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Bicycling the Rideau
Opinicon Loop
(34 kilometres)

The following are turn by turn directions for a self-guided bicycle tour. Mate this information with a paper or digital map (see the Maps Page for information on various maps of the Rideau).

This loop tour will take you along the Cataraqui Trail, so it is best to use a mountain bike or hybrid. This is a short but scenic route, ideal for a family outing (plan a picnic along the route) - if you and the kids are comfortably with road cycling - otherwise return by way of the Cataraqui Trail.

Depending on your skill (stamina) as a bicycler, for the average bicycler, this is a half day ride. Please note that the kilometre distances are only approximate, they have been measured off a map.

My thanks to Jeff Greenall for the idea for this loop.

If you see any errors in this information, please email me.

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Bicycle Route
Route Arrow - continue along main route Right or Left Turn Arrow Side Loop - a side trip off the main route Stop of Interest Bicycle Route - where this route intersects another bicycle route
Chaffeys-Westport-Perth Loop Directions
  Km Location Description
0 Chaffeys Locks You may park your vehicle at the trail access point located 1 km west of the lock at the junction of Indian Lake and Opinicon Roads. Before you start, or after you finish, you should take time out to tour Chaffeys - take in the locks, the beautiful grounds of the Opinicon Resort Hotel, visit the Chaffeys Lockmasters House Museum.
0 Cataraqui Trail From the trail access at Indian Lake Road, head west along the Cataraqui Trail to its intersection with Maple Leaf Road.
Turn Left 16 Maple Leaf Rd The first main road that crosses the Cataraqui Trail is Maple Leaf Road at about 16 km (km 58.8 on the trail). Turn south (left) off the trail onto Maple Leaf Road and follow it just a short distance (0.1 km) to Opinicon Road.
Left Turn 16 Opinicon Road Turn east (left) onto Opinicon Road and follow it back to Indian Lake Road. This road has no shoulders and is a bit hilly, but has low vehicle traffic and is a pleasant ride.
Stop 34 Indian Lake Road If this is where you left your car - you're done. If you still haven't done Chaffeys, take time to visit this lovely village and lockstation.

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