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For quite a few years I have conducted informative and fun bicycle tours, taking visitors from all over the world cycling around Kingston during our tourist season. It is a real pleasure to be able to ride around the city on a beautiful summer day, explaining at intervals why Kingston is such a special place, one so full of history and beauty.
My Downtown Kingston bicycle tour is 3 hours in duration and over the course of our ride you will see many things of natural and cultural interest, including the Queen’s and Royal Military College campuses, parks and the lakeshore trail, harbours and prisons, as well as British Empire landmarks and other buildings of architectural interest. No one has ever had a problem with the 14-kilometre distance, as the route is pretty flat and the pace is leisurely, and I can promise you an enjoyable and memorable experience. The cost for this tour is $35 Canadian per person for groups of 2-3 people, $30 Canadian per person for groups of 4-8 people, tax included.
For those who are more adventurous, I also offer a half-day Kingston Mills Picnic tour that makes its way up to these very impressive first locks on the Rideau Canal, where a tasty lunch will be served as we enjoy this UNESCO World Heritage site. On our way back into town we will stop by Barriefield Village, Fort Henry and the RMC campus. The cost for this tour and picnic is $55 Canadian per person for groups of 2-3 people, $45 Canadian per person for groups of 4-8 people, tax included.
I am a nationally certified Can-Bike cycling skills instructor and have a lot of experience leading group tours. Cyclists wishing to take these tours are strongly advised to wear helmets and must be willing to obey the rules of the road.
To make an appointment for either of my bicycle tours, please e-mail Steve at [email protected] or contact Ahoy Rentals at ahoyrentals.com 613 549 4277. Rental bikes available.
“Your bike tour was certainly a highlight of our stay in Kingston. Your personality and commentary really brought Kingston alive!! You live in a special part of this world, and your love for the area was contagious.”
Jackie from Cologne, New Jersey
“I did very much enjoy the sights, the history and the introduction to architectural heritage. Mostly, Steve, I enjoyed your enthusiasm for good cycling within the city, and your natural, relaxed approach. It was fun being with you and capturing your spirit.”
Lorraine from Kettleby, Ontario
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Set in the old community memorial hall of the scenic village of Warkworth, Ah!’s mission, as a non-profit gallery, is to increase appreciation for local artists and for artists across Ontario and Canada, as well as create awareness for local history and heritage. Stop by any Friday, Saturday, and Sunday between 11am and 4pm to come in and enjoy our current exhibit while on your way biking through beautiful Trent Hills. Exhibits can take fifteen minutes to half an hour to fully enjoy.
The Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society is the home of the Black Mecca Museum. Telling the story of Black Family experiences in Chatham-Kent from the Underground Railroad to Modern Times.
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The Community Waterfront Heritage Centre, Also known as the the Marine and Rail Museum is housed in the former Canadian National Railway Station. The museum features artefacts, models, and photos of Owen Sound’s rich marine and rail history. They can be found along the waterfront on 1st Avenue West in Owen Sound.
Downtown Carleton Place Business Improvement Association is proud to be a certified member of the Ontario by Bike Network.
The Carleton Place Welcome Centre & The Roy Brown Museum is our official Bike Welcome Centre. Located at the historic Moore House at 170 Bridge Street. Here you will find public washrooms, tourism information, emergency bike kit, first aid kit, and access to our municipal docks, perfect for a mid bike swim or just to put your feet in the water. They are open Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, please visit the Town of Carleton Place Website.
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Carleton Junction was home to the Carleton Place train yard, in fact, if you look to the left of the pump track you will see the historic roundhouse.
SHOP DINE & PLAY in Downtown Carleton Place!
Built in 1857, Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre, formerly the Caledonia Town Hall and Lock-Up, was designed by noted architect John Turner. Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre presents the history of Caledonia through educational and outreach activities and a number of permanent & temporary exhibits. Of particular note is the original 1857 jail cell and a permanent display highlighting the gypsum mining industry along the Grand River. Local history or family genealogy may be researched in the Gillespie Clark Reference Library. The library contains books, files and documents relating to Caledonia’s rich history. The archive holds a collection of surviving editions of the Grand River Sachem from 1856 to the present day.
Looking to add a bit of heritage and culture to your next ride?
Take a stop off at Fort Malden National Historic Site in Amherstburg, Ontario! We are a bike-friendly attraction, where you can lock up your bike, grab a bottle of water, and enjoy the beautiful natural scenery of the Detroit waterfront, while learning and engaging in our local history. Fort Malden is one of the most important strategic locations of the War of 1812 where witnessed the meeting between Major General Sir Isaac Brock and Shawnee Chief Tecumseh.
See where they joined forces, choosing Fort Malden as their base of operations for the attack on Fort Detroit. Listen as Parks Canada heritage interpreters tell the story of the British troops who later destroyed their fort to prevent it from falling into American hands after a retreat to Burlington. Learn how American forces then occupied the ruins of the fort until 1815 – the longest period of American occupation on Canadian soil. Fort Malden was once an army garrison and British Indian Department post. Experience all it has to offer by taking a guided tour, learning to fire a musket, mortar or cannon, and digging into an 1812-style lunch in the Soldier’s Cookhouse.
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The Goulbourn Museum tells the story of Ottawa’s oldest military settlement. It is home to interactive and hands-on exhibitions such as The 100th Regiment of Foot – about the soldiers who settled Goulbourn Township in 1818 after the War of 1812-1814; The Village Store where kids can dress up as pioneers & shop or barter for supplies; as well as exhibits about early Goulbourn settlers, the communities in the Township, and local services.
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The Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum is the largest community museum in Ontario. Our main gallery tells the story of Waterloo Region and our feature gallery showcases local and travelling exhibits from around the world. Waterloo Region Museum is open daily and is the entrance to Doon Heritage Village. Doon Heritage Village is open seasonally from May to December and is a picturesque 60 acre living history village that shows visitors what life was like in Waterloo Region in 1914. One admission price includes entry to the museum exhibit galleries and village. The museum features Hazel’s . The café menu includes local light snack items, including hot and cold beverages. Menu selections vary daily. Vending machines are also available for your convenience. Water fountains are located near the café, on the museum’s patio and in the living history village. You can refill your water bottle at the water fountain located across from Hazel’s. If you want to secure a camera, purse or other valuable items, coin-operated self-serve lockers are available at the Coat Check. We also have bike parking available at the front of the museums main entrance.
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