Does the City have a pedestrian/bicycle trail?
The Brock Trail is a unique Brockville pathway system that lets you walk, jog, bike, blade or roll through the City’s spectacular waterfront and scenic green space. The pathway is 10 km in length and is still considered a work-in-progress. The fully paved path and boardwalk have been designed with access in mind providing curb cut-outs and a surface that can accommodate wheelchairs, scooters, baby carriages, strollers, bikes, trikes and roller blades. There are wonderful views all along the Trail and historical photo plaques enhance your experience.
The Brock Trail begins at Armagh S. Price Park on Blockhouse Island, home to Canada’s oldest railway tunnel (www.brockvillerailwaytunnel.com) and adjacent to the Brockville Rowing Club. (There is a short trail extension east to Centeen Park via Water Street). The trail winds westerly along the downtown waterfront, part of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail (www.waterfronttrail.org) before heading northward following Buell’s Creek through to Central Avenue. (There is a short trail extension to St. Lawrence Park via Church Street and a pathway linkage). At Central Avenue, travel east along the expanded sidewalk on the south side of Central Avenue to Ormond Street. (There is a short trail extension to Brookview Crescent). Head north on Ormond Street to Parkedale Avenue, west on the north side of Parkedale Avenue and cross the railway tracks. From here, follow the trail north which runs along the creek on the east side of St. Lawrence College grounds and through Memorial Park. At Laurier Boulevard, continue north along the newest link of the trail until you reach Centennial Road. The Brock Trail ends here at the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority’s “back pond”. Turn around and make your way back to the waterfront.
The Brock Trail bisects a number of City parks as it winds its way through the community. This makes it ideal for your children (and for you) to enjoy the available playground equipment. Bring a picnic basket and savour your meal while you feast on the wonderful views.
Fitness enthusiasts will find the Trail a safe pathway for jogging, running and roller blading – free from the worries of motorized traffic. The Brockville Road Runners Club has installed markers to help keep track of the distance you have travelled. Do you work downtown? Well, why not get a little exercise every morning and evening by biking or walking to work. The Brock Trail links much of the City’s downtown core with many neighbourhoods in the City’s western and central regions. You will also discover how the Trail changes with the seasons!
Your pets are also welcome to join you on the trail but remember, they must be kept on a leash and please observe our “poop and scoop” by-law.
Future expansions of the Brock Trail include an east linkage all the way to Oxford Avenue, and a link from Armagh S. Price Park through the exciting Brockville Railway Tunnel to the existing trail near Front Avenue.
The Brock Trail – yours to capture.