Itinerary - The K&P Trail: End-to-end

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Day 1

Arrive in Ottawa. If you are arriving on Day 1, we will pick you up at the airport (MacDonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW)), train station, or bus station and take you to the hotel. You have the rest of the day to explore Canada’s beautiful capital before a team meeting at 18:00 and then dinner at an excellent restaurant in the heart of the Byward Market. Ottawa is a very tourist-friendly city and you are within easy walking distance of Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal, and the National Arts Centre. Visit the National Gallery of Canada or walk across the Ottawa River to the Museum of History, in Gatineau, Quebec. 

Accommodation: Hotel in Ottawa
Meals included: D

Day 2

We leave civilization and transfer up the Ottawa Valley to Forest Lea. This is a cross-country ski venue in the winter and has mountain bike trails suitable for every level in the summer. After some fun single-track biking, we head for Cobden, Ontario on the gravel roads. 

Accommodation: Hotel in Cobden
Cycling distance: 46 km + trails at Forest Lea
Meals included: B, L, D

Day 3

This morning we leave Cobden and head for Renfrew on the back roads. There, we pick up the K&P Trail and travel 22 km to our hotel in Calabogie.

The K&P was created on an abandoned rail bed that goes from Renfrew to Kingston. It’s our home for the next 2 days. The trail is wide with no steep sections and the surface varies from fine stone dust to long grass with lots of puddles. It travels through an amazing variety of land, with large rock cuts, forests, lakes, and open meadows. It’s a great way to get to the uninhabited areas of Ontario but still feel like civilization is accessible. This evening, we can visit a local restaurant which often features live music!

Accommodation: Hotel in Calabogie
Cycling distance: 50 km
Meals included: B, L, D

Day 4

This is our longest day on the bikes. We start with a short detour around Calabogie Lake (because the trail is now submerged) and pick up the K&P on the other side. From there, it’s all K&P Trail to our hotel in Sharbot Lake tonight. There are lots of opportunities for rest (and swim) breaks along the way. Our support vehicles will rendezvous with us at strategic road crossings to distribute food and top up our water bottles. There will be a picnic lunch along the trail. Because the trail is so flat, we really feel like we’re going at a fast pace.

Accommodation: Hotel in Sharbot Lake
Cycling distance: 80 km
Meals included: B, L, D

Day 5

This is another long day but not too difficult because it’s flat. From Sharbot Lake, we start with a 12 km section on tarmac because the K&P is completely flooded (waist deep!) and then veer onto the drier part again. We enjoy a picnic lunch along the trail and then continue to Kingston, joining the Cataraqui Trail and the Rideau Trail and coming into the city from the west, along Lake Ontario. It’s one of the Great Lakes and you’ll feel like you’re on the ocean. Kingston is a beautiful and historic city, home to Queen’s University and (notoriously) Kingston Penitentiary (now closed). 

Accommodation: Hotel in Kingston
Cycling distance: 76 km
Meals included: B, L, D

Day 6

This morning, we use our bikes for an optional tour of Kingston. For those who like technical single-track mountain biking, one group can visit a local venue at Collins Bay park. The other group will enjoy a guided tour of Queen’s University and a trip on the Wolf Island Ferry. For trips in July or August, we could attend an event at the Fort Henry National Historic Site. At noon, we will all rendezvous and transportation will be provided back to Ottawa.

Accommodation: none
Cycling distance: 10-20 km
Meals included: B


Summary:
Cycling 252 km over 5 days + selected optional trails