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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!
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!
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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If you are new to cycling or find yourself riding more than ever before, you are not alone, as the number of cyclists out and about in the past year has skyrocketed. Getting comfortable and being confident on two wheels will help take you to new places safely. Like Driver’s Ed, practice and knowing the rules of the road are necessary. If you are ready to roll, there is no better learning course than the bike trails and bike lanes in Toronto.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Over the last few years, bikepacking has become increasingly popular. It allows for some epic cycle touring and while it can take many forms, it often gets riders out on a more challenging experience exploring exciting areas off the beaten track. With its diverse landscapes and large network of old railway lines, trails and gravel roads, Ontario is an ideal location for a bikepacking adventure.