If you're a serious or occasional cyclist, we invite you to visit Ontario this spring and summer for the cycling trip of a lifetime. Ontario has thousands of kilometers of winding, scenic roads perfect for cross-country or day trips.
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Here are some links to general information about cycling in Ontario:
- The Ontario Cycling Association - the provincial governing body for the sport of Bicycle Racing.
- Bicycle helmets are mandatory by law for youths in Ontario.
- Government information on riding power-assisted bicycles in Ontario ("e-bikes").
- Guide to bicycle safety in Ontario - provided by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.
- Trails.com section on Ontario Road Cycling.
- Visit Bike Train Ontario for information about the new sustainable transportation and tourism initiative introducing bike racks onboard select passenger rail trains to destinations across Ontario.
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Southwestern Ontario is surrounded by the Great Lakes. Whether you're choosing a shore line route or heading inland (perhaps along the Niagara Escarpment or following the Grand River), you'll never feel lost in the rolling hills and farms that envelop some of Canada's biggest and busiest cities! Some of the best cycling to be found in this region is along the "Rail Trails", where former railroads have been turned into shared use paths!
The Central Ontario Loop Trail is a great way to see terrific landscapes like the Kawarthas, the Land O' Lakes, and the Trent-Severn Waterway!
More great cycling awaits you in Algonquin Park, Peterborough, and Belleville!
Eastern Ontario cycling can take you through many different landscapes: the historic paths along the St. Lawrence, the woods of Lanark and Renfrew counties, the swooping hills of the Frontenac Arch, the quiet country lanes along the Rideau Corridor, and the flat farming land of Stormont and Prescott counties.
For a secluded country setting that's still close to big-city conveniences, take a ride on the Prescott-Russell Recreational Trail. This trail covers 72 kilometers of "country clean air and a peaceful environment". For more trails all over Eastern Ontario, you can find a list of dozens of cycling and hiking trails at the Ontario Trails Council website.
The cycling season may be shorter in Northern Ontario, but the wilderness is all that much more wild. Popular cycle routes can be found along the Lake Superior Shoreline and there's some great mountain biking on the abandoned logging roads in the Manitouwadge area.
Ottawa is one of the best cities in Canada for in-season bicycling! The city is dotted with major path networks designed for cyclists and pedestrians. Visit the
Citizens for Safe Cycling website for more information about Ottawa bicycling adventures.
Some of Ontario's richest agricultural land makes for some sweet summer trips! Breeze past grapevines and peach orchards, on your way to see the Falls or take in a show at the Shaw Festival.
So head on out this summer and take it all in - the open road awaits!