The last time I cycled from downtown Montreal, Quebec to the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Airport in Dorval, the last kilometre was a challenge or should I say a game of risk.
Cycling out of Downtown Montreal is very pleasant, starting with separated bike lanes just a block from the hotel. Then come the bike trail along the Lachine Canal that continued along the St. Lawrence River to Dorval. The bike trail is also known as La Route Verte number 5 (http://www.routeverte.com/routeverte_carte/index.php?langue=en).
Then the cycling infrastructure becomes a combination of bike lanes, bike trails, and separated bike lanes, past the airport to the Ontario provincial line. From there the route becomes the Waterfront trail that follows the mighty St. Lawrence to Lake Ontario and Toronto and then on to Fort Erie. Now, the trail continues along Lake Erie, the Detroit River, and Lake St. Clair to Detroit and to Sarnia and then along the Georgian Bay to Lakeshore. (1,400 km; http://www.waterfronttrail.org)
For this trip, the destination was a gate lounge in the airport. So twenty-three kilometres from the heart of Montreal that is preparing for a car race this weekend, Rue de Dorval appears.