For the last bit of summer fun we took a four-day biking tour to Perth. I had not spent much time in the region and thought that biking would provide an excellent opportunity to slow down, visit some small towns, and experience the local hospitality. I was not disappointed.
We started our first day in downtown Ottawa along the Ottawa River Pathway towards Britannia Park, turned left on Moody Drive towards Bells Corner and followed the Trans Canada Trail to Stittsville and continued towards Carleton Place. Just before arriving to Carleton Place, we took a detour through some small rural roads to the surprisingly beautiful town of Almonte. We stayed at the Menzie’s House, a welcoming bed & breakfast in a 1850′s house by the Mississippi river. Relaxing by the pool never felt so good!
Our second day lead us to Perth. We followed along some local roads but were rather disappointed at the lack of public spaces to stop. Even though this was a relatively light biking day the absolute unavailability of stopping points combined with the hot weather made for an unpleasant ride. The reward came upon arriving in Perth, spending the hot afternoon at the pool in the Drummond House, another nice bed and breakfast, in downtown Perth.
Our third day started with a promise of thunder showers and instead of heading home as planned, we decided to make it a short ride to Merrickville and hide from the rain. What a nice change of plans! We got there early and had time to walk around downtown and browse through the local shops. We stayed at the Millisle, a bed and breakfast located in a stunning historic home. We spent the afternoon watching the rain from the veranda with a good book and a glass of wine.
Our last day started with a nice ride along the Rideau River all the way to Manotick, where we stopped for a nice lunch at the French Cafe. From there, we rode along Prince of Whales back home, a predictably unpleasant ride among cars. As a reward, we finished off our vacation (by car!) at the Le Nordik, a nordic spa in the Gatineau area, relaxing our tired muscles and gathering the last bit of energy to get back to work.