Ontario By Bike Update

In This Issue: July 2015
Great Places to Cycle: Northeast Ontario
New Cycling Video
Rail Trail Weekend Recap
#1 Summer Ride Destination: Beach
Elevation2015 - Celebrate Road Cycling
Greenbelt Route Detailed Maps Online
Upcoming Cycling Events in 2015
September 19-20 Weekend Trail Ride
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Great Places to Cycle:
North East Ontario
Experience the rugged, yet stunning beauty of northeast Ontario by bike. Start with comfortable urban riding along interconnected paved pathways in and around the city of North Bay. Ride out along the Kate Pace Way and along the waterfront before connecting to the Cranberry Trail that ends overlooking Callander Bay on Lake Nipissing. 
Road cyclists can stretch out along  scenic rural road routes between North Bay and Mattawa; while trail riders have plenty of routes to choose from that wind through dense forests, wetlands and the Canadian Shield. The region truly offers cyclists an array of experiences that are suitable for all styles and skill levels.
Featuring two designated Canadian Heritage Rivers; the Mattawa and French rivers, as well as the Ottawa River and Lake Nipissing; cyclists in the region frequently come across stunning views, especially when riding the rugged cross-country trails that make up the  Voyageur Multi-Use Trail System or mountain biking on the Laurentian Escarpment in North Bay.

An easy way to get to know the area by bike, is to sign up for the September 12 cycling event,   Shred the Shed, riding along roads and trails, criss crossing watersheds and ancient portage routes. 

Find more cycling information for northeast Ontario, as well as bicycle friendly places to stay, eat at or visit in the region at:

  Ontario By Bike - New Cycling Video

What inspires you to ride?
In partnership with Ontario Travel and regional partners including Grey County Tourism, Hamilton Halton Brant, Ontario's Southwest and GO Transit; we're proud to share a brand new video inspiring everyone to get out this season and explore more of Ontario by bike.
From taking your bike on the train to mountain biking on the Canadian Shield, from road riding on the Niagara Escarpment to rail trail riding; the video highlights some of the fantastic cycling experiences in the province! 

View the video here and post, tweet or share the link using the hashtag #OntarioByBike!
For more great cycling holiday and route ideas pick up a copy of the 2015 Cycling in Ontario / Le vĂ©lo en Ontario guide at an Ontario Travel Information Centre.
 Ontario By Bike Rail Trail Weekend:
June Ride Recap and Itinerary

If you are a regular reader of our monthly enewsletter you would have seen info we shared prior to our June 20 to 21 Ontario By Bike Ride, and small group rail trail tour riding from Uxbridge through the Kawarthas, ending in Lakefield.


We have now posted full ride details, maps and our weekend itinerary on-line for anyone to download and make plans to enjoy the same ride, as it was an incredible experience, enjoyed by all.


We were awed by the variety of beautiful scenery, from marshland to farm fields, dense forests, vast valley outlooks and water views all trailside from the Kawarthas Trans Canada Trail and following the Trent Severn Waterway. We enjoyed the fine hospitality from bicycle-friendly businesses, including the new Days Inn and Suites Lindsay that sits a stone's throw from the trail, Kawartha Dairy Barn in Lindsay, the Olympia Restaurant Cafe in downtown Lindsay, as well as the Silver Bean Cafe in Peterborough, among many others.

Along with the suggested online itinerary, view the photos from the weekend to decide for yourself: 

a) Ride the Uxbridge Kawartha rail trail as we did in June. Download full ride details here.

b) Sign up to join us for our next weekend ride - Hamilton Brantford Paris Port Dover rail trail, September 19 to 20. 


#1 Summer Ride Destination: Beach

It's hot out there! Whether you are book ending the start or finish of a ride, or riding with this as your direct destination and motivation, nothing feels better than a cool dip and a little beach time. Riding to the beach and back is a perfect way to get out and explore more of Ontario By Bike.


Here are our 5 top picks for beach rides this summer, with links to our regional Great Places to Cycle resource trip planning page for each:

Port Stanley - Road routes and the Waterfront Trail will heat you up before hitting this sandy stretch and southwestern Ontario beach.

Port Dover - Connect to the beach from as far away as Hamilton, Brantford or Cambridge using off-road rail trails.
Georgian Bay - Multiple beach stops, provincial parks, road routes and trails. By road connect to Wasaga Beach, in Simcoe County. In Grey County, using the Georgian Trail, swim at Craighleigh, Thornbury or west of Meaford.

Toronto - Ride east along the Waterfront Trail to swim at Blue Flag designated Cherry Beach and Ashbridges Bay, or all the way to Rouge Park Beach, 31km from downtown.
Prince Edward County - Looking for long white sandy stretches, dunes, shallow warmer waters, the beaches at Sandbanks Provincial Park are some of the best. Located in the County, there is plenty to see and do pre or post ride.


Visit the following sites to help find the beach that fits your ride and holiday plans: Ontario's Southwest - Best Beaches WebsiteOntario's Southeast - Best Beaches Blog.


Don't like sand between your toes? Try riding at the following destinations, both with lots of classic Canadian Shield rocky outcrops and forested lakeside stops: Haliburton Highlands or Parry Sound District.


Where ever you end up, stay cool and hydrated, to enjoy summer riding at its best. 



On August 13, head to Ajax for Elevation 2015, a one-day event celebrating the fastest growing sport in North America - road cycling and the passion that it inspires. 

Part of the larger Durham Festival (Aug 13-16), Elevation 2015 is bringing together guest speakers such as cycling legend Steve Bauer and Canadian Olympic coach Tanya Dubincoff, as well as other experts and thought leaders of interest to road cyclists. Interactive exhibits, musical performances, networking and catered breaks round out what is sure to be a fantastic event!

Connect with other cyclists and celebrate the comradeship, lifestyle and love of cycling. The first of its kind and with just under a month until the event kicks off, register now!

Durham Festival is an extended weekend of events and festivities that celebrate the region's culture and creativity; from food trucks to performances in the park and dance parties, and also includes the Ride4UnitedWay Gran Fondo being held on August 16th!

Greenbelt Route
Maps and Itineraries Now Online! 

More than 475 kilometres of signed cycling adventures await from Niagara to Northumberland! Set to officially launch the Greenbelt Route between August 16 to 21 is the Special Edition Great Waterfront Trail Adventure!


In addition to fantastic paper map that came out earlier this year, now you can also plan your cycling trip by viewing the route in its entirety on the new online interactive map! Points of interest include campsites, food and farming businesses, as well as cultural sites.

Also, now available for cyclists are 34 detailed downloadable and printable maps for the Greenbelt Route, including

7 daytrip itinerary sheets for regional loop routes ranging from 30-59 km.

The maps are designed to complement the more than 900

directional road signs that are now posted along the Greenbelt Route! Here is a picture of a sign already installed in Durham Region.

For more information on the Greenbelt and the new Greenbelt Route visit www.greenbelt.ca

The Season is Upon Us!

Many of you have already been clocking kilometres along roads and trails this season. Good on you; with summer if full swing, there is no better time to pedal on. 

For those looking for new ride ideas, we hope this newsletter encourages you to get out and explore more. If you need more inspiration check our website www.ontariobybike.ca


Remember to share pictures of your rides this season through email, Facebook, Twitter or other platforms. 




From Louisa, Joanne & Michael 
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