Ferries, Buses & Other Transportation

Here are some options to consider when looking at how to get you and your bike to cycling destinations across Ontario.

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Ontario Ferries – Bicycles are permitted on all ferries operated by Ontario Ferries as well as on vehicles with bicycles on bike racks.
Travel from Tobermory/Bruce Peninsula to Manitoulin Island on the MS Chi-Cheemaun. Or to Pelee Island in Ontario’s Southwest, from Kingsville or Leamington (and connect to ferry to Sandusky, Ohio). Ferries operate seasonally. www.ontarioferries.com

Other ferry services in Ontario (bicycles permitted) include:

  • Glenora Ferry – Glenora to Aldolphustown, making the connection between Prince Edward County and Kingston area. Free service.
  • Wolfe Island Ferry – Kingston to Marysville, on Wolfe Island. Free service.
  • Amherst Island and Howe Island – Part of the 1000 Islands in the St. Lawrence River, private ferries operate. Google search for more info.
  • Port Robinson ‘Bridge-It’ Ferry – Service for cyclists and pedestrians crossing the Welland Canal just south of Thorold in Niagara Region. Free service.

Ferry services between Ontario & Quebec  – cross the Ottawa River (bicycles permitted) include:

  • Quyon Ferry – Fitzroy Harbour, north west of Ottawa city to Quyon, in the Pontiac municipality of the Outaouais Region. April to November.
  • Cumberland Ferry – East of Ottawa city, Cumberland, Ontario, to Masson-Angers, Quebec. Year round.
  • Clarence Thurso Ferry – From Clarence Island, Rockland, east of Ottawa city, cross the Ottawa River to Thurso. Seasonal.
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Rack & Roll Bus Services – Many urban and regional bus and transit services providers now operate buses with front bike racks, space for 2 bikes. For more info visit web sites specific to each transit service.

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Rent a Bike

  • Rent a bike once at destination. There are a growing number of bike rental locations across Ontario. Many are listed on this site.
  • Cycle there & back. Do a loop route or a plan to suit you.

Public Bike Share Programs

International Bridges – There are a number of bridges connecting Ontario to USA. Each bridge has rules and regulations about crossing by bicycle. Vehicles with bicycles on racks may cross as regular vehicle regulations permit.

  • Niagara – New York; 1000 Islands & Cornwall – New York
  • Windsor – Detroit, Michigan; Sarnia – Michigan; Sault Ste. Marie – Michigan
  • Fort Francis – Minnesota

Coming soon (expected opening 2025), new Gordie Howe Bridge, connecting Windsor and Detroit. The first bridge to have dedicated cycling infrastructure for cyclists to easily bike across the international border.

Bridges between Ontario & Quebec – There are numerous bridges that cross the Ottawa River and connect Ontario and Quebec. Bridges vary and may or may not include cycling infrastructure.

Parkbus – Since 2010, Parkbus has been offering bus services to National and Provincial Parks, as well as conservation areas. While bike transportation is not available on Parkbus, some park destinations may offer bicycle rentals. Parkbus is another program founded by our organization, Transportation Options.

As the number of sustainable transportation options in Ontario grow, so to do the bike transportation options. More and more people are exploring new ways to get to old favourite destinations or are inspired to try visiting new locations. Whether you are considering alternate transportation options for reasons that may include: novelty; conscious greenshift; active transportation; not owning a personal vehicle;  and convenience – consider the choices to access new cycling destinations – it has never been easier!

Visit our Bike Train transportation page: www.ontariobybike.ca/bike-train