Last week we discussed our top five Ontario hiking adventures for 2021. This week we’re going to share where we’ll be cycling when the snow thaws.
Get Out’s top five Ontario cycling adventures for 2021!
Leisurely Rail Trails - The decline of the railroad has yielded a goldmine for recreational cyclists in Ontario as old railroads have been converted into public recreation trails. These trails are long, quiet, relatively flat and well shaded. Rail trails are the perfect option for a leisurely ride to escape the city and get out with ease. Learn more about rail trails here and find a map of Ontario’s rail trails here. Check out Get Out’s Kawartha Lakes and Trails trip for a great way to discover the Victoria Rail Trail as part of a multi-sport weekend escape.
Ottawa Valley - While the Ottawa Valley is best known for its fast-moving rivers and the exciting and accessible whitewater paddling opportunities they provide, the valley’s rolling hills also offer epic road biking opportunities. With steep climbs, beautiful farmland, and charming towns the Ottawa Valley is a perfect destination to spend a few days exploring by bike.
Woolwich County - Cycling through Woolwich county is a beautiful exploration of rolling farmland, gentle rivers, quaint villages and Ontario’s oldest and most active Old Order Mennonite community. Passing by fresh farm stands, fantastic fly fishing spots and the occasional horse and buggy, a weekend in Woolwich County is a convenient and refreshing escape from the bustle of the city.
Turkey Point Mountain Biking - Ontario’s rugged forests provide endless opportunities for single-track riding, from tame entry-level trails to technical, feature-strewn riding. Turkey Point, just under 2 hours from Toronto on the shores of Lake Erie, is a perfect destination for beginner and intermediate riders. The trail system around Turkey Point Provincial Park offers over 65km of well-marked single-track riding with a wide variety of difficulty levels. Want to learn the basics or hone your skills before heading out on your own? Book a day of private mountain bike instruction before hitting the trails!
Beaver Valley Road & Gravel - Just south of Collingwood and the Blue Mountains is a less travelled and magnificent region known as the Beaver Valley. With well paved quiet side roads intersected by even quieter gravel paths the Beaver Valley has some of the best mixed (road & gravel) riding in southern Ontario. Add in some fly fishing in the Beaver River, and hiking or rock climbing on the Niagara Escarpment and you’ve got yourself a perfect fall weekend! (Get Out’s Beaver Valley trip is coming soon! Subscribe to our newsletter below to keep up to date!)
Contact us to discover more local cycling adventures and stay tuned for next week’s post, Ontario’s top five Ontario paddling adventures!