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2021 Cycling In Ontario Guide

Locals Share Top Bike Rides in Waterloo Region

If you are a keen cyclist chances are you know the best routes in your neighbourhood, city and surrounding area. Hence who better to ask than local riders for their favourite rides and destinations in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge areas for some great fall cycling.

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Seeing The Sites of the St. Lawrence By Bike

The St. Lawrence River boasts some of the richest history, culture, and scenery in all of Ontario. As someone who has been an avid road-tripper for his entire life, it took a three-day ride with Ontario by Bike for me to gain a deeper appreciation of the beauty of eastern Ontario.

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Read on for inspirational cycling experiences across Ontario. Whether you're looking for rail trails, mountain biking or road riding, we're putting together stories to get you out on two wheels. Join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get more updates and so we can hear your story. Interested in guest blogging with Ontario By Bike? Shoot us an email!


Sep
01

Seeing The Sites of the St. Lawrence By Bike

Seeing The Sites of the St. Lawrence By Bike

The St. Lawrence River boasts some of the richest history, culture, and scenery in all of Ontario. As someone who has been an avid road-tripper for his entire life, I was used to seeing this spectacular scenery through the windshield of my truck. But it took a three-day ride with Ontario by Bike for me to gain a deeper appreciation of the beauty of eastern Ontario.

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7 Incredible Simcoe County Waterfront Cycling Routes

7 Incredible Simcoe County Waterfront Cycling Routes

For any cyclist, there’s nothing better than a quiet bike ride on nature-filled paths beside dazzling waters. Here in Simcoe County, we are blessed with a variety of beautiful bodies of water, and much of the Simcoe County waterfronts can be explored by bike!

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Jul
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Exploring the Ottawa Valley on Two Wheels

Exploring the Ottawa Valley on Two Wheels

The Ottawa Valley in the Ontario’s Highlands region beckons cyclists to escape the hustle and bustle of urban centres and crowded streets and slow down the pace in a more rural setting.

So what can a cyclist expect when choosing the Ottawa Valley for their next cycling adventure? Read on to find out!

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Jun
24

Cycle the Toronto Islands

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Grab a bike and pedal your way to the best island spots to swim, eat, paddleboard, take photos and sunbathe. Follow along below as we take you on a local tour of the Toronto Islands.

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May
26

Chipping Away At The Caledon-Lakeside Ride

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When cycling enthusiast and photographer Martin Lortz learned of the nine cycling loops showcasing the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and the Greenbelt Route, he first thought, that's pretty cool. After a bit more research, a goal for the season solidified, to ride and check all these loops off the list. Discovering that one of the rides could be practically accessed from his front door and with riding season just around the corner, he thought there is no better time than now, and recently got rolling.

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Apr
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Rolling on the Rail Trail: Cycling the K&P from Sharbot Lake to Calabogie

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Late last year I got the idea to cycle one large loop on a nearby old railroad bed before the leaves turned and the snow closed in. I love setting goals on the bike; It seems like this happens on a micro and macro level constantly. So this became one of my goals: a 380km counter-clockwise loop that I planned to tackle over three days.

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Apr
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Discover Art and Toronto Flavours by Bike

Discover Art and Toronto Flavours by Bike

Summer hits Toronto hard, sending Torontonians out into the streets and parks to eat, drink, and be merry, making the most of the season. And there’s usually a bike in there somewhere, too.

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Mar
29

Top Mountain Biking Trails in Kawarthas Northumberland

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Quiet backroads and well-maintained bike paths are a major part of the Kawarthas Northumberland region’s charm. For some riders, though, nothing beats the woodland immersion and physical challenge of a good mountain biking trail. We’re happy to report that Kawarthas Northumberland also excels in the mountain bike department, offering dozens of easily accessible single and double-track trails for a variety of skill levels. Here are a few of our top picks for off-road enthusiasts.

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Mar
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A Ride to Remember: the Cornwall Waterfront Trail

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Add Cornwall to your summer vacation list for a cycling experience unlike any other. Enjoy amazing off-road trails right along the mighty St. Lawrence River with easy access to restaurants, shops, attractions and much more.

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Feb
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A Ride to Remember: Cycle Southern Oxford County in the Heart of Rural Ontario

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Small town Ontario: there’s nothing better. Where most of the shops close on Sunday and traffic jams generally involve farm equipment rambling down a back road, you’ll also find beautiful rolling hills of golden crops, cows gently grazing in fields and culinary delights that can only be found this close to where the ingredients are grown. This summer, discover the heart of Ontario’s agricultural hub in Oxford when you ride one of the loops through the southern part of the county.

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Feb
24

Pairing Culture And Cycling: 8 Cycling Trails In Stratford Ontario

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Calling cyclists of all experience levels — add Stratford to your vacation bucket list this summer. There are a variety of cycling routes you’re bound to love, mixing the best of art and culture with gorgeous scenery, Stratford has so much to offer for all ages.

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Jan
04

How to Store your Beloved Bike: Tips and Tricks

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Bicycle storage doesn’t have to break the bank. There are many options available to suit everyone. Whether you’re a casual rider, a daily commuter, or a weekend warrior, your bicycle will benefit from a dedicated storage solution. It is important to know how to store your bicycle. Here are some considerations when thinking about bicycle storage for your needs.

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Sep
01

Minutes Away . . . A World of Difference

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Caledon, Ontario is a cyclist’s destination, right next to metropolitan Toronto. Characterized by rolling hills, lush river valleys, the steep Niagara Escarpment, amazing views and farmers’ fields, it is an impressive place to escape the confines of the city and explore by bike.

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Sep
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Take the Backroad: Exploring Gravel Routes in Kawarthas Northumberland

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Gravel roads have a beauty all their own. Choosing a less-trafficked route lets cyclists enjoy the sights and sounds of the countryside with little or no intrusion from cars, making for a more contemplative ride. Perhaps the only downside is the difficulty of finding routes close to town, but fortunately that’s an area where the Kawarthas Northumberland region excels.

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Jun
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Humdinger Bicycle Tours Offers New Shorter Tours to Meet this Summer's Demand for Distanced, Close-to-Home Vacations

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Orillia-based Humdinger Bicycle Tours has expanded its trip options to meet the growing interest in summer vacations that can accommodate physical distancing.

Along with a new 6-day Bruce County tour, Humdinger has added some shorter, affordable options including more day trips and an Orillia Pedal, Pints & Pubs tour featuring two recently opened craft breweries.

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Jun
03

Discover Canada’s Southernmost Bike Trails

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Looking for a way to safely explore a new area while on two wheels? Whether it be within the city or out in the county green spaces, Windsor Essex has plenty of ways for you to plan your next cycle-friendly adventure. Cyclists of all sorts can explore this region at the southern peninsula of Ontario via six established cycling trails, mapped out by Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island and their partners.

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Mar
26

Do More, See More: Three Unique Day Trips in Kawarthas Northumberland

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Summer weekends are precious, and it can be hard to fit everything you want to do into a busy schedule. That’s why bike routes that pair prime cycling with unique destinations are so appealing - you can have your cake and eat it too. Read on if matching a day’s ride with birding, spelunking, or a visit to a living museum sounds intriguing.

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Feb
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Perfect Pairings: Three rides through Oxford County paired up with delicious culinary experiences

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For those who love to cycle but who also love food, we hear you, we see you and we are you. Plan a trip to Oxford County that pairs your love for cycling with first class culinary and farming experiences. Whether you aim to spill on your spandex or change into clean clothes post-ride and enjoy something a bit more luxurious, there’s a ride for you. We’ve got it all: routes for gravel riders, trail lovers and road warriors. Now you just have to pick which one to do first.

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Sep
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Autumn Cycling in Haldimand County

Autumn Cycling in Haldimand County

The beginning of autumn in Southern Ontario is signaled by crisp, cool weather and spectacular colours, the perfect conditions for a scenic ride.

There is no better place to enjoy the beauty of autumn than in Haldimand County, located a short drive from Hamilton and other major urban centres in Southern Ontario.  The peaceful beauty of this rural area makes it the perfect get-away for a day ride or weekend adventure.

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May
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Bluewater International Granfondo: The Story about a Community Living Well and Dying Well

Bluewater International Granfondo:
The Story about a Community Living Well and Dying Well
It was December 2015, on a cold brisk morning, when a few cyclists gathered at a local cafe that the Bluewater International Granfondo (BIG) was born. The goal was simple; to get more people off the couch and active in our community; to promote exercise and comradery; to showcase the beauty of Sarnia-Lambton; and to hopefully raise money for palliative care. Within four years, BIG has had an impact far greater than anyone could have imagined.
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May
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Rail Trail Adventures in Kawartha Lakes

Rail Trail Adventures in Kawartha Lakes

For many recreational cyclsits, 'Rail Trails', are the trail of choice for day trip and overnight cycling trips. These converted rail beds are increasingly found throughout Ontario and offer opportunites to explore more and more of this province along car-free corridors in scenic, rural settings.

The City of Kawartha Lakes, which incorporates Lindsay and the surrounding area, including the villages of Bobcaygeon, Kinmount and Fenelon Falls, among others, sits at the cross-roads of two major rail trails in Ontario. Travelling east to west across the entire region, the Great Trail, known locally as the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail intersects the Victoria Rail Trail, which runs north to south, (download map here) in Lindsay and offers plenty of trail riding for those looking to take bike trips in the heart of Ontario's cottage country.

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May
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Cycling Adventures Await in Canada’s Deep South

Cycling Adventures Await in Canada’s Deep South

Wondering what could possibly be better than a two-wheeled adventure with pit stops for wine and great eats along the way? Look no further than the Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island Cycle Tourism Map to plan your next visit. If you are looking to pedal your way through the southern peninsula of Ontario, cyclists of all sorts can explore this region via six established cycling routes, all featured on this new map. Routes vary by way of experience with everything from an 8km scenic ride along the Windsor Riverfront to a three-day, 130km cycling adventure through Windsor, Kingsville and Essex.

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Apr
04

Beyond Buttertarts - Cycling in Kawarthas Northumberland

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There are few regions in Ontario that can boast a more complete cycling offering than Kawarthas Northumberland. From a rail trail network that spans over 200km and connects urban centres with quaint villages to over 1,000km of signed routes that touch every corner of the region from Lake Ontario, north through to the heart of Ontario's cottage country, the region has something for everyone.

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Mar
07

Will Ride for Cheese: A Scenic Ride through Canada’s Dairy Capital

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Love to cycle AND eat? We hear ya! If you’re looking for a unique ride, then cycling along The Oxford County Cheese Trail is a super fun and delicious way to enjoy your next ride. With 92km of new stories, local flavours and oh-so-tasty cheese, there’s no ride quite like it.

The Oxford County Cheese Trail is a list of 24 curated stops throughout Oxford County that serve up a local cheese or dairy offer for visitors to enjoy. If you follow the Oxford County South Route, you’ll be able to experience many of these stops yourself right from your two wheels. Don’t forget to bring a cooler!

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Jan
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Friends For Life: A Bike Rally Recounting

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It’s the morning of the third day, or maybe the fourth. Truthfully, it’s starting to be a bit of a blur, and I’m feeling pretty moody. I can tell that my body doesn’t understand what I am doing to it, and I’ve never done anything like this before. I mean, six days of cycling? Seriously?

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