My bike tour of Kingston starts at City Hall and over the course of a roughly 3 hour tour you will see many things of natural and cultural interest, including the Royal Military College and Queen’s campuses, parks and the lakeshore trail, harbours and prisons, British Empire landmarks, and historic buildings including Bellevue house. No one has ever had a problem with the 14-kilometre distance, as the route is pretty flat and the pace is leisurely, and I can promise you an enjoyable and memorable experience. The cost for a tour is $30 Canadian per person for groups of 2-3 people, $25 Canadian per person for groups of 4-8 people.
For those who are a bit more adventurous, I also offer a half-day tour to Kingston Mills, the first lock on the Rideau Canal and both a National Historic and UNESCO World Heritage site. A picnic lunch will be provided during our sojourn at the locks and on the way back we will stop by Barriefield Village, Fort Henry and the RMC campus. The cost for this tour and picnic is $50 Canadian per person for groups of 2-3 people, $40 Canadian per person for groups of 4-8 people.
I am a nationally certified CanBike safe cycling instructor and I have a lot of experience leading group tours. Cyclists wishing to take these tours are strongly advised to wear helmets and must obey the rules of the road.
My web site is complexityawareness.com, my e-mail is email@example.com and my cell number is 613 985 1788. Please contact me for more information or if you are ready to make an appointment to have me show your group around Kingston by bike.
If you'd like to take either of my tours but don't have bicycles, Andrew down at Ahoy Rentals would be happy to set you up with properly fitting bikes and helmets. Andrew charges $20 Canadian to rent a bike and helmet for the duration of one of my tours, or you can use a bike for a whole day for $25 Canadian. Please see ahoyrentals.com or call Andrew at 613 549 4277 for more information. Once sorted out by Andrew, you'll be ready to take a bike tour!
“Your bike tour was certainly a highlight of our stay in Kingston. Your personality and commentary really brought Kingston alive!! You live in a special part of this world, and your love for the area was contagious."
Jackie from Cologne, New Jersey
"I did very much enjoy the sights, the history and the introduction to architectural heritage. Mostly, Steve, I enjoyed your enthusiasm for good cycling within the city, and your natural, relaxed approach. It was fun being with you and capturing your spirit."
Lorraine from Kettleby, Ontario
Featured Cycling in Ontario
Explore the breathtaking scenery of the Haliburton Highlands through a network of on and off-road cycling routes. With over 600 lakes, numerous rivers, and the rolling hills of the Canadian Shield, there is ample topography and scenery to enjoy. Cyclists can also explore the area's flourishing artist studios and charming villages. Bordered at the north by Algonquin Park, the Highlands features extensive mountain biking trails and a network of quiet roads. Lucky bikers may catch a glimpse of the Highland Wheeler, a phantom cyclist who roams the roads of the Haliburton Highlands.
Take in the Beauty of Frontenac County
Enjoy cycling on a variety of trails or country roads as they meander past breathtaking vistas, pristine freshwater lakes, vast tracts of lush green forests and spectacular rock formations. Explore the Rideau lakes and historic canals, Land O' Lakes, picturesque villages and as many as 1000 Islands. Cycle the Arch, the UNESCO recognized Frontenac Arch Biosphere.
Parts of the Frontenac area also lie in The Great Waterway/South Eastern Ontario area. For more regional maps, cycling info and Ontario By Bike listings, also visit The Great Waterway page.
The city of Ottawa has a vibrant cycling culture and now boasts over 600 km of bike lanes and paved shoulders, recreational and multi-use paths, as well as over 10,000 bike parking spaces and over 2,100 ring and post racks. In 2010, a pilot project was conducted to develop segregated bike lanes along Laurier Avenue in downtown Ottawa, the first of its kind in Ontario and is now a permanent feature of the city's streetscape.
While visiting Ottawa, cyclists shouldn't miss the opportunity to explore the Capital Pathway Network, which includes more than 300 km of multi-use, off-road paths connecting world-class museums, art galleries, and other attractions. The Capital Pathway Network is also known for its two showcase pathway systems; the Ottawa River Pathway, as well as the Rideau Canal Western and Eastern Pathways, which hug the Rideau River and the Rideau Canal, Ontario's only UNESCO World Heritage Site. From Victoria Day weekend to Labour Day weekend, cyclists can enjoy Sunday Bikedays, where over 50 kilometres of parkways in Ottawa and Gatineau Park are reserved for cyclists, in-line skaters, runners and walkers.
Truly a bicycle-friendly destination, in 2013, Ottawa was the first city in the province of Ontario to receive the gold-level "Bicycle Friendly Community Award" presented by Share the Road Cycling Coalition. There is no better time to visit the nation's capital by bike!