Itinerary - The K&P Trail in Three Nights
Typically on a Friday night of a long weekend, we gather at the selected hotel in Calabogie, a popular alpine skiing destination in Eastern Ontario. There will be a group meeting in the hotel lobby at 8:00 PM. Afterwards, we will assemble and check the bikes in preparation for an early start in the morning.
The K&P was created on an abandoned rail bed that goes from Kingston to Renfrew. 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. After our meeting, participants are free to visit a local restaurant which often features live music!
Accommodation: Hotel in Calabogie
Cycling distance: 0 km
Meals included: none
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
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 flood (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
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 the vehicles in Calabogie.
Cycling distance: 10-20 km
Meals included: B
Cycling 157 km over 3 days = average of 78 km/day