Leeds & 1000 Islands
Following the course of the St. Lawrence River, the 37 km St. Lawrence Bikeway is the designated Waterfront Trail in this area. Renowned as one of the Province's best trails, it connects you to several communities, incredible vistas and one of Canada's first national parks, St. Lawrence Islands National Park. Mallorytown Landing is the park's base. Rocky shoreline, mature trees, an interpretation centre, museum and washrooms are on-site. It's a fabulous place to stop for lunch.
The area is part of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve which that extends roughly 2700 square kilometers in the south eastern portion of Ontario. The Frontenac Arc is the ancient granite ridge linking the Adirondack Mountains to the Canadian Shield. The St. Lawrence River Valley floods across the Arch. Five forest regions merge at on the Arch giving the area a rich biodiversity. The area is internationally recognized by UNESCO as one of 16 Biosphere Reserves located in Canada. In 2010 the Frontenanc Arch Biosphere launched Explore the Arch a great web resource describing the significance of the area and the many places and things to do in the area.
- Waterfront Trail signage was installed in 2004.
- Off-road, wide multi-use trail extending 37 km.
- Crossing the St. Lawrence Parkway to Butternut Bay Rd requires caution.
- Butternut Bay Rd. is a busy service road with little to no shoulders. Caution required.
- Old HWY 2 leading into Brockville has narrow or no shoulders and high volumes of traffic. Caution required.
- Terrain is moderately hilly.
Resources, Local Maps and Connecting Trails
Frontenac Arch Biosphere information:
Leeds, Grenville & Lanark-- Try Our Trails produced by Tri-Health Team describes and maps regional trails. Contact
Seaway Trail- over the Ivy Lea Bridge to United States at Hill Island
- Regional Tourism Organization
- Leeds and Grenville Tourism Site
- 1000 Islands Chamber of Commerce
- Frontenac Arch Biosphere--Explore the Arch