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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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Celebrate by Bike

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Ride These Epic Routes

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Explore 3,000km+ of extraordinary cycling
along the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and Greenbelt Route.

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Ontario By Bike Ride - June 2019

Trent Severn Rail Trail Tour | Ontario By Bike

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The detailed ride itinerary for this ride is available below for download. Enjoy great trail riding with a self-guided ride experience. 


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When: Anytime. It's a self-guided itinerary 

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Total Distance: 97km or 119km extended route 

The Ride: A new spin on an Ontario By Bike classic, this two-day tour is nearly all on rail trails with only limited residential street riding in Campbellford, Peterborough and Lindsay. Explore the rolling hills of Northumberland County (along a flat rail trail) and the rural expanse of the southern Kawarthas along with an overnight in the city of Peterborough. Enjoy superb cycling on The Great Trail (including the Lang Hastings & Kawartha rail trails) along a route that intersects 5 of the historic Trent Severn Waterway lock systems, includes 6 major river crossings and the scenic views atop Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge in Campbellford and Doube Trestle Bridge just outside of Omemee.

Experience Level and Ride Guide: Easy to moderate. This route is almost entirely on off-road unpaved multi-use trails, with limited on-road connections. Suitable for hybrid and mountain bikes, as well as cross or gravel bikes, or road bikes with wider tires.

View digital route of tour - RideWithGPS.com


Trent Severn Photo strip 1Photo Credits: Justen Soule, Kawarthas Northumberland Tourism; Parks Canada; Ontario By Bike

Day 1: Campbellford to Peterborough - 54km

Set off from Campbellford with a spin through Ferris Provincial Park, crossing the epic Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge, which spans the Trent River. Connecting to Northumberland's portion of The Great Trail (aka Trans Canada Trail) just west of town, enjoy a relaxing and picturesque pedal on this off-road trail to the town of Hastings perched on the Trent River (further upstream) and the 2nd Trent Severn Waterway crossing of the day. Cross the river and connect to the Lang Hastings portion of the trail, with another 30km stretch of uninterrupted rail trail. Ride past working farms and rural landscapes that make this region one of the more popular for trail and road cycling. Take in a visit at the Lang Pioneer Village Museum before finishing the last stretch into Peterborough and the final destination for the day, the Best Western Plus Otonabee Inn. Later that evening, catch up with other riders at a group get-together and evening social.

Day 2: Peterborough to Lindsay or Fenelon Falls - 43km or 65km

The morning ride includes city paths and residential streets that cross the Trent Severn Waterway and the Otonabee River on a converted rail bridge, passing the world's largest hydraulic lift lock, before connecting to trails leading west out of Peterborough. A quick return to rural riding along the Kawarthas Trans Canada Trail is a great reminder you're still in cottage country. Enjoy a leisurely ride as it cuts through a variety of scenery on a fairly flat and straight line ride. Stop and marvel the views from the scenic sky high trestle bridge just a few kilometers east of the riverside hamlet of Omemee. Pedal west into Lindsay, where you can stop for the day and explore the downtown, Lock 33 of the Trent-Severn Waterway, rest your legs at a local restaurant or cool down with a post-ride ice cream at Kawartha Dairy's Barn! Others looking to push on a little further can choose to ride on another 23km to Fenelon Falls. Connecting north from Lindsay along the recently resurfaced Victoria Rail Trail enjoy a pedal through the scenic Ken Reid Conservation Area and rural scenery before arriving in town.  

Getting To/From Start:
Campbellford is located approximately 2 1/2 hours from downtown Toronto, 1 1/2 hours from Kingston, 3 hours from Ottawa. Campbellford is located appoximately 30 minutes north from Brighton/Hwy.401.

Arriving Early / Staying Late:
Consider an overnight option at one of Ontario By Bike's certified bicycle friendly accommodations in the Kawarthas Northumberland Region here.

Trent Severn Photo strip 2Photo Credits: Justen Soule, Kawarthas Northumberland Tourism; Parks Canada; Ontario By Bike

 

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Use below to find out more about ride areas and plan an extra day or two to see more.

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Phone: 416-827-2772 / 1-866-701-2774
Email: info (at) ontariobybike.ca

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