Ontario By Bike E-News: March
Muskoka & Algonquin Provincial Park
Enjoy riding in a destination that connects the spectacular scenery of dense mixed forests rich with wildlife, picturesque lakes and meandering rivers all framed by rocky Canadian Shield outcrops.
Road riding in the region offers world-class training and cycle touring experiences with routes that criss-cross a rugged and true Canadian wilderness. There are plenty of opportunities to stop at quaint bakeries and general stores, interesting cultural heritage sites, and welcoming communities along the way.
For road routes, pick up the
Muskoka Cycling Routes Map
from bike shops in Gravenhurst, Bracebridge and Huntsville, or
request one in the mail
for digital routes, events and other bike resources for the greater region.
Mountain bikers will be treated to a range of trail networks that are ideal for weekend trips with riding buddies. Both
Buckwallow Cycling Centre
in Gravenhurst and
Minnesing Mountain Bike Trail
in Algonquin Provincial Park offer campgrounds a short ride from the trails.
Looking for more? Visit
to download cycling maps and information on road routes, trail networks and mountain bike locations, as well as certified bicycle friendly businesses across the entire region.
Cycling in Ontario Guide 2018
- NOW AVAILABLE! -
The word is out and boy are they moving fast.
The all new 2018 Cycling in Ontario / Le v
lo en Ontario guide is now available.
If you are looking for some ride ideas for the summer you will want a copy before we run out.
To request a print copy by mail, email your name, mailing address to:
* Available in French or English
Local routes from local experts - That's the concept of Ride with GPS' Ambassador program.
Ontario By Bike is thrilled to have become one of Ride with GPS' Ambassadors in Ontario, with the following 4 curated overnight itineraries for recreational cyclists now online.
- 1000 Islands St Lawrence River Ride
- Georgian Bay Explorer
- Simcoe County Loop Trail
- Hamilton-Brantford-Port Dover Rail Trail Ride
These are legacy itineraries from our Ontario By Bike Ride small group tours. The neat online format for these itineraries allows us to share a variety of useful information for each of these vetted routes, making it easy for you to plan your own self-guided trip.
2018 Ontario By Bike Rides
- What You Don't Want to Miss -
Recently announced are our 2018 Ontario By Bike Ride destinations. These weekend long small group tours are immensely popular and sell out well before ride times. This summer we are excited to explore 2 new areas, and return to ride 2 tried and tested routes. For each of the next 4 enewsletters we'll share some of the hidden gems from each tour and see if we can't entice you to join us for one.
The extensive and unique ravine system in Toronto is a true urban treasure. Over half of the 90km of this 2 day tour follows paved ravine trails.
- The ride starts out following the Humber River south and what was once the primary trade and travel route to the Upper Great Lakes from Lake Ontario.
- Although a city route, riders may be surprised when they pass 5 clean, white sand and beautiful urban beaches.
- Marvel at the variety of public art scattered along the Don Valley Trail, with underpass murals, iconic red canoes, mosaic path designs, gargoyle sculptures and more.
This tour is a Bike Travel Weekend trip and a part of Adventure Cycling's initiative to get more people out on overnight bike trips. In the past 2 years over 20,000 riders have participated in more than 1,800 collective trips. Rider bonus: A chance to win a new bike and Amtrak tickets to Glacier National Park, Montana, USA.
Ontario's Spring Classics
As the flowers begin to bloom and cooler days (mostly) behind us, it's the perfect time to tune up your bike and pack up the
Inspired by a long European tradition of early season cycling races, Ontario's Spring Classics are a collection of one-day events that test endurance and resolve along routes that are challenging to say the least.
Think steep hills and climbs, rail trails, gravel roads, rough farm lanes and just about any other fun terrain one can ride on.
The early season dates also present unpredictable weather
conditions that help round out these epic Spring events.
Kick 2018 into gear by signing up to one of Ontario's Spring Classics
70 & 90km Options
The tough sections were tough, and the hills were great. It was what I imagine a classic spring race to be given we don't have any cobble here. "
40 & 65km Options
Blake Ellis of
yclists really enjoy riding what they have nicknamed the Longest Mile and Mud Mountain - a single track cow trail along the Conestoga River
29, 34, 55km Options
Steve Shikaze of RideCycleSpin.com says of one particularly 'fun' section, "... despite the length of time it took to complete this portion of the course, I remember thinking that it's sections like this that make this spring events 'classic'."
Sunday, April 29
20, 40, 70km Options
John Thorpe of P2A says, "
2018 is the 25th Paris to Ancaster. We've come up with something special for everyone, from new course sections, to cool finisher medals.
We're celebrating 25 years of riding and racing on the roughest roads, farm lanes and trails we find."
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2018 Cycling Events in Ontario
Join a cycling event in 2018 and discover one of the best ways to explore a new area by bike. Here is a list of some of the cycling events coming up over the next couple of months.
Now updated for 2018, be sure to visit OntarioByBike.ca/Events for more complete listings and search over 100 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!
The Indoor to Outdoor Transition
With March shaping up to be more winter-like than February, don't pack up the indoor trainer or cancel your gym membership just yet! While your version of fun and fitness may be more indoor centric November to April, keep your eyes on the forecast and ride woolies handy as there is guaranteed to be a good ride day in the very near future.
As most event and tour dates have now been announced for the coming season, dig a little deeper into our resources, find something that suits your style, and block out some ride dates for summer 2018, making sure you get somewhere new to explore more of Ontario by bike this year.
From Louisa & Michael
Ontario By Bike Network
Project of Transportation Options
850 Coxwell Ave ~ Toronto, ON ~ M4C 5R1
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