End to End Burner

In the world of graffiti, when you paint a train car from one end to the other, you call it an ‘end to end burner’. One of my favourite bike rides lately has been to drive out to Pointe-des-Cascades and ride along the Soulanges Canal to its other end in Coteau-du-Lac and back. It’s about 50km round-trip, but there is no elevation gain; the only thing that can get you is the wind. Along the canal (which is not serviceable by watercraft, and lies in various states of disrepair) you can find the remnants of an old powerhouse, many locks, picturesque landscape, and all sorts of wildlife.

I typically begin in Pointe-des-Cascades and ride into the prevailing Westerly wind, returning with the wind at my back
Looking West from the end of the pier in Soulanges
The final lock at the West end of the canal
There is a fort at Coteau-du-Lac, and the remains of the first canal works in Canada - a precursor to the St. Lawrence Seaway
Rapids of the St. Lawrence in the background, and the reconstructed canal in the foreground
Picturesque landscape
Powerhouse built in the late 19th century at Les Cedres
A detour and construction marking the site of a new bridge that will cross the St. Lawrence
Some photographer using an old-fashioned camera at the lookout in Pointe-des-Cascades
View of the Easternmost locks in Pointe-des-Cascades
A fox on the prowl

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