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Chalk River - Deep River

RATING:Moderate to difficult
TOUR TYPE:30.5 km
START / FINISH:-Chalk River
-Park off Hwy 17 at corner of Plant Road and Baggs Road; on right hand side of road by trail
-Deep River
SURFACE:-Pavement: 17 km
-Gravel: 9.5 km
-Trail: 4 km
TIME ALLOWANCE: -Beginner: 3.5 hr
-Intermediate: 2 hr
-Advanced: 2 hr

The towns of Chalk River and Deep River are in the northern region of the Ottawa Valley nestled between Algonquin Park to the west and the Ottawa River to the east. Chalk River is the location of the Atomic Energy of Canada laboratories. Deep River is a small community that boasts an impressive network of hiking, biking, and skiing trails. The first part of this biking trail is a combination of dirt road and snowmobile trail, the second part of the tour is on gravel and paved road. The tour includes a quick trip into Deep River. If you prefer you can start this tour in Deep River.


  • From Hwy 17 turn right on Plant Rd; just before plant gates is Baggs Rd to your left. Park on the right hand side in parking area for trail system.
  • Cross Plant Rd and take Baggs Rd north; after 0.8 km, this becomes an unmaintained road. Follow Baggs Rd for 4 km to Y-intersection at Miller Rd.
  • Take Miller Rd right for 1 km until you come to a Y-inter- section and take right fork; note that this intersection is marked with a snowmobile trail sign and this part of the biking tour follows the snowmobile trail.
  • At 9 km, you will come out of the bush onto a gravel road that heads downhill toward Balmer Bay Rd. Follow this to come out next to a set of large commercial log cabins.
  • Turn left on Balmer Bay Rd and follow to the Deep River Hospital on right.
  • To visit Deep River, continue straight on McElligott Dr; take this for 2 km into town; McElligot Dr becomes Summit St.
  • From Deep River, return to the hospital and turn right on Banting Dr and ride to Hwy 17.
  • Cross Hwy17 onto the Wylie Rd. The road takes a curve south and continues until 20.5 km where the Wylie Rd. veers right.
  • Go straight onto Leader Rd. This is an unmaintained road for 4 km that meets up with the Wylie Rd.
  • At the end of Leader Rd, turn left onto Wylie Rd. Continue for 4 km until T-intersection at Main St.
  • Take Main St. to Hwy 17. Cross Hwy 17 onto Plant St and continue straight back to your vehicle.