Ontario By Bike E-News: July
Top 5 Trail Rides East & West

Trail ride suggestions is something we are often asked for at the shows and events we are at with our Ontario Cycle Tourism Info Centre. Time away from traffic, the quieter and often more natural settings that trails travel through are just some of the appeal. Most likely you are well acquainted with the trails close to home, but here are some of our top trail suggestions to help you get out there and explore more by bike this summer.

Read our blog to find out more details on the: 
Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail - Prescott Russell Recreational Trail - Thames River Parkway -  Walter Bean Trail - Brant & Brantford Trails 

Happy trails! 

Grand Reopening  
- Porcupine Ridge Mountain Bike Trail -

Photo Credit: Discover Muskoka

Exciting news for mountain bike fans. After the sudden closure of this legendary mountain bike trail in 2017, Porcupine Ridge celebrated its great comeback this spring and is now open again for those who are looking for some serious mountain biking.  Ride down a variety of downhill sections through lush forests and the Canadian Shield on 12km of challenging trails.
Located in Bracebridge the trails can be accessed through the parking lot across the road from Santa's Village. Porcupine Ridge is free of admission, yet donations can be made at the trailhead, with the money going towards maintenance and insurance.
If you are keen enough for some technical mountain biking, Porcupine Ridge should be the go-to-place on your bucket list this year. For more information and trail map  visit  Morca.ca/Porcupine-Ridge

Also find out more about bicycle friendly businesses in the area for a cold drink afterwards or an overnight stay at  
Explore The Shore  
- Cycling in Saugeen Shores -

Photo Credit: Great Lake Waterfront Trail

Whether you are looking for some recreational biking along the coast of Lake Huron or some intense race cycling on well-maintained asphalt trails, Saugeen Shores has it all. Between the rural beach town communities there is over 40km of multi-use trails in a vibrant and beautiful natural environment perfect for cyclists of all ages.
Some of the highlights are the 9km long Saugeen Rail Trail that stretches through beautiful forests, is packed with history and connects Port Elgin with Southhampton's downtown core. The 27km long stretch of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail rewards you with beautiful views over Lake Huron and access to sandy beaches.
Saugeen Shores is constantly working on improving its road safety and trails and has been nominated with a bronze award by "Share The Road". If you want to learn more about all the different trails or receive printed materials make sure you visit  SaugeenShores.ca/en/Cycling
and start planning a bicycle friendly trip using OntarioByBike.ca/BruceSouthwest 
Ontario By Bike Rides:  Ottawa City & Country 
Name That Location - Sights You'll See 

If you haven't visited Ottawa and explored the capital city by bike before, you are in for a real treat on this Ontario By Bike Ride, weekend of August 24 to 25.

We'll be cycling by some of the top sights, and some that you never knew existed. Let the city amaze you, and the nearby countryside wow you. Just bring your bike and ride. We have all else covered including accommodations in a bicycle friendly downtown hotel, just minutes from Parliament Hill, Byward Market and the Rideau Canal. 

PLAY THE GAME: Can you name each location and sights we will see above? 
(See below for answers.) 

Find all the ride details at:   OntarioByBike.ca/AugustRide2019

With our TICO-licensed partner   OK Cycle & Adventure Tours

Still space on our September 28 to 29 Oxford Rural Road Ride. 
Answers from top & clockwise: Diefenbunker Museum; Rideau Canal; Herb Garden; Hogs Back Falls; Parliament Hill; Carp Farmers Market.   
Space Available - Ontario By Bike Rides
- 1000 Island St. Lawrence River Ride - 

This tour is one of our most popular and has been sold out for months.  But due to a couple of recent cancellations we now have space for 4 riders. August long weekend, August 3 to 5. 
Act fast as the spots will fill. Find all the info and booking details 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! 

If you are planning to cycle Prince Edward County this summer, this is the perfect accommodation for you. The beautiful 13-room boutique hotel with a restaurant and bar is located right at Lake Ontario. Close to Sandbanks Provincial Park, the hotel boasts awesome biking, fishing, golf, yoga studios, and water sports. Bicycles are also available for rent.

After a long day of cycling, have a glass of local PEC wine, and sample the offerings from different farm fresh and lake-to-table menus. 

Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Ottawa and only minutes away from Museum of Nature, Parliament Hill and all of the capital city's top attractions, this hotel is ideally located for your next Ottawa trip. Apart from secured underground parking, bike storage and spacious rooms, the hotel offers a variety of amenities that makes it suitable for cyclists. 

There is a bike lane directly in front of the hotel providing easy access to the city's numerous bike paths.

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.
 Max's Big Climb
July 20

Summer Epic 8 Hour MTB Relay
July 27

July 28
Great Waterfront Trail Adventure
July 28
PwC MS Bike Grand Bend to London
July 27-28
August  4
Bikes for Bibles
August 10
 Women's 4 Hour
August 11

Eager Beaver 100 2.0
August 10

August 18

Now updated for 2019, 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!
Favourite After Cycling Activity 
- Survey -

Credit: Parks Canada
Summer time is cycling time. After a long and cold winter we are finally blessed with nice weather and warm temperatures that motivates us to get out there on our bikes. 

After a satisfying bike ride or longer cycle tour there are lots of things to do. While some enjoy to have a cold refreshment on the patio others find it more important to take care of there bike and get it ready for the next trip.

Let us know how you treat yourself after a ride by taking this quick one question survey. 

Bike Train: Toronto - Niagara

GO Transit Bike Coaches
GO Transits' seasonal service between Toronto and Niagara is back for the summer. 

Hop on board for an amazing $35 return, and bring your bike along to explore the trails and attractions at either end, and at stops in between. Trains run Friday nights, and Saturday, Sunday and holiday's with expanded room in 2 bike coaches, equipped with handy bike racks. 

Skip the drive and arrive refreshed, not having had to battle summer traffic jams. Find out more at  BikeTrain.ca/Niagara
Ontario By Bike Cycling Jerseys

Our limited edition cycling jerseys are getting a lot of compliments as they make their way around Ontario and the world on the backs of those cyclists that have connected with us to place their order. 

Printed in late 2018, we now have limited sizes available, but are looking to make a re-order once our stock is depleted.  These colourful, high quality and casual-fitted shirts will be the envy of your cycling friends and also make for a great gift. 

Cost: $80, plus $5 shipping, HST included. 
To order: Email info@ontariobybike.ca to check size availability and set up an EFT or cheque payment. View size chart HERE

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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