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Combermere - Craigmount

RATING:Moderate; hills for 4 km
START / FINISH:-Combermere; corner of Cty Rd 62 & 517
-Park at St. Joseph's Clothing Centre or at other places in the village
HIGHLIGHTS:-Madona House
-Craigmount abandoned mines
-Ride sections of corduroy road
SURFACE:-Pavement: 12 km
-Gravel and dirt: 9 km
TIME ALLOWANCE:-Beginner: 2 to 3 hr
-Intermediate: 1.5 hr
-Advanced: 1 to 1.5 hr

Combermere is a tiny hamlet that is home to Madonna House, an international Catholic lay organization. The Madonna House complex includes a gift shop, book store and pioneer museum. This tour takes you past the fork of the Madawaska and York Rivers, and the abandoned corundum mines of Craigmount. Craigmount, once a community of 600, has been abandoned since 1921. Respect private property on this tour and stick to the road. Part of the tour into Craigmount will be on a narrow road complete with small sections of corduroy road. From Craigmount, you will begin a gradual climb around the base of Craigmount Hill and begin the long descent back to Combermere.



  • From corner of Cty Rd 62, continue on Rd 517 for 1.6 km. You will pass Madonna House, George Vanier School and Holy Canadian Martyrs Parish Church.
  • At Y-intersection, take the left fork onto Craigmount Rd for 5.5 km. This road turns to gravel.
  • Continue on Craigmount Rd onto narrow dirt road; follow the well travelled part of this road.
  • At Y-intersection, turn right; follow snowmobile trail signs toward Rd 517 at km 12.
  • Turn right on Rd 517; this is a paved road that climbs up Craigmount Hill followed by a long downhill, that has some spectacular views.
  • At the bottom of the downhill, you will return to the Y-intersection; continue left and retrace your route for 2 km back to your vehicle.