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Klondyke Road

Location: Iona

Uphill and down, the Klondyke cuts a sturdy swath through a border of sugar maple, birch and spruce. Foxes, raccoons and hares have a secure corridor amid the trees and lower vegetation as they scurry from one woodland thicket to another. In the early 1900s, sawmills and several homesteads were located here. Colonel Weatherbie, known in military circles as the "Father of Canadian Munitions" due to his expertise in that field, was the last settler to live on the road. His homestead, now abandoned, was once a welcome retreat where visitors enjoyed both the beautiful flower gardens and the musical talent of the family. The 1920s and 30s set the scene for another activity - rumrunners, under cover of darkness, would steal along the road, hiding their contraband in a secure place. A rag tied to a tree indicated the location. Location: For 4.9 km the Klondyke road travels roughly in an east west direction from the Selkirk Road (Rte. 23) south of Iona, to the Murray Harbour Road (Rte. 24).

" Cycling Scenic Heritage Roads "

Discover 16 scenic Heritage roads that were carved from red clay and hardwood forests well before the first bicycle was invented. These clay roads meander through farmland and woodland and provide an excellent opportunity to experience nature at its best. Steep hills and wet areas are common, these roads should be avoided in the spring when snow and ice are still melting and mud is a problem. Keep in mind that many of these routes are still used by farmers with large machinery and caution is advised.