Ontario By Bike E-News: April 
Great Places to Cycle - Georgina

Credit: Shawn Smith
Still one of the GTA's best kept cycling secrets, the town of Georgina, in York Region abutting  the southern shores of Lake Simcoe, has been on the map for dedicated road and recreational cyclists for some time now. With fantastic routes popular for both touring or training, the area has been attracting a growing numbers of cyclists looking for quiet paved routes.

The area has this in spades and coupled with scenic waterfront and rural riding, it's no wonder many have added Georgina to their lists of must ride destinations in Ontario.

Consider riding on one of two cycling routes featuring Georgina  on the brand new  York Region Cycling Tour Map York Century (100 km) and Simcoe Beaches (66 km) both showcase some of the most scenic riding in the area. Give yourself lots  of time to enjoy the beach stops and the dozens of kilometres of waterfront riding along  Lake Simcoe's
featured on  these routes. A visit to Sibbald Provincial Park offers up its own great beach and a museum that make exploring the park a great day trip or overnight option with camping available in the park or roofed accommodations close by.

Cycling in Georgina offers up great spots to stop for ice cream, snacks and meals  along or close to the lake. Get refreshments in Keswick, Sutton or Pefferlaw and don't pass up the community of Jackson's Point with its gallery and custom woodworkers offering delivery service for cyclists as well lots of community bike racks.

Bring your mountain bike and ride the North Shore Bike Trails l ocated at the fantastic ROC facility in Georgina. Approximately 5 km of trails consisting of two distinct trail challenges geared towards intermediate and advanced riders. Also on site is the ROC Bike Park, which offers three main sections; dirt jumps, pumptrack and a learning area, which with free entry is ideal for beginner riders and youth. 

Find more cycling information for Georgina,York Region and bicycle friendly places to stay, eat at or visit in the region at: www.ontariobybike.ca/york
2016 Cycling In Ontario / Le vélo en Ontario Guide

As we announced earlier this year, the 4th annual  Cycling in Ontario Guide is now available! 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. 

This year's guide is 28-pages, full-colour with articles and info on: :
  • Top Road Riding & Training Destinations
  • Mountain Bike & Winter Fat Biking
  • Rail Trails & Off-Road Riding
  • Urban Bike Touring
  • Family Friendly Outings
  • Events & Multi-Day Touring
  • Beers, Bites & Bikes
  • & more ...

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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Beers & Bikes
New Certification Category "Brewery"

The craft beer scene in Ontario is really taking off. Small breweries, unique tasting rooms and brewpubs are popping up all across Ontario and it's no rare sight to see bikes parked out front and a table cyclists sipping, snacking and savouring the latest fares. Its with this strong affinity in mind that Ontario By Bike has created a new certification category for breweries!  
Credit: County of Huron
If you are a beer aficionado or simply appreciate a tall cool one post-ride, pair the route of your choice with one of the 11 certified bicycle friendly breweries that are part of the Ontario By Bike Network! 

Some of our favourite locations include: Grand River Brewing, Cambridge; Refined Fool Brewing, Sarnia; The Second Wedge Brewing, Uxbridge; Niagara College Teaching Brewery, Niagara; Side Launch Brewing and Northwinds Brewhouse, Collingwood; Block Three Brewery, St Jacobs; and Abe Erb Brewery, Waterloo; The Publican House Brewery, Peterborough; Cartwright Springs Brewery, Pakenham; New Limberg Brewery Co., Simcoe. 

If you're interested in visiting other great breweries across Ontario, check out any one of 62 breweries mapped online at OntarioCraftBrewers.com. Find cycling routes that roll by some of these locations by searching the Great Places To Cycle page on Ontario By Bike's website.

Always drink responsibly. 
2016 Ontario By Bike Rides - June Niagara South

Join Ontario By Bike on this two-day, small group tour that features primarily off-road riding along the Greater Niagara Circle Route. On June 18-19, d iscover the quieter side of Niagara and Niagara south, with this spectacular trail ride along the Niagara River Recreational Trail, the Friendship Trail and the Welland Canal Parkway Trail. 

With an average daily ride distance of under 60 km and routing that is fully paved with limited road riding, this looped ride is well-suited for all types of cyclists. Take in the beauty of Niagara Region, its rivers and beaches, as well as a  unique ferry jaunt over the Canal, the Port Robinson Ferry.

With double occupancy priced at $199/pp and a maximum of 35 cyclists, these fun recreational rail trail rides and value priced tours sell out early.  The tour includes hotel accommodations, lunches, snacks and more. Just bring your bike and ride! 

For more detailed information.  Visit our tour page at: www.ontariobybike.ca/rides2016 or 

Coming soon: Details on September Simcoe County Trail Loop
Watch out for announcement in May's E-News & v isit tour  webpage. 
Port Robinson Ferry - Niagara 

The  Port Robinson Ferry  has carried passengers across the Welland Canal for the past 40 years. O perating from May to October, this fun little ferry crossing is only available to cyclists and pedestrians, carrying over 8,000 passengers each season. 

Conveniently located along the Welland Canal Trail, part of the Niagara Circle Route, just 10km south of Thorold and 8 km north of Welland, this free ferry service is popular with cyclists and provides a way to connect to the Niagara River Recreation Trail. 

Recent good news confirms that this service will continue operating for the next decade. 
2016 details will be online soon. Contact the Niagara Cycling Tourism Centre for updates
www.niagaracyclingtourism.com or view 2015 info www.thoroldtourism.com for most recent service levels. 
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.
April 24
April 30
May 1
Be sure to visit  www.ontariobybike.ca/events for more complete listings  and search over 8 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!
E-Newsletter Archive

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Ready, Set, Ride!

This is our first e-news of the season, a sure sign of spring! While this late spring has many looking up the address of Wiarton Willie, others have been out crushing pavement and snowy trails for many months now. Whether you've been clocking kilometres or are just dropping off your bike at your bike shop for a tune-up, we are all excited for the coming warmer weather!

And there is certainly lots to be excited about this cycling season! World class tours and events both new and old, more business welcoming cyclists with services and amenities, new and revised maps and resources, multi-modal bike transportation options including shuttle services, trains and ferries and not to forget the natural beauty of Ontario best revealed one pedal stroke at a time.  

Let us know where you're riding on your overnight bike trip, multi-day tour or any one of your day trips this season by sharing your pictures on social media using the hashtag #OntarioByBIke. 

Be sure to wave, smile and say hello to those you see riding on roads, trails or pathways across Ontario this year; as they too know the secret that Ontario truly is a great place to explore by bike!

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 
Cycle Tourism Conference 2016
Thank you to our sponsors

On March 4, Ontario By Bike / Transportation  Options hosted an industry targeted Cycle Tourism Conference in Toronto with over 170 a ttendees and international, Canadian and Ontario speakers.  If you are interested in learning more, all presentations are available online along with  conference details at:  www.ontariobybike.ca/ctc16

The 2016 Cycle Tourism Conference was made possible by the generous support of the following partners and sponsors:  

Gold Spoke Sponsors

Carbon Spoke Sponsors