Lowest of the Low (68km)
Updated: Jun 17, 2020
Location: Low, Vallee-de-la-Gatineau, Quebec
Distance: 68.2km (42.4 miles)
Ascent: 674m (2211 ft)
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.
Estimated Gravel Time: 85%
Parking: Central Gatineau Arena, Route 105 entrance of Two Island Lake Rd off of Ontario Highway 41
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 Central Gatineau arena in Low, Quebec, where there is ample parking. Riding clockwise, the route follows Chemin Fieldville for a large portion of the southern edge of the loop. First pavement, then shifting to gravel just after the village of Fieldville (no facilities). Chemin Fieldville eventually 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. Until 2018, you could turn off Chemin Burrough onto Chemin du Lac Pike to the covered bridge at Fieldville. But this iconic landmark was sadly destroyed by arsonists in January 2019. So instead, the route continues along Chemin Burrough to the Veloroute des Draveurs rail trail. Follow this south for nine kilometers, past the ruins of the Venosta train station, all the way back to Low.