Cycling on the Trans Canada Trail

In my continued pursuit of cycling my way to fitness, I’ve begun exploring Chambly’s options for bike trails. In my previous post I ventured down to the Chambly waterfalls, and over the last few days I’ve been making my way up something even more exciting.

The Trans Canada Trail.

The Trans-Canada Trail with Queen-Anne’s-Lace bursting forth from the underbrush.

Though still incomplete (they’re aiming to have it finished for next year to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday), most of this trail is finished to decent enough point that you can literally bicycle from one end of the country to the other using this path alone.

I actually met someone in Vancouver who was doing this. He only made it from BC to Manitoba – almost 2,000km to be fair – but said it was truly spectacular.

And what lovely paths they are if this is what it’s like for a good portion of the way.

The farthest along I’ve made it is about 45 minutes. I’m compelled to go farther, but gotta reserve some steam for the way back. By the end of the summer I want to be able to take a day trip along it and see where that takes me.

In the meantime, I’m building up the muscle. Not to mention butt stamina (bike seats are my nemesis).

Anyway, I took some pictures along the way not only because it was lovely, but because it was lovely and it was springtime. Everything’s green and flowering right now and I simply can’t help but show it off. Chambly may be small (only 25,000 people – a quarter the size of Hastings), but it does have a lot of nature to offer.

Down the road through the open fields.
Which turn into literal farm fields.
Which become more forested.
Which become much more forested – with more and more people as you go.
You get all that beautiful dappled light coming into the trees and reflecting off the dandelion heads.
And suddenly you’re in the middle of the woods – echoing bird songs and everything.
Branching off from the main trail are some tantalizing dirt roads that lead mysterious places – maybe I’ll follow one day.
You emerge from the trees into urban backstreets which feels entirely disorienting, but keeps things interesting.
But not quite so disorienting as then biking under a major highway overpass. Although “major” is debatable when there’s still farm fields running underneath the pylons.

It was about as far as this that I managed to bike. The trail seemed to continue into the depths of developments and industrial parks. Even so, you can’t get bored with the scenery.

For a lot of it, you get to see the quaint little backyards – and sometimes even front yards – facing the trail.

Cute little cottage tucked away.
Bridge over the ditch to someone’s expansive backyard.
Best of all: backyard with a tire swing.

You definitely feel like a bit of a voyeur going past, but it feels intimate at the same time – like you found a secret passageway and your willingness to travel along it as far as you can is your permission to share in this world.

So if you’re a biking enthusiast, the Trans Canada Trail should be on your list of monumental tasks to accomplish. I feel really lucky to have this on my doorstep.

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