Ontario By Bike Update

In This Issue: April 2015
Great Places to Cycle Parry Sound District
2015 Ontario By Bike Ride
Featured Event: Ride for Heart
Cycling in Ontario Guide
Gear Up - Preparing Your Bike For Spring
Featured Businesses: Pastry Peddler & Frog Cycles
Switching into Gear!
Upcoming Cycling Events in 2015
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Great Waterfront Trail Adventure: Greenbelt Edition
Ontario Signature Experiences - Cycling!
The Ontario Signature Experiences is a program designed to showcase the most unique tourism experiences in the province.
There are now four cycling experiences in the program, so we suggest you pick a date and experience one of these great guided bike tours. 
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Parkbus Update
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  Great Places to Cycle:
Parry Sound District
The Parry Sound District truly has the cycling experiences and services that make a great all-season cycling destination!


Whatever type of cyclist you are, enjoy scenic landscapes with picturesque lakes, meandering rivers, the rocky Canadian Shield and the UNESCO designated Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve.


Road riding in the area is excellent with quieter roads criss-crossing through the rugged landscape with opportunities to stop at quaint general stores, interesting cultural heritage sites, and welcoming communities along the way.


With multi-use trails that wind along the shores of Georgian Bay, mountain biking in select provincial parks like Killbear and on signature trail projects such as the Trans Canada Trail and the Park to Park Trail, the Parry Sound and area is an attractive destination for trail riding enthusiasts.


With 25 bicycle friendly businesses throughout Parry Sound District, you can easily find great places to stay, eat and visit!


Looking for an opportunity to get out and ride in the area with others? Look no further than the fantastic Pedaling for Parkison's, a 3-day event hosted on July 10-12, raising awareness and research funds for Parkinson's.



   Ontario By Bike Ride 2015
Uxbridge Kawarthas Rail Trail Weekend

On June 20-21, celebrate the first day of summer and enjoy a weekend-long, off-road rail trail ride from Uxbridge through the Kawarthas, ending at either Peterborough or Lakefield, your choice.


Whether you want to ride with a group, friends or independently, make the most of this linear trail and the convenience of a shuttle back to the start on this fully supported small group tour, and the first of two 2015 Ontario By Bike Rides

Photo Credit: Kawartha Cycling Club

The well maintained hard packed trail, with some paved sections, traverses idyllic farmlands, along waterways and canals, and through lush green forests with one overnight stop in Lindsay and lunch the next day in Peterborough.   


With a total distance of 85-100km, participants can expect to ride 40-55km each day. For more information visit



Price includes return transportation and luggage transfer, accommodation, 2 lunches, 1 breakfast, Kawartha Dairies treat, evening social, SAG wagon and parking: $199 per person, plus HST. (Based on double occupancy. Single supplement, triple/quad discounts available.)


This ride will sell out and with limited space, don't delay! Register for this fully-supported, small group tour today!


If you have questions about the tour, please call
1-866-701-2774 or email info@ontariobybike.ca

Featured Event:

Ride For Heart

On May 31st, take advantage of the rare opportunity to take over the Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway and ride with thousands of other cyclists on these major roadways - carfree!


The event sells out nearly every year and with the event already 65% sold, we suggest you register as soon as you can!


Ride solo or round up your family, friends or corporate teams and help raise funds that goes towards preventing and treating heart disease!


Come visit us at the Ontario Cycle Tourism Information Booth post-ride in 'Heart Park' on the Exhibition grounds.   


For more information or to register for the event visit www.RideForHeart.ca,

 2015 Cycling in Ontario Guide

Looking for new cycling trips and itineraries in Ontario?


The 2015 Cycling in Ontario is a 24-page cycling guide, available in print and online with over 50 cycling trip itineraries and holiday ideas that range in length from a few hours to 8 days.


The Ride Style Guide helps match cycling experiences to skill sets for recreational (R) and experienced (E) cyclists, as well as mountain bikers (M). With useful links to where cyclists can access more information, as well as tips on bicycle friendly places to eat, sleep or visit; this guide makes planning your next cycling holiday in Ontario easy and fun!  

Click here to view the publication online (in English and French).


If you wish to receive a printed copy, please send your request (and mailing address) to info@ontariobybike.ca

 Gear Up - Preparing Your Bike For Spring

It's cycling season! If you haven't done so already, it`s time to prepare your bike for spring.  H ere are a couple of things you can do to prepare your bike before you take it to your local shop for a tune-up.
Keep It Clean - www.bikeroar.com Whether your bike braved the elements or took a leave of absence this winter, it`s always good to keep your bike clean. All you'll need are cleaning rags, an old toothbrush and a bucket of diluted ecofriendly cleaning product (e.g. Simple Green). Scrub down all the nooks and crannies, but beware of getting water into any sealed areas.
Check It Over  - Check the wheels, cables and brakes for any wear and tear or loosening parts. If you have the tools to adjust and tune-up, great. If not, make note of any areas/parts you'd like your local bike shop to look over during the tune up.
Take It In - Bike shops are busy this time of year, so perhaps a call in advance to book a time would help. If you don`t have a favourite bike shop, find one from over 100 bike shops listed on OntarioByBike.ca/bikeshops.

Featured Business:

Pastry Peddler & Frog Cycles

Pastry Peddler is bakery in Millbrook, Ontario that has a reputation for quality baked goods! Did we get your attention? 
What's more, they've recently expanded to include more seating, washrooms, an expanded menu and even a second floor!
Along with their new digs, they have a new neighbour, Frog Cycles, who is located upstairs from the bakery. The vintage bike shop, offers repairs, parts, tune-ups and the chance to talk shop! With seating upstairs; why not enjoy a coffee while you wait?
Millbrook is 25km southwest of the city of Peterborough. The surrounding area is popular with road cyclists; meaning you'll have no trouble working up an appetite!
Switching into Gear

It's hard to believe we would ever make it out of the winter doldrums! We couldn't be happier to be sharing our first e-newsletter of 2015 with you and over 5,500 other cyclists!


We're putting our finest wheel first in 2015 as we continue to roll out new programming and announcements this year! We're also thrilled to watch so many destinations in Ontario launching new cycling routes, maps and other resources!


We encourage you to share your stories about how you're exploring Ontario by bike. Post on our Facebook Page, mention @Ontariobybike on Twitter, send us an email or call toll-free. We love receiving photos too. 


Cheers to a great, safe 2015 cycling season!


From Louisa, Joanne & Michael 
Ontario By Bike Network
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