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Published on June 25th, 2014 | by Natalie Finnemore

Here are Some of Ontario’s Most Popular Cycling Regions

The concept of “drive and ride vacations” is growing in popularity. CAA is finding that more Members want to drive to a location, and also cycle through the area to enjoy the scenery, get to know the community and take advantage of the health benefits of biking.

“Ontario has so much to offer cyclists,” said Deborah Vahabi, Road Trips Department Supervisor, CAA South Central Ontario. “Cyclists are just beginning to understand how exciting drive and ride vacation can be.”

If you’re interested in planning a drive and ride vacation, and are looking for some inspiration, here are some of the most popular cycling regions in Ontario:

Niagara Region

  • Niagara Region has an extensive network of bike paths between Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. There are also lots of attractions and parklands throughout the region.

Southeastern Ontario

  • Durham Region has extensive off-road bicycle trails and scenic waterfront trails.
  • Northumberland County is made up of mostly paved country roads, rolling hills with peaceful views of Lake Ontario and Rice Lake.
  • Prince Edward County has picturesque countryside, sandy beaches, quaint towns and wineries. Plus, you can have the opportunity to enjoy Sandbanks Provincial Park, the Arts Trail and the Taste Trail.
  • Frontenac County is made up of breathtaking vistas, forest, rock formations and historic canals. This location is also home to the UNESCO recognized Frontenac Arch Biosphere.

Southwestern Ontario

  • Windsor Essex and Pelee Island are areas with flat terrain, wineries and historic attractions. Visit Point Pelee National Park in this region.
  • Manitoulin Island is the home of quiet roads, scenic vistas, lakes and First Nations communities.
  • Grey County offers up some easy riding with flat waterfront trails along Georgian Bay, plus some more challenging steep roads up the Niagara Escarpment. The Centurion Cycling event takes place in Collingwood every year bringing up to 3,000 cyclists to the town.

Some other popular trails in Ontario are the Waterfront Trail, and new in 2015, look forward to cycling trail information on the newly-developed Greenbelt Route.

TripTik® route planners are a complimentary service that CAA offers to its Members that can help you plan out your drive to your cycling trail.

Also, be sure to download the free CAA Ontario Bike Assist App. The app can help you get your bike ready with informative bike maintenance video tutorials, and enable you to view and share your routes with friends. CAA Members have exclusive access to popular cycling routes and more!

If you’re concerned about having a bike breakdown, not to worry, CAA Bike Assist for Members is only a phone call away to help repair your bike and get you back on the road. One-touch access to CAA Bike Assist is also available to Members on the CAA Ontario Bike Assist App.

 

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