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November 19th, 2017
Beaches Living Guide Spring/Summer 2015

Adventures For Day Trippers
Two Wheels are Always Better than Four!

Bike riding gives you an opportunity to exercise, explore cities, towns and parks, while having fun at the same time. Toronto has many park trails specifically designed for multiple uses, such as bike riding.

A favourite is always Toronto Island, where you can take your bikes on the ferry or rent once you arrive. With no hills and many places to explore, the island is one of the City's best biking destinations. If biking is new, start by choosing a shorter route. Once you've managed the first trip, pack a lunch and go for part of the day.

Be it close to home or a weekend getaway, Ontario has numerous cycling trails and tours from the novice to expert rider.


 

YOUR OWN BACKYARD

Toronto
Explore many great parks, trails and of course, Toronto Islands. Get a free printed Toronto cycling map at all civic centres, libraries, community centres and bicycle specialty shops.
toronto.ca/cycling

 
     
 

UP TO 100KM

Erin - 82 km
The Elora Cataract Trailway is a 47 km linear greenland and section of the Trans Canada Trail system. It follows historic railway line joining two major watersheds, the Credit River and the Grand River.

The trail passes through a glaciated landscape with many forest and farm fields. In addition, the trail passes through several towns and villages including Cataract, Erin, Hillsburgh, Orton, Belwood, Fergus and Elora.
trailway.org

 
     
 

100-150KM

Port Hope - 107 km
Tour rolling hills and take in the scenic beauty of the hamlets and villages. The country roads are all well paved, less travelled and cycle friendly. The Oak Ridges Moraine, just north of Port Hope, also makes for an exciting ride.

The Greenbelt Cycling Route is new - more than 460 km connecting Ontario's Greenbelt to downtown Port Hope. In town, tour heritage streets, restored houses and buildings. A self-guided map is available online or at the Visitors' Centre.
porthopetourism.ca

 
 

Niagara Region - 130km
One of the best ways to explore Niagara is by experiencing the seemingly endless bicycle trails including the Greater Niagara Circle Route and the Waterfront Trail. With the many off-road trails around the region, there is terrain to satisfy everyone from beginners and family day-trippers to advanced cyclists.

The scenic cycling tours showcase the magnificent Niagara Falls and numerous parks, wineries, orchards, farms, historic villages, waterways and more.

iPhone users can download the Niagara Region bike map app.
niagararegion.ca

 
 

Peteborough - 140km
When road cycling in Peterborough, you can be outside the city within minutes. Surrounding county roads provide options for the length and difficulty.

For mountain biking, Ganaraska Forest is the largest and most popular destination with over 150 km of singletrack. As of this year, the race loops have been classified as IMBA epic rides, so all the trails are well-marked and maintained.

A short pedal past Peterborough's famous Liftlock, you can challenge yourself with steep technical terrain, or blast through some fun, winding singletrack.
peterborough.ca

 
 

Stratford - 149 km
A ride for the casual cyclist. It takes the form of several loops, with many points at which you can decide whether to do the whole route or opt out at one of the central junctions.

For the Stratford visitor they have created a large, roughlyfigure- 8 cycling route covering 13.6 km.

For the most part, the route is laid out for right hand turns and skirts the city's main traffic arteries so you can enjoy the surroundings as you tour Stratford.
stratfordcanada.ca

 
     
 

150-200KM

 
 

Bruce County - 184km
There are endless opportunities for cyclists in Grey and Bruce counties, whether you enjoy a leisurely ride along a paved road or pounding down a challenging single track trail.

In terms of road riding, the most developed and well known option for more experienced cyclists is the Lake Huron shoreline route. This tour is broken down into nine identified sections and takes you past many of Lake Huron's main attractions. Families or more leisurely cyclists may want to stick to shorter distances and map out a condensed ride.
brucecountytrails.com

 
     
 

Over 200KM

Prince Edward County - 204 km
With its gently rolling hills, wineries, parks and uncrowded roads, it's a great cycling destination. The distances between villages and attractions are short, allowing for rest stops.
prince-edward-county.com

 
 

Bruce Peninsula - 255 km
The Bruce Peninsula is a perfect place for cycling. There are peaceful quiet roads and trails for those who wish to go offroading. Whichever you choose, there will be magnificent scenery surrounding you.
thebrucepeninsula.com

 
 

Manitoulin Island - 573 km
Manitoulin Island's picturesque back roads are popular with cyclists. Vehicle traffic is generally light, although cyclists are warned to let ferry traffic get well ahead of them on Highway 6, and to watch out for unique features like logging trucks, slowmoving farm vehicles and the occasional cattle drive - and yes, there are hills!
manitoulintourism.com

 
     
     
     

 

 

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