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Top Ontario Trail Rides & E-Bike Rental Locations

Have an e-bike and willing to travel?

Eager to try out an e-bike in a safe off-road environment?

With a growing number of e-bike rental companies close to Ontario’s signature trails, it’s easier than ever to plan a day trip exploring our beautiful province on two wheels.

We’ve compiled the list below of Ontario’s top trails to explore by e-bike or with your regular wheels! Each of the trails included below have e-bike rentals options in close proximity.

The following is an expanded version of the article ‘Top E-bike Trail Rides’ on page 12 of the 2024 edition of our annual print magazine, Cycling in Ontario / Le vélo en Ontario guide.


Chrysler Greenway Trail – Essex County

Kingsville, the laidback, historic town in Essex County on Lake Erie’s north shore is the perfect place for an e-bike day ride. The Chrysler Greenway Trail passes through town, a 50km rail trail stretching from the outskirts of Windsor east to near Leamington, passing through Essex Pelee Island Coast (EPIC) wine country. The Greenway Trail is part of the region’s 41km Wine Trail, a mixed trail and road route which runs between Kingsville to Harrow on the trail, and then south to Erie coast line and along the smooth paved shoulders on County Road 50, part of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail with beautiful views of the lake and wine country.

While there are numerous excellent wineries to enjoy enroute, equally stunning are the other attractions enroute. A must-visit is the Mettawa Station Mediterranean restaurant located in the historic and architecturally significant former Kingsville Train Station. Another huge draw are the stunning parks, conservation areas and beaches enroute, including Colchester Beach, with a groomed sandy, almost tropical, beach and the John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area, a restored Classic Revival home with beautiful grounds, perfect for a picnic overlooking Lake Erie.

E-bike Rentals

E-bikes can be rented for 3 hrs or a full day from The Grove Bike Co. in Kingsville as well as from Colchester Beach. thegrovebikeco.com


Niagara River Recreational Trail – Niagara Region

The 25km section of the paved Niagara River Recreational Trail between Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL) is a must-ride. While mostly flat, some electric assistance will definitely come in handy as you climb up the Niagara Escarpment at Queenston and while approaching the falls on either your trip out or return journey. Catch views of the Niagara River and Gorge, and consider hiking down at the Niagara Glen Nature Centre. Near NOTL, there are a number of must-visit wineries right off the trail, where visitors are treated to local history and an exceptional welcome and tasting experience. Peller Estates, Reif Estate and Inniskillen are some top trailside picks for the visitor experience. You can base yourself from Niagara-on-the-Lake and rent an e-bike from there, or a great option is to take the GO Train to Niagara Falls from the Greater Toronto Area and ride the trail north to NOTL and back.

E-bike Rentals

Snap Ebike Rentals are located around the corner from the train station in Niagara Falls. snapebike.com

For e-bike rentals in NOTL, book with Zoom Leisure Bikes. zoomleisure.com.

While not on trails, ride in the Niagara Bench, and try e-bike the Bench rentals and tours, in Vinelands. ebikethebench.com


Goderich to Guelph (G2G) Rail Trail – Huron County

The Goderich to Guelph Rail Trail (known as the G2G) has been steadily growing in popularity since the entire length of the trail was interconnected and opened in 2015. Maintained and managed by the Goderich to Guelph Rail Trail organization, the full 132km trail from Goderich to Guelph is well-signed from end to end and in good condition with a hard-packed limestone surface thanks to major resurfacing in 2020. While the whole trail is worth exploring, one of the most scenic sections is through Huron County, known as ‘Ontario’s West Coast’. Whether you’re pedalling through fields of golden wheat, passing by century farms, or exploring the quaint streets of charming communities, Huron County provides a captivating cycling adventure for riders of all levels. The other bonus of basing a G2G trail adventure in Huron County are the incredible beaches for swimming after a day of cycling. Both Blyth and Goderich make excellent bases to explore the trail.

Check out our recent blog with a number of trail itineraries to explore the G2G Rail Trail in Huron County

E-bike Rentals

E-bike rentals are available from the Goderich Bike Shop (www.goderichbikeshop.com) at both their Goderich and Blyth locations.


Waterfront Trail & Escarpment Rail Trail – Hamilton

Base yourself in Hamilton for the day and explore the city’s extensive trail network, whether along the Niagara Escarpment or down to Hamilton Beach and the Lake Ontario waterfront. Long defined by an industrial past, ‘Steel Town’ is being rediscovered as a city of green spaces, waterfalls, with a great mix of multi-use trails to enjoy. An e-bike will come in handy in this escarpment city, as you climb your way up and down the trails connecting to Hamilton’s ‘mountain’.

Enroute to the Waterfront Trail, you’ll ride the Red Hill Valley Trail, which runs along the Red Hill Creek and winds its way through a number of picturesque parks on its way to the Lake Ontario Waterfront. You’ll cross over the Queen Elizabeth Expressway on an architecturally interesting pedestrian and cycling bridge. Enroute and near the waterfront you’ll see lots of turtles, water fowl and snakes and frogs in this protected nature area. As you reach Lake Ontario, take in views of the Toronto skyline and ride north along the beach and make a stop at Hutch’s on the Beach, a landmark, classic diner serving ice cream and fish and chips. You can ride all the way to Burlington on the Hamilton Beach Trail, part of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, which is about a 35km round trip from the shop. Option 2 for the day is to ride the Escarpment Rail Trail, snaking through the forest along Hamilton’s iconic ‘mountain’ with many photo-worthy stops. Near the southern end of the trail you can connect to Albion Falls Conservation Area. Lock your bikes and hike to the stunning falls on the escarpment. On the western end, the trail connects close to downtown, with a great selection of hip cafes and restaurants to choose from.

E-bike Rentals

Full-day and multi-day e-bike rentals are available from Hamilton Electric Bikes and should be booked in advance on their website. The shop is conveniently located near three trails in the city. hamiltonelectricbikes.ca


Georgian Rail Trail

The 34km stone dust Georgian Rail Trail runs between Collingwood and Meaford and has a number of scenic Georgian Bay lookouts and rewarding hilly terrain just off the trail that a little pedal-assist can help with. Visit the shops and restaurants at Blue Mountain Village and enjoy cafe treats in Thornbury and Meaford. Consider branching off from the trail to explore the Beaver Valley’s cideries, wineries and bakeries on the Apple Pie Trail. Continue on to Meaford on the trail, stopping in at the Meaford Museum on the harbour, learning about the apple growing history of the area. Sample the delicious lunch menu at the Kitchen before returning to Collingwood. If you have a second day in the area, ride southeast on the Clearview-Collingwood Train Trail, visiting the town of Stayner, and conquering the on-road hills and some of the best views in the province enroute to Creemore.

Check out our Ontario By Bike Ride two day, overnight cycling itinerary where we rode both trails, plus beautiful on-road loops, on the Georgian Bay Collingwood Explorer.

E-bike Rentals

E-bike rentals are available from multiple locations in the area from Georgian Trail E-Bike Rentals. georgiantrailebikes.ca


Millennium Trail – Prince Edward County

The Millennium Trail is 46km and runs nearly the entire east-west length of Prince Edward County. As a rail trail, the terrain is quite flat, and very smooth thanks to resurfacing efforts by community members over the last few years. The town of Wellington is a great place to start your ride from, with 30 wineries in the area just north of town. Riding west on the trail from town, stop in at Karlo Estates winery, with a path leading directly from the trail and beautiful old barn and extensive farm property. Or stop at Stanners Vineyard in Hillier, a small family run winery with sustainability at its core.  There are plenty of other great stops including breweries, artist galleries, and natural sights like the scenic Hillier wetland, where riders can see otters and birds. Riding east from Wellington, the towns of Bloomfield and Picton are great ride destinations, with breweries and restaurants right off the trail to enjoy. Back in Wellington, enjoy a delicious dinner, swim at the beach, or visit the farmers’ market on Saturday mornings.

E-bike Rentals

E-bike rentals are available from Ideal Bike in Wellington idealbike.com/rentals and Pedego Electric Bikes in Bloomfield pedegoelectricbikes.ca


Prescott Russell Recreational Trail

At 72km, the Prescott & Russell Recreational Trail is one of Ontario’s longest rail trails and has a bright future ahead. A e-bike will definitely come in handy riding this stone dust path that stretches all the way from the outskirts of Ottawa to the Quebec border through Eastern Ontario. The trail has just recently been added as part of the Trans Canada Trail, and there are plans to connect the trail directly to Ottawa’s trail system as well as Quebec’s. While the entire trail is a delightful mix of farmland, forests, creek crossings, with six wayfinding and rest area pavilions along the way, a great entry point on the trail is near the eastern end of the trail to take advantage of the attractions surrounding the village of Vankleek Hill. Part of three cycling loops incorporating the trail, the Vankleek Hill loop takes riders to a museum, a painted grain silo (part of the county’s ‘Popsilos’ program), a lunch stop, a winery, and renowned Beau’s Brewing Company, at their farm brewery just outside of town.

Check out our recent blog on the Prescott & Russell Recreational Trail, including some recently developed cycling itineraries for the trail and its surroundings. 

E-bike Rentals

The Prescott Russell Trail organization has its own e-bike rental program, and both e-bikes and conventional bikes can be booked in advance at three business locations along the trail, including at Beau’s, Café sur la Rive in Plantagenet, and Mike Dean’s in Bourget. sentierprtrail.com/ebikes


Waterfront & K&P Trails – Kingston

Kingston offers a wealth of trail riding as well as other enticing day ride opportunities for e-bike riders. The K&P Trail heads north out of town following the Cataraqui River, and after a jaunt through an industrial park passes through beautiful farmland with limestone rock cuts lining the trail. Other great day rides include, taking the free ferry to Wolfe Island and exploring country roads, windmills, and beaches, exploring the history and best views of Kingston at Fort Henry and the Royal Military College, or explore Kingston’s waterfront trails from the beautiful green spaces of Lake Ontario Park, and past historic sites like the PumpHouse and Great Lakes Marine museums, City Hall, and the Woolen Mill.

E-bike Rentals

E-bikes can be rented from Ahoy Rentals (ahoyrentals.com) at the PumpHouse and from i-Cycle Electric Bike Company (icycleebikes.com) at Fort Henry. 


National Capital Trail Network – Ottawa

Explore the city of Ottawa riding on the Capital Pathway Network following the Rideau and Ottawa Rivers as well as the famed Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the Parliament buildings to Hog’s Back Falls, Dows Lake and the Experimental Farm, Byward Market, museums, the National Gallery and Gatineau Quebec, stretch out the day and make the most of the countless natural, cultural and heritage attractions that are along the way on this looped route taking in the top sites of city, all by bike.

Explore the Day 2 route of our self-guided Ontario By Bike Ride two day itinerary Ottawa City & Country or booked a guided tour through one of the city’s excellent bicycle tour and rental operators.

E-bike Rentals

E-bikes can be rented from Escape Bicycle Tours and Rentals (www.escapebicycletours.ca) downtown at their Sparks Street location and from Rent-A-Bike (www.rentabike.ca) on the Rideau Canal under the Plaza Bridge


Trans Canada Trail & Rotary Greenway Trail – Peterborough & the Kawarthas

Peterborough and its surroundings, known as Peterborough & the Kawarthas, have a remarkable array of trails to explore, plus an excellent network of quiet, scenic roads to enjoy using trails as a launching off point. Take your pick of trails leading off in three directions from downtown. Follow the Trans Canada Trail east along Little Lake, passed the new location of the Canadian Canoe Museum (opening summer 2024), continuing on the Lang-Hastings Trail passed scenic farmland, wetlands, river crossings on your way to the historic villages of Lang, Keene and Hastings. Muddy’s Pit BBQ in Keene is a well-loved barbecue shack that a worthy ride destination, 15km southeast from Peterborough. Or ride north from downtown Peterborough on the Rotary Greenway trail alongside the Otonabee River to the stunning mid-century modern Trent University campus, continuing on the rail trail to Lakefield along the river, part of the Trent-Severn Waterway. In Lakefield, enjoy an ice cream or a pub patio lunch at the Canoe & Paddle, followed by a swim at the Lakefield Beach. Ride option three – pedal 15km west from downtown Peterborough on the Trans Canada Trail to the scenic and Instagram-worthy Doube’s Trestle Bridge.

Check out our recent blog about exploring Peterborough & the Kawarthas by e-bike.

E-bike Rentals

E-bikes can be rented from Wild Rock Outfitters (www.wildrock.net) in downtown Peterborough. 

Additional Information

Ready to plan an e-bike trail adventure in Ontario? Check out the links in the blog above for links to the specific trails and e-bike rental locations mentioned.

If you’re looking for more trail and e-bike adventures around Ontario, or looking more rides in the destinations mentioned above, follow the links below.

Published On: January 29, 2024Categories: News

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