Cycling in Ontario 2015 Edition

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Cycling in Ontario 2015

World Class Trail Riding Challenging Road Routes Multi-Day Cycling Tours Mountain Bike Adventures Cycling events

Ride Style Guide Follow the symbols below throughout the guide to help select suitable ride.

Recreational Cyclists Shorter length rides, preference for trails, with some road riding experience.

Experienced Cyclist Road routes with longer distances, suitable for multi-day touring or 100 km day ride.

Mountain Biker Off-road trails and rugged terrain, some with technical features.

Table of Contents Ontario South West.................. Pg 4-7 Central West...............................Pg 8-9 GO Transit...................................... Pg 10 Niagara Parks .............................. Pg 11 Cover Image: © The Great Waterway Tourism Region Background image: © RÉGION TOURISTIQUE LA GRANDE VOIE D’EAU


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Ontario South East................. Pg 21-23 cycling Events..............................Pg 23 Cycling in Ontario

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EXPLORE ONTARIO BY BIKE A message from Ontario By Bike and Direction Ontario Ontario is a great place to cycle. With such a variety of bike routes, roads and trails, there is a ride for all styles and type of cyclist. Load your bikes on the back of the car, bring your bikes on the train or bus, rent at or ride to great cycling destinations both near and far, across the province. For 2015 and for the third year in a row, Ontario By Bike, along with our partner Direction Ontario is pleased to share with you the information in this guide. We hope to encourage you to get out there, ride somewhere new or challenge yourself to a few extra kilometers; exploring more of Ontario by bike. We heard from many readers at shows, events and on-line that they continue to look for more detailed ride ideas. So this year we have done just that by presenting ride and destination information for recreational and more experienced cyclists, plus mountain bikers. While a print guide is limited in size we have done our best to include more and direct reader to on-line sources for additional details. Get inspired by picking up a cycling map and using other resources to plan out a selfguided ride for a few hours, an afternoon or a multi day adventure. Another easy option is to take a local or cross regional guided tour or sign up to participate in a cycling event. There is a large range of cycling events including charity rides, recreational tours, road races, mountain bike challenges and more starting in April and extending through October. This summer, consider joining us for an Ontario By Bike Ride, an overnight adventure riding the trails in the Kawartha Lakes area or in Simcoe County (Barrie to Georgian Bay). Wherever your two wheels take you, make sure you stop by any of the 1000+ certified bicycle-friendly businesses in Ontario. Visit our on-line map at to plan ahead; selecting participating locations to stop for a bite, stay overnight or visit en route. Look out for the Ontario By Bike logo on windows and websites to be ensured a warm welcome. With businesses catering to cyclists, new ride experiences and cycling routes to enjoy, Ontario truly is a great place to cycle.

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This year, Ontario is celebrating the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the French. In 1615, Samuel de Champlain and his men left Quebec and made it as far as Georgian Bay. With every paddle stroke, the Father of New France was totally enthralled by what he saw. Today’s cycling adventurers are discovering landscapes that are just as captivating. As you wInd your way along biking trails, you will see how proud Ontarians are of their towns and villages and taste the excellent wines and local products that are grown here. Ontario By Bike, the province’s expert on bicycle touring, and Direction Ontario, the experts in the promotion of tourism in Ontario by Francophones for Francophones, have joined together to offer you the best experience possible on two wheels. Thanks to a partnership established between these two organizations in 2013, we are pleased to present a list of amazing bicycle touring destinations and itineraries. Find out more on Direction Ontario’s website at An electronic copy of the 2015 brochure has been posted on line, as well as last year’s brochure which showcases a variety of experiences that Ontario has to offer cyclists. 1-800-ONTARIO (1-800-668-2746)



Windsor, Essex, Pelee Island In the hottest and most southerly region in Canada, one can easily stretch out the cycling season and get about Essex County on bike in the spring, summer and fall.

With interesting neighbourhoods, unique attractions and a green riverfront park, Windsor is a great place to enjoy a leisurely two-wheel tour. Stay on or branch out further from the 8 km paved River Walk Bike Trail stretching from the Ambassador Bridge to the century-old Hiram Walker buildings, which are now home to the Canadian Club Heritage Centre and open for tours and tastings. Lay claim to having cycled Canada’s southernmost populated area with a trip to Pelee Island. A pleasant 90 minute ferry ride from Leamington, Pelee Island offers an idyllic setting for a bike getaway. Ferries also run from Ohio to the south. No bike? No problem, with rentals available close to the ferry terminal. Round the island in four hours following the newly signed Waterfront Trail or slow the pace and enjoy the sandy beaches, local art galleries, ice cream stops and the natural heritage of an island that remains an important migratory stopover for birds and butterflies.

For a longer distance ride, follow the Lake Erie coastline along the signed Waterfront Trail. A return trip between the town of Colchester and the sandy point of Point Pelee Provincial Park will clock in around 100 km.

Like all good local trails, it’s best to get the lowdown from local enthusiasts. Stop by one of the area’s bike shops for some tips and extra equipment. Ambassador Bicycles and City Cyclery in Windsor as well as Bikesmart in Kingsville know the County well and are likely to provide valuable information on trail conditions in places like Two Creeks or Morton Terminal.

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AND DISCOVER WINDSOR ESSEX PELEE ISLAND Saddle up and pedal your way along our virtually endless cycling routes and trails. As a peninsula, our region offers one of the top waterfront trails in the province, with scenic rides taking you through beautiful parks, stunning city landscapes and idyllic coastal vineyards. With attractions and adventures at every turn, you can take a winery PRINT tour and sample our award-winning vintages, explore significant historical and cultural landmarks, or simply sit back and enjoy the journey. For more information including maps, places to go and more please visit YOUTUBE LOGO SPECS

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Norfolk County Meet part of Ontario’s South Coast! Cyclists will just as likely enjoy the superb cycling as they will the culinary delights of Norfolk County nestled along the northern shore of Lake Erie. Pair tales from the trails with perch on the pier or stop at a winery or farm gate sale while riding along some of Ontario’s finest touring roads.

The Waterford Heritage Trail is a 19 km gravel rail trail in Norfolk County taking cyclists along a leisurely trail ride through an area well known as Ontario’s garden. This cross-regional trail runs south from Brant County through Waterford to the town of Simcoe. In Waterford, traverse the Black Bridge and admire panoramic views over the river and ponds. Take a break at the nearby old pickle factory that has been converted into a fascinating heritage and agricultural museum. Cyclists will enjoy a warm welcome and spend an easy overnight at the Simcoe Comfort Inn before more trail riding south along the Norfolk Sunrise Trail (4 km) to the Lynn Valley Trail (11 km) that ends in Port Dover on Lake Erie.

Think coastline, farmlands and small towns for a weekend-long tour. Ride one or combine two of Norfolk’s ten on-road cycling routes. Start off from Port Rowan and head west following road routing along the Waterfront Trail, a part of the South Coast Cycling Tour (31 km). Loop back and connect north on the Big Creek Circle Cycling Tour (47 km) to the town of Delhi. Overnight in Delhi and enjoy a leisurely ride to the award-winning Burning Kiln Winery (35 km). Take in lunch and a glass of wine on the patio before pedalling back to Port Rowan.

Many locations can’t rival the natural beauty and technical terrain of the mountain biking in and around Turkey Point which offers over 50 km of single track neighbouring a World Biosphere Reserve. At Turkey Point Provincial Park and St. Williams Conservation Reserve, riders will get pumped on the challenging trails through lush Carolinian forests. Get an insider’s ride on the trails by taking a 2.5-hour guided tour with the folks at Long Point Eco Adventures. Round out the outdoor adventure by adding camping, zip lining, kayaking or hiking for a complete weekend visit.

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Oxford County If you are looking for a central southwestern Ontario destination with easy highway access, load up the bike rack for a weekend of idyllic countryside riding deep in the heart of Ontario’s farmland. Pick-up or download the new cycling map and information on routes suitable for all types of cyclists.


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There are several great ride options that include trail riding or a combination of trails and quiet country roads. From Roth Park in Woodstock, the trail alongside Pittock Reservoir makes for a pleasant, meandering 10 km return journey. Cyclists can explore the community of Tillsonburg with a trail system that crosses town and is part of the larger Trans Canada Trail. Shorter and quieter road routes that take in stops like the Cheese and Agricultural Museum in Ingersoll, the Village Cheese Shop or the Leaping Dear Farm for maple butter tarts will keep calorie counters pedalling.

There are few places where a classic century ride (100 miles/ 156 km) is so easy to clip in and ride out on. The long stretches of well-paved country roads here are perfect for clocking kilometres and working on speed. Start from one of several communities along the route and cross Oxford County on a true tour. Travel light, as the ride passes well-placed stops for refuelling. Turn it into a two-day tour and choose from accommodations ranging from a unique alpaca hobby farm bed and breakfast to the luxuries at the Elm Hurst Inn and Spa.

With two celebrated trail systems located within 50 km of each other, mountain bike enthusiasts should be excited. Wildwood Conservation Area, not far from St. Marys, has a rough and rugged 24 km looped route around the reservoir. Cool off in the water post-ride and settle in for the night at the on-site campground. Gear up for day two at The Pines. Guest club memberships and trail passes are worth it to access the 20 km of trails suitable for beginners or experts.

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Country roads, small town charm and beautiful scenery make Oxford a great riding destination. Located on HWY 401 & 403, we are a quick drive away.

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Ontario’s Southwest Sample the best of country roads, warm lake winds and local foods and wines on these two self-guided multi-day cycling itineraries across Ontario’s southwest.

Windsor, Kingsville, Essex Tour – 130 km Looped Ride Itinerary Strike out on a relaxing two to three-day tour that offers an insider’s scoop on some of the best cycling experiences in the southernmost part of Ontario, Windsor and Essex County. Day one of riding (55 km) starts in Windsor heading south to the Chrysler Canada Greenway, where cyclists will enjoy a rail trail through agricultural farmlands on a stone dust surface that is suitable for most bikes. From Harrow to Kingsville, stop and sample local produce from farm gate sales, visit wineries or try local culinary fare. Bed and breakfasts in the area are easily accessible from the trail and welcome cyclists with secure overnight bike storage. Start the second day of riding (43 km) west along the Waterfront Trail following the Lake Erie shoreline famed for its vineyards. Spend the night in Amherstburg and soak in the history of this small town, once a hub of activity in the days of Upper Canada and the Underground Railroad. Cruise back into Windsor on day three or take it up a notch and complete the last 32 km on day two, leaving more time to explore Windsor city sights.

St. Thomas and Four Ports Tour – 184 km Looped Ride Itinerary Witness how these once-booming railway and industrial communities have transformed into prosperous farming and coastal port towns on a two to four-day tour of Elgin and Norfolk Counties.

Before leaving St. Thomas, pop into the Railway Museum or nearby Canada South Railway Station and learn why they call it Railway City. With a 50 km ride on day one, take a break in Aylmer and load up on baked goods. Continue along the Trans Canada Trail (on-road) with views of the rolling countryside before staying overnight in Port Burwell.

On day two, retreat from the beach and take a country ramble looping away from Lake Erie for a 43 km ride to the next port on the tour. Port Rowan has a rich maritime history that has carried on to present day and is located close to Long Point, a 40 km sand spit that is home to a diverse array of plant and animal species.

Looping back westward along the Waterfront Trail, cruise back into Port Burwell for another night or leg it to Port Stanley. This charming beach town offers a mix of old-style beach haunts and newer upscale shops. From Lake Erie, it is a short 14 km ride back to St. Thomas.

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Halton Region Stretching from Lake Ontario north through escarpment country, cyclists can take their pick of quiet rural rides, challenging downhill mountain biking or scenic trail trips, all easily reached from the urban settings of Oakville and Burlington.

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Set off on the 37 km Leathertown Spin along quiet rural roads from the pretty hamlet of Glen Williams near Georgetown. Pass through farms and wetlands before stopping for a patio lunch at the Mill Street Crossing Pub in Acton. While on the loop back, hop off for a short hike to view the unique geological features at the Limestone Conservation Area. Round off the day at Williams Mill to enjoy the art, shops and studios of talented Canadian artists. This route is also part of the Greenbelt Route and day itineraries (see page 13 for more info).

Halton is on the map and a real hot spot for experienced road cyclists. On any given day, groups of riders can be found pacing it out on the well-paved roads that criss-cross the escarpment hills. There are a number of mapped routes on the new Halton Region Cycling Map suitable for training rides and those looking for a challenge. Target the Epic Tour Halton, a popular event held each September. While in the area, stop at the new Milton Velodrome to see how the professionals ride.

Mountain bikers can make a real weekend of it with two super ride locations in nearby conservation areas. Riders of all skill levels should check out the new Skills Zone at Kelso before hitting the 22 km of trails. Discover new challenges at Hilton Falls Conservation Area, but come prepared with tools and tubes as trails such as Bent Rim may live up to their name. Camp overnight at Kelso or enjoy a few more creature comforts at the Mohawk Inn, situated near both trails areas.


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Halton Region is uniquely situated to offer an exceptional cycling experience for cyclists of all skills and ages. Whether biking along the waterfront in Oakville and Burlington or riding the rural routes in Milton and Halton Hills, there’s something for everyone who wants to get outside and stay active. Try mountain biking in two Conservation Halton Parks, test out the new Mattamy National Cycling Centre (Velodrome) in Milton, or bring the whole family and cycle around our safe multiuse paths and dedicated on-road bicycle lanes. Come discover Halton and see why we are the home of cycling in Ontario. To learn more about cycling in Halton, visit or dial 311.


Hamilton Halton Brant Wrapping itself around the western end of Lake Ontario, the Hamilton Halton Brant region is only a short drive from much of southern Ontario. Defined by the shorelines of the Grand River, Lake Ontario and the spectacular Niagara Escarpment, this region offers a full range of touring, mountain biking and recreational trail riding experiences.

Hambur Loop At just over 50 km, the Hambur Loop features some of the best recreational riding found throughout Hamilton and Burlington. This route circles Hamilton Harbour and offers stretches of attractive waterfronts and scenic lookouts. Stop and stay along the way to make a weekend of exploring the restaurants, shopping and visiting attractions en route. Whether cyclists start in Burlington or Hamilton, this route is better suited to those who have experience riding on shared roads. Hamilton-Brantford Rail Trail A popular and incredibly scenic ride in the area is along the HamiltonBrantford Rail Trail, a 32 km stone dust trail that winds along the Grand River from Brantford, descends into the Dundas Valley Conservation Area and continues on into southwest Hamilton. Start at either end or ride a small portion of the trail; there are trailside parking lots in Brantford, Jerseyville, Dundas and Hamilton, each with plenty of parking and some with washrooms and kiosks featuring trail maps and information. While there are no services directly on the trail, riders can easily take a break at any number of the shops in the delightful town of Dundas.

An easy 23 km loop out of the Hamilton Dundas Ancaster area that links several rail trails is featured as one of seven day trip itineraries off the Greenbelt Route (see page 13). Follow this route that takes in waterfalls and views across the Niagara Escarpment and brings cyclists gently uphill along of the tree-lined Chedoke Rail Trail.

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GO Transit GO Transit is a regional rail and bus service in the Greater Toronto area, extending into southern Ontario and the Golden Horseshoe. With seven train lines, 63 train stations, 15 bus terminals and hundreds of bus stops, cyclists can use the service to access many top ride destinations or return from a one-way ride out. There is no extra charge to transport bicycles but various travel conditions apply. Lakeshore West and Toronto to Niagara Falls Service There is an easy solution for travelling with bikes between Toronto and Niagara in the summertime. The GO Train Seasonal Service to and from Niagara Falls runs several times a day during weekends and on holidays in July and August, as well as on the Victoria Day weekend in May and on the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend in October. This special Lakeshore West route includes regular stops in Port Credit, Oakville, Burlington and Hamilton and an extra seasonal stop in St. Catharines. Specially designed bike coaches with bike racks on lower levels provide space for dozens of bicycles to be easily rolled on and rolled off at a station of choice. Those looking for an extra challenge can ride one way between Toronto and Niagara, taking the train back in the other direction. The journey is approximately 150 km, so start early, pedal hard and make a day of it. For a more leisurely ride and a weekend away, break the ride up from Toronto to Hamilton area (85 km) then from Hamilton to Niagara Falls (65 km) following the Waterfront Trail, a well signed and travelled bike route.






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Lakeshore East and Other Routes Ride the train as far east as Oshawa and explore great road cycling throughout Durham Region (see page 14). With stations also conveniently located in Pickering, Ajax and Whitby, cycle east of Toronto along the Waterfront Trail and hop on the train for the return trip.

With two bike friendly cars running on summer weekends, your Niagara cycling getaway starts on GO.

Regularly scheduled trains also head northwest as far as Kitchener and present great options for cyclists to get out and explore routes in the Waterloo and Halton regions (see page 8) without having to drive. GO Transit also runs regular and seasonal service northbound as far as Barrie into Simcoe County. On all these routes bicycles are permitted on GO Trains, but with limited space and only during non-peak travel times. However, on weekends and holidays, one can take a bicycle on any GO Train. 416 869 3200 1 888 GET ON GO (438 6646) TTY 1 800 387 3652 Pour plus de renseignements, veuillez visiter le site ou composer un des numĂŠros ci-dessus.

Looking to explore even more of southern Ontario by bike? Cyclists have access to many additional ride start and end points with all GO buses having space for 2 bicycles on their front-loading bike racks.


Niagara Parks Hop on two wheels to explore Niagara following the Niagara River Recreation Trail to bicycle-friendly attractions and services along the paved off-road trail between Niagara-on-the-Lake and Fort Erie. With an array of exciting recreational activities and attractions, it’s no surprise the area is recognized as one of Ontario’s top cycling destinations.

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For a perfect day out on the bike, set off from Queenston Heights Park and follow the trail north. Take time to stop along the way at a fruit farm, a country market or any one of the world-renowned wineries on the 11 km ride into Niagara-on-the-Lake. This charming historic small town has great shopping and is an ideal place to have lunch. For lighter fare, stop at the trailside McFarland House for a traditional afternoon tea in the conservatory.

Choose to tack on a few more kilometres and ride the entire Niagara River Recreation Trail from Niagara-on-the-Lake to historic Fort Erie, 56 km each way. Closer to the Falls, make the most of the ride and stop to experience the Butterfly Conservatory and Journey Behind the Falls or hike down to the Gorge in the Niagara Glen.

Visitors not bringing their own bike have options too, with hourly or daily bike rentals available from two seasonal Niagara Parks locations: the parking lot of the Whirlpool Aero Car and Smugglers Cove just north of McFarland House. Rentals are also available from a number of other locations in the Niagara area.

For a seamless multi-day cycling experience, ride the The Greater Niagara Circle Route linking over 140 km of recreational trails along the Welland Canal, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and the Niagara River. This route, which runs through rural and agricultural areas, explores the Niagara River and Escarpment, historic sites and towns, stunning waterfronts and the functioning canal system. Accommodation options along the route are plentiful, including 12 independent Cycle and Stay Niagara bed and breakfasts providing overnight bike storage and a convenient luggage transfer service.

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Breathless? We don’t blame you. From our gorgeous 56 km Niagara Parkway and 53 km Niagara River Recreation Trail, running the distance alongside the Niagara River between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, to all of our epic attractions, heritage sites, gardens, and culinary experiences along the way, it can be hard to catch your breath!

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Waterfront Trail This cross-provincial route closely follows the Lake Ontario and Lake Erie shorelines and offers over 1,400 km of continuously signed ride options. A combination of on-road and off-road routing takes riders from Ontario’s southwest, near Windsor and the Michigan US border, all the way to Ontario’s southeast and the province of Quebec. A variety of detailed maps are available in print and on-line to help plan time out on the Waterfront Trail. Whether it is an hour-long pedal, an afternoon ride or a multi-day tour, the cycling experiences are endless. Setting out from Toronto’s waterfront, cyclists will be constantly amazed at all things big and small as they pedal along many kilometres of off-road paved paths. Ride either west or east and discover nature in the city, beaches, boardwalks, green parklands and vibrant city neighbourhoods. Aspire to go a little farther and ride on out of the city. To the east, enjoy wetlands and watersheds, including the new trail through Lynde Shores Conservation Area in Whitby (approximately 50 km from downtown). To the west, discover the charm of Port Credit along Lakeshore Road (approximately 25 km from downtown). Feel like an easy ride back? With frequent train stations along the Lakeshore West and East lines, it is simple to hop on the GO Train with a bike.

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There are a number of events that offer supported multi-day rides along parts of the trail. The Great Waterfront Trail Adventure brings together hundreds of riders on its annual tour, leaving behind a legacy of route itineraries that can be used by cyclists looking for a self-guided touring experience. Find these itineraries and route notes along with maps on the website to help make trip planning easier. For additional ride ideas along the Waterfront Trail, see Ontario South West (pg 4-7), Niagara Parks (pg 11), Central West (pg 8-9), Central East (pg 14-15) and Ontario South East (pg 21-23).

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Greenbelt Route Ontario’s newest cycling route is officially opening in August 2015. From end to end, the 480-km route stretches from Queenston, near Niagara Falls, to Cobourg, in Northumberland County, and will be fully signed and mapped.


The launch of the Greenbelt Route coincides with the 10th anniversary of Ontario’s Greenbelt and celebrates the 1.8 million acres of protected land which lies primarily in the Greater Golden Horseshoe surrounding Ontario’s most populated region. What better way to celebrate fresh air, clean water, local food and communities than with a bike ride on the new route?

For an easier off-road experience, take the family out for a day and ride along the Caledon Trailway, part of the Greenbelt Route through Peel Region. The 35 km rail trail between Terra Cotta and Palgrave cuts through bountiful farmlands, forests and wetlands and connects cyclists to parkland and villages en route.

Breaking off the main Greenbelt Route are seven bite-sized rides that are suited for riders who enjoy shorter distances. With plenty of suggestions for rest stops, these new ride itineraries range from 20 to 60 km in length and are packed full of gems. Try the 39 km ride starting from Port Perry on Lake Scugog, the 23 km Ancaster Dundas rail trail cruise or the more challenging 59 km Schomberg to Kleinburg route. Other day trip itineraries include rides in Niagara, Halton, Peel and Northumberland.

Ride the route in its entirety and be a part of the launch festivities on a six-day tour departing August 16, 2015. This fully supported touring event is a special edition of the popular annual Great Waterfront Trail Adventure. With some meals included and options for participants to camp or select the more comfy hotel option, most details are taken care of, leaving cyclists to take in the sights and sounds of the Greenbelt and enjoy daily cycling distances that range from 50 km to 100 km.

For additional ride ideas along the Greenbelt Route or nearby, see Niagara Parks (pg 11), Central West (pg 8-9) and Central East (pg 14-15).

The route caters to all kinds of cyclists with shorter daytrip suggestions, convenient north-south connectors from urban centres and the Waterfront Trail, plus multi-day long distance road routes. Primarily on-road, the routing incorporates roads with low-traffic and low-speeds.


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Durham Region With both long-distance road routes and easy-going trail systems bordered by the scenic waterfronts of lakes Ontario, Scugog and Simcoe, Durham has cycling experiences for all ride styles and skill levels. Located just east of Toronto, it is easily accessible by bike, train or car.


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Start out from Rotary Park and the Waterfront Trail in Ajax and head north into Duffins Creek valley. Part of the Trans Canada Trail, Duffins Creek South and North combine to create a 20 km off-road trail, perfect for a day trip with friends or family. Ride up towards Rossland Road before circling back through wetlands and forested areas with lookouts to spot birds and wildlife. Stop in at any one of the bicycle-friendly businesses in historic Pickering Village, including the Jazzberry Tea House, Cultural Expressions Art Gallery or the Pickering Village Ice Cream Shoppe for a break en route.

Experienced cyclists are discovering superb long-distance road riding in the Clarington area with its smooth backcountry roads and challenging hill climbs with views over the Oak Ridges Moraine. A popular stop with cyclists, the village of Orono has several refuelling options including lighter bites at the Village Bake Shop or lunch at the Fire House Bistro. Pick up or download the Durham Cycle Tours or Clarington Cycling Map; both show hundreds of kilometres of optimized on-road routes in the area and beyond. Cyclists are invited to attend Elevation 2015, a unique one-day conference dedicated to road cycling to be held in Ajax on August 13.


Perched atop the Oak Ridges Moraine in the heart of Durham Region, Durham Regional Forest attracts mountain bikers of all skill levels eager to experience the renowned single and double track riding found throughout this mixed hardwood forest. The trails are technical enough for advanced riders yet still offer options for beginners. Riders who have worked up an appetite can stop in at fan favourites like the Urban Pantry or the Tin Mill Restaurant in Uxbridge, less than 10 km from the trails. For more info on bike routes and bicycle-friendly places to eat, visit and sleep, visit:

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Northumberland County From Rice Lake in the north to Lake Ontario in the south, Northumberland County has just the right combination of rural riding, technical trails and a scattering of welcoming communities. Whether enjoying scenic rides alongside waterways or touring through pristine forests and green valleys, cyclists are finding more and more reasons to explore one of Ontario’s great outdoor playgrounds.

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Discover the natural beauty of Northumberland County along the Trans Canada Trail by starting in either Hastings or Campbellford, both pleasant villages on the historic Trent-Severn Waterway. Ride the quiet gravel trail 16 km or more in either direction and stop overnight at one of the bicyclefriendly bed and breakfasts or inns en route. Don’t miss Ferris Provincial Park, where cyclists can cross the Trent River on the Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge. Crossing the bridge, enjoy the most picturesque water views before riding on to nearby lock stations and museums.

With 5 on-road signed loops, there are a number of options for experienced cyclists. Consider the longer 74 km Rice Lake Ramble by starting in Cobourg, with access to pre-trip amenities and VIA Rail service for bike transportation. Alternatively, cyclists can start from Alderville, a First Nations community, with a café and unique native art stores. Longer distance riders can enjoy this routing as part of the Greenbelt Route, which commences a 480 km journey to Niagara from Cobourg. Try keeping up with the locals: both the Northumberland Hills and Ganaraska Freewheelers welcome guests on club rides (contact directly for details).

Get lost in Ganaraska Forest. Hundreds of kilometres of beautiful backcountry await, with routes on technically and physically challenging single track through densely treed woodlands. Accessible from the Forest Centre, Ganaraska offers a renowned mountain biking trail system, including a 60 km route designated as an EPIC Trail by IMBA.

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Grey County When you travel along the shore of the big bay west from Collingwood and past Owen Sound, it’s hard not to marvel at nature’s beauty surrounded by the shimmering blue waters of Georgian Bay and the craggy escarpment cliff tops. Following Beaver Valley south, cyclists can explore lush farmlands and the flat countryside that offers up more of the wow factor.

From Owen Sound town centre there are a number of charming routes to enjoy. Follow the east bay shoreline to explore quiet conservation areas and the Tom Thompson Trail before circling back to town after a leisurely 26 km. For a trail-only ride, follow the CP Rail Trail south that is well maintained to Chatsworth but continues as a multi-use route to the south for a full 77 km. Gravel road riding fans will find hundreds of kilometres of scenic roads to enjoy County-wide.

Grey County has perfect terrain for training with escarpment hill climbs and long stretches of smooth paved roads to pace it out. Saddle up for some serious riding. Past race routes from the annual Centurion event are mapped, with 50 km or 100 km versions on-line. Find like-minded folks as well as tasty homemade eats at popular rest stops en route like the Kimberly General Store and the Blue Mountain Pie Company.

Kolapore Wilderness Trails are a labyrinth of technically challenging shared-use trails. With over 50 km of trails to get lost on, a trail map is strongly recommended. Pick up a copy at nearby Ravenna Country Market, along with some extra refreshments just in case. For those looking for a real downhill challenge, head over to the Blue Mountain Bike Park, where the ride up is made easy on the summer gondola. Less technical cross-country routes are also marked and mapped.

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City of Kawartha Lakes With more than 250 lakes and rivers as well as the meandering Trent-Severn Waterway, cyclists riding in the Kawartha Lakes area are never far from scenic shorelines. This destination is located a few hours northeast of Toronto and boasts an extensive trail network and a new cycling map featuring on-road routes. Weekending in the Kawarthas just got a whole lot better.

Stretching from the city of Peterborough in the east along an abandoned rail bed through the town of Lindsay in the west, the historic Trans Canada Trail in Kawartha Lakes is 44 km of relatively flat, hard-packed gravel. This historic trail traverses beautiful rolling farmland and forested tracts. Take time off the trail to stop at Kawartha Dairy in Lindsay for a scoop or two of the tastiest ice cream. Ride the trail this summer and sign up for the two-day fully supported touring event and recreational-style Ontario By Bike Ride from Lakefield to Uxbridge.

The new Kawartha Lakes Cycle Routes map is available in 2015 with touring routes like the Four Village Tour and Farm Country Ramble. Ride the Carden Ramble “B” route (67 km) starting at the Kirkfield Locks (overnight parking available), part of the Trent-Severn Waterway and a National Historic Site of Canada. Tack on the Carden Ramble “A” route (70 km) and make a weekend of it by staying at the Saucy Willow Inn, one of a number of bicycle-friendly accommodations in the Kawartha Lakes area.

The Ken Reid Conservation Area has 8 km of single track mountain bike trails that give riders a true Kawarthas experience with trails through woodlands, meadows and wetlands. Park at the administrative building (with washrooms) and explore the multiple looped trails before connecting south along the Victoria Rail Trail into Lindsay for refreshments.

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Ottawa Since Ottawa is one of Ontario’s most bicycle-friendly cities, cyclists will have no trouble exploring the nation’s capital by bike. From the fantastic road riding starting downtown to world-class urban recreational rides and challenging mountain bike terrain, the city of Ottawa delivers. The 600 km of paved multi-use paths that make up the Capital Pathway network extend throughout the greater Ottawa and Gatineau (Quebec) areas and are enjoyed by both recreational and experienced cyclists.

Hop on two wheels and discover the best of Ottawa’s downtown, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site Rideau Canal, ByWard Market, Parliament Hill and neighbourhoods with great dining and shopping found on the route. Enjoy a 23 km self-guided “Downtown Explorer” loop using a mix of bike lanes, shared roads and trails to experience it all. Not travelling with a bike? Visit Rentabike located alongside the canal. Prefer a guided tour? Contact Ottawa Cycling Tours.

Experienced cyclists can use the Capital Pathway network to go beyond the city centre and connect to longer stretches for more serious road riding. The Ottawa River Pathway offers great options heading east and west, while the Rideau River or Rideau Canal Eastern Pathways are often used for those riding south out of the city. Off the Pathway, ride on countless kilometres of bike lanes for further long-distance ride routes. Round out the ride patio side, finishing off at Royal Oak’s Canal Pub or the 8 Locks’ Flat Canal Side Bistro, taking in the sights of the canal and city centre.

Located southwest of downtown Ottawa in the community of Kanata is the South Marsh Highlands trail system. There are nearly 30 km of premier mountain bike trails that follow the IMBA stacked loop system with the trails getting progressively more difficult the further one rides. Trailheads are found on the corner of Second Line and Klondike Road.

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With over 600 kilometres of paved recreational pathways winding past national landmarks and scenic natural settings, a dedicated cross-town cycling lane, plus challenging routes and mountain bike trails in nearby Gatineau Park, Canada’s Capital is an unparalleled cycling destination. Bring your bike or rent one here and get it in gear!

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Prescott-Russell Along the southern shores of the Ottawa River in close proximity to Ottawa and Montreal, the United Counties of Prescott and Russell is a cyclist’s best-kept secret. The land that once separated Upper and Lower Canada offers long stretches of incredible touring roads with views of the Ottawa River and surrounding countryside, as well as top-notch trail riding experiences. and




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Traverse farmlands and picturesque landscapes along the PrescottRussell Recreational Trail (72 km), a relatively flat abandoned rail bed with an easy-to-ride stone dust surface. The trail runs east from St-Eugene near the Quebec border and ends in the west at Hammond. Trail access with parking is available in Hammond, Bourget, Curran, Vankleek Hill and St-Eugene. Other services such as water, accommodations and restaurants are available at most of these communities. Ride out from Ottawa along the new 25 km Prescott-Russell Recreational Trail Link and connect to the trail just south of Hammond.

Hawkesbury is an ideal destination to access the stunning road riding along the Ottawa River. Touring riders can combine the Central and West Loops of Prescott-Russell’s Cycl-O-Routes that run along both sides of the river for a 141 km circuit. Start from the town of Hawkesbury and ride west along the southern shore of the Ottawa River to Rockland. Overnight in Rockland and in the morning, cross the river into Quebec and ride back east to Hawkesbury. Push the limits on day two and extend the ride by tacking on the East Loop route for an additional 55 km.

Surrounded by nature, the 26 km of trails in the 26,000-acre Larose Forest are ideal for riders of all skill levels. Old logging roads lead into rough double track, meaning riders can find sections with some fun yet advanced technical elements. The trails have mixed surfaces of gravel and sand making for a fantastic messy ride if the weather is favourable! Consider bringing out the Fat Bike and rediscovering these trails in the wintertime.

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Ottawa Valley – Renfrew River and valley systems traverse spectacularly scenic forests and an often hilly landscape to present a variety of excellent trail and quiet country road options across Renfrew County. Not far from the city of Ottawa and just across the Ottawa River from Quebec, Ottawa Valley is easily accessible for day or weekend getaways.

Starting in either Calabogie or Renfrew, this 23 km section of the K&P Rail Trail is mostly flat and follows a scenic abandoned rail route built back in the mid-1800s. Ride as far as one likes before turning around for the return. Plan your visit to the Calabogie area and Resort to coincide with the annual BluesFest, Wake Surf or any one of the area’s fantastic festivals and events.

While there are many excellent paved road routes in the area, none are quite like the challenging Foymount Hill climb. Park and start the ascent by riding out of Bonnechere Caves near Eganville. Take the shorter ride totalling 60 km with a 3 km climb, or brave the longer all-encompassing 100 km route to Ontario’s highest “settlement”, once a Cold War-era radar station. Snap a shot at the top and stop back in at the caves with the proof to buy a “I Climbed Foymount Hill” souvenir t-shirt.

The trails at Forest Lea are widely recognized as some of the best technical single track in Eastern Ontario with over 30 km of well-maintained trails, including four colour-coded loops and signed intersections. The $20 trail pass goes a long way in helping the volunteers maintain the trails. Between Pembroke and Petawawa there are a number of other trail options to extend the day and stay overnight.

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St. Lawrence Parks For years cyclists have been discovering and re-discovering world-class cycling along the St. Lawrence Seaway. St. Lawrence Parks welcome cyclists at awardwinning attractions, outdoor recreational areas and over 1,400 campsites alongside the spectacular St. Lawrence River between Kingston and the Quebec border.

1000 Islands Setting off from Gananoque less than 2 km east of town, cyclists can ride on 37 km of off-road trafficfree trail beside the 1000 Island Parkway. Repaved in 2014, this trail offers a super smooth ride with impressive island views and many scenic lookout stops. Alternate start points along the trail with parking and picnic facilities include Mallorytown and Brown’s Bay Beach. Extend the cycling adventure by riding to Brockville and back, a return trip of approximately 100 km from Gananoque or 160 km from Kingston. This route is perfect for riders wanting to take two or three days to soak in the sights of the St. Lawrence River and the 1000 Islands plus visit Gananoque, Rockport and Brockville. There are plenty of accommodation options en route including Ivy Lea Campgrounds, set alongside the water and amid the majestic Frontenac Arch World Biosphere Reserve.

Long Sault Not to be missed, just west of Cornwall are many kilometres of paved trails with a number of parks and fun attractions suitable for families and cyclists looking for a more leisurely ride. Start out along the Long Sault Parkway, a stunning 11 km quiet parkland roadway that strings together 11 green islands connected by series of bridges and showcasing stunning views out across the blue waters. Ride on west a few extra kilometres through the tranquil trail and naturalized wildlife habitat in the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Learn all about early pioneer life and local history at the nearby Upper Canada Village.

Spend a night camping at one of three spectacular St. Lawrence Parks’ campgrounds along the Parkway and receive two free passes to Upper Canada Village or Fort Henry in Kingston.

For more experienced cyclists looking for a multi-day cycling experience, take note of the St. Lawrence Seaway itinerary on The Great Waterway Cycling Map (see page 23). Stretching from Morrisburg to Cornwall and back, this 96 km route is fairly flat and offers a variety of natural and heritage sites along the way. Accommodation choices are numerous and include bicycle-friendly campgrounds, motels, and bed and breakfasts.

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• Cyclist’s Delight! 11 kms to cycle through 11 islands connected by bridges along the Long Sault Parkway. • Bike the 1000 Islands Parkway Trail a 37- kilometre paved bicycle pathway. • Relax at our 6 riverside beaches along the picturesque St. Lawrence River. • Over 1500 Campsites at 8 different campgrounds.

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Brockville Situated on the northern shore of the St. Lawrence River and conveniently alongside Lake Ontario’s Waterfront Trail, Brockville is an ideal place to stop for a few nights. This destination offers many great rides and fantastic touring routes to explore the compact city, 1000 Islands and beyond.

The Brock Trail is a 6 km multi-use asphalt trail that winds through a pleasant urban setting and scenic parkland. Starting at Canada’s oldest railway tunnel in downtown Brockville, the trail runs north along Buell’s Creek, ending at the trailhead for the Mac Johnson Wildlife Area. Ride back into the city and stop at a café or restaurant before discovering more of Brockville’s charming waterfront.

More and more experienced cyclists are choosing Brockville as a base to explore the region with numerous single-day and multi-day routes all easily accessible from the city. Options east and west out of Brockville on sections of the Waterfront Trail make for great scenic tours along the St. Lawrence River. Just 10 km west of the city, connect to the 1000 Islands Parkway and off-road paved trail, with convenient day parking and facilities at Brown’s Bay Beach.

Ride or drive north of Brockville and connect to two routes along the Rideau Canal that give road cyclists scenic yet challenging ride options. Start in Delta or Westport before embarking on the 125 km cross-country loop route. Return back to Brockville for the night at one of several bed and breakfasts or choose to camp at St. Lawrence Park located on the western outskirts of the city. The campground welcomes cyclists and has an “always room” policy for self-supported cyclists. Before turning in for the night, head out on the town for an evening of art and culture at the Brockville Arts Centre which, built in 1858, remains one of the most unique and historic performing arts centres in Canada.

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The Great Waterway Jump on a bike to cycle The Great Waterway. With such varied scenery stretched across many popular holiday destinations, one can’t go wrong. Whether it is making two wheels a primary mode of transportation, bringing bikes along for day tripping or renting bikes along the way for a shorter cruise, find out what it’s all about. Detailed routing information and maps for 11 cycling itineraries are on-line and available in print on The Great Waterway Cycling Map.


Prince Edward County Pack a towel, picnic and sunscreen and beat the traffic with a 40 km return ride from Picton to the popular white sand beaches and campground at Sandbanks Provincial Park. Another nice tour has routing through the County communities of Wellington, Bloomfield and Picton before heading off the Waterfront Trail into the gently rolling landscape and terroir that produces the awardwinning wines of Prince Edward County.

Kingston Wolfe Island Kingston has a vibrant community of cyclists, with both students and residents cycling about the city. Rent a bike along the waterfront and cross the Cataraqui River to visit Fort Henry, a National Historic Site that majestically looms over Kingston. Hop on the nearby ferry for a short journey to Wolfe Island, a place one might think time had forgotten if not for the wind turbines. Shorten this 56 km route or extend the day and stay, with map and itinerary available. Cornwall and the Counties This area sees an influx of cyclists, being a mere 90 km to Montreal and a short run down from Ottawa. With a variety of road routes plotted on a county-wide map, each looped ride comes with information on parking and a QR code directed to a Ridewithgps map, making for an easy guide used in conjunction with the downloaded app. With many roads offering paved shoulders and long flat stretches, cyclists can take their pick of a leisurely 40 km tour, a 210 km challenge or any distance in between. The Long Way Around Block off some time to really explore all the wonders this region has to offer on the 730 km Great Waterway Circle Tour. Mapped with recommended daily rides that average 91 km and direct cyclists from one community to the next, the tour takes an suggested eight days to complete. Along the way, follow the Rideau Canal and learn more about this heritage waterway, then cut across County Trails in Lennox and Addington before meeting up with the Bay of Quinte in Napanee. From there, peel out on a countryside ramble, joining the Waterfront Trail and the signed portion of this route that circles back along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. For more info on bike routes and bicycle-friendly places to eat, visit and sleep, visit:

Cycling Events in 2 15 Cycling events are becoming more and more popular and a wonderful way to experience the best a destination has to offer. Whether it’s a competitive racing, mountain biking or a fun recreational ride, exploring Ontario through events connects people with places in an enjoyable way. This selection of events is only few of over 95 cycling events that can be found on the Ontario By Bike website. For descriptions and links to these events, visit Cross-Regional June – Great Waterfront Trail Adventure – Special Greenbelt Edition July – Friends for Life Bike Rally Ontario South West May – Tweed Ride Windsor June – The Wild Ride July – Le Tour de Norfolk August – 3 Port Tour September – Canada South Coast Bike Tour September – Dairy Capital Stampede September – Southwest Challenge Cycling Tour October – Harvest Ride Central West April – Paris to Ancaster Bicycle Race April – Tour of Bronte August – MEC Burlington Century Ride and 50k September – Epic Tour Halton NIAGARA May – Ride of Silence June – Ride to Conquer Cancer August – MS Bike Niagara Central East June – Ajax Trailfest August – Ride 4 United Way September – Paul’s Dirty Enduro September – The Northumberland Nasty

Near North May – Grey County Road Race June – Ontario By Bike Ride, Kawartha Trails June – Pedalfest Blue Mountain June – Ride Don’t Hide, Grey County August – Kawartha Lakes Classic Cycling Tour September – Centurion at Blue Mountain September – Ontario By Bike Ride, Simcoe Trails Eastern Ontario May – Capital Velo Fest May – MEC Bikefest Ottawa July – GranFondo Ottawa – Reggio Capitale August – Tour de Bonnechere September – Ride the Rideau September – Forest Lea Enduro September – Hubs of Hope, Prescott Russell Ontario South East May – Rotary Lilac Ride June – Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour June – Kingston Cycling Week July – MS Bike Prince Edward County September – Kiwanis Cribbage Colour Ride September – Bay of Quinte Road Race Challenge & Tour Disclaimer: Ontario By Bike and Direction Ontario have made a reasonable effort to list correct information; however, sometimes events are cancelled and dates change. We cannot guarantee correctness. Please double check event details on event websites or call event organizers ahead of time.


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