Bike Rides to the SouthWest:
2002 Beauharnois Canal Revisited with Sheryl


Roger Kenner
Montreal, Qc,
Canada 2004

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2002 Beauharnois Canal Revisited with Sheryl

Saturday, July 6, 2002

Foreword

It was barely a week after my solo ride along the Beauharnois Canal that I felt the need to share this wonderful ride with Sheryl. I knew she would find the trail to be quite pleasant, and the length, around 25km in total, was just right for a day's outing.

We set off fairly early, with out bikes strapped onto the rack at the back of the car. Before approaching the trailhead, we stopped off at the local supermarket in Valleyfield and bought ourselves a snack fit for a king. I then had to nose my way along carefully in order to find the approach to the St-Louis-de-Gonzaque bridge. We had no trouble parking our car in the vast parking area.

The Bike Trail begins at the parking area and leads underneath the bridge, to follow the Canal on the opposite side. Sheryl found the trail to be quite nice. There were many interesting plants along the way and I allowed her to stop whenever she wanted, for I was in no hurry. It was her day.

When we got to the point at the end of the trail, we could see the effect of the haze coming from all the forest fires in northern Quebec. One could not see across the lake. Indeed, one could hardly see across the Canal.

We had our picnic lunch at the rest area just south of the Valleyfield, Route 132, Bridge. All in all, we were on the trail from 10:00 until 16:00, a good day!

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on June 2002 Ride)
St-Louis-de-Gonzague Bridge

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on July 2002 Ride with Sheryl)
Rough Lake at Point

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on July 2002 Ride with Sheryl)
Sheryl Picking Flowers at Point Rough Lake & Haze at Point

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on July 2002 Ride with Sheryl)
Sheryl Along the Trail

 

Click to Enlarge (Taken on June 2002 Ride)
Rte 132 Bridge at Valleyfield

 

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Prepared by Roger Kenner
December, 2003; January, 2004