Take in the scenic river views and across to the Gatineau Hills. Plan a picnic or take an extended rest stop in the riverside gardens of Pinhey’s Point and learn more about the original homestead with exhibits and museum. Fuel up with cold refreshments at the four corners of Dunrobin before turning on Second Line south, taking the time to hike or mountain bike the trails of the South March Highlands. 38 km
I took advantage of the long early-July evenings to make this an after-work ride. Once away from Kanata's wide suburban boulevards and onto the country roads, this is a delightful, 38-km short-medium ride with minimal hills and only some short sections with increased traffic and no paved shoulder to speak of. The presence of a number of other cyclists (all travelling much faster than me on their skinny, hi-tech mounts) attests to the popularity of this route.
The gravel road down to Pinhey’s Point Historic Site offers a lovely view of the Ottawa River and the upper Gatineau Hills. Beware the Thomas A. Dolan Parkway. There’s some rough pavement, although light traffic made it possible for me to swing out into the lane and avoid the worst sections. The Old Second Line Road offers a delightful, straight 12 km or so of modestly rolling riding.
Note the entrance to the popular mountain biking trails in the South March Highlands Conservation Forest. You’ll wonder why all the cars are parked along the road — until you spot the muddy people with the big smiles!