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Featured Cycling in Ontario
Windsor Essex Pelee Island
Essex County sits on the edge of the Great Lakes in the southern-most region of Canada. Its warm summer temperatures and mostly flat farmland make it an attractive destination for cyclists.
Surrounded on three sides by water, the warm humid weather is perfect for growing grapes and Essex County has become one of the premier wine regions in Canada. Pelee Island is a popular tourist destination and its quiet back-country roads and excellent sightseeing are perfect for the recreational cyclist. Windsor was recognised in 2011 as a 'Bicycle Friendly Community'.
With its proximity to Detroit and the United States, the area has always been a busy transportation corridor. Many of the original rail lines have been abandoned and are slowly being turned into multi-use recreation trails. One of these is the scenic 48km Chrysler Canada Greenway. Also launched summer 2013, the new Lake Erie Waterfront Trail will enable cyclists to follow the shorelines of Lake St Clair, the Detroit River and Lake Erie, connecting to a 1400km cross-provincial trail.
Whether you are an avid road cyclist, recreational rail trail fan or adventurous mountain biker, Simcoe County has a large variety of cycling routes and activities to fill first time visits and countless return trips. Centrally located, once you are in Simcoe County many quiet roadways connect smaller communities and larger centers. Simcoe County has a myriad of trails throughout the county, from abandoned rail lines to waterfront meanders, through many provincial parks and conservation areas. Connecting from one trail or road to another is not hard to do, making longer cross county tours from the beaches of Georgian Bay to the shores of Lake Simcoe an attractive possibility. Regardless of route there are plenty of opportunities to learn more about the rich agricultural and cultural heritage of the area, while enjoying the charm and comforts available throughout the County. Mountain bikers will not be disappointed, as there are number of well known and well maintained private trail facilities that host regular events and competitions, plus activities and clinics for beginners.
Grey County offers cyclists a chance to experience spectacular views and scenery combined with a variety of communities, small towns, and unique businesses well acquainted with welcoming visitors of all types, including those on bike. Enjoy a peaceful ride through flat waterfront trails along Georgian Bay or challenge your legs with off-road trails or steep roads up the Niagara Escarpment. For a jaunt through the past, follow the Tom Thomson trail or the Underground Railroad route. With numerous trails, road routes, and mountain biking in the area as well as in neighbouring Bruce and Simcoe Counties, Grey County is a cycling hub.