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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 - September 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.

Waterloo Guelph Explorer

When: When: Saturday, September 19 to Sunday, September 20, 2020

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Total Distance: 121km  

The Ride: Explore the Waterloo region and Guelph area on this two day 115km looped ride. Enjoy a mix of scenic rural and urban sights on a weekend ride that uses a variety of off-road trails for over half the total tour distance. Cycle through Mennonite country on quiet stretches of road, with time to stop in small communities along the way as well as the famed Kissing Bridge, in Montrose. Visit the vibrant downtown cores and explore Guelph and Waterloo by bike. Join us alone, or with a group of friends and family, for a social cycling weekend with like-minded people and great company. 

Experience Level and Ride Guide: Moderate. The route is approximately half road and half trail. Some segments of off-road trails are unpaved but hard-packed, and easy to ride. A portion of the ride will be on roads, some smaller rural roads without bike lanes or paved shoulders, as well as some connector stretches on busier roads with more traffic. It is suggested riders have some experience cycling on roads with vehicle traffic.

View digital route of the tour* - ridewithgps.com
*Route subject to minor changes

Ride includes

  • One night's accommodation
  • Van Support
  • One breakfast (full hot breakfast) and two 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

$249 per person, based on double occupancy; $319 for single occupancy; $229 per person for triple occupancy; $209 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, September 19, Guelph to Waterloo - 65km

Starting from Guelph, this looped ride is easy to access with its start location in south central Ontario. Gear into weekend mode and enjoy the first 25km cycling on the Kissing Bridge Trail, with a detour added at West Montrose to view the unique covered bridge. Lunch and look around Elmira, the largest town in Woolwich Township, an area popular with cyclists and home to the largest Mennonite community in Canada. Switch onto and share country backroads with horse and buggies, before following the trail and Conestoga River into the village of St. Jacobs. Stop for a coffee, visit the Mennonite museum, craft brewery or farmers market before rolling into Waterloo for a night at the Comfort Inn

Day 2: Sunday, September 20, Waterloo to Guelph - 56km 

Having explored the university city of Waterloo on the Laurel Trail, ride the Iron Horse Trail south towards Kitchener, a route that links the two neighbouring cities. On a combo of Trans Canada Trail and quiet country roads that run alongside and cross the Grand River, pedal past farmland and on through the outskirts of Cambridge to the village of Hespeler for a riverside lunch picnic. Enjoy the last few kilometers of the weekend on trails that wind their way through downtown Guelph, following the Snake River and passing the pedestrian and cyclists only picturesque wooden covered bridge.

Schedule: Ride start time 9:30am. Ride starts and ends in downtown Guelph. Exact location to be announced*
*Schedule and location subject to change

Getting To / From Start:
Guelph is located approximately 1 hour from Toronto, 1 1/2 hours from London, 1 1/2 hours from Niagara, 1 1/2 hours from Barrie and 3 hours from Windsor.  Approximately 20 minutes north of the 401

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