Ontario By Bike E-News: August
Conquering Ontario's Blue Coast

From the shores of Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River to Lake Huron, spectacular waterfront riding awaits. Ride for the day or choose from overnight touring routes that follow portions of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and the Underground Railroad Bicycle Route. Lambton County is ideal for both recreational cyclists looking for leisure riding and the more adventurous cyclists with experience riding longer distances. 

Check out our latest blog post that showcases southwestern Ontario's Blue Coast with over 200km of waterfront, 2 suggested cycling itineraries, 2 internationally renowned  Blue Flag beaches  as well as awe-inspiring natural scenery,  impressive local art , and sumptuous  local food and drink

Explore More of the Kawarthas

What a weekend! With the summer in full swing, Ontario By Bike set off on our 2nd small group bike tour of 2018. Over 40 riders signed up for this tour and cycled 100km over 2 days along the Uxbridge Kawarthas Rail Trail. This route is perfect for both recreational and experienced cyclists and is available on our website as a self-guided itinerary and in digital format on the RidewithGPS Ambassador program

We were thrilled to also host Janice, founder of SoloTravelerWorld.com, on this tour and she has put together a fantastic article about her experience and offers a unique perspective of riding on one of our tours as a solo traveler. 

If trails are not your thing, Peterborough & the Kawarthas is a renowned road cycling destination with three looped routes all starting and ending in Millennium Park in downtown Peterborough. Download a PDF version or request a print copy of the Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism Cycling & Trails Map.

Find cycling resources like maps, itineraries and links to over 100 certified bicycle friendly businesses for the greater Kawarthas Northumberland region at  www.OntarioByBike.ca/Kawarthas-Northumberland
Bike Touring & Tents:
Exploring Ontario's Historic Waterways

For cyclists that enjoy camping, there are now new camping options along the Trent Severn Waterway and Rideau Canal in eastern Ontario. 

Parks Canada has opened up sites for campers at many of the lock stations that are situated along these two national historic and incredibly scenic waterways. Pitch a tent and make use of the facilities, ride from one lock to another, or set up a base camp at a lock of your choice. Camping fees are under $5 per person per night and space is allocated on a first come first serve basis. Larger cycling groups can make special arrangements and advance bookings. Some locks also have oTENTiks options, a comfy cross between tent and cabin.

Click to find out more about camping along the Trent Severn Waterway and the Rideau Canal.  

Credit: Parks Canada

Have a say! What's your Favourite?
There are few occasions in life that are more rewarding than a post-ride treat! 

For some it's a scoop (or 2) of ice cream, for others its a cool drink or a baked good. 

Take this survey and let us know your favourite post-ride indulgence?
Get Your Fall Ride On In Halton Region
With September looming, there are some big ride events and colourful ride destinations that are a must. Put Halton Region in your September cycling calendar and start making plans to get your bike to this area just west of Toronto, from the lakefront in Burlington and Oakville north to the Escarpment and Halton Hills.
September 9 is the date for the annual GTA Gran Fondo / Epic Tour, the largest of its kind in Canada. Tour the countryside around the Niagara Escarpment, riding out from Kelso Conservation Area on your choice from 6 routes ranging in distances of 50km to 170km. Don't miss the finish line festival, bike expo, beer and BBQ, and live music. Be sure to stop by the Ontario By Bike tent to say hello and pick up some new maps or ideas for your next ride.
As the fall colours settle in, choose to explore more of the area on one of the popular 8 on-road routes or if mountain biking is your preferred ride, head to one of Conservation Halton's trail destinations for a variety of challenges.
For cyclists, no visit to the area would be complete without a stop at the velodrome in Milton. Now renting road bikes for use out of the facility and on the road, base your ride from this world class facility, or stay indoors for some track time and training. You'll hear more about this from us as the date approaches, but put October 26 to 28 in your calendar, and don't miss the most exciting spectator cycling event in Ontario - the UCI Track Cycling World Cup.
For more information on cycling in Halton Region, cycling maps and routes, plus certified bicycle friendly businesses visit www.OntarioByBike.ca/Halton
Photo Contest! 
- Win a $50 Prize - 

Credit:Shirley Van Steen
When you are out riding with friends, family or on a club ride, take the time to snap a few photos featuring you, your riding buddies and your bikes as well as places you stop and enter our  2018 Photo Contest .  

We'll be collecting the submissions well into the fall, so be sure to send us a variety of your top shots. 

Submit your photo/s by  email before contest closes November 20, 2018 

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Ride Durham Trails

A stone's throw from Toronto, Durham Region has been developing outstanding mountain biking trails for years and in 2018  Durham Tourism released a series of videos to showcase just how fun they can be.
  • Dagmar North Trails - Features  Emily Batty, a two-time Olympian, Pan-Am Gold Medalist and National Champion in mountain biking, who shares why she keeps coming back to these trails!
  • Ganaraska Forest - Features John Connors, a local rider, who reveals why this 20,000- acre forest and the hundreds of kilometres of trails are his favourite in the world!
  • Durham Forest  - Features Tom Hanrahan, a local rider, who shares his passion for mountain biking and the community of riders in Durham Forest!
Interested in mountain biking in Durham Region? Learn more and support local trail development through the Durham Mountain Biking Association

For more trail info, as well as road routes and certified bicycle friendly businesses visit www.OntarioByBike.ca/Durham
2018 Cycling Events in Ontario

Join a cycling event in 2018 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 25
  Prince Edward County Gran Fondo
September 8
Dairy Capital Stampede
September 9  
 GTA Gran Fondo Epic Tour
September 9
September 15
September 15
September 16
Tour de Mississauga
September 16
Discover L&A Ride September 22
 Beau's Oktoberfest Bike Ride 
September 22
September 23
Greg`s Ride
September 23

Now updated for 2018, be sure to visit www.ontariobybike.ca/events for more complete listings and search 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!

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