Lowest of the Low (54km)
Updated: Feb 11
Location: Low, Vallee-de-la-Gatineau, Quebec
Estimated Gravel Time: 90%
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Distance: 54.1km (33.6 miles)
Suggested Tire Width: 32-35mm or greater
Amenities: The starting point in the village of Low has a gas station convenience store and a small restaurant. The village of Danford Lake, approximately halfway along the route, has a small depanneur with all the essentials.
Parking: Off-street parking can be found next to the cemetery, across the street from the church.
This route is a quintessential southwestern Quebec loop consisting of 85% gravel roads, short/medium climbs, and even some sections of unmaintained. Overall, all the hallmarks of a classic gravel ride.
The route starts at the Holy Cross Church in the hamlet of Fieldville. Riding clockwise, the route follows Chemin Fieldville, a gorgeous section of gravel, for a large portion of the southern edge of the loop. Eventually, the loop transitions to Chemin Cawood Est, before turning right to become Chemin Cawood, which riders follow all the way to the village of Danford Lake.
Danford Lake is the halfway point and, as it includes a depanneur, makes for a convenient rest stop. After a short stretch of tarmac along the 301 (narrow paved shoulder), the route shifts back to gravel via Chemin Jingletown. This leads to one of the nicest sections of unmaintained in the area (Chemin Wiggins). This section is not technical whatsoever and can be ridden on 32mm tires with a bit of finesse..
Shortly after Wiggins, riders follow a mix of gravel and pavement along Chemin Burrough. Shortly thereafter, riders turn off Chemin Burrough onto Chemin du Lac Pike, following a lovely stretch of dirt to the site of the former covered bridge north of Fieldville. Sadly, this iconic landmark was destroyed by arsonists in January 2019. While the current bridge lacks the original's historic charm, rest assured that the soul-destroying climb following the bridge remains. From here, only 2km remains before the end of the loop.