Bike Rides to the South Shore:
Notre Dame 'Loop' Ride

Roger Kenner
Montreal, Qc,
Canada 2004


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Notre Dame 'Loop' Ride

Sunday, May 23, 1999

Foreword

I had already made several rides in the 1999 season when I decided to make the loop around Ile Notre Dame and the Seaway, via Cité du Havre, Ile Notre Dame, The Seaway Causeway, and the Champlain Ice Bridge. It had been a number of years since I had ridden in that direction, and not yet with a camera, for 1999 was to be my year for documenting regular bike rides on film. As it turned out, I would end up making this run three times during the Summer of 1999. (See [Excerpts from 1999 Bike Log].)It was a good afternoon ride, from 13:00 to 18:00 altogether. I made a new discovery, finding the 'lower' path that runs right along the water and is totally hidden from the cyclists above. It is so hidden, in fact, that I came upon a spot frequented by gays sunbathing in the nude. Alas, my bicycle chain got somewhat damaged by riding through the underbrush, a hard-to-identify problem which would plague me for the rest of the Summer.

Cité du Havre

Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
Lachine Canal Bikepath: Decision Point

The ride began with my familiar route along the Lachine Canal. I believe I was still picking up the Canal at the Cote St. Paul Locks, as the new footbridge across the Canal east of the St. Remi Tunnel was not yet completed. For the last few years I had been reaching the Locks by curving back through the Turcot Yards from the intersection of St. Remi and St. Jacques. (This may have been the last time I went that way.) The ride along the old Canal route eventually brought me to the decision point, where usually I turned left to cross the Canal footbridge and ride out under the expressway towards Old Montreal. This time I contineud forward.


Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
Under the Expressway: Along Riverside Drive

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
Riverside Drive: The Old Pumping Station

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
Beginning of Bike Trail Along Cite du Havre

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
Cite du Havre Bike Trail

 

(Taken on 1999 Bourcherville Islands Ride)
The 'Boat Park' at the end of the Pier
[See Original Uncropped Photo]
[See Original Uncropped Photo]

 

[More details on the Boat Park]

Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
Bike Path & Play Area

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
Boat Park: The Fort Boat Park: The Boat

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
Boat Park Bike Paths

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
Boat Park: Lower Path

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
River View from Point

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
Boat Park: Harbour Side

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
Montreal Harbour from Boat Park
[See Original Unretouched Photo] [See Original Unretouched Photo]

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
Montreal Harbour Pier

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
Ile Ste. Helene from Boat Park The 'Bateau-Mouche'

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
The Concorde Bridge

 

The Expo Islands

Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
Bike Trail to Ile Ste. Helene Bike Trail to Ile Notre Dame

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
River View from Bridge: Between the Islands

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
Descent onto Ile Notre Dame

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
Channels & Former Gardens The Montreal Casino

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
Bike Trail along Ile Notre Dame Shoreline

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
Onto the Raceway

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
Towards the Bridge

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
The Victoria Bridge

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
Lift Bridge at St. Lambert Locks

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
The Bridge is Open (Closed) The Bridge is Closed (Open)

 

The Seaway Causeway

Click to Enlarge (Taken on July 2002 Ride/Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
Bike Path along Seaway Causeway

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
The Ship Channel and South Shore

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
Bird Island'

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
The Official Bike Trail (The 'Upper' Route)

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
Under the Champlain Bridge
[See Unretouched Original]  

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
Access to the Unnoficial ('Lower') Route

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
Narrow Path through the Bushes

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
Riding along the Shoreline

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
Family of Ducks

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
Wilderness Path by the Shoreline

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
Under the Champlain Bridge (Lower Trail)
[See Unretouched Original]

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
Looking Back on 'Lower' Path

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride)
Looking over Toward's Pastor's House

 

The Champlain Ice Bridge

Click to Enlarge (Taken on May 23, 1999 Ride/Taken on July 2002 Ride)
The Champlain Ice Bridge

 

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Prepared by Roger Kenner
January, 2004