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No Bike, No Problem: Rent a Ride in Kawarthas Northumberland

Read a blog like this, and naturally you start imagining all the places across the province you could ride. Those pesky logistics tend to get in the way, though—what if you can’t transport your bike there, or need an e-bike boost for a longer ride? What if you’re already in the area, but need a good bike shop stat?

Fortunately, there are several stellar options throughout the Kawarthas Northumberland region (Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough & the Kawarthas, and Northumberland County) to rent a set of wheels or pick up some needed last-minute bike supplies.

Peterborough: Wild Rock Outfitters (169 Charlotte St)

In the Peterborough outdoor scene, Wild Rock Outfitters looms large. Their stellar reputation is based on a selection of high-quality gear for an array sports, from ultralight camping to disc golf. That doesn’t mean cycling is only a sideline, however. Their specialist staff are well-versed in all matters cycling and can also recommend routes.

On their rental page, choose from gravel bikes, pedal assist comfort bikes, and fat bikes. With that selection, you’ll be able to tackle most of Kawarthas Northumberland’s diverse trails. In fact, we took Wild Rock’s fat bikes for a spin a couple years ago and wrote about the experience here.

Just be sure to reserve ahead to avoid disappointment. Although Wild Rock is the only spot in town for rentals, B!KE: The Peterborough Community Bike Shop, Green Street, and Fontaine Source for Sports are all good bets for gear, accessories, and advice.

Lakefield: Selwyn Township Bike Share

The town of Lakefield is also a promising one for cyclists, and the Lakefield Trail is proof. This leisurely 8.5km ride meanders through the village and past the peaceful Imagine the Marsh Conservation Area lookout, affording a gorgeous view of Katchewanooka Lake. If you’re craving something longer, the trail connects to the Trans-Canada Trail as it heads towards Trent University and Peterborough.

The manageable length is an asset if you’re just looking to hop on a rented ride for a while, and the price is certainly right: the Selwyn Township Bike Share program charges only $5 for four hours, or $10 for an entire day. Cyclists can pick up their ride from the Lakefield Marina (1 Water St).

Lindsay: Lindsay + District Chamber of Commerce Bike Share

We’ve waxed eloquent about cycling in Kawartha Lakes before, so it’s encouraging to see Lindsay’s new Bike Share program spreading the love. From mid-May to late September, grab a bike from behind the Kent Street Chamber Office. You’ll just need to download the On Bike Share app to unlock your ride.

Even tooling past scenic Old Mill Park in downtown Lindsay is fun, though you’ll probably be tempted to explore Kawartha Lakes’ many recommended routes. For more demanding or overnight trips, Wild Rock is still your better option, however—your Lindsay Bike Share ride needs to be home by dark.

Although they don’t offer rentals, if it’s biking gear you need while you’re in Lindsay you’ll find it at The Bike Garage or Down To Earth Adventure Outfitters.

Community Bike Share: Fenelon Falls & Bobcaygeon

Quaint Fenelon Falls and Bobcaygeon both give the impression of being perfectly walkable, and they are—but that doesn’t mean you’ll want to spend all your time downtown. With the Community Bike Share program, both communities now offer tourist visitors a chance to hop on a bike for a rate of $3 plus $3 per half hour, or a flat day rate of $30.

This is ideal particularly for boaters along the Trent-Severn Waterway, who pass through both communities regularly and might be looking for a change of pace. In fact, racks in both towns are located beside the Waterway locks.

It’s also an opportunity to check out at least a stretch of the Victoria Rail Trail, which runs north and south from Fenelon Falls, or simply explore some backroads outside Bobcaygeon. In the summertime both towns are bustling cottage country hubs, so you won’t have any trouble treating yourself after you work up an appetite either. Fenelon Falls’ Little Pie Shack and the Bobcaygeon Bakery are both known for making the cyclist’s favourite indulgence/fuel, butter tarts.

Plan a Rental Ride in Kawarthas Northumberland

We hope you’ve been inspired to get out there and explore beautiful Kawarthas Northumberland, using the region’s impressive bike rentals, bike share programs, and bike shops to launch you into discovering all the scenic cycling routes and trails the area has to offer.

Visit www.kawarthasnorthumberland.ca for more information on cycling and other outdoor activities in the region.

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Sponsored Content Partner: Kawarthas Northumberland / Regional Tourism Organization 8

Article and photos courtesy of Kawarthas Northumberland.

Published On: May 31, 2024Categories: News

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