Friday, 18 December 2009

Proposed Route - Montréal to Wood Islands, P.E.I.

Québec has one of the best cycle-route networks in the world - La Route Verte or 'the Greenway'. The province has over 4,000 kilometres of designated cycle trails developed by Vélo Québec. I'll make handy use of their ready-made and well signed scenic routes during my time in the province. I'm also looking forward to speaking french (inadequately) for a few days!

I'll start by navigating out of Montréal using the Route Verte 5 cycle path which will take me from downtown to the edge of the city. From there, I'll continue along the same 'green route', as far as Québec City, following the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River. (The St. Lawrence connects the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean).

A lot of this route through the Québécois countryside uses the course of the Chemin-du-Roy or King's Highway. This historic road between Repentigny and Québec City was completed as early as 1737 and at that time was the longest road north of the Rio Grande!

From Québec City, I'll cross over the St. Lawrence and continue up it's southern shore, this time on Route Verte 1, until I take a perpendicular road away and enter New Brunswick. I'm now heading into the Canadian Maritimes, the region of Eastern Canada consisting of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

After visiting Edmundston and Grand Falls, I'll make a remote and lonely looking crossing of the interior of New Brunswick and then ride down part of the east coast of the province, arriving at the spectacular bridge to Prince Edward Island. The Confederation Bridge is a long one at nearly 13 km and was only built in the 1990's. (There was a ferry crossing before that). Unfortunately, cyclists aren't allowed to ride across the bridge, so I'll have to take a shuttle bus to the other side. Shame.

Once on the island, I'll take the Trans-Canada Highway across it, visiting the provincial capital Charlottetown at the half-way pont. The process of Canadian Confederation was started here at a conference in 1864. I'll continue on the Trans-Canada to the south-east corner of the island and take a short ferry ride back to the mainland, landing in my 9th province, Nova Scotia.

Elevation Profile

Placename or POI Dir. Road Highway Name Next POI Total Km
MONTREAL NE RV5 (Route Verte 5) 32 5,911
Repentigny NE #344 Rue Notre Dame 16 5,943
L'Assomption SE #343 (Route Verte 5) 4 5,959
Saint-Sulpice NE #138 (Route Verte 5) 36 5,963

64 5,999

123 6,063
QUEBEC CITY S #175 Boulevard d'Laurier 3 6,186

NE #132 (Route Verte 1) 66 6,189

113 6,255

SE #289 Rue Principalé 94 6,368

Québec / New Brunswick Province Border

SE #120 Rue Centrale 42 6,462
59 6,504
Grand Falls SE #108
39 6,563
Plaster Rock

138 6,602
Renous E #118
16 6,740
Kirkwood E
S Barnaby Rd 9 6,756
Barnaby River SE #126
27 6,765

E #480
33 6,792

SE #134
45 6,825

4 6,870

NE #535
19 6,874
Cocagne SE #530
8 6,893
Shediac Bridge S #134
8 6,901
Shediac E #133
26 6,909

SE #15
12 6,935
Mates Corner E #955
27 6,947
Confederation Bridge NE #16 (Bus, no cycling) 15 6,974

New Brunswick / Prince Edward Island Province Border

Prince Edward Island

SE #1 Trans-Canada Hwy 60 6,989

61 7,049
Wood Islands


Ferry: Wood Islands to Caribou, NS (1¼ hrs)

Prince Edward Island / Nova Scotia Province Border

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