North – Hastings, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington

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Stretching from the southern border of Algonquin Park to the northern shore of Lake Ontario, the counties of Hastings, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington offer a wide variety of road cycling experiences and number excellent regional and cross-regional trail systems and routes. The region’s on-road cycling network and suggested routes incorporate a mix of landscapes from the flatter Lake Ontario basin north to the rugged Canadian Shield in the heart of Ontario’s Highlands. With varying levels of difficulties, the on road routes presents experiences for cyclists of all skills sets. Additionally, the region offers an extensive off-road trail network that spans across the region. This attracts a variety of cyclists, including recreational cyclists or mountain bike enthusiasts looking for more rugged trail and overnight riding options.

The following resource page provides information on Great Places to Cycle in the counties of Hastings, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington, but focusses on the northern portion of counties that are within Ontario’s Highlands, regional tourism area 11. The southern parts of the counties of Hastings, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington are in The Great Waterway/South Eastern Ontario, regional tourism area 9. For more regional maps, cycling info and Ontario By Bike listings, for that area visit The Great Waterway Great Places to Cycle page .


Frontenac County Road Routes

  • Crow Lake – This 102 km looped route is on paved routes with limited shoulders and includes some steeper climbs and hills.
  • Sydenham: Around Desert Lake – This 43 km route starts out with flat sections and rolling hills through farmland before progressing to the more challenging terrain with hilly roads heading north.

Lennox & Addington County Road Routes

All of the following routes are part of the L&A County Trails Network, which includes 12 signed, looped routes, ideal for road cycling enthusiasts of varying experience levels. For more information and to access GPS files for each route visit

  • Flinton Road Route – At 37 km, this shorter route is ideal for hybrid and mountain bikes as it incorporates a combination of both hard surface and dirt road.
  • Buckshot Lake Route – Considered the most challenging route in Lennox & Addington, at 102 km this metric century travels through t the Canadian Shield and Bon Echo Provincial Park. Cyclists will enjoy riding past wetlands, lakes, and Ontario’s wilderness.
  • Salmon River Route – This 54 km is considered an easy ride and incorporates a mix of paved shoulder and quiet back roads. Lots of opportunities to stop for supplies or snacks along the way.
  • Sheffield Route – A challenging 78 km route starting out from Kaladar, past Puzzle Lake Provincial Park into the heart of the Canadian Shield.
  • White Lake Route – A 44 km and moderately challenging route with few flat sections. Rolling hills past lakes, wilderness and wetlands.

Additional road routes listed below are located in southern part of Lennox & Addington, with more information in The Great Waterway Great Places to Cycle page:

North Hastings Scenic Routes Created as driving routes, this series of 13 road routes incorporate a variety of terrain, with numerous natural and heritage sites to enjoy while riding along primarily paved and quiet country back roads. With limited services along the way, cyclists will need to plan accordingly, and make the most of shops and stops in town of Bancroft, where many of the routes start and end.

Addington Highlands North Frontenac – Day Trip Itinerary – At just over 100km, this day trip circuit is an excellent ride to gain an appreciation of the vast rugged and lake infused lands stretching back, south and north around Bon Echo Provincial Park. Campers will find all the amenities needed at Bon Echo Provincial Park. Other accommodation options nearby, including motels and lake resorts.

Bancroft & North Hastings – Two Day Itinerary – These two routes are favoured by local cyclists for advanced training and are based on routes set for the legendary annual Hastings Highlands Hilly Hundred event and challenge. Using Bancroft as a convenient centre, stock up on all you need before heading out. The roads are quiet, services limited to nil and are perfect for club groups with motel accommodations in Bancroft, or smaller road crews wanting unique accommodations or camping closer to Algonquin Park.

Hastings County Trail Information

  • Centre Hastings Heritage Loop – A looped network of motorized multi-use trails spans 156 km from Glen Ross in Quinte West to its most northerly point adjacent to Lake St. Peter Provincial Park in Hastings. Visit website for more information and interactive map.
  • Hasting County Trail – Part of the Trans Canada Trail, this gravel surface trail is approximately 66 km heading east from the border of Northumberland County to Lennox & Addington County, north east of Tweed.
  • McGeachie Trail – 8 km of marked trails make up this network with several loops and spurs off main trail. Parking available off Steenburg Lake.

Frontenac County Trail Information

  • Central Frontenac Trailway – A 37 km gravel trail connects in the north to the Frontenac K&P Trail. Part of the Trans Canada Trail.
  • Frontenac K&P Trail – Approximately 46 km in length, this compact soil trail stretches from the Harrowsmith in the township of South Frontenac north into Central Frontenac. Final 16 km to Sharbot Lake are under development. Part of the Trans Canada Trail.
  • K & P Trail – The abandoned Kingston to Pembroke rail bed is intended for a variety of recreational uses, including cycling. Trail plans include connecting Kingston to Harrowsmith, using portions of the Cataraqui Trail to eventually connect on to Sharbot Lake and beyond. To learn about the trail plans, go to website and search for “K & P Trail”.

Lennox & Addington County Trail Information

  • Kaladar Trail – Part of the Trans Canada Trail, this 17 km multi-use, unpaved trail links westerly in Tweed (via Hastings County Trail) to Sharbot Lake in the east (via Central Frontenac Trailway). For more info, use the Trans Canada Trail website’s “Explore The Trail” feature to find access points.

The Great Trail (Trans Canada Trail) – Over 150 km of this cross-Canada route runs through Hastings, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington counties, with an additional 16 km proposed as part of the Frontenac K&P Trail. The TCT is a four-season, multi-use trail system with various surface types and users. This signed route is primarily off-road and on gravel trails in the region and presents multiple route options for day or multi-day cycling trips. Use the website’s “Explore The Trail” feature to find access points.

Cataraqui Trail – 104 km four-season rail trail that traverses the region, from Strathcona to Smiths Falls and composed of various trail materials an. Approximately 80 km of the trail is designated a part of the Trans Canada Trail system.

The Great Waterway Circle Tour – A 730 km, 8-day cross-regional suggested itinerary that passes through Central and South Frontenac, Lennox & Addington County and southern portions of Hasting County. A cycling itinerary of The Great Waterway and Regional Tourism Organization 9. Download pdf itinerary.

The Central Ontario Loop Trail (COLT) – This 450km loop is a popular multi-day bike packing route that incorporates the Victoria Rail Trail, The Ganaraska Trail, The Hastings Heritage Trail, The IB & O Rail Trail, and cuts through the Ganaraska Forest. Trail surfaces vary, a mountain or cross bike is recommended. With a variety of scenic landscapes the route passes through a number of smaller communities with services and accommodation or camping options. Link provided is directed to blog article, currently best source for information.

Rideau Lakes Heritage Route – Follow any portion of the 202 km long Rideau Canal and UNESCO World Heritage Destination route by bicycle. This is primarily an unsigned, on-road route and includes multiple options for cyclists to plan their own itinerary along quiet country roads. This route boasts many community, water and heritage attractions along the way. For more information, including maps, visit website.

The Waterfront Trail – Following shorelines of Lake Ontario, Erie and Huron from Quebec to Niagara-on-the-Lake, and from Fort Erie to Windsor to Grand Bend. Fully signed route offers a mixture of paved on- and off-road trails covering over 1,600 km+. Crosses through the southern portions of Hastings County and Lennox & Addington County and offers connection route for long distance touring or shorter day trips.

County Trails – Map and Online Resources. Twelve suggested routes with detailed individual, detailed maps and route information. Each rated for level of difficulty. Routes centred in Lennox & Addington and Frontenac Counties. For route information and GPS files visit website or request a print map or custom cycling itinerary by completing online form HERE

Eastern Ontario Trails Association – Multi-use trail network north from Bay of Quinte to Algonquin, linking outdoor recreation and adventure to the natural environment and communities along the way. Also site to access Eastern Ontario Recreational Trails Map. Send an email request to receive print map to [email protected]

North Hastings Scenic Routes – Interactive online resource with descriptions for each point of interest and videos. While geared to motorists, cyclists can also use this resource to plan routes in area.

Frontenac County Cycling Route Online and Interactive Map.

Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve. Online PDF Routes and resources.

Getaway Country Recreational Trails Map. Map. Advermap. 6th edition, 2010/2011. Available at various retailers and on-line.

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