16 km Linear rail trail • In Algonquin Park, TAG picks up the rail trail theme again with the Old Railway Bike Trail. This is one of the few places along the Toronto to Algonquin Greenway (TAG) where bike rentals are available. The rentals are located at the Lake of Two Rivers Store, just off Hwy 60 (the corridor) at Km 31. You can purchase supplies here, have lunch and even enjoy a well-deserved ice cream cone after your ride.
From here you follow a connector trail across the historic airfield to the rail trail. Look out for wild blueberries to pick here – but don’t argue with any bears. To the left, the Old Railway Bike Trail runs 10 km to Rock Lake. To the right it runs 6 km towards Cache Lake. Each has its own character. Try both and decide on your favourite. Through the trees you’ll catch glimpses of paddlers on adjacent rivers and lakes. On the trail you’ll pass lots of family groups, their faces lit up with happy smiles. You’ll see remnants of all kinds of railway bridges.
The Old Railway Bike Trail follows a segment of the long abandoned Ottawa, Arnprior, and Parry Sound Railway. Originally it ran all the way across Ontario’s largest provincial park, but when the railway was decommissioned all the bridges were removed. It’s difficult to imagine now, what that led to this decision. Today, we’re fortunate to have 16 kms of improved rail trail to enjoy.
Here’s an innovative way to travel between Algonquin Park and Toronto or Ottawa, to complete your Greenway experience. Parkbus is a project of Transportation Options.