Ontario By Bike E-News: April
Warm greetings to our community of fellow cyclists who receive and read the Ontario By Bike monthly e-newsletter. We sincerely hope you, your family and friends are well during this challenging time.
While current government directives are to stay at home and travel for essential reasons only, our intent in delivering the April e-newsletter is to provide you with info to help inspire and plan future bicycle trips in Ontario, once we are officially allowed to get out and travel.
Until then, enjoy the read, visit our website, stay in touch on social media and stay fit.
Do More, See More: Three Unique Day Trips in Kawarthas Northumberland

Photo Credit: Northumberland Tourism

Summer weekends are precious, and it can be hard to fit everything you want to do into a busy schedule. That's why bike routes that pair prime cycling with unique destinations are so appealing - you can have your cake and eat it too. 

Just an hour/hour and a half east of Toronto there are numerous trail and road cycling routes that are ideal for day trips and added adventures. Read more about the following ride destinations and activities in Northumberland County, Peterborough and Kawartha Lakes: 
  • Bird watching on the beach in Presqu'ile Provincial Park
  • Spelunking and hiking at Warsaw Caves
  • Visiting an early settlers' village and living museum
How to Bike ON During COVID-19
To keep the spring ride excitement growing and make sure you are ready to ride when we can, Ontario By Bike has created a list of activities and suggestions to keep your wheels

  1. Ride IndoorsCheck out ZwiftRouvy or Fulgaz for some virtual indoor cycling experiences. Bring your bike indoors with stand solutions such as Kickr by Wahoo Fitness. Download the Peleton app for free cycling classes and more to get you further motivated. 
  2. Plan Your Next Adventure - Plan new routes to explore in the future; a ride bucket list if you will. Find cycling itineraries on our website or get some ride ideas from the 2020 Cycling in Ontario guideTry plotting your own ride route or itinerary on RidewithGPS or Strava.
  3. Find Alternative Exercises - There are lots of training programs and exercise routines now online. For the more serious have a look at 10 Essential Strength Exercises for Cyclists and a Guide to Training During COVID-19.
  4. Read a Book or Enjoy Some Cycling Screen TimeA new popular topic of conversation check out these curated lists and suggestions: Best book suggestions from Adventure Cycling; Bike movies to binge watch from Pinkbike; Movies and books from European Cycling Federation; Youtube channel by GCN/Global Cycling Network; short bike movies/docs Standing ManLife of PieDirt Magic From Dying Mining Town to Mountain Bike Mecca and We Are Epic.
For more details and ideas to roll forward with ... 
Cycling in Ontario Guide 2020

In case you missed the announcement in our earlier
e-newslettters, the 2020 Cycling in Ontario guide is now available in print and digitally.

Now's the perfect time to get reading about all the fabulous rides around Ontario and select a few to do this summer. 

Find the online edition in both English and French at  OntarioByBike.ca/2020 

Note: If you have already ordered a print copy to be mailed to you, we are currently unable to fulfill your request, but have logged all requests for mailing as soon as we can access our work office again. 
2020 Ontario By Bike Rides 

This will be our 6th year hosting Ontario By Bike Rides and small group weekend tours. Over the years we have met an incredible number of cyclists and enjoyed numerous ride weekends exploring new trails and destinations together. We are looking forward to the 2020 rides and remain optimistic that later season rides will proceed as planned. With a maximum of 40 riders per weekend, we are able to make changes easily, plus we offer a cancellation policy that won't leave you out of pocket, should the ride have to be cancelled. 

As a not for profit organization, these rides are an important part of our offering, and we hope that you will be able to come ride with us in 2020. 

Sign up for an Ontario By Bike Ride this summer!

Ask about our waitlist!
June 27-29
3 days / 2 nights
Distance: 158km
Price: $389*
OBB Classic!
August 22-23
2 days / 1 night
Distance: 123 km or 162km
Price: $259*
September 19-20
2 days / 1 night
Distance: 121km 
Price: $249*

Please note, we will be contacting all who have registered to date directly and to
let them know that this ride will be cancelled and refunds issued.
We will be sure to bring back this incredible ride weekend again in 2021. 

For more information visit:  OntarioByBike.ca/Rides
If you have any questions email us directly: info@ontariobybike.ca


With our TICO-licensed partner   OK Cycle & Adventure Tours
who 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. 
Trail Time - Explore The Rail Trails
of Eastern Ontario
Photo Credit: Martin Lortz

Over the years, rail trails have increased in popularity and have become a frequent go-to for many riders. The novelty of car-free cycling paired with beautiful sceneries and hard-packed gravel, perfectly suited for hybrid or gravel bikes are just some of the perks this type of route has to offer. With hundreds of kilometres of abandoned railway tracks that have been converted into trails, Eastern Ontario has become a hotspot for trail cycling in Ontario. Below you can find four routes perfectly suited for a day or multi-day adventure that offer a welcoming break from pavement. 
  1. Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail (OVRT) - When the Canadian Pacific Railway discontinued its line between Smith Falls and Sudbury, nine years ago, it offered a perfect opportunity for a trail connecting the northern and eastern part of Ontario. Today the OVRT stretches almost 94km between Smith Falls and Renfrew. The smooth gravel trail crosses many bridges and passes through charming small towns perfectly suited for exploring. 
  2. The K&P Trail - If you are looking for a trail that lets you explore the local history of Eastern Ontario and stretches through thriving wetlands with lots of wildlife, the K&P Trail should be on top of your list. Cycle the 75km long trail that connects Kingston and Sharbot Lake. Riders who are looking to head east toward Ottawa can also transfer onto the Cataraqui Trail that intersects with the K&P Trail in Harrowsmith. 
  3. Prescott-Russell Recreational Trail - East of Ottawa, this 72km long rail trail crosses through the United Counties of SDG. Nature lovers will discover diverse landscapes marked by woodlots, residential areas, agricultural lands, and wetlands. Access the trail from one of the five pavilions along its way, offering parking and washrooms, or cycle an additional 26km on paved roads connecting the trail with Ottawa.
  4. Millennium Trail - Sandy beaches, scenic landscapes and a plethora of fantastic wineries have put Prince Edward County into the spotlight for cyclists. The Millennium Trail, a 49km well maintained gravel trail traverses the county from east to west between Trenton and Picton. The highlight of the trail is the 2.5km long stretch through the Wetlands of Hubbs Creek Marsh and Slab Creek Swamp with a largely diverse ecosystem. The trail intersects with a number of cycling routes that let you explore the County as well as Sandbanks Provincial Park.
If you want to learn more about rail trails in Ontario, make sure to check out our article in the new 2020 Cycling in Ontario Guide or visit the Great Places to Cycle section on our website. 
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2020 Cycling Events in Ontario

With many cycling events that were scheduled for spring and early summer changing their status, postponing or cancelling, rather than list some suggested upcoming events for you to check out, as we usually do in this section, we refer you to our 2020 events page. 

V isit OntarioByBike.ca/Events  where we have hundreds of events for the year listed, and link directly to event websites for updates on the status of events you are interested in participating in. 

If there is a particular charity event you like to ride and support, consider making a donation regardless of whether the event is running or not. Or make plans to participate in an event during the summer season and keep an eye out for updates on the event website. 

Be well, 
From Louisa & Simon 

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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