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.
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.
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.
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.
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.