In 2017, with funding support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Discovery Routes began to plan the Eastern expansion of the Voyageur Cycling Route. Working in collaboration with Ottawa Valley Cycling and Active Transportation Alliance (OVCATA) and Eastern Ontario Active Transportation partners, Discovery Routes has engaged road and trail authorities in Renfrew County, Lanark County and the City of Ottawa. What began as a regional effort to connect communities in active travel across parts of Northeastern Ontario has burgeoned into an experience of national significance spanning 645km across some of Canada’s most awe-inspiring and culturally significant landscapes.
2019 Voyageur Cycling Route Expansion Report
Extensive consultations with individuals including local cycling advocates, road and trail authorities, and, tourism and economic development agencies have determined the preferred cycling route to connect the Northern arm of the Voyageur Cycling Route to the National Capital Region. The 2019 Voyageur Cycling Route Expansion Report details the methodology used to select the preferred cycling route and presents an implementation plan that could realize a fully connected cycling route within the next two years.
The Expansion Report has been presented to route and trail authorities across the multi-jurisdictional cycling route and endorsement of the Voyageur Cycling Route has been requested. It is hoped that endorsement will be received in time for the June 2019 Mobile Workshop.