Cruise our side streets or roam further afield on some of the best cycling routes around.

Lanark County is a cyclist’s paradise with its variety of routes suitable to many different skill levels. The Canadian Shield lands provide great training hills, while the flatter farmlands allow for speed – or a rest.

All of this is nestled into some of the most gorgeous scenery anywhere – a mix of rocks, forests, wetlands, meadows, lakes and rivers and all roads lead to downtown Carleton Place.

Lanark County Tourism in consultation with local cycling experts have prepared a few routes for cycle enthusiasts which feature Carleton Place. There are a variety of lengths suitable for new and experienced riders.

Route One:  about 4.5 kms

This ride begins at Centennial Park. Enjoy the water and a picnic lunch at the Park then hop on your bikes to work off dessert!

This route is good for families and meanders through residential neighbourhoods.  All road surfaces are smooth. Remember to respect the traffic lights and be careful when crossing town line Rd. There might be some exposure to parked cars, so watch for opening doors.

Begin at Centennial park and follow Joseph St north west (cross Town line Rd at traffic lights) stay on Joseph to Prime. Turn right on Prime Place to Quarry Rd. Turn left on Quarry Rd  to Julie Anne Crescent. Turn right onto Julie Anne Crescent and circle back to Quarry Rd. Turn left onto Quarry Rd and follow to Bridge St. Cross Townline Rd at Bridge St one block to Herriot St. Turn right onto Herriot St and follow to Flora. Turn left onto Flora St and continue back to Centennial Park. View Carleton Place Cycling Route One.

Route Two: about 7.5 kms

This ride begins at the Information Centre, Gallery and Gift Shop. Stop in and enjoy the Artwork of local artisans before beginning this family friendly tour. This route takes you along the Mississippi Riverwalk, and past the historic town hall, past Riverside Park and the Canoe Club. The Riverwalk trail is narrow and heavily treed. Go slow and enjoy the fantastic scenery or get off your bike and walk along this section. Be careful when crossing Bridge St and use the pedestrian crosswalk.

Take the bike paths along Coleman to Hooper St. Turn left onto Hopper and follow to Lake Ave E. Cross Lake Ave E onto Crampton. Turn right at Stonewater Bay to arrive at the Riverwalk Trail. Walk or bike the trail to its end at Princess St. Turn right onto Princess to Mill St. Follow Mill St past the town hall. Cross at Pedestrian Cross walk and turn left on Bridge St one block to Allan St. Turn right onto Allan St the left onto Victoria. Follow Victoria to John St. – turn right. Follow John to Riverside Park to travel on bike paths in the park, just past the Canoe Club, take bike paths to boat launch then turn onto Lake Ave West. To Mississippi Rd. Take Mississippi Rd to Woodward – turn left onto woodward turn right on Boyd then left on Arthur. Follow Arthur and it turns into Coleman. Return to Info Centre.View Carleton Place Cycling Route Two.

Route Three: about 12 kms

Start at Riverside Park. Enjoy the splash pad and park!  This is a nice family ride but stay single file along heavily trafficked sections.

Lots of parked cars along Mississippi Rd so watch for moving traffic and doors opening. Follow the lights when crossing Hwy 7 onto Lake Park.

Start at Canoe Club and follow bike path along the river to boat launch. Take Lake Ave W to Mississippi Rd. Follow Mississippi Rd to Hwy 7, cross carefully at lights to Lake Park Rd.- turn right onto  Lake Park at stop sign . Continue down Lake Park Rd to Timberwood, turn left and take Timberwood to 10th line of Beckwith, turn right onto 10th line to Carlbeck Dr – follow Shanna Dr back to Lake Park Rd. – turn right onto Lake Park Rd and continue back to Riverside Park

Route Four: about 15 kms

This is one you’ll want to take slowing and even stop at times along the way. There is some traffic so ride single file! This is paved but parts of River Road can be bumpy. There is a hill on River Road so hands on brakes here. This is a very scenic route. If time allows stop for a rest near the falls in Appleton.

Park at Trans Canada Trail Head just off Cavanagh Rd past McNeely Ave.  Take the Trans Canada Trail east to Appleton Side Road. Go left on Appleton Side Rd and follow to River Rd. Follow the loop on River Road and loop back to Appleton Side Rd. Get back on Trans Canada Trail heading west to Carleton Place. View Carleton Place Cycling Route Four.

Route Five:  option one 19 kms, option 2 – 28 kms.

Choose your routes depending on the length of the ride you want to take. This is a very pleasant ride mostly on paved roads. Portions that are not paved are smooth and well packed.

One- Park at Trans Canada Trail Head at Cavanagh Rd/McNeely Ave. Take Trans Canada Trail to Ashton Station Rd. Turn left onto Ashton Station Rd.

For shorter distance ride – turn onto McArton Rd and follow back to Appleton Side Rd. For longer ride go past McArton Rd and continue onto Golden Line Rd. Turn left at Hamilton Rd and continue until Appleton Side Rd.

Take Appleton Side Rd back to the Trans Canada Trail and go west back to Carleton Place. View Carleton Place Cycling Route Five.

Additional cycling routes area also available on the Cycle-Carleton Place website a nifty little site by a Carleton Place resident and cycling enthusiast.