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Old 06-09-05, 08:19 PM
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Ottawa to Montreal and back

I am planning a short trip to Montreal from Ottawa and I am still undecided on the best route to follow. I'll probably try both side of the Ottawa river. Do any of you have recomendations?

What about the Prescott-Russell Recreational Trail (http://www.prescott-russell.on.ca/sentier-trail/)?

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Old 06-09-05, 08:37 PM
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Well, wave if you see me, I'm planning Montreal-Ottawa.

There's a route explained in details here: http://www.hedney.com/o-m.htm
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Old 06-09-05, 09:29 PM
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Merci Erick, cet itinéraire semble très détaillé... je vais le lire plus à fond et t'en redonner des nouvelles.
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By the way, when will you do this ride?
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I should leave on june 21st after a night shift (slow riding with lots of pauses!) and be back home on the 25th. I'm changing most moving parts (including rear wheel) on my bike so I might be short on cash. If I'm too low, I'll do the same but starting on july 19th, or even on august 9th. Depends where else I might go in july. On these short trips, I decide where I go at the last minute, literally. I really want to go around Ottawa though, checking out Gatineau park and maybe a stop at Bertrand's shop. I'm interested in their bikes.

Here's another route from Michel Gagnon (haven't read it yet): http://www.mgagnon.net/velo/Mtl-Ottawa.en.html

When do you go?
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The Bertrands have the nicest bike shop in Ottawa! And it is in one of the very few nice neighborhoods on the Quebec side of the river (Laval street and Eddy street).

As for the Gatineau Park... well, it's Ottawa's playground. On weekends, it is packed with people in every corner. If you are looking for something quiet, weekdays are much better.

I'm leaving this monday (june 13th) and I should head back on Friday. I'm not sure if I should force the trip in one long day or split the trip in two. I'm not in great shape so I might end up doing it in two days... but since I'll be travelling alone, I might also prefer riding then stoping at the end of the day. I'll do the same ride later this summer with my partner at a slower pace anyway during my one month Quebec tour.
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I was also thinking about doing this trip myself. After you're done, you should post up on which way you guys went and what you thought. I'll probably do this after my Ottawa-Toronto-and-back trip in a couple weeks and I'd be interested in what you guys thought of your routes.
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Sebach, I'll post my comments on the condition that you post your comments on your Ottawa-Toronto trip ;-)
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Sounds good, I'll bring my GPS so I can keep track of how many times I get lost.
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Originally Posted by Erick L
Well, wave if you see me, I'm planning Montreal-Ottawa.

There's a route explained in details here: http://www.hedney.com/o-m.htm

I'm back from my short bike trip. I followed the road indicated in this website and it was fabulous! I especially liked the road from Rigaud to Lachine in Montreal. The landscape is incredibly flat but the view of the river compensate for this. There are plenty of places where to stay along the road, i picked the Voyageur Provincial Park which was good.

The only problem was the rain... not that I dislike the rain in general but a week long of cold rain is not what one would expect after a week of warm and sunny weather. I also got sick while in Montreal so I had to come back by bus... Since I have some time available this summer, I might try this ride again.
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Got back yesterday. Left on the 21st, took the Vaudreuil-Dorion ferry and rode west on the Québec side. I camped just west of Carillon. 25$! I should've camped near the dam. The 344 is really nice and quiet. The shoulder ends about 2km east of St-André. No big deal. The only painful part is the small strech in Grenville to reach the 148. My map says you can go through the village instead but I didn't bring that map so I didn't know at the time. The 148 is very busy but it has a nice and wide shoulder all the way to Gatineau. It disappears momentarily in Masson, then it disappear for good once you're in Gatineau, where the road becomes a 4-lane boulevard. Traffic wasn't bad though since it was late afternoon and most traffic was getting out of town. Soon, you can take local streets and bike paths.

The visitor center at Gatineau park was close when I got there, so I ended stealth camping in the park. Deer woke me up in the morning. I must say I envy you guys in the region. Gatineau park is absolutely great biking! I've never seen so many happy cyclists.

My map says there's a campground at the heart of Ottawa but when I got there, it looked more like a construction site. Took a look at the parliament, shook hands with Ben the protester and moved on.

Came back Ontario side. The route is a bit more confusing. The website's instruction is basically using the closest route from the river (and avoiding the 17 when possible). I'd suggest using a map in case you take a wrong turn or want to explore. I camped at "camping Chartrand", east of Levaivre, 4km off the main road. It's mostly a camping for trailers that have grown roots. Very quiet, on the river, showers and a small restaurant opening at 7am (I had 2 breakfast ). Water needs to be boiled before drinking (you can buy some in Lefaivre). 12$. There was a couple of cyclists at the campground doing the same trip but more slowly. There are more campgrounds around L'Orignal.

I'll have to go back and spend more time in Ottawa/Gatineau park.
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Ottawa is a cycling paradise... it seems there is a cycling path (not a bike lane, a real cycling path) to go almost anywhere in the area. The park is great... on sunday mornings they close the main road to cars and it becomes a beautiful but weird cycling highway!

I am just strating to discover the region... I've heard really good comments about the Ottawa-Kingston ride along the Rideau waterways... if the road from Kingston to Montreal is nice, that would be a very nice triangle ride.
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Originally Posted by Magictofu
Ottawa is a cycling paradise... it seems there is a cycling path (not a bike lane, a real cycling path) to go almost anywhere in the area. The park is great... on sunday mornings they close the main road to cars and it becomes a beautiful but weird cycling highway!

I am just strating to discover the region... I've heard really good comments about the Ottawa-Kingston ride along the Rideau waterways... if the road from Kingston to Montreal is nice, that would be a very nice triangle ride.

FRICKIN' AWESOME!

I'm in Ottawa (Orleans) and have been thinking about this trip - and others - but was looking for people who'd done it.

Thanks for posting here with your experience! I'll probably follow the same route you did and, as you suggest, find a different place to camp.

Do you have a packing list from your trip? I'm still finalizing mine. Any photos of your bike, packed for the trip? (or just scenic photos)

Thanks! Great to have a fellow Ottawa-ite here!

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af895, I've only done the Ottawa to Montreal ride so far and I don't think I'll ride the Ottawa-Kingston-Montreal-Ottawa road this summer since I'll be leaving for a one month trip in Quebec with my partner this august. I might take the road to Montreal another time since then in order to meet more friends over there but there is nothing decided yet. I didn't take too many pictures (2 I guess) but I can try to post one in a couple of days when I'll be back from Quebec city. As for my packing list... I only make them for extended trips... for short trips like this one I jus grab what is available in my drawers + my ready-to-travel-kits (laundry kit, hygiene kit, camping kit...).

On the road to Montreal, I really liked the Voyageur Provincial Park for camping but some of my friends suggested me the Oka Provincial Park in Quebec instead. someone I met recently told me the road to Kingston is a very nice one. He did it in only one day... I would probably take two days since a) I am Lazy b) I am in bad shape c) I like to visit the place that I cross.

By the way, i'm in Hull.
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I have a slight preference for the Québec side along the Ottawa river. A bit more varied scenery, less farmland, some creeks and rivers with real current (and not brown in color ). More stealth camping options and plenty of "real" campgrounds. Unfortunately, what would make an awesome camping spot on the Rouge river is clearly posted as off-limit. If my memory is correct, there's a campground on the southeastern side of the bridge. They probably own the land across the road as well, since it looks like new campsites. Road 148 is very busy but has a great shoulder. While I was riding it, I was thinking "this is how roads should be made". So it's really nice if you can get pass the traffic noise.

As for the rest of your trip, I rode once along the St-Lawrence up to the Ontario border. Coming from Ontario, there's an actual bike on the 338 and then a nice bike path along an old canal. The beginning of the bike path might be confusing. I rode it two years ago and there were some construction. I'm sure things have improved a lot since then. At the end of the canal, you can take the 338 again to Dorion. There's a campground at the end of the path.

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- Rouge river
- Oka ferry (note the tiny boat pulling the barge)
- Viewpoint near park Plaisance
- Carillon hydro dam
- Church in Lefaivre (Ontario)
- Deers from my camp in Gatineau park (try to find the second deer).

As for packing list, it went something like this (including what I wear):

- Tent
- Sleeping pad
- Sleeping bag
- LED bike light (mostly used as flashlight)
- 42 liter back panniers
- Handlebar bag
- Rain covers
- Two water bottles (third cage is used for Gatorade or juice)

- 3 pair of bike shorts
- 4 synthetic T-shirt (one is a jersey)
- 2 pair cycling gloves
- 4 pair of socks
- 1 long sleeve synthetic t-shirt
- 1 100 weight fleece top
- 1 pair underwear
- 1 pair normal short
- 1 thin long nylon pants (mostly for bugs in camp)
- 1 pair long underwear (don't ask me why I carried that, I don't know)
- baseball cap (synthetic, with mesh sides)
- Rain jacket
- Wind jacket (detachable sleeves)
- Helmet cover
- Shoe cover

- 1 liter cookset + handle
- Lexan bowl
- Lexan Spoon + plastic knife (from take-out restaurant)
- Lexan cup
- Salt & pepper
- Matches and lighter
- Stove + heat reflectors + fuel bottle + pump
- Small piece of clothe (ripped from a camp towel)
- Waterbag
- Food (rice, olive oil, oatmeal, nuts and dried fruit, hot chocolate, etc)

- Toiletteries (toothbrush, almost empty toothpaste tube, comb, small bottle of campsud, etc)
- Camp towel
- First aid kit (I replace used items. I also keep some quarters in there)
- Sunscreen
- About 1/3 roll of toilet paper

- Bike tools (tire lever, allen keys, spoke wrench, etc)
- 2 tubes + patch kit
- Spare bolts and nuts, a few chain links (kept in film canister)
- Rag (also ripped from camp towel)
- Small bottle of oil (not full)
- Swiss knife (very basic)
- A few plastic bags, including some ziplocs

- Camera, lens attached + hood, Compact Flash card inside
- Spare battery (fully charged!)
- ND graduated and non-graduated filter
- Remote shutter release
- Lens pen (lens cleaning)
- Tripod

- Maps
- Keys
- Wallet

That covers it. Interesting exercise. I didn't have a list either. This is from memory. What can I say, I hate doing laundry. Can you believe all of this fitted inside the panniers? Here's my bike, on a loooong straight on the 344 just after Carillon hydro dam (westbound).
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Ok! I came back from Quebec City a few days ago... on my way back i decided to ride on the Quebec side of the Ottawa river. The landscape is more diverse and there seem to be more place where one could pitch a tent. I didn't camp anywhere however since I made the ride from Montreal to Ottawa in a single day. I really had problems with trucks on that road though and I'm not sure I would take it back when I'll ride between Montreal and Ottawa again later this summer.

Anyway, here's a picture of my bike. I took it at the beginning of my first trip (Ottawa to Montreal) early in the morning on a hill overlooking Gatineau. I didn't take any picture on my second trip (Quebec City to Ottawa) since I plan to take the same road later this summer during my 'Tour du Quebec' (and because I didn't feel like it either). Anyway, I had about the same amount of luggage on both tours since I planned to stay in Montreal and Quebec city for a few days each time and planned to camp on both trips.
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