|Approaching Brossard Line|
Having set off along the path into the tall grasses and away from the lake, one can soon see the wall of new suburban development which is Brossard. It stretches across one's path in a straight line, as far to the right and left as the eye can encompass, and makes such a stark contrast to the openness of the open field.
Before reaching the wall of houses, there is a small footbridge over the Rivière Saint-Jacques. This marks the official boundary of Brossard. Just beyond the footbridge, the trail turns briefly to the right and there is a small park, with facilities for cyclists. From a low rise in the park, one can see both up and down the small river.
|Kiosk & Brossard Path Approaching River Crossing|
|Crossing the River: Looking North to Highway|
|Brossard: River Looking South||Brossard: River Looking North & Footbridge|
Leaving the park and crossing the first suburban street, Avenue Radisson, the trail continues along its own right-of-way through the narrow greenspace of a hydro corridor. Underneath the hydro towers, the trail curves and turns its way over small artificial hills, provided for the enjoyment of cyclists, as the walls of houses crowd in on either side. One continues along this way for two blocks.
The crossing of Chemin des Prairies is a major one, marked by a special traffic light for cyclists. On the far side is another junction in the trail system. A sign indicates that one can continue on along the hydro right-of-way, to points as yet unknown. The main trail follows the busy roadway back to the waterfront. There is a protected right-of-way running through a narrow greenspace to the right-hand side of the road. No houses look upon this major artery. The way is lined by the tall fences of people's back yards
Soon one crosses underneath Route 132 once again, and comes out at a waterfront park.
|Brossard: Waterfront Park|
On my first visit to the park, I had been heading westward and had no idea that a river blocked my way. I had followed the trail down along the water, as far as I could, leaving the park and riding on the shoreline side of people's back yards, until finally my way was blocked and I was forced to backtrack. There is a small point, right at the river's mouth, which the town has allowed to become built up.
I seem to remember coming into the park along the waterfront as well, but I could not find this route on my way eastward. I ended up following the main trail, which parallels the freeway service road, which is actually still considered Boulevard Marie Victorin. I looked longingly to shoreward as I passed a vast complex of tall apartment blocks set amidst acres of green. I saw many cyclist riding along the street to my right, and in future rides I would go that way as well.
|Brossard: Along the 132|
|The Champlain Bridge|
The trail leaves the roadside and heads back onto its own right-of-way, right along the very shoreline, as it winds around the interchange ramps connecting Route 132 with the Champlain Bridge approaches.
|Waterfront Section Begins (Looking East: West of Bridge||... or ends (Looking West: West of Bridge)|
|Brossard: View Downriver|
The short way along the river's edge, separated from all the din of traffic by the trees and a healthy green space, is quite a treat. It comes to all-too-soon an end as the way eastward is blocked by a huge private marina, and the St. Lambert Locks complex beyond.
|Path along Shoreline, East of Champlain Bridge|
One is shunted inland, underneath Route 132 once again. After one short block into tree-lined older suburbia, the trail picks up alongside Riverside Street, the continuation of Marie Victorin. This approaches Route 132 at an angle as one moves eastward, and within a few short blocks the freeway has been reached.
|Along Riverside Street|
|Back to the 132||Along the 132|
Past the area of the Saint-Lambert Locks, Riverside Street runs just inland of the Route 132 freeway that hugs the shoreline. At the lock complex, a side trail heads up a long ramp and over the highway to the far side and Montreal. Until quite recently, this was the only section of the South Shore Littoral Trail that I would see, for coming from or heading to Montreal, my way led at right angles.
|Crossing Over South Shore Highway|
The scenery remains about the same as one passes underneath the twin rail bridges coming off the Victoria Bridge. Between the two bridges, and half a block inland along Edison Street, there is a small park and an unprotected (as yet) gravel roadway that leads up to track level, where one can see the rail junction as the two routes over the locks come together again.
Once past the railway overpasses, one has entered Saint-Lambert. The trail still runs along the inland side of the Route 132 freeway. There is a small park along the former Saint-Lambert shoreline commemorating the second terminus of the railway to Saint-Jean, extended from La Prairie in the 1850s.
|St. Lambert Rail Monument|
Tablet commemorating the centenary of the 1st Railway line in Canada, the Champlain & St. Lawrence Railroad, in operation July 21st, 1836, and extended to this site in January, 1852
-Erected July 21st, 1936
At the intersection with Notre Dame, the trail heads once more underneath Route 132 and comes out at the water's edge. There is a small wooden belvedere whence one can look up and down the Seaway channel. The locks of Saint-Lambert now lie some distance westward.
The trail heads off eastward into Longueuil, right alongside the water and to the shoreline side, now, of the freeway.
|At Notre Dame: View West to St. Lambert Locks|
|At Notre Dame Street: Longueuil Trail Eastward|