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

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Perched upon the Quebec border and the shores of the Ottawa River in eastern Ontario, cycling in Prescott-Russell offers a mix of beautiful waterfront and hinterland riding.  Road cyclists will enjoy cycling routes that reach both the Ontario and Quebec-side of the Ottawa River with ferry and bridge crossings making for memorable cycling day trips or multi-day tours in the area.

One of the best trip planning and information resource for the area
is the Ride South Eastern Ontario Map, featuring 18 road routes, all with  RideWithGPS online maps and downloadable GPS files. Also available is the Cyclo Route Map featuring the 3 cross-provincial routes along the Ottawa River.

Trail riders can traverse the region along the 72 km Prescott-Russell Recreational Trail, with connector routes to/from Ottawa and the Ottawa River. Primarily crushed stone, this trail is a fantastic way to explore the communities of Prescott-Russell. 

Circle September 22-23 on your calendar and participate in the 2017 Beau's Octoberfest Ride, a charity event hosted by Beau's Brewery in Vankleek Hill. Ride from Bourget (50km), Ottawa (100km) or Cornwall (80 or 105 km) to the brewery for a pint, BBQ, music and activities before being shuttled back to your start location.

For more information on cycling in Prescott-Russell visit our Great Places To Cycle page for the region or click HERE to find bicycle friendly places to eat, visit and sleep in Prescott-Russell. 
2017 Ontario By Bike Rides
- Small Group Weekend Tours -

With warmer weather here, we're certainly getting excited about our small group weekend tours and Ontario By Bike Rides. It seems others are too, as s paces are filling up fast for all 3 tours!

Note: Very limited space available for the Georgian Bay Explorer ride in June. Book now to avoid disappointment. 

June 17 to 18
2 days, 1 night
Distance: 95km
Stayner - Thornbury
Meaford - Owen Sound
Price: $239 pp*
August 5 to 7
3 days, 2 nights
Distance: 158km
Gananoque - Brockville
Morrisburg - Cornwall
Price: $349 pp*
September 23 to 24
2 days, 1 night
Distance: 85km or 100km
Uxbridge - Lindsay
Peterborough - Lakefield
Price: $239 pp*

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.

Just bring your bike and ride!

For more information visit: 

With our TICO licensed partner    OK Cycle Tours
w ho offer a wide range of cycling tours in Ontario and world-wide! 

*Prices per person based on double occupancy. HST not included. Single rider supplement, triple, quad and youth discounts available. 
2017 Cycling In Ontario / Le vélo en Ontario Guide

As we announced earlier this year, the 5th annual  Cycling in Ontario Guide is available! 

Now 32 pages, this popular ( and free!) guide features some of Ontario's best road, trail and mountain bike experiences from destinations across the province! 

Published in both French and English, the annual guide has become a key trip planning resource for cyclists looking to explore more of Ontario by bike.  

Visit www.ontariobybike.ca/2017    to view the guide online, download as PDF file or email info@ontariobybike.ca to request a copy by mail.
SPARK Spin in Peterborough and Area

There are a number of new self-guided routes throughout Northumberland, Peterborough, and the Kawartha Lakes regions, all inspired by the annual SPARK Photo Festival

Running until April 30, choose from 5 SPARK Spin routes ranging from 10km to 67km in length to take in photographic exhibits at a variety of unique locations. If you are interested in a guided tour, sign up for a group ride along the 30km Lakefield Looper route on April 23.  
For more info on bike routes, maps and bicycle friendly places to eat, visit and sleep in the Kawarthas Northumberland region, visit: www.ontariobybike.ca/kawarthas-northumberland
Newsflash & Your Input Requested

Now available for your comment (April 12 to May 12) is a draft of the province-wide cycling network.

As part of the process in developing the network of cycling routes across Ontario, the Ministry of Transportation has posted a map online that identifies over 8,000km of roads and trails, that if selected will become provincially recognized and prioritized cycling infrastructure. This is big news for Ontario, and important and exciting step forward for cycling. 

To view routes and make comments visit www.ontario.ca/cycling before May 12. 
This past week we attended the 9th annual Ontario Bike Summit, a conference for industry professionals focusing on the development of cycling in Ontario. 

Announced at the Summit were a number of exciting new projects, which we are pleased to be affiliated with including Ontario 150 Celebrate by Bike. 

Stay tuned for more as we get set to roll out a number of community celebrations for cyclists this summer.  

Preliminary info is available at: www.ontariobybike.ca/150
More Mountain Bike Tours in Ontario!

The #1 Mountain Bike Tour Company on Earth (National Geographic Adventure, 2009) has started rolling out a series of single and multi-day guided mountain bike adventures in Ontario. 

Credit: Sacred Rides

Sacred Rides , a Canadian tour operator with strong Canadian roots, is offering up tour s that feature popular Ontario mountain bike destinations such as Kelso, Agreement Forest, The Hyrdocut and more. Tours include world-class guides, hand-crafted itineraries with local food stops, as well as tours and tastings at local breweries and of course, riding on trail networks that are sure to impress! 

2017 tours include:
Just starting out into mountain biking this year? Have a corporate team building or special event? Consider one of these tours and remove much of the planning, leaving more time for riding and socializing. 

For more bike tour options in Ontario visit - www.ontariobybike.ca/tours
Pick up Ontario Bike Swag!

This fun shirt was spotted at the Toronto Bike Show and is haute couture for mountain bike and trail enthusiasts. Not only will you look good but you'll feel good too, with Ride Guides' "Trails of Ontario" shirt, contributing $5 from each sale to the trail organization or mountain bike club of your choice for trail construction and/or maintenance activities. Making it easy, they' ve listed the organizations who are involved with or are local to the trail systems on the shirt, so you can support the trails you ride!

Other cycling-esque swag:
Have any Ontario bike gear or swag that we need to know about and should share? Shoot us an email, tweet, tag us on Instagram or  post on our Facebook Page
Island Ride Time

There is something special about crossing water to a destination beyond. Whether it's a 5 minute ferry jaunt or multi hour journey, that getaway feeling is inescapable, and when paired with the freedom of two wheels, is the ultimate way to slow down to island time. With an abundance of lakes and rivers, Ontario has thousands upon thousands of islands to visit. Here are our top picks for island rides this summer. 

Credit: Maja Mielonen/ MICA
Manitoulin Island
Recognized as the being the largest island in freshwater lake, Manitoulin has a sizable road network that will keep even the most avid cyclists pedaling for days. Explore the island with 14 mapped routes that take in the top sites with plenty of forest, shoreline and farmland vistas. Make time to stop at sandy beaches, hike a trail and cap the day off by visiting one of the small towns and an array of unique and welcoming businesses.

The Chi-Cheemaun ferry runs May to October, crossing from Tobermory to South Baymouth in less than 2 hours. There are special rates for ride-on cyclists choosing to leave their car on the mainland. A free ride is included for all participants in the Manitoulin Passage Ride, a popular 2 day cycling event, June 3 and 4. Guided tours are available at other times of the year.

To read more see page 28 in the 2017 Cycling in Ontario guide.
For more info on bike routes, maps and bicycle friendly places to eat visit and sleep: www.ontariobybike.ca/manitoulinlacloche

More Island Rides & Trivia Challenge
For more top island ride picks including Toronto Islands, Wolfe Island and Pelee Island read our latest blog post - www.ontariobybike.ca/IslandRides. Also see if you can answer our island trivia challenge.
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Spring is in the air, but cycling in March in Ontario may be one of the most inconsistent months for weather, leading to a range of conditions. A mix of warm and wet or snow and sun is the theme of these 10 Inspiration Ontario Cycling Images from March pulled off of Instagram. 

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Do you have a cycling story you'd like to share? Send an email to info@OntarioByBike.ca
2017 Cycling Events in Ontario

Join a cycling event in 2017 and discover one of the best ways to explore a new area by bike. Here is a list of some of the events coming up over the next couple of months.
May 7
May 13

May 13
 MEC Ottawa Spring Ride
May 21
May 21
 Ride for Heart
June 4
June 11
June 25
Pedaling for Parkinson`s
July 14-16
GranFondo Ottawa - Reggio Capitale
July 15
 Le Tour de Norfolk
July 15

Be sure to visit  www.ontarionybike.ca/events  for more complete listings  and search over 10 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!
Spring Blooms!

We're thrilled to kick off our regular e-newsletter schedule for 2017 starting with our April newsletter and will continue monthly until October. 

From guided and self-guided bike tours in a growing number of cities and rural regions, to new and signature cycling events, as well as new maps and online resources, Ontario has never been this easy or exciting to explore by bike. 

Planning a your first multi-day bike tour in 2017? Joining a cycling event or club with friends or family? Going out for your favourite afternoon spin or visiting Ontario for a first time?  Be sure to share your stories, images or questions with us through email, phone or post on social media.  We love to hear about how you continue to discover, or rediscover, great places to cycle in Ontario.

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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