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Read on for inspirational cycling experiences across Ontario. Whether you're looking for rail trails, mountain biking or road riding, we're putting together stories to get you out on two wheels. Join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get more updates and so we can hear your story. Interested in guest blogging with Ontario By Bike? Shoot us an email!

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2020 Ontario By Bike Rides

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Ontario By Bikes 2020 group rides are available for booking now. Join us on a group ride this summer to explore Ontario By Bike. Accommodation, lunches and luggage transfers included. Let us take care of the logistics while you ride along on these fantastic tours with like-minded people. 
Just bring your bike and ride.

Book your spot early to avoid disappointment as these small group tours tend to sell out fast.

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2020 Cycling In Ontario Guide

2020 Ontario By Bike Photo Contest

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Ontario By Bike's 2020 photo contest is now open for submission. Whether it's in a winter wonderland, the season of bloom, the heat of summer or the cooler temperatures and colourful fall foliage, take a break and snap a few great photos featuring you and your bikes as well as places you stop.

Click HERE for information about submission and last year's winner.

 

 

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 2020

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We make it easy - Just bring your bike and ride
Come ride with us. Ontario By Bike Rides are small group overnight bike tours. Bring your own group, meet new friends or enjoy some solo ride time. - Be sure to book early. Due to limited space, our rides do sell out early.

1000 Island St. Lawrence River Ride

When: Saturday, June 27 to Monday, June 29, 2020

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Total Distance: 158km  

The Ride: Cycle one of the most spectacular routes in Ontario discovering the 1000 Islands and St. Lawrence River. Starting from Gananoque and ending in Cornwall, this tour, following the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail east, features a mix of trails and roads. Plan to slow down the pace to take in the scenery and make the most of waterfront rest stops and villages. Enjoy a night in Brockville before pedalling on to Morrisburg for the second night with the final day of riding taking in an array of natural and heritage attractions in a region once more commonly known as 'Upper Canada'.

Experience Level and Ride Guide: Moderate. Riders need to have some experience on roads with vehicle traffic as the route is approximately half on roads and half on trails or park roads. The route does follow a signed bike route, the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, but not all segments have bike lanes or paved shoulders to ride on. Some of the road route is on very quiet country roads, other segments are busier. Off-road trails do incorporate some segments of unpaved surfaces, which are hard-packed, and easy to ride. The majority of the ride is on paved surfaces and combined with limited elevation changes, the flat terrain makes this ride suitable for hybrid bikes, mountain bikes and road bikes.

View digital route of the tour - RideWithGPS.com

Ride includes

  • Two night's accommodation
  • Van Support
  • Two breakfasts (full hot breakfast) and three lunches
  • Parking
  • Luggage transfer
  • Snack and water stops 
  • One evening group social
  • Group ride option and/or detailed maps for independent riding
  • Booking fee

Price and Booking

$389 per person, based on double occupancy; $529 for single occupancy; $329 per person for triple occupancy; $299 for quad occupancy*
*All prices subject to HST; no seniors' discounts; $20 discount for child/youth 16 years and under.

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To book this ride, contact OK Cycle Tours, our TICO licensed agent. Click on above button
or call 1-888-621-6818 or email judy@okcycletours.com

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Day 1: Saturday, June 27, Gananoque to Brockville - 55km

A short ride out of Gananoque will connect riders to the 37km off-road and paved 1000 Island Parkway Recreational Bike Path. Pedaling into the heart of the 1000 Islands, this first day features a stunning, world-class cycling experience on the trail running adjacent to the glistening waters of the St. Lawrence River. Slow down for panoramic lookouts and island views, beach picnic areas and a visit to the riverside village of Rockport. The final 10km brings cyclists off the paved path and on to Old Hwy 2 into Brockville and end of the ride day. Choose to cool down with a post-ride dip in the river at St. Lawrence Park, just west of downtown Brockville or head into town, finding a patio to enjoy while visiting the certified bicycle friendly downtown area. Visit the newly opened historic railway tunnel, Aquatarium and shops in town. The first overnight accommodation is located at Super 8 in Brockville. 

Day 2: Sunday, June 28, Brockville to Morrisburg - 55km

Set out from accommodations conveniently located alongside the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, following this signed route east out of town. Riding on roadways, with many kilometres of paved shoulders, the route on Day 2 is through quiet rural countryside, with pretty pastoral farmlands alongside the St. Lawrence River. Stop in small towns, slow down for historical plaques and local museums, as this area is rich in Canadian heritage. After a picnic lunch enroute, pedal onwards to Morrisburg and accommodations for the night at bicycle friendly McIntosh Country Inn, just east of town. For the speedier riders arriving early, consider catching the only show of the day, a 2pm matinee at the Upper Canada Playhouse. Enjoy the evening, dining at the hotel or in town.  

Day 3: Monday, June 29, Morrisburg to Cornwall - 48km

Adding to the sights and spectacular stops from the first two days, there is so much to see and do on the last day of this tour. At Crysler Farm Battlefield Park, learn more about this site and its significance in the War of 1812. Nearby, stop in at Upper Canada Village to see a rebuilt 19th-century village. Follow the unpaved, but easy-to-ride trail eastward into the quiets of the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary, stopping at the interpretative centre. Continuing east, a highlight of the weekend is the Long Sault Parkway, a park road that joins 11 picturesque islands afloat in the St. Lawrence. Make a last stop in the fascinating Lost Villages Museum, to learn more about the flood area, before rolling into Cornwall following trails alongside hydro canals.

Schedule: Tour departs at 10:00am from Gananoque Curling Club, 300 William St. South, Gananoque. Pick up at 3:30pm from Cornwall Civic Complex, 100 Water St. East, Cornwall, returning to Gananoque*
*Schedule and location subject to change

Getting To / From Start:
Gananoque is located approximately 3 hours from either downtown Toronto & Montreal and less than 2 hours from Ottawa.

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

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Additional Visitor Information:

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

For More Information Contact:
Ontario By Bike
Phone: 416-827-2772 / 1-866-701-2774
Email: info (at) ontariobybike.ca

OK Cycle & Adventure Tours
13378 Wellington Avenue
Ottawa, ON, K1Y 388
Toll-Free 1-888-621-6818
Local: 613-702-5350

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