no, so we were very surprised that this on-road itinerary included a longish gravel road.

Tip: Go to St-Albert and have their cheese curds, but check the map very closely for gravel roads and be ready to deal with dogs that are allowed to run free.

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