This is a great introductory route for multi-day gravel riding or bikepacking. A combination of three rail trails which form a 327km loop throughout the Ottawa Valley and Lanark Highlands. With a combination of crushed gravel trail to rutted multi-use tracks commonly used by ATVs the “D”Rail-leur will provide plenty of challenge. This rail trail will take you through some truly spectacular scenery and give you the opportunity to test your gear on a longer excursion that is a relatively easy ride.
The creator of this route is unknown.
- Fine-dusted trails: The OVRT railtrail is just about as smooth as they get. Starting in Smith’s Falls and all the way to Renfrew, it’s smooth sailing…or biking.
- Mississippi River: As you head up through Almonte and Mississippi Mills, you see some beautiful towns whose survival was dependant on the river itself.
- K&P Trail: What was once the Kingston-Pembroke railway has now been turned into a multi-use trail. It’s much rougher than either the OVRT or Cataraqui as most of the trail still allows access to ATVs.
- Calabogie town: At the northern end of the K&P trail, Calabogie Ski Resort has the highest vertical drop in Ontario. A beautiful little lakeside town with great restaurants and a beach. This is the last major re-supply until you reach Sharbot Lake.
- Sharbot Lake: A nice little town 50km from Harrowsmith, where the K&P connects with the Cataraqui. If heading north, this is where you need to resupply as the next one is Calabogie Town.
The ‘D’rail-leur was not created by the team at Bikepack Adventures. The creator of the route is unknown and Bikepack Adventures merely put a name to the loop. We believe this name suitably describes the route, as it is in the shape of a big D, it’s rail trail, and your bike has a derailleur. Hope you enjoy the ride.