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The Story: Bluewater Granfondo

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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 goals were simple. Within four years, BIG has had an impact far greater than anyone could have imagined.

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Rail Trails In Kawartha Lakes

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The City of Kawartha Lakes, which incorporates Lindsay and the surrounding area, 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 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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2019 Ontario By Bike Rides

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Find out more about our Ontario By Bike Ride destinations and schedule for 2019! New destinations and old classics all with the same great value! These small group weekend tours are self-guided, fully supported and always sell out!

Just Bring Your Bike and Ride!

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2019 Cycling In Ontario Guide

Cycle Tourism Conference 2019

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Learn more about and view the presentations from our recent Cycle Tourism Conference held on March 1, 2019. 

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Cycle Tourism Conference 2019 Toronto Canada

The Cycle Tourism Conference, a full-day conference was held in downtown Toronto on March 1, 2019
Hosted by Ontario By Bike / Transportation Options 


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March 1, 2019

Over 150 cycling and tourism industry leaders attended Canada's leading Cycle Tourism Conference. This year's conference theme was Destination Bike and with keynote presentations and concurrent sessions that featured the latest trends and opportunities relating to one of the fastest growing tourism sectors in Canada, 


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The exciting and informative conference program was curated under the following:


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Developing cycle tourism destinations and products 
Growing the cycle tourism market through emerging trends
Marketing
cycle tourism product and experiences 
Serving the cycle tourist market
Measuring the impact on destinations and businesses
 
 
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What 2019 conference delegates had to say:
  • 87% felt the conference provided them the information and tools needed to further develop their cycle tourism product
  • 84% made useful connections through networking with other conference attendees and speakers
  • 100% were interested in attending another Cycle Tourism Conference
  • Respondents gave the 2019 conference a rating of 8.9 out of 10 in terms of usefulness for their destination, business or event

Who Attended the 2019 Cycle Tourism Conference
  • Destination marketing and regional tourism organizations
  • Economic development and transportation staff from municipal and provincial governments
  • Parks staff and trail stewards 
  • Bicycle event organizers and tour operators
  • Tourism consultants 
  • Bicycle and trail advocates
  • Business owners and entrepreneurs
  • Bicycle industry representatives
  • Interested organizations and individuals


At the 2019 Cycle Tourism Conference Attendees Learned About:

  • Businesses and destinations successully attracting cycle tourists
  • Turning a cycling network into a cycle tourism product
  • The characteristics and behaviour of cycle tourist segments
  • Economic impacts and related values of cycle tourism for communities 
  • Current key issues and emerging trends in cycle tourism markets and product development
  • Effectively planning, executing and evaluating marketing campaigns in cycle tourism
  • Leveraging the intersection between cycling events, destinations and partnership opportunities
  • Connecting cycling and cycle tourism to the broader tourism industry

MEDIA RELEASE for the 2019 Cycle Tourism Conference:

  • Bike Infrastructure Helps Drive Cycle Tourism (February 11, 2019)
  • Download HERE 

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Conferenc attendees had the opportunity to attend as a guest or exhibit at our partners event: the North America's largest consumer bicycle show, the Toronto International Bicycle Show March 1st to 3rd.   

Conference Coordinators

The 2019 Cycle Tourism Conference was coordinated by Ontario By Bike, a program of Transportation Options, a not for profit organization. For over twenty years, Transportation Options has been dedicated to fostering sustainable mobility and tourism solutions across Ontario, developing and supporting a range of innovative programs. Transportation Options has coordinated a number of significant conferences in the past, including three cycle tourism conferences. See the reports, agenda and speaker bios from 20162013 and 2009

Contact info

For more information on the conference, please call 1-866-701-2774 / 416-827-2774 or contact through email [email protected]

The 2019 Cycle Tourism Conference was made possible by the generous support of the following partners and sponsors:
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Platinum Spoke Sponsor
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Gold Spoke Sponsors


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