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Cycling alongside Lake Nosbonsing on the Red Toque Tour. Photo credit: Discovery Routes Trails Organization

From the paved pathways through the city of North Bay and along its waterfront, to the quieter rural roads and trails that wind through dense forests, wetlands and the Canadian Shield; the region offers cyclists an array of experiences that are suitable for all styles and skill levels. The region features two designated Canadian Heritage Rivers; the Mattawa and French rivers, as well as the Ottawa River and Lake Nipissing.

Cycling in the region frequently offers stunning water views; whether discovering the vast trail systems or the countless kilometres of roads.

The trail and mountain biking options span the entire region from Mattawa to French River and give adventure seekers exactly what they are looking for. Whether it’s the hundreds of kilometres of rugged cross-country trails that make up the Voyageur Multi-Use Trail System or riding on the Laurentian Escarpment in North Bay, these experiences will leave memorable impressions and inspire riders to explore more of the region.

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  • Spirit of the Bay – A slow roll through the heart of North Bay on the Spirit of the Bay bike route presents cyclists with a mosaic of creative spaces reflecting the community’s cultural identity and uniqueness. Cycle through a secret garden, roll along Lake Nipissing, take in a performance and meet the makers at a local studio. For those who want more km, add the South Extension to your day and brunch in Callander after exploring the quiet roads along the south shore of the Lake whose beauty has attracted many cottage resorts and getaways.
  • Red Toque Tour – 86km (one way) – this linear, one-way route starts in North Bay, following the easy paved Kate Pace Way trail south to the charming community of Callander, following the Voyageur Cycling Route east to Lake Nosbonsing toward Astorville, Bonfield and Mattawa.
  • Farmstand 40 – 37km gravel ride with 23km extension – This self-guided bike tour offers a challenging and engaging ride through scenic farmland featuring rolling hills, waterways, and lush forested areas. The Farmstand 40 bike route allows you to peruse farmgate stands offering produce, meat, baked goods, maple syrup, preserves, and artisanal crafts at your leisure – you’re sure to find something wonderful to bring home with you!
  • Powassan Circle Route (Road) – This 58km route starts in Powassan and brings cyclists on am mix of paved and gravel roads through the communities of Callander, Powassan and Nipissing, before looping back into Powassan. Suitable for cyclists with road riding experience.
  • Corbeil Circle Bicycle Route (Road) – At 45km, this route takes cyclists from the Kate Pace Way in North Bay to the community of Callander. Sections of both Hwy 17 and Hwy 94 have paved shoulders. Suitable for cyclists with road riding experience.View online for alternative route extensions (50km).
  • Kate Pace Way (Paved Trail) – Approximately 12km in length, this paved pathway winds along North Bay’s waterfront, as well as through residential and developed areas. As a multi-use trail, cyclists must be cautious and respectful of other users. Also part of the Trans Canada Trail.
  • Kinsmen Trail (Paved Trail) – This paved, multi-use trail winds through North Bay, ending at Lake Nipissing. 7km in length, the trail is suitable for cyclists of all skill levels. At the south end of the trail is the Chippewa Ecopath, a nature trail that follows 3.2km of the Kinsmen Trail. For information visit www.chippewaecopath.ca
  • Callander Trail (Trail) – Nearly 10km in length, this trail begins in southwest Callander. Heading northeast, the trail ends at Pinecreek Road, south of the town of Callander. With a surface of compact soil/gravel, the trail is suitable for mountain bikes. Also part of the Trans Canada Trail.
  • Laurier Woods Conservation Area (Trail) – The 5.5km trail network surface is compact soil and accessible to cyclists. The trails are multi-use, so cyclists should be cautious of other users.
  • Cranberry Trail (Trail) – This 2.5km trail on gravel/compact soil begins at the end of Cranberry Road in Callander and brings cyclists to the edge of Callander Bay on Lake Nipissing.
  • Red Toque Tour – 86km (one way) – this linear, one-way route starts in North Bay, following the easy paved Kate Pace Way trail south to the charming community of Callander, following the Voyageur Cycling Route east to Lake Nosbonsing toward Astorville, Bonfield and Mattawa.
  • Scenic Highway 630 (Road) – This route is a 60km roundtrip, linear route that begins off Hwy 17 near the west boundary of Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park. Cyclists ride through mixed forests with lake and river views along a quiet paved road. Camping is available at the Kiosk Campground at the northern edge of Algonquin Provincial Park.
  • Nature’s Harmony Ecolodge Trails (Trail) – Located north of the town of Mattawa, there are 12km of backcountry trails located on and close to Nature’s Harmony Ecolodge. Trail passes required for visitors not staying overnight. A trail map and money drop box is located at the parking area.

The communities of New Liskeard, Haileybury, and Dymond are situated on stunning Lake Temiskaming, part of the Ottawa River and on the Quebec border, about 150km north of North Bay. The communities have together built and mapped some incredible cycling routes through the forests and surprisingly fertile farmland of this ‘Little Clay Belt’. Discover this incredible hidden gem of Northern Ontario cycling.

South Temiskaming Bicycle Routes Map

Explore the extensive collection of 36 touring routes on the South Temiskaming Bicycle Routes Map (direct PDF link HERE), showcasing the spectacular lakes and countryside, with some routes that venture into Quebec on a section of La Route Verte. Here are a small collection of route examples. Routes range from under 10km to over 100km, beginner to advanced and are on a mix of paved and gravel surfaces.

  • STATO Trail – a 21km, paved and separated multi-use trail that follows the Lake Temiskaming shoreline between the three communities of Dymond, New Liskeard and Haileybury. The New Liskeard node is an excellent starting point for riding south along the STATO trail and also for countryside journeys north of New Liskeard.
  • Countryside East – 19.5 km (loop) – Surface: mix of paved & gravel. Based from New Liskeard, the ride showcases the area north of Wabi Bay on Lake Temiskaming and provides a good cross-section of Claybelt agriculture and when rounding the lake, Dawson Rd. once again, is a relaxing ride on good pavement. Harris Twp. has its share of forested land to the east. Half the route lies in Temiskaming Shores and the other is in Harris Twp. which is an incorporated municipality.
  • Dawson Pt. Road – 10km – Surface: paved. The complete route starts in New Liskeard and connects to Dawson Pt. Rd. You will encounter beautiful views along the countryside on these quiet roads. Cottages are located along the shoreline. The view from the dock at the end of the road provides a delightful view of Lake Temiskaming. Look down by the dock and you can find yourself a fossil or two.
  • Twin Lakes – Three route options between 30-50km. Surface – two paved options and one gravel. This ride takes you to Twin Lakes from New Liskeard if you are up for a longer ride, or from the Hudson Hall if you want to keep in under 30km. Alternatively, you could also use some gravel roads for a more rugged experience. A meandering portion of the road will have a short rock patch, but the ‘trail’ brings you to Pike Lake Lions Park (Rd. C). Continue your exploration of the Twin Lakes community by riding Roads A, B, and C.
  • Clover Valley / Sunnyside Road – 14.3km. Surfaces: mix of paved and gravel. Route starts from Haileybury. When riding on the STATO trail, you might want to make a longer loop version. Lake Temiskaming 1.3 km Farr Dr 1km From Haileybury, take the steep climb from Main Street to West Road, past the Haileybury Heritage Museum, and then level off to reach Clover Valley Road. The descent into Clover Valley is hobby farm country. Ride past horses in their paddocks. There is a bit of an incline in the road until you turn on Sunnyside Road. Then, a lovely tree lined downhill ride from this point. 2.4 km Cross over Lakeshore Drive to the STATO Trail again. From there, come back to Haileybury, or STATO TRAIL go left to finish at New Liskeard’s Waterfront.
  • Matchewan to Kenogami – 44.5km (one way). This advanced route is all paved and starts in either Matachewan or Kenogami. Some might say, Regional Rd. 66 is the loneliest highway in South Temiskaming because you can ride for long stretches without seeing any vehicles. Whether you start at Matachewan or Kenogami, the experience along the ride is the same. This road slices through pure Boreal forest. Midway you will intersect with the Englehart Fine Sand Plain & Waterway Provincial Park. There are no facilities within the park.
  • Vive le Nord! – 178km loop – The Vive le Nord cycling route celebrates the region’s Francophone history and culture with a smooth road ride alongside the West arm of Lake Nipissing following parts of the Voyageur Cycling Route. Riding along quiet country roads, surrounded by corn fields, horses and sunflowers, and through rugged Northern forests with the water never far from view, it is a route to find solitude and recharge.
  • Voyageur Cycling Route: Monetville to Hagar – A 56km road route on the secondary highways that make up this section. The route has low traffic and take riders through the rugged landscape along the west arm of Lake Nipissing.
  • Rainbow Routes Trail Network (Trail) – A network of community trails (for both hikers and cyclists) offering over 25km of cycling throughout the greater Sudbury area. These trails vary in length and surface type and present a variety of opportunities for cyclists to explore the city and area.
  • Junction Creek Waterway Parkway (Trail) – Approximately 13km in length, this network incorporates a number of community trails and features natural and paved surfaces. The trail traverses the city from the northeast to the southwest and includes portions of the Trans Canada Trail. Part of the Rainbow Routes Trail Network.
  • Killarney Provincial Park (Road & Trail) – Cycling in the park is permitted along several kms of park roads (paved and unpaved) and the Chikanishing Trail (natural surface). This trail (6km, ‘out and back’) winds along the park’s southern boundary and crosses a series of small ridges ending on the shores of Georgian Bay.

Timmins – Recreational Trails:

Timmin’s 45km recreational trails system reaches out to the four corners of the community and connects the major conservation areas with many points in between. Rest areas, scenic overlooks and interpretive signs are a few of the system’s features. Detailed maps and information brochures are available at the Mattagami Region Conservation Authority (MRCA) office at Gillies Lake.

  • Terry Fox Trail – This 2.5km relatively easy trail follows an old rail bed that once connected
the downtown with local sawmills. Popular with walkers and cyclists, the trail ends at the river waterfront, part of the Mountjoy Historical Conservation Area that was set aside following the disastrous flood of 1960.
  • Circle Timmins – 13km – This trail will take the walker or cyclist around the periphery of the old town of Timmins.
  • Airport Road Multi-use Trail – This multi-use trail runs along Airport Rd. from Theriault Blvd. to Riverpark Rd. and connects walkers and cyclists with several community schools and the MRCA’s Bridge to Bridge Trail.
  • Kettle Lakes Provincial Park – The park is located about 37 km east of Timmins. The 14km route is mainly through jack pine forest with stretches of poplar and birch trees. The trail is fairly flat with some gentle hills along the way. Side trips can be made through 
the campground roads. Island Lake Campground is a beautiful region with an excellent swimming beach.
  • Ross Stringer Memorial – Rotary Trail – 8.5km – This is a walking/bicycle trail that connects the two communities of Schumacher and South Porcupine. The trail wanders through a mixture of trees ranging from poplar to white spruce to black spruce and, in the higher elevations, jack pine. It is relatively flat with some hilly sections.

Timmins Wilderness and Conservation Trails

  • Grassy River / High Falls – 12km one-way. This relatively rugged trail is often used by ATVs in the summer and snowmobiles in the winter. High Falls is a series of rapids and waterfalls with a total drop of about 40 metres. Grassy River was the site of river runs in the early days of the timber industry. Logs were floated down from Peterlong Lake further upstream to the mills in Timmins.
  • Hersey Lake Trails -11.5km – This relatively beginner and extensive trail system throughout the Hersey Lake Conservation Area with many branches that make every outing a new experience. In the summer there is good swimming at Hersey Lake, the central hub of the trail system. A picnic area and shelter along with washroom facilities can be found there.
  • Kettle Lakes Provincial Park Loop – 14km – The park is located about 37 km east of Timmins. The route is mainly through jack pine forest with stretches of poplar and birch trees. The trail is fairly flat with some gentle hills along the way. Side trips can be made through 
the campground roads. Island Lake Campground is a beautiful region with an excellent swimming beach.
  • Porcupine Lake Trail – 8.5km – This loop around Porcupine Lake is part of the Bart Thompson Trail system. Access is from any point around the lake. Most
 of the trail is along a wooded path near the water although roads are incorporated at the north end through Porcupine and Pottsville. Along the trail is the Whitney Cemetery at Deadman’s Point, a historical point of interest where over 40 people were buried after the famous fire of 1911 wiped out the community.
  • Scout Rock Trail – 4km – In the winter, this trail is used by walkers and skiers. In
 the spring, summer and fall, cyclists and walkers travel its pathways. The trail wanders through low-lying areas with marsh marigolds in the spring to higher spots that were once used for farming, and finally through a ravine opening onto College Street across from Denise Park. In the spring the cherry blossoms make for a beautiful display on the trail just east of the hospital.
  • Walden Trails – The Walden Mountain Bike Club maintains single track trails located in the Walden Trails Park off Municipal Road 55 in Naughton, which is in the west end of the City of Greater Sudbury. There is a total of 15 km of single track trails that are open from early June to Oct.
  • Lake Laurentian Conservation Area (Sudbury)  – Located on Conservation Sudbury land, this area features over 35km of trails, including trails suitable for more experienced riders. These trails connect to the Trans Canada Trail and a network of trails connecting back into the city of Sudbury.
  • Kivi Park (Sudbury)  – Located south of the city of Sudbury, this trail system is open in early June (or when dry) and closes as early as Oct 15th.
  • Voyageur Multi-Use Trails System (Bonfield-Mattawa)  – Located on crown land between the Algonquin Highlands and the Laurentian Mountains, this 300km multi-use trail network is suitable for mountain bikers, yet caters to both motorized and non-motorized trail users. Users must purchase trail pass in advance.
  • Laurentian Escarpment Conservation Area (North Bay) – Ranging in length from 2km to nearly 6.5km, this trail attracts a variety of users including mountain bikers. The trails are owned by and operated by the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority.
  • Restoule Provincial Park (Northern Parry Sound District) – Angel Point Trail, rated as ‘easy’ is designed as a figure-8 loop. Gibs Trail (5km one way to park boundary) is rated ‘moderate to difficult’ and is a linear trail that eventually leads off park land. The park has a number of bicycles for rent ($5/hour or $20.day). Ask park staff about special rules that apply to bicycle riders.
  • GLWT Great Lakes Waterfront Trail – Stretching over 3000km, the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail is a route connecting over 140 communities and First Nations along the Canadian shores of the Great Lakes: Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, Lake Erie, Detroit River and Lake St Clair, Lake Huron, Georgian Bay and the North Channel. The fully signed Trail uses the safest infrastructure possible, a mix of both on-road and off-road facilities, and is primarily paved, with sections of unpaved path and gravel roads. It can be enjoyed for as part of a day trip or on a multi-day long distance cycling adventureAlso referred to as the Lake Huron North Channel Cycling Route, this 450km northern addition to the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, part of the Trans Canada Trail has recently opened. This fully signed, epic touring route crosses over countless waterways and through quaint rural towns and First Nations communities in Northern Ontario between Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury. The route is mostly on-road, including roughly 49km of gravel roads and trails (the longest continuous stretch is 15km). There is also approximately 50km along new and wide paved shoulders of Highway 17, (the longest stretch is 23km along the Mississagi River).
  • Voyageur Cycling Route – Sections of this route that when complete will connect Sudbury to Ottawa are now open and have directional signage installed. Ride between Hagar and Sturgeon Falls, or North Bay and Mattawa, along quiet and scenic northern country back roads.
    • Discover 7 Cycling Itineraries to explore the Voyageur Cycling route on a day or multi-day cycling adventure
      • Almaguin Spin65km loop in Almaguin Highlands region
      • Farmstand 40 – 37km gravel cycling route in rolling countryside south of Lake Nipissing
      • Grind the North – North Bay mountain bike itinerary
      • Old Nipissing Ghost Road – 77.1km one way route plus north and south looped routes incorporating this old settlement road running from Almaguin Highlands to Lake Nipissing.
      • Red Toque Tour – 86km one-way route running from North Bay east to Mattawa
      • Spirit of the Bay – 30-84km looped through North Bay and Callander areas, using a number of multi-use trails
      • Vive le Nord! – 178km looped cycling tour in areas on west shore of Lake Nipissing
  • Trans Canada Trail – A portion of this cross-Canada trail runs through the North Bay and West Nipissing areas. The TCT is a four-season, multi-use trail system with various surface types and users. Visit Trans Canada Trail “Explore The Trail” for information – www.tctrail.ca
    • Kate Pace Way – Approximately 12km, this paved pathway winds along North Bay’s waterfront. (See North Bay – Regional Road Routes and Trail Information for more details
    • Callander Trail– Nearly 10km in length, this stretch of the Trans Canada Trail begins in southwest Callander and ends south of the town of Callander. (See North Bay -Regional Road Routes and Trail Information for more details)
    • Old Nipissing Road Trail – Also known as “The Ontario Ghost Trail”, this 70km stretch of the Trans Canada Trail runs north/south through the centre of the Parry Sound District between Highways 69 and 11. Accessed from a number of cross-highway intersections, this trail has limited services. Proper planning is advised. Trail surface includes gravel trails and paved roads, and is most suited for mountain bikes.
  • Discovery Routes Adventure Trails Map (2023) – This regional map includes information 16 bicycle touring routes, the Voyageur Route, Trans Canada Trail, mountain biking and fat biking, plus more paddling, hiking and cross country skiing. Order a copy by mail or find at North Bay area info centres as listed.
  • Trail Guide to Healthy Living – Available in print format for $10, this trail guide has a comprehensive collection of managed multi-use and publicly accessible trails of the Greater Nipissing and Near North regions of Ontario.
  • South Temiskaming Bicycle Routes MapExplore the extensive collection of 36 touring routes on the South Temiskaming Bicycle Routes Map (direct PDF link HERE), showcasing the spectacular lakes and countryside surrounding New Liskeard, Haileybury and Dymond with some routes that venture into Quebec on a section of La Route Verte. Routes range from under 10km to over 100km, beginner to advanced and are on a mix of paved and gravel surfaces.
  • Rainbow Routes MapRainbow Routes Trail Map (2015). – Trail map of Greater Sudbury Area with some road infrastructure indicated. Hardcopies available free of charge at all Public Libraries and Citizen Service Centres within Greater Sudbury. Request print copies by calling (705) 674-4455 x 4603 or by email rainbowroutes@sudbury.ca
  • Lake Laurentian Conservation Area. PDF Trail map. – Trail map of mountain bike trail network south of Sudbury
  • Bike Sudbury – Online map showing a variety of community rides in Sudbury ranging in distances.

For more information on accommodation, attractions and activities within the greater region visit Discovery Routes Trails Organization, North Bay Chamber of Commerce Mattawa Voyegeur County West Nipissing and North Eastern Ontario

* Please note there are may be additional trails, routes, events and information resources for the region that may be of interest and useful to cyclists. Changes to the above links, listings and cycling routes may occur.

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