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Cycling in Canada

Cycling in Canada from Coast-to-Coast

There is no shortage of bike routes when you choose to spend time cycling in Canada. From coast-to-coast there are trails to satisfy all skill levels. From the charming, easy going pace of Prince Edward Island to the rugged terrain of Newfoundland...the wilderness of the Gaspe Peninsula and Northern Ontario to the magnificent Niagara Falls and surrounding wine region...the flats of the Prairies rising up to the spectacular Rocky Mountains and down again into the coastal rainforests of British Columbia…Canadian cycling offers a biking adventure you'll never forget.

Cycling in Newfoundland & Labrador

If you're looking for a challenging cycling locale, go no further than a bike trip through the rugged terrain of Newfoundland & Labrador. With its seaside cliffs, unpredictable weather, and extreme remoteness, Newfoundland and Labrador offers some of the most challenging cycling in Canada.

This is a vast and remote area that requires some planning on your part. Be sure to pack all the supplies that you would normally take on a long-distance bike trip. Extra food, a tent, and water are necessities. Newfoundland's portion of the Trans Canada Trail is an 883 km (550 mile) converted rail line known as T'Railway Provincial Park.

There are two ferries operating between Newfoundland and Cape Breton Island. Hop onto to the 298 km (185) mile Cabot Trail and cycle through small fishing villages. Stop for a world-class, fresh-fish dining experience at one of the many seafood restaurants along the way. The Cabot Trail is also a popular spot for hiking in Canada.

Enjoy the scenic countryside of both islands while cycling in Canada. If you plan on camping in Canada, this is an ideal spot. Set up camp and experience scuba diving, sea kayaking, and whale watching in Canada from both Newfoundland and Cape Breton.

Cycling in Prince Edward Island

Are you looking for a laid-back, relaxing bicycle vacation?

It will take you about a week to leisurely cycle around the Province of Prince Edward Island. Confederation Trail extends 350 km (217 miles) from tip-to-tip and is part of the Trans Canada Trail system. There are plenty of small villages along the way with accommodations including camping, hotels, motels, and B & B's.

Cycling in Quebec

Southern Quebec offers leisurely cycling along the St. Lawrence River. The topography is fairly flat for 50 km (31 miles) before rising northward into the foothills of the Laurentian Mountains. To the south lie the Appalachian Mountains. Both of these ranges are popular for mountain biking in Canada.

A challenging biking holiday is cycling the 900 km (560 mile) route around the Gaspe Peninsula. It offers spectacular ocean views, lighthouses from another era, and cliffs that drop so far it seems like you are "at the end of the world". The small villages along the way offer friendly locals, good food, and clean accommodations.

If you can, stay off of the main roads as Quebecers have a reputation as aggressive drivers. There are plenty of side-roads in the scenic St. Lawrence Valley and the Trans-Canada Trail is available in some areas for cycling in Canada. The Route Verte is a provincial project that will consist of 4,000 km (2,485 miles) of bike trails throughout Quebec.

Cycling in Ontario

Take a tour of the Niagara Peninsula in Southern Ontario and spend a few days in Niagara Falls. The raw power of the falls has to be seen to be believed. 600,000 gallons of water plunge over a 2,600 foot vertical drop every second. There are plenty of places to eat, explore the museums on Clifton Hill, and wager a few dollars at the casino.

You'll find plenty of accommodations in the "Honeymoon Capital of the World" from charming Bed & Breakfasts to hotels and motels and a multitude of campsites. Be sure to visit Fort George and Fort Erie and take a tour. It'll take you back in time to 1812 when the United States and Britain waged a bloody war along the Niagara River.

The Niagara Parks Recreation Trail will take you through wine country. Tour one of the many award-winning vineyards of the region and experience world-class winemaking. Some wineries have added some of the world's finest chefs to add a culinary experience to your wine tasting.

In fact, why not take a tour through wine country with Canadian cycling's most famous bicyclist, Steve Bauer. Steve has worn the yellow jersey of the Tour de France, won a silver Olympic medal, and was Canada's highest ranked professional road racer. He now runs bicycle vacations from his "Steve Bauer Bike Tours" headquarters in Vineland.

Cycling in Alberta

One of the most challenging routes for cycling in Canada is the Icefields Parkway between Jasper and Banff National Parks. This is 300 km (186 miles) of picturesque scenery, mountain wildflowers, and prehistoric glaciers. Be sure to allow enough time in your biking holiday to truly experience the magnificence of the Rocky Mountains in Canada.

There are a few hot springs along the way to soothe those tired muscles after a long day's ride. The Miette Hot Springs near Jasper and the Cave and Basin Hot Springs near Banff will provide you with a rejuvenating mineral bath to get you on the road again. If you have the time, participate in a number of other activities such as climbing, canoeing, mountain biking, or backpacking in Canada.

Cycling in British Columbia

The "jewel" of cycling in Canada is British Columbia. With cycling trails in the mountain regions of the Rockies, down into the ancient coastal rainforest, through towns and cities, the Okanagan Valley wine region and ferry rides to the islands, there is something for every biking holiday.

Popular Trails
  • Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands
  • Silver Triangle in the Kootenays – 220 km (137 miles)
  • Golden Triangle on the Alberta border – 310 km (193 miles)
As you can see there is plenty to do and see when cycling in Canada. Choose your destination and embark on a bicycle vacation of a lifetime. Canadian cycling offers something for everyone so get the gang together and plan your next bike trip in Canada.
 
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