Come Wander
Bike Ontario

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, these bike trips 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

Cycling Perth


Prefer learning a thing or two about a new place while you ride? Heritage Bike and Rentals in Perth is a community cycling hub that takes its job of showcasing the culture, history and hidden gems of the town pretty seriously. Join a group on a town tour, which will give you a glimpse into life in a thriving 19th century British Outpost; take a more relaxed tour of the countryside complete with unique tastes and stops in the region; or join one of the fun community events to learn about the town the best way possible – straight from the locals.

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.

Cycling Burnstown


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.

Sir Sam's Biking


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 Ladies Day (which includes spa time!) in the summer. Bring your favourite people and make memories!

Sir Sam's Haliburton


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’).

Haliburton Forest Biking


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.


One Last Ride

Watch JR Alli’s video and see what he discovers when he allows himself to just wander.

An Action-Packed Weekend

Read how Will Tang from Going Awesome Places raced muscle cars and experienced thrills on the rapids with whitewater raftering in the Ottawa Valley.

Whitewater Rafting as a Family

Read about how one family took on whitewater rafting on the Madawaska River and why they can’t wait to do it again.

Just Show Up

Hit the water and taken advantage of these easy canoeing opportunities in Ontario’s Highlands.

Video: The Freedom Finder

I’m a Freedom Finder. I wander with speed! I seek out opportunities to make fresh tracks, blaze new trails, and get my adrenaline pumping.

Where Am I

Explore the sweet moments and ageless beauty of Perth, Ontario.

Where Am I?

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Recharge in the Snow

Disconnect from the everyday with a snowmobile trip through Ontario’s Highlands.

Winter Bucket List

Unique winter experiences in Ontario’s Highlands that will give you something to brag about.

All Terrain, All the Time

Pack your saddle bags and press the throttle for an all terrain adventure like no other in Ontario’s Highlands.

Raging the Rapids

SUP Instructor Courtney Sinclair takes her passion to the whitewater with paddleboarding.

Hair-Raising Drives

Explore roads of Ontario with these drives that make you reach for your hairbrush.

Why To Choose the Back Roads

Writer Christopher Korchin takes a drive full of surprises on the long and winding roads of Ontario’s Highlands.

Roads Worth Riding

Time to take out your motorcycle and plan your next group ride along the hand-crafted roads of Ontario’s Highlands. Prepare to tighten your grip as you wind around vast lakes, to fill up on mouth-watering dishes, and to converse with some of the friendly locals.