Ontario By Bike E-News: August
Great Places to Cycle in Ontario

Credit: Waterloo Region
Finding great cycling in Waterloo Region is never a challenge! From the urban riding in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge to quieter rural routes in Woolwich and the fantastic trail network that connects the communities from Paris (County of Brant) to Cambridge, north to Kitchener-Waterloo and into Woolwich, including the famed 45km Kissing Bridge Trail
 Find certified bicycle friendly businesses in Waterloo Region 

Wine Trail Ride Tour - Credit: WindsorEats.com
Essex County sits on the edge of the Great Lakes in the southern-most region of Canada. Warm temperatures and flat farmland make it an attractive destination for cyclists.  Explore 19km of bike trails and park roadways at Point Pelee National Park.  Pelee Island, now part of the Waterfront Trail, is popular with it's quiet back-country roads and beautiful scenery. Windsor has a vibrant cycling community and is a great place for waterfront riding and for finding pub and grub by bike!
  Find certified bicycle friendly businesses in Essex County
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September 24-25 ~  Simcoe County Rail Trails 

Tay Shore Trail - Credit: CycleSimcoe.ca
Looking for a weekend getaway idea this fall? 

Join us and 35 of our friends for a fabulous two-day weekend tour along some of the best trails in Simcoe County!    
The tour begins near Barrie heading north on the trail through conservation areas, agricultural and forested lands and the charming communities of western Simcoe Country. The group will enjoy an evening social in Midland before day two continues with waterfront riding along the shorelines of  Georgian Bay and Lake Simcoe with  optional stops at historic attractions such as  Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons and the SS Keetawin. Riders can complete the tour in Orillia or continue along to Barrie; finishing the weekend off with time to explore the downtown shops and waterfronts of either urban centre. 

Featuring primarily o ff-road riding (~10km on roads) and an average daily ride distance of under 60km, th e tour is suitable for cyclists with some cycling experience. 

The tour includes one night hotel accommodation at the newly renovated Comfort Inn in Midland, breakfast, two lunches, snacks, evening social, luggage transfer and shuttle from Orillia/Barrie.

Just bring your bike and ride!
Space is filling up for the last Ontario By Bike Ride of 2016, so book now!

For more detailed information, v isit our tour page at: www.ontariobybike.ca/ridesept2016 or 

Booking managed by our TICO licensed partner OK Cycle Tours,
who offer a wide range of cycling tours world-wide 
Explore the Rideau Canal by Bike

The Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and historical waterway stretching 202km between Ottawa and Kingston, has many sights and stops that will delight any visitor and beckon cyclists to explore more on two wheels.

In operation since 1832, the 23 lockstations are all unique and have individual tales to tell, along with facilities maintained by Parks Canada. Planning a bike tour following the Canal is suited to cyclists with comfort riding on roads. With many quieter country roads and well-paced towns and villages, an afternoon pedal or multi-day tour will not disappoint. The Country Shuttle is available for assistance with shuttle and luggage transfer services. 

Discover the canal and rural charm of the area starting from or ending in one of the following communities:
Credit: Rideau-Info.com
  • Chafey's Lock - Rent a bike or take a tour from Rideau Tours
  • Westport, Delta, Jasper - A 125km route taking in river, rocks, lakes and farmlands. Break up the ride by camping or staying at a B&B or luxury inn
  • Perth - Connect to the nearby canal with Heritage Bikes & Rentals and tours 
  • Kemptville, Merrickville - Ride both sides of canal on this 76km route, so much to see and do from pretty village start and finish
To plan your Rideau ride and for more resources, maps, plus bicycle friendly businesses visit: www.ontariobybike.ca/thegreatwaterway & www.ontariobybike.ca/lanark & www.ontariobybike.ca/ottawa

The Art of Bike Packing

Whenever we meet long distance riders on routes across Ontario we marvel at their efficiency and ingenuity, cleverly carrying a self-sufficient load. Check out the following blogs for tips and tales.

Bike Share Goes Big, Toronto & Beyond

One of the first public bike share programs in Ontario, Toronto's Bike Share has recently undergone a major expansion, adding 120 new stations and 1,000 bikes. There are now 
over 2,000 bikes ready for visitors and resident users to explore the city of Toronto by bike. The easy-to-purchase $7/day pass makes for an affordable and fun way to get around the big city, 
year round, with bikes available all seasons.
Learn more and plan your ride at: 

Also find bike share in the following cities: 

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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.
August 28

August 28
September 11
September 11
September 11
September 17
Centurion Blue Mountain
September 16-18
September 18
September 24
September 24
  Highway of Heroes Bike Ride
September 24-25
Greg's Ride
September 25
Kiwanis Colour Cribbage Ride
September 25

Come visit us at our Ontario Cycle Tourism Info Centre September 11 onsite at PwC Epic Tour Halton, for all the latest maps and info. 

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? Send an email to info@ontariobybike.ca and we'll add it to our site!
2016 Cycling In Ontario / Le vélo en Ontario Guide

Copies of the annual  Cycling in Ontario Guide continue to move fast!. 

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. 

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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What a summer it's been!

While you may not want to hear it, we're closer to the end of summer than the beginning. The Dog Days of Summer are over and we're looking forward to the next great cycling season in Ontario with cooler and crisp mornings and evenings. 

For those diligently training and pushing themselves throughout the summer, this means signing up for a last event or tour of the year! Circle a few dates in September, a month jam packed with great cycling events and tours for all kinds of riders.  For others, you're planning family day trips or weekends away on the trails with friends before the summer wraps up. 

Whatever kind of rider you are, we know you'll be making new memories (and friends) on the roads and trails in Ontario over coming weeks. We will be too.  

Tell us about your experiences so we can in turn share these with others. So if you found a great cycling event in your community, w e want to celebrate it too! If you have a great experience at one of the 1,250+ bicycle friendly businesses in Ontario, we want to let everyone know as well! Email us or share via social media, #ontariobybike.

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