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Ontario By Bike Ride - August 2017

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1000 Islands St. Lawrence River Ride

When: Saturday, August 5 to Monday, August 7 - 2017

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Total Distance: 158km

The Ride: Join us to cycle one of the most spectacular routes in Ontario discovering the 1000 Islands and St Lawrence River on a three day, long weekend tour. Starting from Gananoque and ending in Cornwall, following the Waterfront Trail east, this ride is on a mix of trails and roads. Plan to slow down the pace to take in the scenery and make the most of waterfront rest stops and villages. Enjoy a night in Brockville before pedalling on to Morrisburg for the second night, and the last day of riding taking in an array of natural and heritage attractions in what was once called Upper Canada. This small group tour includes hotel accommodations, some meals, support van and as this ride follows a linear route, return transportation for you and your bike. We make it easy - Just bring your bike and ride.  

Experience Level and Ride Guide: Moderate. Riders on this tour need to have some experience riding on roads with vehicle traffic as the route is approximately half on roads and half on trails or park roads. The route does follow a signed bike route, the Waterfront Trail, but not all segments have bike lanes or paved shoulders to ride in. Some of the road route is on very quiet country roads, other segments are busier. Off-road trails do incorporate some segments of unpaved surfaces, which are hard packed so easy to ride. The majority of ride is on paved surfaces, and combined with limited elevation changes, the flat terrain makes this ride suitable for hybrid bikes, mountain bikes and road bikes. Enjoy a group ride option or ride at your own pace using detailed maps and information provided.  

View Route: Ride With GPS  

Price: $349 per person, plus HST (Based on double occupancy, single supplement, triple/quad and youth discounts available)

What's Included: 2 nights accommodation, 3 lunches, 2 breakfasts, snack and water stops, group social, parking, van support, luggage transfer, booking fee, group ride option and/or detailed maps for independent riding, bike transfer by truck back to start, bus shuttle back to start. 

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Booking: All sales and tour bookings were coordinated by our booking partner, OK Cycle & Adventure Tours. who offer a range of tours world-wide. (TICO licensed Travel Agent - Ontario Registration Number - 50014838)

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Day 1:
Saturday, August 5 – Ganonoque to Brockville - 55km

A short ride out of Gananoque will connect riders to the 37km off-road and paved 1000 Island Parkway Recreational Bike Path. Pedaling into the heart of the 1000 Islands, this first day features a stunning, world-class cycling experience on the trail running adjacent to the glistening waters of the St. Lawrence River. Slow down for panoramic lookouts and island views, beach picnic areas and a visit to the riverside village of Rockport. The final 10km brings cyclists off the paved path and on to Old Hwy 2 into Brockville and end of the ride day. Choose to cool down with a post-ride dip in the river at St. Lawrence Park, just west of downtown Brockville or head into town, finding a patio to enjoy the evening in the bicycle friendly downtown area. Visit the newly opened historic railway tunnel, Aquatarium and shops in town before catching up with other riders at an evening group get-together. Overnight at trailside Super 8 in Brockville. 

Included: Parking, van support, luggage transfer, group ride option, snack and water stops, lunch, group social, overnight accommodation at Super 8 in Brockville. 

Start Time: 9:30am from Gananoque 
Consider overnight accommodation options in Gananoque for the night before rides starts. View list of certified bicycle friendly options HERE. 

Day 2:
Sunday, August 6– Brockville to Morrisburg - 55km

Set out from accommodations conveniently located alongside the Waterfront Trail, following this signed route east out of town. Riding on paved roadway, with many kilometres of paved shoulders, the route on day 2 is through quiet rural countryside, with pretty pastoral farmlands alongside the St. Lawrence River. Stop in small towns, slow down for historical plaques and local museums, as this area is rich in heritage. After a picnic lunch enroute, pedal onwards to Morrisburg and accommodations for the night at bicycle friendly McIntosh Country Inn, just east of town. For the speedier riders arriving early, consider catching the only show of the day, a 2pm matinee at the Upper Canada Playhouse. Enjoy the evening, dinning at hotel or in town.  

Included: Breakfast, van support, luggage transfer, snack and water stops, lunch, overnight accommodation at McIntosh Country Inn in Morrisburg. 

Day 3:
Monday, August 7 (Civic Holiday) – Morrisburg to Cornwall - 48km

With so much to see and do on that last day, consider an early start to explore more. At Crysler Farm Battlefield Park, learn more about this site and its significance in the War of 1812. Nearby stop in at Upper Canada Village to see a picture perfect 19th century village. Follow the unpaved easy to ride trail eastward into the quiets of the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary, stopping at the interpretative centre. Continuing east, a highlight of the weekend is the Long Sault Parkway, a park road that joins 11 picturesque islands afloat in the St. Lawrence. Make a last stop in the fascinating Lost Villages Museum, to learn more the flood area, before rolling into Cornwall following trails alongside hydro canals. Stow your bike on the truck and load onto the bus for a return ride back to Gananoque and end of the weekend.

Included: Breakfast, van support, luggage transfer, group ride option, snack and water stops, lunch, shuttle return for bike, luggage and riders back to parking in Gananoque. 

End Time: 4:00pm downtown Cornwall pick-up. 5:30pm approximate return to Gananoque. 

Additional Visitor Information:

Use below to find out more about ride areas and plan an extra day or two to see more.

Getting To/From Start:
Gananoque is located in south eastern Ontario. Factor in the following approximate drive times to get to the start: Toronto 3 hours; Ottawa 1.5 hours; Montreal 2.5 hours.
Transportation Options also include VIA Rail to Kingston, bagging bikes on trains with baggage service, and riding from Kingston to Gananoque start a day ahead of time.
Closest U.S. border bridge crossing is in Ivy Lea, just 18km east of Gananoque. 
Return transportation for riders and bikes from Cornwall at end of ride, back to Gananoque, is included. 

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For More Information Contact: 
OK Cycle & Adventure Tours
Ontario By Bike's tour booking partner and TICO licensed agent
Phone: (613) 702-5350 Toll Free 1-888-621-6818
Email: manny (at) okcycletours.com
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Phone: 416-827-2772 / 1-866-701-2774
Email: info (at) ontariobybike.ca

Photo Credits: Alan Medcalf, St. Lawrence Parks Commission 

Also See Ontario By Bike Rides for June & September 2017 

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