Cycling in Ontario  by John Lynes

Cycling in Ontario Guide Book

by John Lynes (Ulysses Travel Guides)
Cycling in Ontario  by John Lynes
Cycling in Ontario is a unique guidebook that will lead you along Ontario's many exhilarating and picturesque roads and trails, allowing you to discover the province's fascinating towns and countryside from up close. Designed for cycling enthusiasts of all levels, it features numerous tours with precise and easy-to-follow directions, handy advice, and safety tips. It includes: 37 tours throughout Ontario; various levels of difficulty; detailed information on riding surfaces and distances; descriptions of major roadside attractions and events; tours along the Trans Canada Trail and other greenways; over 75 additional off road trails; and more than 55 maps.

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Trails from the "Cycling in Ontario" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 36.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 36.

From the relaxing resort town of Picton, follow the undulating roads of western Prince Edward County to the shores of Lake Ontario and Sandbanks Provincial Park. Here you can enjoy the park’s white-sand beaches and its many hiking trails. If you’re feeling adventurous, a ride on the sand dunes will definitely be an experience to remember! The tour concludes with a visit to the Bloomfield Bicycle Co. and a ride along the Loyalist Parkway. Surface: Asphalt. Recommended Bicycles: Touring/Hybrid/Mountain.
Picton, ON - Road Biking - Trail Length: 31
Beginning in the southern reaches of the Georgian Triangle, this ride climbs up to the top of the Niagara Escarpment, travels to the rushing waters of Eugenia Falls and descends into the Beaver Valley. Riding north along the valley through the villages of Kimberly and Heathcote, the first leg joins the recreational trail in Thornbury and follows it along the shoreline of Georgian Bay to the village of Meaford. The second leg has many difficult climbs that are always followed by thrilling downhills. It starts with a climb and then follows the escarpment’s upper rim, then descends back into the heart of the valley. Passing through the city of Markdale, this stretch is completed by following the Old Durham Rd back into the Saugeen Valley. Surface: Asphalt roads. Recommended Bicycles: Touring/Hybrid/Mountain.
Durham, ON - Road Biking - Trail Length: 111.6
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If quiet country roads winding through engaging scenery dotted with hamlets of German and Scottish heritage appeal to you, a bicycle adventure in Ontario’s Saugeen Country is an experience you won’t want to miss. Surface: Asphalt and some gravel. Recommended Bicycles: Hybrid/Mountain/Touring.
Kitchener, ON - Road Biking - Trail Length: 42.2
Cycling the Bruce is an exceptional tour. The ride follows the dramatic shores of Georgian Bay northwards and then heads south along the tree-lined roads and sandy beaches of Lake Huron. Begin in the shipping port of Owen Sound and cycle along the quiet country roads into the heart of the Bruce. Since this is a leisurely ride, you will have enough time to stop at many of the area’s impressive lookouts and enjoy the view. Hike to the Bruce Caves, visit Wiarton Willy and see the breathtaking beauty of Lion’s Head. Other highlights include a walk along the Bruce Trail to the unique cairns at Cypress Lake, and a search for shipwrecks in Fathom Five National Marine Park. The return legs cut through the centre of the peninsula and swing right to join the warmer waters of Lake Huron. After cycling through dense forest, wetlands and the port towns of Pikes Bay and Howdenvale, the highlight of the return trip will be the refreshing rushing waters at Sauble Falls. Surface: Asphalt and gravel country roads. Recommended Bicycles: Hybrid/Mountain/Touring.
Owen Sound, ON - Road Biking - Trail Length: 190
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There is quite a difference between cycling the eastern and western shores of Georgian Bay. In the Midland area, rock formations are more rugged and much more colourful, leaving you with the feeling that much of the land on this side of the lake is still untamed. The first leg begins in the city of Midland and follows the Georgian Bay shoreline. Highlights include the lock at Port Severn and seeing the Marine Railway in action at the Big Chute. The second leg follows an ideal cycling road back into the village of Waubaushene before returning to Severn Sound. Surface: Asphalt. Bicycle Types: Touring/Hybrid/Mountain.
Midland, ON - Road Biking - Trail Length: 74.4
Enjoy a ride on the London Bikeway, which originates in downtown London and makes its way along the Thames River to historic Hamilton Road. Dip your feet in the Dorchester Mill Pond at mid-day before following the road back into London, then join the northern portion of the recreational trail to cycle along residential streets, paved trails and single track before returning to Greenway Park. Surface: Recreational trail, asphalt roads and 200m of single track. Recommended Bicycles: Touring/Hybrid/Mountain.
London, ON - Road Biking - Trail Length: 34.1
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Find hidden treasures in the heart of industrial Ontario! To the towering heights of the Niagara Escarpment, which surrounds and protects the most impressive Dundas Valley, this area of the province offers cyclists a little bit of everything; awesome single track, reclaimed rail bed and wildly winding roads that descend into a developed, urban transportation system that has been designed to accommodate cyclists’ needs. Here, country meets city —and it works! Surface: Asphalt, hard-packed rail bed. Recommended Bicycles: Hybrid/Mountain/Touring
Dundas, ON - Road Biking - Trail Length: 24.8
Beginning in the Mennonite town of Elmira, this route includes such sights as a local buggy factory, St. Jacobs blacksmith’s forge and a ride through a 60m-long Mennonite buggy bridge. Surface: Asphalt and gravel, some single track. Recommended Bicycles: Hybrid/Mountain/Touring
Elmira, ON - Road Biking - Trail Length: 37.2
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This tour is ideal for a beginner’s first outing. It’s great for the first ride of the season and also makes an excellent “fall colours” tour. Cycling north from Guelph, the ride is an easy one, as only a few climbs are encountered on the way to the Elora gorge. The day will quickly slips away as you follow the trail along the gorge past the “Tooth of Time” and into downtown Elora. Enjoy Elora’s historic downtown and explore the dramatic gorge before riding out to the famous cool “Quarry” waters. Surface: Asphalt. Recommended Bicycles: Touring/Hybrid/Mountain
Elora, ON - Road Biking - Trail Length: 31
The Gatineau Hills are an Ottawa attraction that should not be missed. This is a challenging ride along roads and recreational trails that wind their way steadily upwards through the forest to an inspiring view of the Ottawa Valley. Surface: Asphalt, road and recreational Pathways. Recommended Bicycles: Touring/Hybrid/Mountain.
Ottawa, ON - Road Biking - Trail Length: 42.2
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Just a short ride east of Peterborough, in the Indian River Valley, are the interesting little hamlet of Warsaw and a unique geological formation. A day in the area will pass quickly when hiking 13km of trail and exploring the dark nooks and crannies of the Warsaw Caves. The highlight of the outing is cycling along the shores of the Otonabee River and back into the city of Peterborough. Surface: Asphalt. Recommended Bicycles: Touring/Hybrid/Mountain.
Peterborough, ON - Road Biking - Trail Length: 40.3
Starting in Peterborough, follow a portion of the Trans Canada Trail onto the rural roads of Kawartha Lakes. The first leg of the journey zigzags through the Kawartha hills, visits the oldest lock on the Trent-Severn Waterway and concludes at Fenelon Falls, the “Jewel of the Kawarthas.” The second leg begins along a former CN rail line and leads into the lovely community of Lindsay. Here, it joins some exhilarating country roads, climbing to several spectacular views of the country-side before returning to the city of Peterborough. Surface: Asphalt, crushed-gravel rail trail, some jeep road. Recommended Bicycles: Hybrid/Mountain/Touring.
Peterborough, ON - Road Biking - Trail Length: 96.1
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Cycle back to the past along the Bay of Quinte and several historic routes, including Ontario ’s oldest road. Surface: Asphalt. Recommended Bicycles: Touring/Hybrid/Mountain.
Trenton, ON - Road Biking - Trail Length: 21.7
Beginning in Woodstock, this tour follows the historic Stage Road into Ontario’s tobacco country and completes the first leg in the rural community of Simcoe. Leg two joins the Lynn Valley Greenway and follows it into the fishing village of Port Dover. As the day progresses, the back roads and villages visited along the shores of Lake Erie will be an adventure you’ll never forget. The final leg starts off in the marshes of the Long Point Spit and heads north towards Tillsonburg. The highlight of the ride will be cycling on a long-forgotten rail bed into the village of Spring ford. Surface: Asphalt, hard-packed gravel, crushed-gravel rail bed. Recommended Bicycles: Hybrid/Mountain/Touring.
Woodstock, ON - Road Biking - Trail Length: 130.2
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Inspiring and challenging is perhaps the best way to describe this outing into the heart of the Muskokas. Beautiful inland lakes, dense forest and continuous rolling hills coalesce, making this a cycling adventure to remember. Surface: Asphalt. Recommended Bicycles: Touring/Hybrid/Mountain.
Huntsville, ON - Road Biking - Trail Length: 74.4
The locals say that the soil is deep and rich in Prince Edward County, and this certainly holds true in more ways than one. Starting in Picton, our route travels along the peaceful back roads of Prince Edward County, following the shores of Prince Edward Bay to a friendly welcome from the folks at the Rose House Museum. As the road rounds Pleasant Point, take a few moments to appreciate the beauty of Prinyer’s Cove before ascending to Lake on the Mountain and a stunning view of the Picton Bay area. Surface: asphalt. Recommend Bicycles: Touring/Hybrid/Mountain.
Picton, ON - Road Biking - Trail Length: 37.2
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No matter where you ride in Prince Edward County, your excursion is bound to be satisfying. Starting in the hamlet of Milford, you quickly leave its many enticing boutiques behind and ride past the Mariners’ Memorial Museum. The highlight of this trip, which ends at the Point Traverse Lighthouse, is a stop at Little Bluffs Lookout. Here you will be rewarded with an inspiring view of Prince Edward Bay and the hamlet of Waupoos. Local Highlights include: Macaulay Heritage Park, Mariners’ Park Museum, Prince Edward County Courthouse, Rose House Museum & North Marysburgh Museum, Sandbanks Provincial Park, Lake on the Mountain, Exotarium, Regent Theatre, Black River Cheese Company,Hicks General Store, Scott’s Mills Conservation Area, bird-watching at Pt. Traverse, Quinte Educational Museum artifacts and maps of Prince Edward County that date back to the early 1800s. Surface: Asphalt, several kilometres of loose gravel. Recommended Bicycles: Mountain/Hybrid.
Milford, ON - Road Biking - Trail Length: 24.7
Cycling around the streets of Kingston is one of the more enjoyable experiences you can have in this province. It is a great way to become acquainted with its past, its culture and the excitement of its daily hustle and bustle. Surface: Asphalt. Recommended Bicycles: Touring/Hybrid/Mountain.
Kingston, ON - Road Biking - Trail Length: 24.8
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Pelee Island glistens like an emerald amid the blue waters of Lake Erie. Upon disembarking at the west dock, you immediately get the feeling that time has stood still on this resort island. Much of the island’s history is intact, waiting to be discovered as you begin to explore every nook and cranny. The romance of the wine industry wafts through the air, beckoning you to sample its wares. And you can enjoy all this simply by taking a bicycle ride. Surface: Asphalt and some gravel. Recommended Bicycles: Touring/Hybrid/Mountain.
Leamington, ON - Road Biking - Trail Length: 33.5
When you look at an Ontario road map, Manitoulin Island looks pretty small, but don’t be fooled. Even if you spend several days cycling on this island, you would be hard pressed to see everything. Starting at Lake Mindemoya, this trip takes you clockwise around the lake to the eastern shore of Lake Kagawong. After passing the Bridal Veil Falls and historic Kagawong, it continues along one of the island’s main logging roads, and through the West Bay First Nation reserve, now known as "M'chigeeng" to the impressive Cup and Saucer lookout. The loop is completed by cycling along the western shores of Lake Manitou.
Manitoulin, ON - Road Biking - Trail Length: 55.8
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