Ontario By Bike E-News: June
Cycling Adventures in Canada's Deep South

Credit: Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island

Our recent blog post showcases h and crafted, ride-ready routes and cycling itineraries in Canada's Deep South for  cyclists of all types and abilities.  As a peninsula, Essex County, including the city of Windsor,  offers wonderful waterfront cycling with scenic rides taking you through beautiful parks, stunning city landscapes and idyllic coastal vineyards.

Over 400km of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, including a 30km road loop on Pelee Island, plenty of local and regional cycling events, a 3-day self-guided touring itinerary, rail trails through wine country, the Windsor Arts Bike Route and a burgeoning food and drink scene served by bike are among some of the reasons you'll head there this year!

2018 Ontario By Bike Rides
- Essex Windsor Loop Feature - 

Looking for Labour Day long weekend plans and want an easy way to experience all that 'Canada's Deep South' has to offer?  We'll be riding there September 1-3, enjoying a 3-day 186km bike tour in Windsor Essex and we  think you should join us! 

Credit: Bike Train / Goh Iromoto

The route is a mix of road and trails and maximizes opportunities for exploring nature, wineries and beaches, visiting Point Pelee National Park, and experiencing the eclectic culinary scene in Windsor. 

Sign up for the Essex Windsor Loop, an Ontario By Bike Ride and small group, supported tour September 1st to 3rd. Just $349/person* plus HST

Price includes: 2 overnight hotel accommodations in Windsor and in Leamington , 3 lunches, 2 breakfasts, parking, van support, luggage transfer, Point Pelee National Park admission, snack and water stops, group ride option, detailed maps and an evening social !

Booking administered by  our TICO licensed partner  OK Cycle Tours
w ho offer a wide range of cycling tours in Ontario and world-wide! 
TICO Ontario Registration No: 50022848  
*Based on double occupany.
Bicycle Friendly Campgrounds
New Criteria - New Icon

While roofed accommodations have all the comforts of home, when bike touring we know that camping is popular with cyclists. In a recent survey we found that:
  • Photo: Laura  McDonald / Alternatives Journal
    81% visited a campground with their bike 2 or more times over the past 2 years
  • 94% had a strong interest in visiting campgrounds with bicycles in the future
  • 72% classified themselves as 'self-supported' cyclists
  • While 77% responded that all, if not most, of their needs were met when visiting campgrounds, we did receive a range of comments and suggestions for some improvements
The primary purpose of the survey was to assess the criteria for our bicycle friendly campground certification. Based on the results, we have updated the criteria and also added a new campground icon, separating those listings  from the larger accommodation category, which is now intended for roofed accommodations only.

Thank you to all who completed the survey when open fall 2017. We have since shared the information with a number of interested partners including Ontario Provincial Parks and Parks Canada.
To view the listings of bicycle friendly campgrounds and to see the updated campground criteria, click here . If you would like to see the full report on Bicycle Friendly Campgrounds, download a copy from Transportation Options website .
New Great Lakes Waterfront Trail Website

The Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and signature cycling route in Ontario continues to grow and is now over 2,100km long. Chances are you are already familiar with and have ridden parts of this signed route that touches 140 communities and skirts 3 Great Lakes.

To better help you navigate the trail, a new website has recently been launched with a number of useful features that can help you plan a day trip, overnight tour or end-to-end adventure.
  • Highly detailed and free to download maps
  • Interactive online trail map
  • Suggested ride itineraries
  • Community information
Make use of these features and start planning your ride today on the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail. www.WaterfrontTrail.org
Ontario's Highland Signature Itineraries

Many equate an Ontario summer with escaping urban living and heading 'up north' to get back to nature and experience all the wonders that our province has to offer. Whether it's for a weekend or longer, the following are 2-day ride itineraries that showcase some of the best road riding in the north east and are ideal for cycling club weekend tours, training rides or an easy weekend away with cycling friends. 

Download the weekend-long road cycling itineraries for:


Feature Itinerary: Madawaska & Ottawa Valley

Slip into Valley time and get your ride on setting up base for two days with rides out of Barry's Bay and through some of the most stunningly beautiful scenery in Ontario.
  • Day 1 - Conquer the hills on a 113km route and get to know the area intimately on this paved route that has challenging climbs paired with descents in and out of quiet hamlets all surrounded by forested wilderness. 
  • Day 2 - Ride a 66km loop taking in breathtaking highland lake views, a stop (and swim) in old log chute and carb reload with Polish-inspired cuisine at the truly unique and unexpected Wilno Tavern. 

Enjoy the comforts and charm of Barry's Bay staying at the certified bicycle friendly accommodation Pinewood Inn, a great spot to touch down with any sized group or ride party.

Click HERE to download this 2 day ride itinerary, best suited for experienced road cyclists.

Photo: Madawaska Kanu Centre
Rolling in Northumberland

While distance and difficulty certainly play a key factor in which routes we conquer, sometimes decisions are made easier by the types of things we're able to do and see on a route. 

The 63km, signed cycling route called Trent River Truckin' takes cyclists through an area that is quintessential Northumberland County; rolling hills, rich agricultural land and surprises around every turn. Discover the lock system along the historic  Trent Severn Waterway, ride the  trails in  Ferris Provincial Park, pick up some delights at a chocolate factory or get a taste of place at Campbellfords' farmers' market and a craft brewery along the route. 

Guest Blog with 
Ontario By Bike

We know you are out there riding some of the amazing routes and signature trails in Ontario. We want to hear about it and so do others. 

Whether you are out for the day or the week; ripping single track, cruising trails or grinding gravel, s end us an email   to find out more about how you can share your ride experience and inspire others to get more people exploring Ontario by bike. 
Take Your Best Shot
- Photo Contest -

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

We'll be collecting the submissions 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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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.

Don't forget that June is Bike Month in Ontario, where most communities have a day, week-long, or even month-long schedule of events celebrating cycling. Check local event listings to find out more.
June 21  
Bike The Creek
June 23
Tour de Guelph
June 24
  MS Bike - PEC
July 8th
July 13-15
Friends for Life Bike Rally
July 29 or July 29-Aug 3
Aug 12
Northern Pass
Aug 12
Ride for Karen
Aug 12 
Gran Fondo
Lake Huron

Aug 19 
Ride the Vine
Aug 17-19
Dunnville Grand Tour
Aug 18-19 

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!

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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