Ontario Southwest (Windsor-London-Toronto)

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
  • *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.

2024 Update: Bike transportation on VIA Rail is expected to resume in 2025, with new fleet of trains available.

Options to Consider: Renting bikes at destination; travelling with a support vehicle; using a taxi hire service.
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 Windsor-London-Toronto is now provided by VIA Rail. For schedules and ticket information, please refer to the VIA Rail website at www.viarail.ca/en/bike or call 1-888-842-7245.

NOTE: Bikes can only be transported on trains listed with baggage cars. Bikes will need to be bagged or boxed. Upon arrival at the train station, check your bike at the baggage counter. Extra charges apply.

RIDE IDEAS:

South Western Ontario is a large area stretching along the coast of Lake Erie west of Niagara to Windsor/Essex County, Sarnia/Lambton to Grand Bend on Lake Huron. As well as the coastal Great Lakes area, there is much to see and do visiting small welcoming communities rich in agricultural and farmlands, in Oxford County and in larger city centres including London.  Many great ride ideas await for day trips or longer multi-day trips and bike touring.

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

www.ontariobybike.ca/southwestontario – Elgin County, Oxford County, Sarnia-Lambton, London

www.ontariobybike.ca/windsoressexpeleewww.ontariobybike.ca/norfolkwww.ontariobybike.ca/chathamkent

FEATURE DESTINATION: Windsor, Essex & Pelee Island

Cycle Canada’s Southernmost Region!

Windsor Waterfront

Take the Ontario Southwest Bike Train from Toronto to Windsor and Essex County and explore diverse historical and cultural attractions, wineries and vineyards, parks and birdwatching areas.

Cycle from Windsor 620km along the shores of Lake Erie to Fort Erie in Niagara Region, following the Lake Erie Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, a fully signed and well mapped route.

Resources: Waterfront Trail website – Detailed full colour trail maps, free to download as well as interactive map.

Connect with the Chrysler Canada Greenway, a 42 km rail trail that traverses the region. Ride rural roads through small towns and communities offering the quiet of nature, award-winning vintages, fruit stands and unique history.

Cycling along the north coast of Lake Erie, you’ll find freshwater beaches and recreation areas. Point Pelee National Park is world renowned as a stopover for bird and butterfly migrations and is a UNESCO designated Wetland of International Significance.