Ontario East (Toronto – Montreal)

2024/2023 UPDATE:

We regret to inform you that bike transportation is currently not available in 2024/2023 using VIA Rail.

VIA Rail Statement:

  • Our current fleet of trains in the Québec City-Windsor corridor is being replaced over the next several years by a new fleet of trains that will provide an unparalleled, barrier-free and fully accessible travel experience.
  • During this transition, all baggage cars have been removed from our Corridor trains, so the transport of bicycles and other large items is temporarily suspended.
  • Cycling enthusiasts will begin to see improved options and much more flexibility as each new train in VIA Rail’s modern new fleet is brought into service.
  • Bike transportation remains available in baggage cars on select other long distance routes (ie cross Canada, and east of Montreal).

For any additional information please contact VIA Rail customer service: www.viarail.ca/en/contact-us

2024 Update: Bike transportation on VIA Rail is expected to resume in 2025, when the new fleet of trains is fully available.
Trains are expected to be able to accommodate a maximum of 6 bikes per, (2 in business class and 4 in economy class). There will no longer be baggage cars.

*View Youtube video to see bike facilities on new fleet HERE, and for more info VIA Rail’s ‘New Fleet‘ playlist on their Youtube channel.

Options to Consider: Renting bikes at destination; travelling with a support vehicle; using a taxi hire service; inquiring about services provided by St. Lawrence By Bike / Voyager a velo or Vélo Québec Voyages.

News Article – May 2023 – With further updates and info from VIA Rail: VIA’s New Trains to Offer Bike Racks in Quebec City-Windsor Corridor

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Prior to 2022, when baggage cars were still in operation:

Bike Train service between Toronto and Montreal with stops in between at stations with baggage service, was provided by VIA Rail. 

NOTES:
* Bikes could only be transported on trains listed with baggage cars. Some baggage cars in the past had bike racks as part of the Bike Train Initiative. On other trains, bikes could be transported in bags or boxes on trains. Bike transportation was only available to/from stations with attendants on duty. Extra charges applied.
* As of May 2013, bike transportation service is no longer available to and from Ottawa as this route no longer has baggage service.

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RIDE IDEAS:

South Eastern Ontario has a wide range of bicycle routes that take cyclists across the region through vibrant communities, alongside scenic waterways and to quiet rural and naturalized settings. Explore from Quinte West, Belleville and Prince Edward County, continue eastward via Kingston and Gananoque, the 1000 Islands and the Waterfront Trail, Brockville, the St. Lawrence Seaway to Cornwall and the Quebec border.

Find info and maps for road and gravel routes – trails – mountain biking plus bicycle friendly businesses at:

www.ontariobybike.ca/southeasternontario

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FEATURE DESTINATION:

Ontario East — Cycle the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail!

northumberland_verticalBike Train service on this route connects cyclists to destinations along Lake Ontario’s waterfront and the St. Lawrence Seaway. These communities offer excellent cycling and a summer full of events. From the rolling hills of Northumberland County, to the bike paths along the shores of the St. Lawrence Parks System, Eastern Ontario offers countless opportunities for recreational and avid cyclists alike.

The Great Lakes Waterfront Trail follows Lake Ontario from the US border at Niagara-on-the-Lake to the Quebec border near Cornwall. Along it you will find a 900km celebration of nature and culture – where peaceful countryside, small and big cities share a common bond through Lake Ontario.

Made up of both paved and unpaved off-road paths as well as on road routes, the Waterfront Trail provides cycling routes for everyone from families and recreational cyclists to long-distance road cyclists. The Waterfront Trail links up with La Route Verte at the Quebec border, allowing cyclists to continue on to Montreal and beyond.VIA Rail provides easy access to many sections of the trail.

Resources: Great Lakes Waterfront Trail website – Full colour trail maps, free to download and interactive map.

Ontario East Destinations

Cobourg and Northumberland County
Northumberland County, accessible from the Cobourg train station, encompasses the communities of Port Hope, Cobourg, Colborne and Brighton. They celebrate their rolling hills and quiet, undulating paved country roads with 5 signed, looped routes with peaceful views of Lake Ontario and Rice Lake. New is the Greenbelt Route that begins in Alderville stretching west to Niagara.
www.northumberlandtourism.com/cycling

Prince Edward County
A bending and curving shoreline, vast marshes and wetlands, a bevy of agricultural delights and the largest freshwater dune system in the world at Sandbanks are just some of the natural treasures you will enjoy. Prince Edward County is accessible from Cobourg or Kingston.
www.visitthecounty.com

Kingston
Kingston offers a lively downtown filled with great pubs, restaurants and accommodations.Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Fort Henry and the Rideau Heritage Route. For those looking to cover more ground, use Kingston as the launching ground for trips east to the Loyalist Parkway,west to Prince Edward County, or a loop on the Rideau Heritage Route.
www.visitkingston.ca

Wolfe Island
Wolfe Island is the largest of the world-renowned Thousand Islands. Located where Lake Ontario ends and the St. Lawrence River begins its flow to the Atlantic, its beautiful sunrises, breath-taking sunsets and spectacular night-time skies are a big part of its charm. The island features 4 signed bike routes on rural country roads. Maps are available online or at the tourist information centre in the town of Marysville. Free ferries run hourly from downtown Kingston so you can stay for the day or weekend.
www.visitfrontenac.ca

Brockville and the Thousand Islands
Charming heritage homes and buildings,Canada’s first railway tunnel, and beautifully landscaped waterfront parks define Brockville’s contribution to the shores of the St. Lawrence River. See the Thousand Islands and cycle the WaterfrontTrail.
www.brockvilletourism.com

Cornwall, SDG and the Parks of the St. Lawrence
Cornwall has a well developed waterfront trail with 75 km of off-road paved trails.The path takes cyclists west towards the Parks of the St. Lawrence, Stormont, Dundas ,Glengarry and the Long Sault Parkway. Discover the St. Lawrence Parks, campgrounds, scenic waterside vistas and historic towns. Cycling east will connect you with cycling routes into Quebec.
www.cornwalltourism.com
www.whereontariobegan.ca
www.parks.on.ca

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