Mountain bikes. Road bikes. And leisure bikes with adorable baskets attached. No matter your style, cyclists everywhere can agree on one thing: There is nothing quite like a bike ride for recharging in the warm weather and feeling your passions come to life. Whether you’re looking for a little serenity in a beautiful setting, or an opportunity to challenge yourself in the back country, check out our list below to start planning a bike trip that will satisfy your craving for memorable outdoor adventure.
1. For Some Quiet Time – Find a Rural Trail
Clear your mind on a rural trail that will make you feel like you’re the only person in the world. “This past spring, I did a big ride from Tweed to Perth along the Trans Canada Trail and it was absolutely beautiful,” says Tim from Tweed. “In particular, I have never been to Sharbot Lake, and found it lovely. The trail is quite well maintained through this stretch, and I was surprised to only see one or two other people on my entire two day ride.”
2. For A Little Taste of Culture – Take a Town Tour on Wheels
Prefer learning a thing or two about a new place before you ride? Heritage Bikes in Perth is a community cycling hub that not only offers bike rentals, repairs, and tons of bike knowledge, but are eager to highlight the culture, history and hidden gems of the town. Rent a bike to explore Perth and beyond, grab a map while you’re in the shop, and be sure to ask for recommendations – they have local rides to suggest for any type of rider.
Look for opportunities to discover new places on wheels whenever you travel, like the Burnstown – Stewartville Trail in the Ottawa Valley, which will take you through scenic landscapes, cafes, artists’ studios and even a swimming beach on the Madawaska River.
To further explore the small town charm in the Ottawa Valley, contact their offices for a copy of their new Cycling Map, which features 16 new dynamic routes like the Whitewater Rush and the Renfrew Ramble.
3. For Reconnecting With Loved Ones – Pedal New Landscapes Together
Rally the family for a downhill or cross country mountain biking adventure at Sir Sam’s, where you can take in the scenic views of Eagle Lake while enjoying 23 kms of trails traversing open meadow, hardwood forest and ancient rock outcroppings to suit every age and skill level. Need to brush up on those skills? Sir Sam’s has options for learning to mountain bike, including kids beginner and advanced camps, so everyone can participate.
Little cyclists will also love the ‘time tunnel’, which will take them right to the top like a really cool elevator, and adults can connect during guided evening rides or special events in the summer. Bring your favourite people and make memories!
Families can also bond while riding back country trails through spectacular hardwood forests at the Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve, where the views are just as extreme as some of the terrain (think: picturesque water, logging roads and old hunting trails that really define ‘back country’).
4. For Hitting the Pavement – Find the Perfect Country Road
There’s something so smooth and satisfying about conquering a long stretch of road ahead of you, recharging your tank with every rolling hill, picturesque river view and passing shoreline. Get out your spandex and come ready for an amazing road cycling adventure on L&A County Trails, which feature 12 signed, looped routes ideal for cycling enthusiasts. The trails will have you riding past everything from farmland and apple orchards, to village stores and wetlands and are the perfect way to celebrate your passion for cycling while getting to know a new part of Ontario.