This is by no means an exhaustive list and really is in no particular order. It's more of a 'tip of the iceberg' list meant to inspire and get you out on your bike more. We haven't included the hundreds of local and regional cycling routes featured on regional and muncipal printed cycling maps and digitial resources. We couldn't even come close to revealing the countless kilometres of trails that criss-cross urban and rural landscapes. Nope, we didn't touch nearly any of the hundred or so cycling events or self-guided or guided bike tours that can be found from Pelee Island to Pembroke to Picton, from Niagara to Collingwood to North Bay.
Take a look through, bookmark the page and circle one or two (dozen) experiences you'd like to do in 2017. Share it with friends and family, as there are cycling experiences here suitable for recreational or experienced riders. Whether you like road, trail or you're a mountain biker, we think there is something here for you.
1. Head to Ottawa to be part of Canada's 150th birthday celebratations and explore over 600 km of off-road bike paths in the Capital Region, including a 31km paved path along the Ottawa River and past many of the city's major attractions! If you're looking for a helping hand and an inside scoop, book a custom tour of the Nation's Capital with either Ottawa Cycle Tours or Escape Bicycle Tours both fantastic tour operators that make exploring Ottawa and area easy, fun and convenient.
Alexandria Bridge - Credit: Ottawa Tourism
2. Stretching 2,000 km along the Canadian shores of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair, Lake Huron and the Niagara, Detroit and St. Lawrence Rivers, the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail connects 86 communities and over 405 parks and natural areas including wetlands, forests and beaches. Ride the entire trail or choose sections to tackle in 2017!
3. Explore the protected landscape of Ontario's Greenbelt in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area by riding the entire 475 km signed Greenbelt Route from Niagara to Northumberland.
4. A perfect weekend of cycling means riding the off-road, paved bike path along the 1000 Islands Parkway between Gananoque and Brockville (100 km return) along the St. Lawerence River and within the Thousand Islands National Park.
5. Follow portions of the 202 km long Rideau Canal and UNESCO World Heritage Site, with bicycle touring on and around the canal system using the Rideau Heritage Route.
6. Traverse Toronto's waterfront following the Martin Goodman / Waterfront Trail in Toronto a 56 km stretch of off-road paved trail with easy access to attractions like beaches, downtown, the Distillery District, Queens Quay and Toronto Islands.
7. Conquer the "Classics" and 300 km of signed routes in Peterborough & the Kawarthas.
8. Use luggage transfer, secure bike storage and other bicycle friendly services provided by Cycle and Stay Niagara, while riding the 140 km, primarily off-road and paved Greater Niagara Circle Route.
9. The Georgian Trail is a must! This stone dust and well-maintained rail trail covers 32 km between Collingwood and Meaford. Enjoy stops at provincial parks, beaches of Georgian Bay and a number of certified bicycle friendly businesses along the way.
10. Enjoy a Pedal and Paddle Experience in Mennonite County on Grand-Experiences.com's Path Less Pedalled 2-day/2-night tour.
St. Jacobs - Credit: Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (2017)
11. Get Outdoors in Parry Sound with Mountain and Fat Biking at Georgian Nordic in Parry Sound.
12. Join a 2-Day Rail Trail Tour with Ontario By Bike in the Kawarthas, along the beautiful Kawarthas Trans Canada Trail from Uxbridge to Peterbough.
13. Skip the family BBQ and take this 135km, 2-day recreational Lake Erie River Ride along the Grand River in Haldimand County.
14. Touring riders can explore 141km on both the Quebec and Ontario sides of the Ottawa River by combining the Central and West Loops of Prescott-Russell's Cycl-O-Routes.
16. A perfect day out riding with family or friends is the Cambridge to Paris Rail Trail. Running south out of Cambridge, enjoy a 18km ride following the Grand River through beautiful Carolinian Forest. The trail is level with a stone dust surface. Food and washrooms are available in Glen Morris, Paris and Cambridge.
17. Cruise the coast of Lake Simcoe from Keswick to Sibbald Provincial Park along Lake Drive in York Region, also part of the 66km Simcoe Beaches loop, found on the York Region Cycling Tour Map.
18. Strike (black) gold along the 3-Day "Looping through Lambton" Itinerary, showcasing Ontario's oil history and waterfront riding along the St. Clair River and Lake Huron.
19. There’s a reason 40,000 riders converge on The Hydrocut trail network each year. Yet with 30km of fantastic trails and an active volunteer community, riders will never feel crowded and always find these fantastic trails in great shape.
20. BikePacking the C.O.L.T. – 450km of trails, grit and more! Read this fantastic blog post about how you too can check this off your bucketlist.