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Prescott-Russell Recreational Trail

Prescott-Russell Recreational Trail
3.5
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A Flat and Boring Ride But Doable on a Road Bike
Jul. 2019
Summary: Biked on the PR trail from Ottawa to Vankleek Hill on a road bike with 25mm tires. Trail is packed stonedust with short gravel sections (< 10m long) leading up to some intersections. Not sure of the conditions east of Vankleek Hill. Details: Stonedust is a fine aggregate ranging in size from dust to a maximum of roughly 5mm in diameter. The Trans Canada Trail (TCT) from Bells Corners to Stittsville, for example, is packed stonedust. The difference between the TCT and the PR trail is that the TCT is well used, which means that there are two well-formed lanes, one in each direction of travel. As the lane is worn, the larger aggregates are dispersed to the middle of the trail and to the sides, leaving just packed dust in the lane. Riding on the TCT with a road bike is extremely easy but your bike will be coated with dust. On the other hand, the PR trail is less used, which means that the lanes themselves are not as bare as the TCT. Having said that, the PR trail is long, and the conditions change depending on where you're riding. From Ottawa to Bourget, the trail is not the same as the TCT, but it is close. The lanes are well-defined and largely devoid of the larger aggregates. From Bourget to Vankleek Hill, the trail is less worn, and therefore the lanes are not as bare, which makes for a slightly more difficult ride. You will be riding on a thin (maybe 1/2 inch) layer of the larger aggregates (up to 5mm) so your ride will not be as efficient, but the upside is that your bike will not be coated with dust. If you're unsure on what bike to take, ride on the TCT from Bells Corners to Stittsville. If you ride in the lane, it'll be similar to the Ottawa to Bourget section. If you ride in the middle of the trail or on the sides, it'll be similar to the Bourget to Vankleek Hill section. Also, as mentioned above, watch out for the short gravel sections leading up to some intersections. Lastly, the ride is flat and quite boring. Maybe it'll be prettier in the fall, but I wouldn't take a road bike at that time of year. Wet leaves and thin tires are not a good mix.

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J S
Ottawa, Canada8 contributions
Prescott Russell Trail - Pleasant Surprise
Sep. 2019
We biked the pathway from a new neighbourhood in Chaple Hill South (we parked on Felicity Crescent because we could not find the parking on Anderson as we are not familiar with the East end of Ottawa). Some kind neighbours showed us the pathway entrance. We rode approximately 25 km East to Hammond. At the Hammond Pavillion, we turned left and headed 1km down the highway to a nice corner store. They apparently make great pizza, we opted for a juice and a small bag of chips to go with our sandwiches. We biked back to the Pavillion and ate at the picnic tables under a shelter. Very clean but no washrooms. The trail passes under tree canopies, fields of potatoes and corn and lots of riding stables. Very picturesque, quiet and easy ride. Total ride time was just over 3 hours.
Written September 6, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Bilferr
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A Flat and Boring Ride But Doable on a Road Bike
Jul. 2019 • Friends
Summary: Biked on the PR trail from Ottawa to Vankleek Hill on a road bike with 25mm tires. Trail is packed stonedust with short gravel sections (< 10m long) leading up to some intersections. Not sure of the conditions east of Vankleek Hill.

Details: Stonedust is a fine aggregate ranging in size from dust to a maximum of roughly 5mm in diameter. The Trans Canada Trail (TCT) from Bells Corners to Stittsville, for example, is packed stonedust. The difference between the TCT and the PR trail is that the TCT is well used, which means that there are two well-formed lanes, one in each direction of travel. As the lane is worn, the larger aggregates are dispersed to the middle of the trail and to the sides, leaving just packed dust in the lane. Riding on the TCT with a road bike is extremely easy but your bike will be coated with dust.

On the other hand, the PR trail is less used, which means that the lanes themselves are not as bare as the TCT. Having said that, the PR trail is long, and the conditions change depending on where you're riding. From Ottawa to Bourget, the trail is not the same as the TCT, but it is close. The lanes are well-defined and largely devoid of the larger aggregates. From Bourget to Vankleek Hill, the trail is less worn, and therefore the lanes are not as bare, which makes for a slightly more difficult ride. You will be riding on a thin (maybe 1/2 inch) layer of the larger aggregates (up to 5mm) so your ride will not be as efficient, but the upside is that your bike will not be coated with dust.

If you're unsure on what bike to take, ride on the TCT from Bells Corners to Stittsville. If you ride in the lane, it'll be similar to the Ottawa to Bourget section. If you ride in the middle of the trail or on the sides, it'll be similar to the Bourget to Vankleek Hill section.

Also, as mentioned above, watch out for the short gravel sections leading up to some intersections.

Lastly, the ride is flat and quite boring. Maybe it'll be prettier in the fall, but I wouldn't take a road bike at that time of year. Wet leaves and thin tires are not a good mix.
Written July 27, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

yvvvvv
Montreal, Canada6 contributions
Nice trail, but lacks access to drinkable water
Jul. 2018 • Solo
Did the whole 72 km from east (St-Eugène) to west (Ottawa). Trail is 95% on gravel, so you need tires larger than 28 mm. Most of it is fine gravel, with a few parts with a mix of small rocks. I did the whole trail with Gatorskins 700x32 and it went fine, it was fast enough. It’s an old railway, so its mostly flat and it goes through a mix of fields and forests.

While there are a few a pavilions with a rest area and bathrooms along the way, there is no drinkable water available anywhere on the trail. You have to exit the trail and go to convenience/grocery stores nearby. I believe adding a few spots with drinkable water would make the trail a lot more popular. Other similar trails around the world usually have direct access to drinkable water on the trail.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed it and will do it again later this year with more water with me.
Written July 20, 2018
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Mitch_in_Ottawa
Ottawa, Canada159 contributions
Flat and Mostly Smooth
Jul. 2016 • Solo
I've rode this trail a couple of times from end to end. My second ride it was in better shape and money had been invested on some distance markers and better signage. Starting at the East end at the St-Eugene Pavilion the unfinished parts are a bit of a challenge on a road bike/cyclocross (what I rode the first time) but get better as you move West towards Ottawa. There are some basic washroom facilities at the pavilions but they suit the purpose. It's really a nice ride, it's very quiet and a bit secluded. I'll be riding it again soon.
Written August 31, 2016
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Mike S
Ottawa, Canada28 contributions
Nice trail
Jun. 2016 • Solo
Took a spin on the trail with my X-over bike, 700C wheels and no problems. Nice surface and very peaceful.
Written June 23, 2016
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Denise883
Ottawa, Canada13 contributions
drive in the country
Jun. 2015 • Solo
i use to bike on those trails everyday when I was living in bourget use to go to Ottawa by the trail nice view specially in fall season
Written May 3, 2016
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tunesntang
Montreal, Canada3 contributions
Road cyclists stay away!!
Sep. 2015 • Solo
I accept that this trail is the only way of crossing Eastern Ontario without cycling on roads, but it's not built for road tyres at all. I biked all the way from Ottawa to Montreal on a road bike yesterday and it was a soul-destroying experience. The vast majority of the trail is dense gravel that makes it impossible to exceed 20km/h even in the most friendly areas. Then there are completely unkept stoney areas that have clearly been ravaged by farm machinery. There's also NOTHING in the way of services. Not even water fountains at the pavilions. Ok, this is the country we're talking about and I wasn't expecting shops and cafes along the route...but if you're attempting the whole trail you are definitely going to run out of water. A few fountains does not seem a lot to ask. My day improved massively when I reached Quebec.
Written September 28, 2015
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41Sally
Ottawa, Canada55 contributions
Cycling the Ottawa River
Jun. 2015 • Friends
The Prescott-Russell Recreational Trail's website also suggests some on-road cycling trips in the area. We went for a ride along the 'Cycle the Ottawa River" route, and it was great! This route hugs the south shore of the Ottawa River from Ottawa to Hawkesbury (& beyond). We stopped for lunch in Rockland. Several little towns don't have any restaurants, so plan your trip accordingly. You ride through farmland and countryside, and the roads are in very good condition. We saw hardly any car traffic and no trucks at all. Motorcyclists seem to like this route too, but they always give a bicycle plenty of room. We're looking forward to doing it again soon.
Written June 28, 2015
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afmcdnl
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates156 contributions
Great biking trail
Aug. 2014 • Friends
We biked 20 km of the trail from Vankleek Hill road 34 heading west to Boundary Rd and back to the parking. The trail was crushed dust and great for biking. We passed only two washrooms (port-a-pottie) the whole time. Some great sights on the trail. No services so you will need to bring the required water and snacks. In each of the towns there is some paved area to make it wheelchair accessible.
Written August 21, 2014
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41Sally
Ottawa, Canada55 contributions
Good trail, not many services
Jul. 2014 • Couples
This cycling path crosses under HWY 417 at exit 17 and is only 2 km off the highway, so it was quite convenient to get to. The pea gravel path is in good condition and we cycled westward past farmland and the countryside is lovely. Once past Vankleek Hill, there are very few services so if you go, bring plenty of water and food. Overall it was a nice trip and we'll do it again soon.
Written July 15, 2014
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