Day 40: Driftwood Provincial Park to Cobden’s Veteran’s Memorial Campground

Deep River

Bike first through the town of Deep River. Deep River was a planned community that began in 1944, as part of the Manhattan Project to house employees of the nearby Chalk River Nuclear Research Laboratory. If you have some spare time, check out the Canadian Clock Museum on James Street.

From Deep River you will cycle towards Chalk River, a small town famous for being home to Chalk River Laboratories, which is a site of research and development to support and advance nuclear technology.

HWY 17 takes you past the exits to both Pembroke and Petawawa. They are both off of the highway and offer you no services. Petawawa is home to the military base CFB Petawawa so don’t be surprised if you see troops out on the road. Pembroke is located at the confluence of the Masktrat and Ottawa Rivers and is largely a farming and timber town.

Your destination for the evening is Cobden Veteran’s Memorial Campground, located on the edge of Muskrat Lake in downtown Cobden, population 992. The campground is located within Veteran’s Memorial Park and is home to a popular sandy beach. Groceries are available in Cobden.

Kilometre Log
0.0Leave Birchwood Provincial Park Campground heading east on HWY 17.
2.4Mackey.
10.3Rolphton.
28.8Deep River.
30.9Ryan’s Campsite & Gifts.
38.3Enter Chalk River on HWY 17.
54.7First exit to Petawawa.
72.9Exit to Pembroke.
78.7Intersection of HWY 17 & HWY 41.
90.7Cross over Muskrat River.
105.9Enter Cobden on HWY 17.
106.5Turn left off of HWY 17 onto Astrolabe Road.
106.8Enter Cobden Veteran’s Park and Campground.



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