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Cycling in Ontario Guide 2017

Now in it's 5th year, Ontario By Bike's Cycling in Ontario Guide, is back and bigger than ever!

This year's guide, now 32 pages, features some of the best road, trail and mountain bike experiences across Ontario from Sault Ste. Marie to Pelee Island, Hamilton to Ottawa, and all the best ride destinations in between.

Printed in both French and English, the guide continues to inspire new and experienced cyclists and act as a key trip planning resource for anyone looking to explore more of Ontario by bike. 

Visit  OntarioByBike.ca/2017  to view the guide online or download a PDF copy. 

To request a print copy by mail, email your name, mailing address and include 'Cycling in Ontario' in subject line to:  info@OntarioByBIke.ca
2017 Ontario By Bike Rides
- Small Group Weekend Tours -

We're excited to announce our 2017 ride destinations and schedule.  This year we will be adding a mid-summer long weekend ride option, bringing the number of small group weekend tours to three. 

Georgian Bay Explorer

June 17 to 18

2 days, 1 night

Distance: 95km

Stayner - Thornbury

Meaford - Owen Sound

Price: $239 pp*

1000 Island St Lawrence River
August 5 to 7
3 days, 2 nights
Distance: 158km
Gananoque - Brockville
Morrisburg - Cornwall
Price: $349 pp*
Uxbridge Kawarthas Rail Trail
September 23 to 24
2 days, 1 night
Distance: 85km or 100km
Uxbridge - Lindsay
Peterborough - Lakefield
Price: $239 pp*

Consider joining us on one or more of fun recreational rides and value-priced tours. Book early as space is limited on these small group tours and they sell out early.

Tour prices include: Hotel accommodations, lunches, breakfasts, snack and water stops, group social, parking, van support, luggage transfer, booking fee, group ride option and/or detailed maps for independent riding, plus return transportation back to start which makes these rides, following linear trails and routes, possible.

*Prices per person based on double occupancy. HST not included. Single rider supplement, triple, quad and youth discounts available. 

Just bring your bike and ride.

For more information and to book an
Ontario By Bike Ride visit:

Visit Us At Outdoor Adventure Show In Toronto

February 24 to 26 make plans to get to the Outdoor Adventure Show at the International Centre in Mississauga, and be sure to stop by the Ontario Cycle Tourism Information Centre (booth #420) . The show features over 300 exhibitors including travel destinations, tour operators, outfitters, and so much more. There are hours of great seminars and presentations planned and plenty of great prize giveaways.  
 
Join Ontario By Bike at The Ontario Outdoor Adventures Theatre on Sunday at 12:15pm as we present Build Your Own Cycling Adventure - Rediscovering Ontario By Bike!


Come pick up a copy of the new 2017 Cycling in Ontario Guide, browse Ontario's largest selection of print cycling maps and resources, connect with staff to chat about your next cycling adventure and find out more information about our
2017 Ontario By Bike Rides.
Salon du vélo / Montreal Bicycle Show

If you're located in Montreal or surrounding areas, be sure to head out to Place Bonaventure in Montreal for the Salon du vélo / Montreal Bicycle Show happening  February 24-26!

One of our favourite shows of the year, bilingual staff at our Ontario Cycle Tourism Information Centre will be thrilled to share with you our 2017 Cycling in Ontario Guides, maps and other resources to help make Ontario your cycling destination in 2017 and beyond!

Show times are Friday: 12-9pm, Saturday: 10am-6pm and Sunday: 10am- 5pm  with
information available in both English  and  French

Hope to see you there!
Fall Photo Contest Winner & Runners Up

Contest Winner - Laura
In October of last year, we held a Fall Photo Contest . The photos submitted were all so wonderful and included a variety of fall scenes from across the province. 

Laura's photo (see image right) of her family ride at Milne Dam Conservation Area in York Region  was selected as the winner. We were pleased to present her with a MEC gift certificate and include her photo on page 14 of this year's Cycling in Ontario guide. 

Runners up included an image submitted by Nancy riding in Pretty River Valley, near Collingwood and a pick from the Oshawa Cycling Club at the Royal Military College on Kingston, adjacent to Fort Henry.

Honourable mention, because it was so cute and creative (and so Canadian), was a picture of bronze beavers outside the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, practising safe cycling!

Thanks to all who submitted!
Be sure to "Like" our Facebook Page to receive notices of future contests! 

Runner Up - Nancy
Runner Up - Oshawa Cycling Club

Honourable Mention - Richard

Keep sharing your great cycling pictures!
Toronto International Bicycle Show

On March 3 to 5, visit over 175 exhibitors and join thousands of other cyclists to kick off the cycling season at the  Toronto International Bicycle Show  at the  Better Living Centre,  Exhibition Place in Toronto

Attend the show and visit bike manufacturers, distributors, retailers and learn about the latest trends and all the new gear for 2017 or connect with tour companies, clubs, events and cycling destinations to plan your next day or overnight cycling adventure! 

Get Early Bird savings of $2 when you purchase online ( here) and before midnight on March 2nd. Admission tickets also available at the door.

Visit us and the Ontario Cycle Tourism Information Centre at booth #815  for all of the maps and trip planning resources to help make your next cycling trip in Ontario a great one! 
Another great opportunity to pick up the 2017 Cycling in Ontario Guide. 
Maximize your Cycle Experiences in 2017

Before your know it, the warmer weather will be upon us (or so says Wiarton Willie) and plans for 2017 cycling adventures will need to be in place to get the most of out the year! Here are some of our online resources that can help get you riding in 2017. 

  • Great Places to Cycle Page: Find up-to-date cycling resources for trail, on-road and mountain biking under 26 different regional pages, including maps, itineraries and link to bicycle friendly businesses. 
  • Ontario By Bike Map: With over 1,250 certified bicycle friendly businesses, rounding out your cycling adventure with places to eat, visit and sleep is easier than ever.
  • Cycling Events and Tours: Participating in a cycling event is a great way to explore a new area. Also consider booking a bike tour, perfect anytime or for special occasions.
  • Resources Tab: Offers up links to more maps and guidebooks, multi-modal transportation options, cycling clubs and Cycle and Stay Networks. 
Are we missing anything? Send an email to info@OntarioByBike.ca if you have any additional resources we should be including on our site. 
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150 Cycling Experiences in Ontario!

Yes. You read that right. In celebration of Canada's 150th Birthday, we've crafted 150 cycling experiences or ways to celebrate in Ontario, by bike. From mountain to road, for the beginner to experienced cyclists, we got something here for you.

Check out the blog post at OntarioByBike.ca/150


10 Winter Cycling Images Sure to Inspire

Burning Kiln Winery -Martin Lortz
January offered up a mix of mild and traditionally cold weather in Ontario. Cyclists kept active with road riding and mountain biking, but we saw a big uptick in winter fat biking across the province. 

Check out top picks from January pulled off of Instagram at OntarioByBike.ca/TopPicks/January2017 

Tag your Instagram posts with #OntarioByBike so we can feature your images next!

Explore Ontario's National Parks by Bike!

Georgian Bay Islands National Park - Parks Canada
It's a special year here in Canada with sesquicentennial events being held all across the nation and Ontario. To help celebrate, Parks Canada are opening their gates in 2017 offering free access for all! 

We wanted to do our part by outlining the great cycling experiences in and around Ontario's National Parks and have featured 6 parks with a variety of ride options. Read more at OntarioByBike.ca/RideaPark


Do you have a cycling story you'd like to share? Send an email to info@OntarioByBike.ca
Great Waterfront Trail Adventure 2017 
Plus Registration  Discount Code

The 2017 Great Waterfront Trail Adventure (GWTA) is a popular annual 7-day cycling holiday showcasing a different section of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail every year.

This year's GWTA will celebrate Canada's 150th birthday with a ride from National Park to National Park. Ride a total of 530 km over 7 days, starting from Point Pelee National Park on Lake Erie, and ending at Rouge National Urban Park on the shores of Lake Ontario, Toronto. 

For more information on this fully supported ride visit: www.waterfronttrail.org/cycle-tour/route-2017

The GWTA is offering a $50 discount on registration to Ontario By Bike e-news subscribers, only valid until March 31. Use promo code OBBSPRING17
2017 Cycling Events in Ontario

Even though we're still updating our Events page with 2017 dates, with some events still finalizing dates, there are lots of events already set for this year. We can't say enough about how cycling events are some of the best ways to get out and explore a new area by bike. Here is a list of some of the events coming up over the next couple of months.
   
Steaming
Nostril

April 9
May 13
Ride of Silence
May 17
May 27
Creemore Springs Turas Mór
May 27 
May 27-June 2
June 3-4
Carbon Cycle
June 10-11
Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer
June 10-11
Tour de Grand
June 11


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 or have an inside scoop on 2017 dates for an event already included on our site? Send an email to info@ontariobybike.ca and we'll add it!
Happy 150th Birthday Canada - 2017 Let`s Roll!

The wheels keep on turning and what a winter to do just that! Whether you stored you bike for the season, kept fit spinning, or rolled right through the snow and slush, as fellow bike enthusiasts we are sure you are just as excited as us to feel warmer winds and ride on brighter days. 

2017 sure is shaping up to be an exciting year full of events to celebrate Canada's sesquicentennial and 150th birthday. What better way to celebrate or get to the celebratory event of your choice than on two wheels.   

We have so many resources to help you get out there and explore more of Ontario by bike, we hope that you will find what you need, visit us at a spring show, join us on one of our rides or contact us directly for any further assistance. 

Cheers to the new year, 
From Louisa & 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 

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