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Early Bird Registration Now Open! Ontario By Bike and Transportation Options are proud to announce the 2019 Cycle Tourism Conference, a full-day conference to be held in downtown Toronto on March 1, 2019. 

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Cycling Tours 2019

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Cycling Tours Across Ontario 2019


(Also see Cycling Events Across Ontario 2019)

Interested in joining a bike tour? There are lots of options and bike tour operators offering tours around the province. Most of these tours are for smaller sized groups and can include B&B or hotel accommodations, luggage transfer, food and tour guide options.

 

Regional Bike Tours

See the Ontario By Bike Map and Bike Tour Category for localized regional bike tours that include the listings below. The following companies offer tours seasonally. Visit their website or give them a call for more information.

  • Niagara International Wine ToursBike tours and rentals in Niagara on the Lake
  • Zoom Leisure – Bike tours and rentals in Niagara
  • OK Cycle & Adventure Tours  - Ontario, as well as international, multi-day cycle tours in Ottawa and Prince Edward County
  • Minii Adventures  – Offering guided mountain bike tours, weekky rides and women mountain bike clinics in and around Collingwood.
  • Collingwood Cycling ToursCycling tours, custom tours and corporate groups in Collingwood.
  • Long Point Eco-Adventures Mountain biking tours in and around Turkey Point, in Norfolk County
  • Hard Maple Travel Adventure travel by mountain bike in Eastern Ontario
  • Bloomfield Bicycle Company – Bike tours and rentals in Prince Edward County
  • Tour Cycle – Group and custom bike tours in and around Toronto
  • Bare Bones Cycling Tours – Group tours ranging from one-day Century Rides, to five-day cross-country packages, for both established and expert bikers as well as beginner riders.
  • Escape Bicycle Tours – Guided, fully-supported bicycle tours to urban and rural destinations in the Ottawa, Ottawa Valley, and the Outaouais area
  • Wildrock – A local bike shop in Peterborough & the Kawarthas, who offers a variety of weekly events including group rides and guided bike tours in and outside of the region.
  • Ontario's South Coast Bicycles and Tours Inc. – Guided, self guided tours along Lake Erie's Waterfront Trail,  Turkey Point and Norfolk's rail trails. Pedal-assist tours also offered through this operator.
  • Pedal Pushers – Private and custom group clinics, tours, coaching also available in Collingwood and Blue Mountain areas. Program areas include road, gravel and mountain biking.
  • Ride Guides – Guided mountain bike and fat bike tours, skills camps, private and group instruction based in Collingwood ON, but operating at multiple locations through central and southern Ontario.
  • Steve Bauer Bike Tours – Tours offer unique, exclusive, and hands-on guided tours with personal service in Niagara
  • Born To Ride Bicycle Tours – Guided bicycle tours with set and customized itineraries, across Central Ontario
  • Toronto Bicycle Tours – Bike tours in Toronto
  • Wine Trail Rides- Bike tours around Windsor & Essex County’s wine region
  • Farm Dog Cycles - Bike rentals and tours in beautiful Essex County
  • Yours Outdoors – Bike tours visiting artist studios and the Haliburton Highlands
  • Bike On Tours – Customized self guided touring routes and packages around the province
  • Ottawa Cycling Tours - Bike tours in and around the nation's capital
  • Rentabike Ottawa- Rentals and tours in Ottawa
  • Valley Cycle Tours - Single and multi day tours in and around the Ottawa Valley area. Custom tours available. 
  • Manitoulin Island Cycling Advocates (MICA) - Known as Alvar Treasure Rides, MICA hosts two all-inclusive, 5-day bike tours across Manitoulin Island (June and September) www.manitoulincycling.com
  • Humdinger Bicycle Tours - Humdinger is central Ontario’s first and only bicycle tour company to offer premium, multi-day, fully supported and guided bicycle tours, specializing in Georgian Bay, Muskoka, Haliburton, Huntsville, and Simcoe.
  • Randonnee Tours - Offering an exceptional line of self-guided bicycle tours in Prince Edward County and Niagara Region.
  • Thousand Island Bicycle Co. - An array of both guided and self-guided bike tours in the Thousand Island area, also offering bike rentals (pedal and e-bikes), as well as pick-up and drop-off service in the region.
  • CK Maggs Adventures - Week-long Cycling Tour Experience in historic Elora with visits to West Montrose, Grand Valley, and St. Jacob's. Guided rides, with overnight stays in relaxing glamping style tents.
  • Pedal Toronto - Daily guided bicycle tours in Toronto. Custom tours available.


Cross-Regional Tours By Date

January-April

  • Sweet Ride Fat Bike Tour – Between January and March, weather permitting, enjoy a guided fat bike adventure filled with wonder and fun followed by the reward of a delicious coffee or tea and an apple cinnamon bun from Heavenly Cafe along the Apple Pie Trail.

May

  • Wine Trail Rides - Every Saturday from May to October - Roll through farmland to wineries along the Lake Erie coastline on two wheels. Fall in love with Canada's southernmost region on a national award winning cycling tour while indulging in the food and drink of Canada’s best kept foodie secret.
  • Niagara Wine Region Cycling 8 Days - Starting every Sunday from May 1st, this self-guided, supported tour is the perfect introduction to this lovely corner of Canada. Explore historic landmarks and towns, pedal past traditional red brick farmhouses sheltered by stately maple trees, and trace the course of the fascinating Welland canal. (Also available on 5 days)
  • Prince Edward County Cycling (6 Days) - Starting from May 1st, this self-guided, supported tour takes in the quiet country roads dotted with vineyards and wineies with overnights in charming locales and and offers an insider's guide on how to enjoy "The County's" secrets.
  • Tour du Canada Century Ride Weekend – On May 25th-26th, 2019, kick start your cycling season with a classic cycling weekend held annually in May. Riders start at Maple with a choice of 100 kilometres or 100 miles to Barrie on the Saturday and return to Maple on the Sunday.
  • The Natural Path - 2 day Cycling & Voyageur Experience - On May 25th-26th, sign up for this 2-day guided adventure cycling the Trans Canada Trail & Paddling down the Grand River with stops at organic farms, local artist studios and craft breweries.

June

  • Manitoulin Passage Ride – On June 1-2, 2018, ride on Manitoulin Island on this fully-supported tour with great food, good music, camaraderie, long lasting friendships and free ferry for all registered participants and your cycle (not your car).
  • HIlls of Huntsville and Haliburton – NEW in 2019 - On June 2nd-6th, sign up for this fully guided and supported tour, ~350km over 5 days. The tour begins with 2 days of excellent cycling in the Huntsville area including the Lake Vernon and Lake of Bays loops. It then moves to the spectacular Haliburton Highlands which includes challenging riding, amazing food and lovely lakeside accommodations
  • Signature Georgian Bay-Muskoka Tour – On June 16th-21st, cycle from Parry Sound, Georgian Bay to Muskoka Lakes District and back to Georgian Bay through Port Severn, Midland, Collingwood, and Thornbury. Discover 2 UNESCO biosphere reserves (30,000 Islands and Niagara Escarpment), the rugged beauty of the Canadian Shield, and the tranquil lakes and forests of Muskoka.
  • Pedal, Pints, and Pubs – On June 9th-11th, enjoy 3 days and 2 nights on a tour designed for a novice/intermediate rider. More beer, less biking amongst the spectacularly beautiful, Haliburton Highlands, a haven for recreation, artists, artisans, and, yes, craft beer.
  • The Great Spirit Ride – (2019 Dates Pending), enjoy 5 days of riding, 5 nights accommodation and 2 ferry rides on a memorable cycling trip through Manitoulin Island, the largest island in the world surrounded by fresh water.www.cyclecanada.com
  • The Natural Path - 2 day Cycling & Voyageur Experience - June 15th-16th, sign up for this 2-day guided adventure cycling the Trans Canada Trail & Paddling down the Grand River with stops at organic farms, local artist studios and craft breweries.
  • Lake Ontario Epic Tour - A women's only 12-day tour that circumnavigates Lake Ontario from June 18th-29th.
  • Pedal, Pints, and Pubs (Collingwood - Blue Mountains – NEW in 2019 - On June 23rd-25th, enjoy 5 days and 4 nights enjoy this fully supported and guided tour aimed at novices, ~80 km over 3 days. Modelled on their original Pedal, Pints, and Pubs, the Collingwood-Blue Mountains version takes advantage of the area’s delightful combination of natural beauty, cultural happenings, and unique shops and boutiques.
  • Alvar Treasure Rides - Currently offered on two dates in June including June 17th-21st & 24th-28th, enjoy a 5-day all-inclusive cycling tour on Manitoulin Island explores one of the most sought after cycling destinations in Ontario. Lakeside cottage overnight stays. Two tour distance variations are available. Short cycling adventure 298km, 55-70km/day, long cycling adventure 432km, 70-100km/day. www.manitoulincycling.com
  • Niagara Vineyards – (2019 Dates Pending) - Sign up for this one-week tour called Niagara Vineyards, a route that "wine"ds its way through the Niagara Peninsula. Cyclists start their ride in Hamilton, a neighbouring city of Toronto.
  • Georgian Bay - Explore Ontario with Vélo Québec Voyages "free as the air" formula. Now offering three tour dates of June 22nd-29th, June 30th to July 7th and August 11th-18th, these tours showcase all southern Georgian Bay has to offer and somethign for everyone, including the Blue Mountains, agriculture, history, wine. www.explorebybike.com

July

  • Signature Georgian Bay-Muskoka Tour – July 8-13, Cycle from Parry Sound, Georgian Bay to Muskoka Lakes District and back to Georgian Bay through Port Severn, Midland, and Collingwood. Enjoy the rugged beauty of the Canadian Shield, the sweet water sea that is Georgian Bay, and the tranquil lakes and forests of Muskoka. Discover ghost roads, First Nation’s history, and experience cottage country culture.
  • The Natural Path - 2 day Cycling & Voyageur Experience - July 6-7, sign up for this 2-day guided adventure cycling the Trans Canada Trail & Paddling down the Grand River with stops at organic farms, local artist studios and craft breweries.
  • Ottawa & The Rideau Canal Bike Tour with Freewheeling - On July 7th-13th, spend Six nights; seven days of quiet, flat cycling with moderate distances, on paved and gravel roads, featuring some stretches along the Rideau Canal, and some bike paths in Ottawa. Upper Canadian history, charming inns, and the National Capital region contribute to the charm of this ride.
  • Niagara - Explore with Ontario with Vélo Québec Voyages "free as the air" formula. From July 6th-12th and September 14th-20th, enjoy the relatively easy route that showcases all Niagara has to offer and somethign for everyone, including agritourism, architecture, history, wine and of course the Falls. www.explorebybike.com 
  • Pedal, Pints, and Pubs – On July 14th-16th, enjoy 3 days and 2 nights on a tour designed for a novice/intermediate rider. More beer, less biking amongst the spectacularly beautiful, Haliburton Highlands, a haven for recreation, artists, artisans, and, yes, craft beer.
  • Thousand Islands - Enjoy water everywhere and a constant Lake Ontario view between Picton and Cornwall from July 14th-19th from Vélo Québec Voyages. Ride your own bike, stay in 3-star hotels and set your own schedule along this gorgeous ride. www.explorebybike.com
  • The BiQue Ride – Explore Toronto to Montreal on the 24th annual BiQue Ride (BiQue is pronounced - Bike). 6 days cycling / 7 nights accommodation. 2019 Dates include July 21st-26th
  • HIlls of Huntsville and Haliburton – NEW in 2019 - On July 21st-25th, sign up for this fully guided and supported tour, ~350km over 5 days. The tour begins with 2 days of excellent cycling in the Huntsville area including the Lake Vernon and Lake of Bays loops. It then moves to the spectacular Haliburton Highlands which includes challenging riding, amazing food and lovely lakeside accommodations
  • The Natural Path - 2 day Cycling & Voyageur Experience - July 27-28, sign up for this 2-day guided adventure cycling the Trans Canada Trail & Paddling down the Grand River with stops at organic farms, local artist studios and craft breweries.
  • Pedal, Pints, and Pubs (Collingwood - Blue Mountains – NEW in 2019 - On July 28th-30th, enjoy 5 days and 4 nights enjoy this fully supported and guided tour aimed at novices, ~80 km over 3 days. Modelled on their original Pedal, Pints, and Pubs, the Collingwood-Blue Mountains version takes advantage of the area’s delightful combination of natural beauty, cultural happenings, and unique shops and boutiques.
  • Great Waterfront Trail Adventure - Cycle the North - On July 28th to August 1st, Join hundreds of cyclists for 65 -107km (40 – 67 miles) of riding per day through the majestic scenery that inspired the Group of Seven from the seat of your bike as you ride 410 km (255 miles) from Sault Ste. Marie to Sudbury through 26 communities and four First Nations. For more details, and to register click here.

August

  • The Natural Path - 2 day Cycling & Voyageur Experience - August 10th-11th, sign up for this 2-day guided adventure cycling the Trans Canada Trail & Paddling down the Grand River with stops at organic farms, local artist studios and craft breweries.
  • Ottawa & The Rideau Canal Bike Tour with Freewheeling - On August 11th-17th, spend Six nights; seven days of quiet, flat cycling with moderate distances, on paved and gravel roads, featuring some stretches along the Rideau Canal, and some bike paths in Ottawa. Upper Canadian history, charming inns, and the National Capital region contribute to the charm of this ride.
  • Signature Georgian Bay-Muskoka Tour – August 12-17, Cycle from Parry Sound, Georgian Bay to Muskoka Lakes District and back to Georgian Bay through Port Severn, Midland, and Collingwood. Enjoy the rugged beauty of the Canadian Shield, the sweet water sea that is Georgian Bay, and the tranquil lakes and forests of Muskoka. Discover ghost roads, First Nation’s history, and experience cottage country culture.
  • Great Waterfront Trail Adventure - National Park to National Urban Park - Ride the 10th annual Great Waterfront Trail Adventure and help celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, cycling from Point Pelee to the Rouge National Urban Park! 530 km, 2 Great Lakes, 24 communities, 2 National Parks. A supported cycling holiday includes so much more than biking. Two Great Lakes, beaches, wineries, history, camping (hotels option available). For more details, and to register click here.
  • Niagara Vineyards – This one-week tour between August 25-30, 2018, begins in Hamilton and "wines" its way through the Niagara Peninsula to finish in Niagara Falls. Spectacular views and gentle terrain – the route does climb the Niagara escarpment but follows canal paths.www.cyclecanada.com
  • Pedal, Pints, and Pubs – On August 18-20, enjoy 3 days and 2 nights on a tour designed for a novice/intermediate rider. More beer, less biking amongst the spectacularly beautiful, Haliburton Highlands, a haven for recreation, artists, artisans, and, yes, craft beer.
  • Erie Shores – A week-long tour in 2019 (Dates Pending). The ride is a loop that starts and ends in Windsor and travels the shores of Lake Erie, Lake Huron and Lake St. Clair, as well as the Thames and Detroit Rivers.www.cyclecanada.com

September

  • Ottawa & The Rideau Canal Bike Tour with Freewheeling - On September 1st-7th, spend Six nights; seven days of quiet, flat cycling with moderate distances, on paved and gravel roads, featuring some stretches along the Rideau Canal, and some bike paths in Ottawa. Upper Canadian history, charming inns, and the National Capital region contribute to the charm of this ride.
  • Alvar Treasure Rides - Currently offered on two dates in September including September 2nd-6th & 9th-13th, enjoy a 5-day all-inclusive cycling tour on Manitoulin Island explores one of the most sought after cycling destinations in Ontario. Lakeside cottage overnight stays. Two tour distance variations are available. Short cycling adventure 298km, 55-70km/day, long cycling adventure 432km, 70-100km/day. www.manitoulincycling.com
  • Simcoe Circle  – A 5-day tour in 2019 (dates pending), begins and ends in Bradford and loops around Lake Simcoe. www.cyclecanada.com
  • The Natural Path - 2 day Cycling & Voyageur Experience - September 7th-8th, sign up for this 2-day guided adventure cycling the Trans Canada Trail & Paddling down the Grand River with stops at organic farms, local artist studios and craft breweries.
  • Muskoka Lakes Tour – On September 9th-11th, cycle a picturesque and rolling route from Orillia to Port Carling on a 3-day fully supported tour. Ride along the shores of Lake Muskoka, Lake Joseph, Lake Rosseau, and Sparrow Lake. Experience cottage country culture.
  • Alvar Treasure Rides - Manitoulin Island - Happening in the first week of September. join this 4-day all-inclusive cycling tour on Manitoulin Island September 5th-9th and explore one of the most sought after cycling destinations in Ontario. Two tour distance variations are available 280km or 463km. www.manitoulincycling.com
  • Pedal, Pints, and Pubs – On September 22nd-24th, enjoy 3 days and 2 nights on a tour designed for a novice/intermediate rider. More beer, less biking amongst the spectacularly beautiful, Haliburton Highlands, a haven for recreation, artists, artisans, and, yes, craft beer.
  • The Natural Path - 2 day Cycling & Voyageur Experience - September 28th-30th, sign up for this 2-day guided adventure cycling the Trans Canada Trail & Paddling down the Grand River with stops at organic farms, local artist studios and craft breweries.

October


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