Ontario By Bike E-News: July
Great Places to Cycle in Ontario


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Located just west of Toronto and easily accessible by GO Train (on Lakeshore West and Milton Lines), Halton Region is quickly becoming a mecca for cyclists in the GTHA and beyond. Proclaimed as "The Home of Cycling in Ontario", the region stretches from Lake Ontario north to the Niagara Escarpment, offering a mix of fantastic cycling  experiences  for all kinds of riders. 
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Credit: Northumberland Tourism
S ome of most scenic cycling, with challenging hill climbs and rewarding views can be found the in the larger Kawarthas Northumberland region . Encompassing Northumberland County , Peterborough City & County and the 
City of Kawartha Lakes , the area is raising the bar for fantastic cycling in  Ontario Don't believe us? Watch this great cycling video from Peterborough & the Kawarthas
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Credit: Waterfront Trail (York Region)

Located north of Toronto, York Region is still one of the GTA's best kept cycling secrets with waterfront riding along the shores of Lake Simcoe, to the urban trail network and rural riding of the Greenbelt. It's no surprise that the area continues to attract a growing numbers of cyclists looking for quiet paved routes and beautiful trails.

  • Download new York Region Cycling Tours Map featuring 10 routes, mountain biking, BMX and family cycling options.
  • Join one of York Region's free Discovery Rides and family-friendly bike ride series!
  • Head to JoyRide 150, an indoor bike park with 90,000 sq. ft of fun for all types of riders! 
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September 24-25 ~  Simcoe County Rail Trails 

Simcoe County Trails - Photo Born to Ride Bicycles
Located just over an hour north of Toronto, Simcoe County has a rail trail network that loops and
criss-crosses the region, making it a fabulous destination for recreational riders looking to explore the region by bike. 

Join Ontario By Bike for a fabulous fall two-day weekend tour along some of the best trails in Simcoe  County.  Passing through several small towns and by historic sites along the route, enjoy an easy ride on trails of mixed surfaces.

Featuring primarily o ff-road riding (approx. 10 km on roads) in Simcoe County the tour begins near Barrie, heads north to the rugged shores of Severn Sound in Georgian Bay and ends in your choice of either Orillia or Barrie. 

With an average daily ride distance  of under 60km, this tour is suitable for cyclists with some cycling experience.  The tour includes one night hotel accommodation at the newly renovated Comfort Inn in Midland, breakfast, two lunches, snacks, booking fee, shuttle from Orillia/Barrie and more. 

Just bring your bike and ride!
Limited space available - book early

For more detailed information, v isit our tour page at: www.ontariobybike.ca/ridesept2016 or 

With our TICO licensed partner OK Cycle Tours,
who offer a wide range of cycling tours world-wide 
Niagara South Ride Itinerary




Want to know more, read our blog about the ride: The Unexpected Ride Delights of Niagara South or view photos from trip HERE
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Get Outside in Cottage County!

Two great resources are now available in 'Cottage Country' for cyclists, making hopping into the saddle this summer that much easier!
 
With nearly 50 certified bicycle friendly businesses across the district, including one of three bicycle friendly businesses areas in Ontario, a growing number of cycling events, and increasing riding options, Parry Sound continues to develop a wonderful cycling and bicycle friendly reputation. With Get Outdoors Parry Sound (GOPS)'s new website now online, its easier than ever to purchase day passes or memberships for Georgian Nordic Ski Club, which now offers a growing mountain biking trail network. Passes can also be purchased at the two bike shops in town, Trysport or Parry Sound Bikes


For more cycling information and resources visit our Great Places to Cycle Page for Parry Sound District.
 
From   Algonquin Park and Muskoka to  Almaguin and   Loring-Restoule, across to  Parry Sound  and the shores of Georgian Bay, the tourism region known as Explorers' Edge is a  renowned and iconic four-season vacation destination. 

The region`s new BikeCottageCountry.ca website  puts cycling`s best wheel forward and aims to connect visitors with other riders, routes and local experts to make cycling in Ontario's cottage country the best it can be. Some of the great highlights include:
  • A "Bike Blog" for ongoing stories and experiences happening in the area
  • Lists of rentals, guides and bike shops for each of the areas within the region
  • A fantastic interactive map, with regional breakdowns and by activity types (tour, train, trek). Each activity type offers icons on a Google Map that links to routes with detailed pages featuring maps, pictures and route details. 
  • Beautiful collage of crowd-sourced imagery, post your photo on Instagram using #bikecottagecountry
Upcoming Cycling Events in Ontario

A great way to get out and explore a new area by bike, enjoy a tour, have fun and depending on event, support a charity. Here is a list of just some of the events on over the next couple of months.
   
Toronto
August 7 
August 12-14
Be sure to visit  www.ontariobybike.ca/events for more complete listings  and search over 9 0 cycling event listings with something for every type of cyclist

Do you know of an event that isn't listed on our site? Send an email to info@ontariobybike.ca and we'll add it to our site!
Multi-Modal Travel 
Photo Credit: Lorne Bridgman

Not just a buzzword or an option in other destinations, 
combining cycling with different modes of travel in Ontario can be both convenient and add to your next  bike adventure

Whether you`re taking the train, hopping on a bus or a ferry or switching your pedals for paddles, there are countless ways to connect great cycling experiences with other forms of travel. 

Check out our recent blog post multi-modal travel in Ontario! 


2016 Cycling In Ontario / Le vélo en Ontario Guide

Copies of the annual  Cycling in Ontario Guide continue to move fast!. 

Featuring Ontario's best road, trail and mountain bike experiences this free guide is published in both French and English and is a key trip planning resource for cyclists looking to explore more of Ontario by bike. 

Visit  OntarioByBike.ca/2016  to view the guide online, download as PDF file or find information on how to request a copy by mail. 

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It`s a Scorcher! 

Ontario is in full bloom and the field's harvests are well on their way! With more cycling routes and services than ever in Ontario, planning a weekend away or day trip has never been easier! 

With the mid summer heat on, make sure you stay hydrated and safe on the roads, all the while enjoying the best this province has to offer! 

We do always want to remind you to tell us about your experiences so we can in turn share these with others. So if you found a great cycling event in your community, w e want to celebrate it too! If you have a great experience at one of the 1,250+ bicycle friendly businesses in Ontario, we want to let everyone know as well! Email us or share via social media, #ontariobybike.

Cheers, 
From Louisa, Joanne & Michael 

Ontario By Bike Network 
Project of Transportation Options 
850 Coxwell Ave ~ Toronto, ON ~ M4C 5R1 
Office: 416-827-2774 
Toll-Free: 1-866-701-2774