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Wilno - Barry's Bay - Kaszuby

RATING:Moderate; hills the last 5 km
-Park at Wilno Tavern parking lot on Hwy 60
HIGHLIGHTS:-Wilno & Barry's Bay
-Franciscan Chapel on the lake
-Wadworth Lake Public Beach
SURFACE:-Railway bed: 10 km
-Pavement: 22 km
-Gravel: 3 km
TIME ALLOWANCE:-Beginner: 2.5 to 3.5 hr
-Intermediate: 2 hr
-Advanced: 1.5 hr

This tour provides an opportunity to explore some of the Polish communities in Renfrew County. The route begins in the village of Wilno, the first Polish settlement in Canada and home to a thriving artisan community. The abandoned railway bed provides safe biking from Wilno to Barry's Bay. The route heads south to Kaszuby and Halfway where you can visit the Franciscan Chapel -- an outdoor chapel on the lake. There is a picnic and swimming area at the beach on Wadsworth Lake. The trip back to Wilno provides a well earned downhill for every uphill climb.


  • From the parking area, cross Hwy 60 onto Wilno North Rd. The railway bed runs parallel to Hwy 60. Follow the railway trail west for 10 kms. The railway will veer from the highway and meander through marshes, lakes, and forest with logging areas. Note that the surface of the railway bed may have sections of washboard and some water.
  • At Barry's Bay the railway meets Sherwood Dr and Hwy 60.
  • Cross Hwy 60 onto Old Barry's Bay Rd.
  • Continue on Old Barry's Bay Rd for 10 km through Kaszuby to Kopernik Rd on left.
  • Turn left on Kopernik Rd. This road is gravel for 3 km. The Franciscan Chapel on the Lake is a short 0.5 km detour left off this road via Chapel Rd. Continue on Kopernik Rd for 2 km and turn left when you reach the pavement at Hopefield Rd. (Option: continue straight on Old Barry's Bay Rd for 0.5 km and turn left on Hopefield Rd.)
  • Wadworth Lake and the public beach is on your left.
  • Continue on Hopefield Rd for 5.5 kilometers to the T-intersection a Opeongo Rd.
  • Turn left on Opeongo Rd, and then right a short distance later onto Wilno South Rd. Follow this paved road for 7 km to return to Wilno.