Top Bicycle Tours and Events in Ontario
Guided bicycle tours along Ontario’s scenic routes create the perfect atmosphere to enjoy a cycling excursion with others. Across Ontario, you can join a guided bike tour organized by a bike tour company for cyclists of all levels. You’ll also get insider knowledge on some of the best road, mountain and gravel cycling routes across Ontario. Whether you’re looking for a half-day tour or an all-inclusive bike trip, there’s something for you.
Here’s a short list of some of Ontario’s finest bike tour companies to get you started.
Connect with other cyclists and explore all that northern Ontario has to offer on two wheels. Red Pine Tours caters to all types of cyclists, organizing custom gravel, mountain bike, bikepacking and road riding trips in the stunning Algoma district. The company specializes in custom packages to amazing destinations such as St. Joseph Island and the Great Lakes Waterfront Cycling Trail, bikepacking in the Algoma Highlands with a unique glamping option at a remote off-grid cabin, mountain biking some of Ontario’s most exciting trails and navigating an endless array of gravel bush roads.
Location: Sault Ste Marie
Wildly popular weekly women’s mountain bike rides organized at this local bike shop take place at the Hiawatha Highlands, which features more than 50 kilometres of well-maintained single and double-track that’s a short drive north of downtown. Also, the Sault Cycling Club Trails Fest is an annual weekend event that includes guided tours of the Hiawatha Highlands and wilderness mountain biking in the Algoma Highlands.
Location: Sault Ste. Marie
Manitoulin Island is emerging as a world-renowned cycling destination for its blend of scenic pastoral landscapes, Lake Huron beaches and quaint, friendly atmosphere. Manitoulin Island Cycling Advocates is a big reason for the area’s growing popularity. Along with providing maps and curated bike touring itineraries, the organization also offers guided, vehicle-supported group tours, including the five-day Alvar Cycle Tour with accommodation and the two-day Manitoulin Passage Ride that includes mechanical support and two bagged lunches.
Location: Manitoulin Island
Cycle Canada organizes group rides across the country, including a full suite of Ontario-based trips. The company’s epic 59-day Tour Du Canada travels 7,640 kilometres west to east across the country, including through the stunning Lake Superior section between Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie in Northern Ontario. Or check out Cycle Canada’s Great Spirit Ride, which features five days of laid-back bike touring on quiet back roads with overnight stays in quaint inns on Manitoulin Island. Ferry transportation to and from Tobermory is provided.
Sudbury’s Walden Mountain Bike Club supports one of the most vibrant mountain bike communities in Ontario and hosts a variety of events on its 15-kilometre trail network just west of the Nickel City. In spring 2023, the club will host Collingwood’s Minii Adventures’ mountain bike skills camp to improve bike riding skills.
The Shuniah 40 Miner is a weekend mountain biking event hosted by the Black Sheep Cycling club on Thunder Bay’s challenging trails at Shuniah Mines.
Location: Thunder Bay
Experience the endless options for rugged backroads exploration at the Thunder Grinder, a one-day gravel riding race with three distance options.
Location: Thunder Bay
Planning a bicycling tour on the myriad of backroads in Ontario’s Parry Sound and Muskoka districts can be daunting, topped with the challenge of booking peak-season accommodations in bustling cottage country. Humdinger Bicycle Tours does the organizing for you with its six-day, Georgian Bay-Muskoka guided bike tour. The 400-kilometre route hits the best scenery, including Georgian Bay coast and Muskoka lakes, taking in quiet rural roads with all meals, accommodations and van support provided. They also provide custom tours.
Location: Parry Sound and Muskoka
Yours Outdoors hosts a broad range of unique programs catered to people who like to mix outdoor activity arts and culture in central Ontario. The company’s Pedal Your Arts lineup includes one-day guided cycling tours of various art studios in the region. The tours are meant for novice cyclists, with modest distances planned and e-bikes available to rent. Yours Outdoors also offers an excellent one-day introduction to the trendy activity of gravel riding, as well as similar packages for those interested in trying electric-assist bicycles.
Backroad rides for gravel riding enthusiasts are organized throughout Central and Southern Ontario. Tours are available for individuals and couples that provide “bikes, bites and beds.” Popular packages include three-day tours of Peterborough County and several outings in the quaint Elora-Fergus area of southwestern Ontario. Gravelocity designs its trips based on fitness and skill level, from Skills & Sights (55–75 kilometres per day) to Scenic & Social (65–85 kilometres per day) and Gravel Grinder (70–110 kilometres per day).
Location: Central and Southern Ontario
Cycling opportunities abound in eastern Ontario and Escape Bicycle Tours is your guide to road riding in the National Capital Region. The company offers fun, unique ways to experience Ottawa’s best attractions like Parliament Hill, downtown and waterfront greenspaces on half-day, all-inclusive bike tours that depart every day in the summer months. Bike rentals are also available for self-guided cycling adventures, as well as customized, multi-day bike tours.
Changing Gears Adventures are your experts for exploring the 132 kilometre cycling corridor through rural Southwestern Ontario to the Lake Huron shore at Goderich. The company offers two- to four-day cycling tours for those looking for a relaxed pace, as well as theme-based excursions to experience wildflowers, local foods and even night skies on half-day cycling tours around Guelph and the nearby community of Ariss.
Grand Experiences likes to mix it up with cycling and paddling combination trips, featuring scenic rides through the Carolinian forest and easy canoeing or kayaking on the historic Grand River.
Location: 115 Grand River Street North, Paris
Guided bike tours are a great way to navigate Ontario’s extensive routes and roads. If you want more cycling adventure, get inspired by these bike tours and mountain biking trails in Ontario.
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Last updated: September 21, 2022