Biking To See Some Beautiful Trilliums!

There is an amazing display of trilliums in a section of forest near the southern edge of Gatineau Park. Here’s the route I biked to get there.

This ride begins on the Portage Bridge over the Ottawa River and travels along a combination of surfaces, from paved pathways, to roads, stone dust paths, and packed dirt trails through the forest.

If anyone needs a route to get to the starting point please let me know.

View down river from Portage Bridge

On the Gatineau side of the bridge I took the link to the Voyageurs Pathway off to the right, and then turned left under the bridge.  At present there is no option to do otherwise as the section of the Voyageurs Pathway down along the river is still closed due to last Spring’s flooding.

Voyageurs Pathway curling under the Portage Bridge on the Quebec side

The path continues alongside Rue Laurier before veering closer to the river’s edge through Parc des Portageurs.

Where the path heads away from the road towards the river’s edge

I continued along the Voyageurs Pathway which weaves up and down  through trees with great views towards the Ottawa River. The path is named after the Voyageurs who portaged their canoes past this section of rapids.

Voyageurs Pathway weaving through the tress

Just beyond the small beach in Parc Moussette I took the exit off the path to  Boulevard de Lucerne, then to Rue St-Dominique, which I followed across the intersection of Boulevard Alexandre-Taché.

Unfortunately Alexandre-Taché is one of the worst roads to bike along in the entire region. It’s a four lane arterial speedway with no bike lanes. Fortunately there’s only a short section to bike along to get to the start of the bike path into the Moore Farm. By the time the red light at the intersection had changed I had made it to the path before the trucks and cars overtook me. Otherwise, there is the sidewalk. It would be a huge benefit to the Moore Farm if there was a safer bike link to the Voyageurs Pathway.

Boulevard Alexandre-Taché just before Moore Farm

I then rode up along the stone dust path through the farm. The restored farmhouse has a very nice bistro open from Thursday to Sunday if one wanted to stop and have a drink or snack.

Stone dust path through Moore Farm

A bit further along the path just beyond the barn I turned onto a smaller dirt path that dips down to the right.

Exit onto dirt path

A short distance further along it becomes a packed gravel path. My guess is that it once was an railway bed.

Old railway path

After riding across a patch of concrete over a stream the gravel path veers left and becomes a a dirt trail through the woods. There are a few roots and rocks to negotiate along this path, but for the most part I found it to be well worn and easily negotiable on my hybrid bike.

End of gravel path….to dirt path

I started to notice a few trilliums immediately upon turning onto this dirt path. Gradually more and more appeared as I rode along, as they began to spread out on either side of the path. Absolutely magical.

Trilliums

Eventually the path arrives at an intersection.  Unfortunately these paths aren’t marked. By heading straight ahead the path becomes more rugged and there’s a fenced off compound on the right. That’s a prison. Don’t want to go that way. Instead I turned left at the intersection.

Left at the intersection

The trail continued under some power lines. This monstrous hydro pole confirmed I was heading in the right direction.

Under the power lines

Not too far along from the hydro lines the path gets a little rocky. I walked my bike through this short section leading down to the paved Pioneers Pathway.

 

 

Rocky section at the end of the trail

 

 

 

 

Trail joins up with the paved Pioneers Pathway

I continued along the Pionniers Pathway under the bridge and up to where it intersects the Gatineau Park Pathway. I turned left onto the Gatineau Park Pathway and followed it all the way back down to Boulevard Alexandre-Taché.

Riding down the Gatineau Park Pathway

There are lights to get across Boulevard Alexandre-Taché to Rue Belleau, which has bike lanes.

View down Rue Belleau

At the end of Rue Belleau there is a link to the Voyageurs Pathway . I then followed Voyageurs Pathway back to the Portage Bridge and across the river.

Et voila!

 

 

 

Author: ottawavelo

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