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Woolwich County Cycling Trip

Distance from Toronto

70 min
About this Trip

Just north of Kitchener-Waterloo is a beautiful, pastoral region of rolling farmland, gentle rivers, and Ontario's oldest and most active Old Order Mennonite community. We'll spend our first two days exploring this region by bike, occasionally sharing the roads with traditional horse and buggy transportation. We’ll enjoy delicious food from local bakeries and Ontario's most famous farmer's market and learn about the Mennonite communities that call this region home. Choose to stay a third day and catch your own meal fly-fishing in the Grand River!

 
 
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Highlights

+ Beautiful farmland cycling
+ Charming and historic towns
+ Exploring Saint Jacobs & Saint Jacobs Farmers Market
+ Discovering Ontario's Old Order Mennonite community
+ Fly fishing on the Grand River

Image by Bernard Hermant
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Sample Itinerary

The trip begins in the evening before our first day of riding, you'll check into your lodge in the late afternoon where your guide will meet you for a drink and to chat about what to expect over the next few days.

Day 1 - After a hearty breakfast, we'll grab our bikes and head out for our first day of riding. Passing by peaceful pastoral scenery and picturesque streams, we'll make our way to a local farm where we'll go for a walk along the Conestogo River, search for Osprey nests and enjoy a relaxed lunch before a quick stretching session and heading back out for the second half of our ride. We'll wind up in the late afternoon and explore the town of Fergus where we'll enjoy a well-earned pizza dinner.

Day 2 - We'll start off this morning by riding through Elora, past the spectacular Elora Gorge and towards the historic Saint Jacobs farmer's market. At the market we'll hop off our bikes and stretch our legs (and stomachs) on a delicious food tour of the legendary market. Filled with food and energy, we'll get back on our bikes and begin exploring the local towns and communities on two wheels, stopping to check out handmade furniture stops, and, of course, local bakeries and cafes. We'll wrap up the day with a stroll along the Grand River and the Elora Gorge, saying goodbye to our bikes and getting excited for tomorrow's river adventure.

Day 3 (Optional) - After two days of cycling, we'll sleep in a little bit today and get in a nice stretch and breakfast before heading out for our fly fishing experience. We'll head to Wilson Flats, one of the province's best fly fishing spots and just minutes from our lodge, where our instructor will meet us with rods and reels. We'll practise the art of casting and spend a peaceful morning on the river, hopefully with some bites and maybe even a catch or two. We'll wrap up the trip with a picnic by the river, a celebratory toast and hopefully a freshly fried fish!

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Dates Available

July 30 - Aug 2
August: 6 - 9, 20 - 23, 26 - 29, 31 - Sep 3,
September: 3 - 6, 10 - 12, 24 - 26

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Trip Length

Choose between:
2 Days & 2 Nights
3 Days & 3 Nights

Accommodations

Puddicombe House - This historic house in the town of New Hamburg was built in the mid 19th century to serve as the home of Samuel Merner, a prominent local businessman and politician. Recently renovated and restored, this luxurious, quiet inn includes a full service restaurant and spa on site.

Inner Joy Getaways - This property provides a unique, one of a kind, experience on the shores of the Grand River. The property includes four luxurious suites, spectacularly repurposed from traditional shipping containers, each full with a living area, bedroom and private jacuzzi.

Breadalbane Inn - Built in the mid 19th century by George D. Ferguson, from the founding family of Fergus, this historic residence was converted to an inn in 1975 and is a member of the prestigious group of Ontario’s Finest Inns.

 
What's Included  |  What to Bring
Whats Included

+ Accommodations
+ All meals except for dinner upon arrival and departure
+ Private guide for all excursions
+ Tailored cycling routes
+ Cost of all programs, sites and tours
+ Fly fishing equipment
+ **Bike rental available upon request for additional cost

What to Bring

+ A packing list will be provided upon booking.

Price

Prices vary depending on group size and length stay.
For a group of 6 prices start at:
2 Days - $875/person
3 Days - $1,275/person

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Additional Information

Safety Information

All guides leading the Woolwich County Cycling Trip are experienced cycling guides with appropriate first-aid training and certification.

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