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2018 Small Group Tours

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They're here! We're excited to announce the 2018 ride destinations and schedule for our self-guided, supported tours for recreational or experienced cyclists. With 4 weekend tours across Ontario, we're certain we've got some you'll love!

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2018 Cycling In Ontario Guide

Conquering Ontario’s Blue Coast by Bike

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Ontario’s Blue Coast in Southwest Ontario offers some of the best waterfront cycling in Ontario as well as internationally renowned Blue Flag beaches, impressive local art, and sumptuous local food and drink!


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Southwest Ontario - Elgin, Lambton, London, Middlesex & Oxford

Southwest Ontario - Elgin, Lambton, London, Middlesex & Oxford Photo Credit: Tourism Oxford

With relatively flat agricultural land, picturesque lakefronts and meandering rivers, as well as quaint country towns, Southwest Ontario offers cyclists experiences of all kinds.  Road riding in Southwest Ontario is second to none, with rural roads criss-crossing through farmlands with opportunities to stop at agri-tourism businesses, interesting heritage sites, artists' studios, and communities while cycling these quiet country roads and enjoying a spectacularly scenic landscape.

Cyclists looking for an urban cycling experience can explore the bike paths and bike lanes in the cities of London or Sarnia. Wind your way along the nearly 40km of off-road paved trails that hug the shores of the Thames River in London or the off-road paved trails along the St. Clair River in Lambton County.

With a growing collection of rail trails and off-road sections of the Trans Canada Trail, as well as boasting multiple mountain biking facilities including Boler Mountain, The Pines and Wildwood Conservation Area, Southwest Ontario is also an attractive destination for downhill and cross-country trail riding.

The opening of the Lake Erie portion of the Great Lakes Waterfront Traill in 2013 has linked the region to the existing Lake Ontario portion and offers cyclists a signed route with stops at the communities along the northern shore of Lake Erie.

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  • Cross-Regional Cycle Routes & Trails Information

    • Picture1Great Lakes Waterfront Trail (Lake Erie) –  This fully-signed provincial cycling route is over 2,100km in its entirity. The Lake Erie portion is 620km long and starts near Windsor in the west or Fort Erie in the east and follows the Lake Erie shoreline passing through lakeside communities primarliy on paved roads with some off road trail segments. The trail extends through through Lambton County and Grand Bend on Lake Huron, expected to extend through Bruce County to Collingwood and on Manitouiln Island in 2018. The Lake Erie trail connects with the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail via the Niagara River Recreation Trail.
    • The Great Trail (Trans Canada Trail/TCT) – This cross-Canada trail system runs through south west Ontario TCT Logo EN Col 200dpi smallconnecting many communities and Counties. The TCT is a four-season, multi-use trail system with various surface types, on-road and off-road segments and is suitable for a variety of users. Visit Trans Canada Trail  “Explore The Trail” for information www.tctrail.ca

  • Elgin County - Cycle Routes and Trail Information

    • Whistlestop Trail - This off-road newly paved route incorporates paved shoulders and bike path that follows a heritage rail line, 12.5km between St Thomas, Railway City, and Port Stanley, beachside resort town. 
    • St. Thomas & Four Ports Tour - One of Ontario's Southwest's multi-day cycling itineraries, this four-day, 184km journey, begins and ends in St. Thomas and RTO Itinerarytakes riders along quiet rural roads and the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, along Lake Erie’s northern shoreline and through communities with rich maritime heritage and vast agricultural lands. Downloadable pdf itinerary, GPS routing and more information.
    • Amish Country Tour - This 37km route is featured on the Elgin County Cycling and Hiking Map. Enjoy the sights of farming and industry of the Amish community.
    • Sparta Wine Tour - A 35km route featuring stops at Quai du Vin Estate Winery, the Historic Village of Sparta, Rush Creek Wines & Gay Lea Dairy Heritage Museum.
    • Aylmer Kinsmen Trail - This 11km trail passes through the town of Aylmer and heads south towards the Springwater Conservation Area. It is now part of the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) and connects the Elgin TCT and the Brouers Line TCT.
    • Dutton Cycling Route - This short recreational loop offers cyclists a safe route to view some of the historical and heritage buildings and attractio ns through the Dutton/Dunwich area.
    • Port Burwell – Vienna Cycling Route - This 18km loop starts at, and loops back to the Port Burwell Provincial Park. Visitor attractions are identified on the map, including historical lighthouses, museums, and more.
    • Historic Port Stanley Route - Cyclist can explore this 2.5km historic ride through the heart of Port Stanley, taking in historic sites, heritage properties and the shoreline of Lake Erie.
    • West Elgin Cycling Route - Cyclists explore the western portions of Elgin County, as well as portions of Lake Erie's shoreline. This route includes historical villages and other points of interest.

  • Elgin County - Published Maps and Tools

    Elgin County Cycling Map

    • Elgin-St. Thomas Cycling & Hiking Trail Map. This map is available at Elgin/St. Thomas Public Health or at Elgin County Tourism Services.
    • Elgin County Cycling Maps. Online PDF Maps. Four routes have been mapped by Elgin County Tourism and area available for download.
    • St Thomas Cultural Map Online Interactive Map. Points of interests and cultural attractions located in the City of St. Thomas. Layering allows for community trails to be identified.

     

  • Sarnia and Lambton County - Cycle Routes and Trail Information

    • Looping through Lambton  - An Ontario's Southwest's multi-day cycling itinerary, this 166km (or 262km with optional route extension to Grand Bend) 3 to 4-day RTO Itineraryride begins and ends in Sarnia taking riders on a scenic cycle along the St. Clair and Sydenham Rivers before cutting through the hinterlands of Lambton County towards the shores of Lake Huron.
    • Sarnia Signed Bike Routes – A total of 15km of signed bike routes exists within the city of Sarnia. Routes connect downtown Sarnia to other access points and safer options for cycling in the city.
    • Trees of Distinction Bicycle Tour - A 21km, self-guided tour of Sarnia mixes both on-road, as well as off-road multi-use paths. Starting at City Hall, cyclists can expect to spend 2 ½ hours riding this tour.
    • 4 Ferry Ride (International Route) – A 151km roundtrip route starting in Sarnia, following the St. Clair River Trail and Parkway to Lake St. Clair. Shorter routes available. Bring passport to cross international border to Michigan (by ferry).
    • Bluewater Trail System – Paved, multi-use path along Sarnia's waterfront; from downtown Sarnia to Sarnia Bay. Also a network of on-road and off-road multi-use trails that link Howard Watson Nature Trail, the Waterfront Walkway and Canatara Park Trails.
    • Howard Watson Nature Trail - A 16km, multi-use trail that runs through Sarnia before continuing east to the town of Camlachie. Access to Lake Huron at Telfer Side Road. The trail is gravel and compacted soil, suitable for hybrid/mountain bikes.
    • Grand Bend Rotary Nature Trail – A 9km, off-road, multi-use trail (paved asphalt) connects the community of Grand Bend with Pinery Provincial Park along the Highway 21 corridor. This trail is suitable for all bikes.
    • Savanna Bike Trail – 14km in length, the trail is entirely located in Pinery Provincial Park. The relatively flat paved asphalt surface is ideal for all bicycles and riders of all skill levels.
    • St. Clair River Trail – This 35km trail mixes on-road (paved shoulders) and off-road facilities (paved asphalt), stretching from Port Lambton north along St. Clair River to LaSalle Line north of Corunna.
    • AW Campbell Conservation Area - Approximately 300 acres with over 8km of trails available to cyclists and has 140 campsites, 2 washrooms (seasonal), laundry facilities and 20-acre reservoir open for canoeing.
    • Marthaville Habitat Management Area – Located close to Petrolia, the trail is compact soil and offers multiple loops totalling 5km. The trails are multi-use; cyclists should be cautious of other users.

  • Sarnia and Lambton County - Published Maps and Tools

    • Bluewater Trails Bike Map - Downloadable PDF map includes off-road pathways and trails, as well as on-road routes throughout Sarnia and the surrounding Village of Point Edward.
    • Lambton County Regional Trails - Search from over 40 trails listed under 'cycling'. Search trails by name or by trail usage. Covering Lambton County and connecting communities. A Lambton County PDF map also available for download.
    • Trees of Distinction Bicycle Tour - A 21km, self-guided tour of Sarnia mixes both on-road, as well as off-road multi-use paths. Starting at City Hall, cyclists can expect to spend 2 ½ hours riding this tour.

  • City of London - Cycle Routes, Trail Information and Facilities

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    • City of London – The city has over 300km of bike paths and bike lanes, as well as signed bike routes located throughout the city. There are a variety of online resources to help with planning a cycling trip in London.
    • Downtown Bike Loop – Approximately 3km, this city loop includes on-road bike lanes, shared roads and off-road multi-use trails and is a great way to explore downtown London.
    • Thames River Parkway  – Over 40km of paved, off-road multi-use path lies alongside the Thames River throughout the city of London and links to other bike paths and bike lanes within the city.
    • Kilally Meadows - This area has 11km of trails along the north shore of the Thames River and a multi-use path along the southern shore. Bicycles are permitted only on the asphalt or crushed gravel paths.
    • Forest City Velodrome – One of only a few indoor velodromes in North America, the Forest City Velodrome is located in the south end of London and offers 138-metre indoor cycling track facilities.

  • City of London - Published Maps and Tools

    • London Bike and Walk Map - Over 300kms of bike paths and lanes in the City of London. For more information and to request a print version of the map, email [email protected] for map.
    • CityMap (Bike Routes & Trails) – CityMap is an interactive online tool that helps users find listed cycling routes and trails, as well as places of interest, addresses and street names.

  • Middlesex County - Cycle Routes and Trail Information

    • Ilderton Rail Trail - The Ilderton Rail Trail was once a part of an active rail line that ran from London to Goderich. This 3.1km trail offers both granular and natural dirt trail surfaces. Start at Junction Park in Ilderton.
    • St. Clair Conservation Authority Trails – Both the Strathroy Conservation Area and the Clark Right Conservation Area offer mixed use trail systems and are located within or close to the town of Strathroy.
    • AW Campbell Conservation Area - Approximately 300 acres with over 8km of trails available to cyclists and has 140 campsites, 2 washrooms (seasonal), laundry facilities and 20-acre reservoir open for canoeing.

  • Middlesex County - Published Maps and Tools

    Middlesex Trail Guide

    • Middlesex County Trails Guide. Online Guide. This trails guide information on off-road trails, including details on parks and rail trails open to hikers, cyclists, and other recreational users.
    • Strathroy Visitor and Adventure Guides. Online PDF Maps. Developed in partnership with the Strathroy Business Improvement Area, the Rotary Club, and St. Clair Conservation Authority, these visitor guides offers details on parks and trails within the downtown. See 'Maps' under 'Visiting'.

  • Oxford County - Cycle Routes and Trail Information

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  • Oxford County Published Maps and Tools

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  • Regional Mountain Biking and BMX Trail Systems

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  • Other Southwest Ontario Cycling Destinations

    Consider extending your cycling holiday by visiting some of these great cycling destinations also located in Southwest Ontario:

    • Chatham Kent - There are a number of trails suitable for recreational cyclists in the Chatham-Kent region, including trails along waterfronts, wetlands and in natural settings. Road riding is also promenent along the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and Lake Erie shoreline.
    • Haldimand & Norfolk Counties - Haldimand and Norfolk Counties offer cyclists appealing on-road cycling routes and off-road trails, whether along the north shore of Lake Erie, following the Grand River or through agricultural communities.
    • Windsor, Essex & Pelee Island - Surrounded on three sides by water, the warm humid weather is perfect for a long cycling season and Essex County has fantastic cycling destination in Ontario. Pelee Island is a popular tourist destination and its quiet back-country roads and excellent sightseeing are perfect for the recreational cyclist.

* 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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