[ This is part one of a two-part trip to Munster and Richmond branches. ]

With September around the corner, it was time to embrace a warm and sunny Saturday and strike another couple of libraries off the list. To Munster and Richmond!

I headed southwest from my home near the Central Experimental Farm, riding along the path network all the way to West Hunt Club Road.

West Hunt Club was under construction from Highway 416 westward. While this might have been an issue earlier in the summer, the work was mostly complete and I was able to cruise down the road along smooth pavement, taking advantage of a wide shoulder.

I like to think of Kanata as an ice cream cone shape, with the ice cream to the north and a tapered cone to the south. Today’s ride took me through the southernmost tip of the cone, though Bridlewood – Emerald Meadows and a new subdivision flanking Hope Side Road.

Once through the suburbs, I emerged in the countryside. I rode down Eagleson Road for a quick spell, then turned west on Flewellyn Road and enjoyed a low-traffic ride to Munster Road.

I rode into town along Munster Road, where I passed some friendly horses enjoying the sunshine. The library is just off the main road in the former St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, built in 1886.

Even though it was closed for COVID, this little branch charmed my socks off. The gothic revival style, custom signage to suit the church building, and a delightful little green space around back where I enjoyed a snack on the painted picnic table.

Twenty six branches down, 7 to go.