Ontario By Bike E-News: August
Take a Trent Severn Trail Tour

Photo Credit: Parks Canada

Over the past couple of years, we have spent a fair bit of time exploring and riding the network of interconnected rail trails, a part of the Trans Canada Trail through the Kawarthas Northumberland area. 

A start from Campbellford for a two day, one overnight ride, ending 119km later in Fenelon Falls made for a great ride this year, and Trent-Severn Trail Tour. Plus with its close proximity to the Greater Toronto Area, just 1 to 2 hours northeast, depending on your chosen ride start location, this route is easy to access.

Consider planning your own self-guided ride.  Find out all the details and download the Ontario By Bike Ride itinerary from our latest blog post. 

Ride the North: 
Lake Huron North Channel Cycling Route  

The Lake Huron North Channel cycling route is now officially open for riders to enjoy. The recent Great Lakes Waterfront Trail Adventure (GWTA), a 6 day tour of the 450km new expansion of the trail from Sault Ste Marie to Sudbury, marked the occasion fittingly with 150 cyclists enjoying the journey.

This new section will take cyclists from the shores of Lake Superior along Lake Huron, and crossing 12 heritage rivers on a rugged yet relaxing ride. With 26 communities, including 3 First Nations, dotted along the way, a warm northern welcome and hospitality awaits.

"This route has it all, from stunning views to quiet roads following meandering rivers, through picturesque farmlands, and many opportunities to see wildlife and impressive waterfalls. Along the way we were able to enjoy the smell of pure nature coming from the forest and had the chance to pick wild blueberries from the side of the roads. Northern Ontario landscape is truly amazing!" as Vicky, one of the GWTA riders summed up the experience.

Consider planning your own trip, and view detailed route maps and more at: WaterfrontTrail.org
To find bicycle friendly businesses along the way visit: OntarioByBike.ca/NorthCentral

Photo Credits: Waterfront Regeneration Trust

Upper Canada Cycle Adventure  
- 1000 Island St. Lawrence River Ride Recap -

Photo Credits: Ontario By Bike

Ontario By Bike kicked of the long August weekend with an amazing three-day ride along the St. Lawrence River in the 1000 Island region. Blessed with great weather and nice temperatures for cycling our group of 41 could not have asked for better conditions to cycle this amazing route. 

The three day long tour started in Gananoque and ended a 158km later in Cornwall . Highlights of this trip included stops in beautiful Brockville with Canada's oldest railway tunnel, relaxing coffee breaks at the Skiff Cafe and Katarina's Coffee Shop, the Lost Villages Museum, cycling through the beautiful bird sanctuary and much more. 

Special thanks also goes out to Gananoque & 1000 Island Visitor Center and Brockville Tourism for the warm welcoming of our group.

If you would like to cycle this amazing route yourself, make use of the Ontario By Bike self-guided itinerary which has all the necessary information needed to replicate our recent ride.

Find all the cycling resources you need including maps and links to over 100 certified bicycle friendly businesses for south eastern Ontario at OntarioByBike.ca/South-Eastern-Ontario
Looking for a Last Minute Ride Adventure? 
Next Weekend: Ottawa City and Country Ride Spots Available 

We are only a week and a bit more away from our next Ontario By Bike Ride (August 24 to 25). This time we will be cycling Canada's capital as well the close by country side. Over two days we will ride along quiet country roads and visit some of the most spectacular sights in Ottawa plus cycle along the Rideau Canal. We have a few last minutes spots available. Book before Monday, August 19 and join us on this fantastic trip. Find full ride details and booking info at:   OntarioByBike.ca/1000IslandAugustRide2019

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Ontario's Best Bicycle Friendly Businesses

On March 1, Ontario By Bike / Transportation Options held its 4th Cycle Tourism Conference in Toronto. As part of the program, we hosted the inaugural Bicycle Friendly Business Awards selecting one Ontario By Bike certified bicycle friendly business from each of the 13 tourism regions in Ontario.

We'll be showcasing the 13 Best Bicycle Friendly Business Award winners throughout the year. Consider stopping in at one of these locations on your next cycling adventure in their region! 

Only an hour and 20 minutes west of Ottawa, lies the small town of Eganville. Known as the Ordovician fossil capital of Canada, it serves as the gateway to some of Canada's most spectacular cave systems, the Bonnechere Caves. Located under a hill of limestone, the caves were the bottom of a tropical sea 500 million years ago. 

Explore this magical underground system with a guided tour or even book a special dinning experience in the cave. Cyclists are welcome to park and ride.  BonnechereCaves.com

Conveniently located in Gravenhurst beside Gull Lake, this little intimate, boutique bed and breakfast with three unique guest rooms offers everything the modern cyclist could ask for. This includes breakfast menu choices for active bikers, enclosed and secure bike storage, a bicycle washing station, basic repair kits and more. 

If you want a break from cycling you can use the canoe and safety equipment on site or relax in the new therapeutic, chemical free, O3 Oxygen hot tub.

There are now over 1,500 bicycle friendly locations in Ontario, certified by Ontario By Bike. Check the full listing here
2019 Cycling Events in Ontario

Join a cycling event in 2019 and discover one of the best ways to explore a new area by bike. Here is a list of some of the cycling events coming up over the next couple of months.
August 18
August 17
PwC MS Bike - Ottawa to Cornwall
August 17-18
Ride For Karen
August 25
Tour di Viva Italia
Aug 31 - Sep 1
Alvar Treasure Ride
September 2-6

Prince Edward County Gran Fondo
September 7
The Ride 
September 8

September 14
September 21

Be sure to visit OntarioByBike.ca/Events for more complete listings and search well over 100 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!
Ontario By Bike's 2019 Photo Contest

Credit: Jenny Nourse
It's time again for our annual Ontario By Bike Photo Contest!

Slow down for a moment and capture your cycling adventures featuring your bike, cycling buddies and favourite ride locations to enter our  2019 Photo Contest.

We'll be collecting the submissions well into the fall, so be sure to send us a variety of your top shots. Win a prize plus have your photo published in our 2020 Cycling in Ontario guide.

Find details at above link and submit your photo/s by  email before contest closes November 20, 2019. 
Put L&A in Your Fall Ride Radar

Consider heading east over the coming months. Be sure to stop in Lennox & Addington County to enjoy the ride experience you've been searching for. Their popular 600km County Trails road cycling network is a hit with cyclists across the province, with 12 exciting loops to choose from. 

Perhaps plan your visit to coincide with the 4th annual L&A Ride on Saturday, September 21st. The 58km ride is a journey of discovery, where cyclists are encouraged to relax at the rest stops to enjoy local live music, learn about local history and sample locally crafted food and beverages along the way!

Brand new for 2019, L&A now offers an exciting off-road mountain biking experience in their County Forest Trails in Flinton. Experience 6km of logging roads and single-track trails designed with bermed curves and elevations that incorporate the natural terrain of the forest.

Only a 2 hour drive from Ottawa or Toronto, and 3 hours from Montreal, L&A County stretches from 'shore to shield'; including beautiful riding along Lake Ontario and north into the rugged Canadian Shield. Make no mistake, it should be on your cycling calendar for a weekend away.

Request detailed itineraries by email HERE. Request a trail map HERE.

Ontario By Bike Network 
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Office : 416-827-2774 
Toll-Free : 1-866-701-2774 

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