The K&P Trail

I went for a pleasure bike ride today.  I never thought I’d be going for a pleasure bike ride on Jan 20 in Ontario.   I have ridden before in the winter, if the roads were clear, but just going a short distance to get somewhere, because it was COLD!   Today it was about 4 degrees and there is hardly any snow–hasn’t been for at least a month and a half.

After looking at them building this new piece of the K&P Trail from Rideaucrest ever day, I wanted to check it out.  This isn’t the most beautiful time of the year, remember–everything is grey and beige and dirty and blah looking–but here it is.

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Starting out in Douglas Fluhrer Park.   They’ve planted tons of new trees all along the trail–at least as far as Montreal Street.

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Around the end of the Woollen Mill.

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Along the back of Rideau Street.

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Coming up to Montreal Street.  These pipes are waiting to be laid all along the next part of the trail.  I had to lift the bike over them at one point.

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You cut up through the industrial area behind Quatrocchi’s to Hickson, and then north towards John Counter Blvd.

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Snow.  Eeewww.  What’s it doing here?

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The bus station.   The Timmie’s next door seems to be getting a makeover.

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From the bridge on Sir John A Macdonald Blvd.  I wasn’t on the proper trail here.  I didn’t know where it went after John Counter and Division.

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Heading along Dalton Ave.   The Timmie’s asks us politely to be a good neighbour and not litter.  How Canadian is that eh?

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A little herd of cherry pickers in their natural habitat, the heavy equipment store.

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The end of the line for me.  I wanted to go a little further, but it’s too snowy on the gravel.  This is at the far western end of Dalton Ave.  It used to be the beginning of this trail, but now this new piece connects it to downtown.   I found out where some more of the trail goes, along Dalton, but it lost me again.  I think maybe it goes up south of the Landmark Theater and the big box stores and then across the railway bridge on Division St.  I’m sure there will be signs when it is done.

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Now, the sign out front said Marie Riviere French Catholic school, but this says Frontenac Cultural Center.  The school must be in here somewhere.

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A fairy garden?  Along Hillcrest Street.

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This building at Pine and Division is coming along.   This part faces Pine and there is another building that faces Division.   This used to be the back yard of the house on the corner, which is still there.   It had big old trees and a couple of old barns and big fence around them.  I loved the dark gloom of the old yard, but the new owners may not have, and this is a lot more lucrative I’m sure.  And look–it’s that trendy shade of grey, just like the house to the right.

Of course, this trail will look much nicer in the summer, and once the new trees grow in.  It’s not the most scenic route, as most of it goes through industrial lands, but it’s a recreational trail and Kingston is very short of those.   Yay!

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