Bicycle touring

From downtown neighbourhoods to quaint towns, lakeside vistas and rural countryside, enjoy the freedom of exploring Ontario by bike. Dedicated cycling trails, diverse terrain and changing seasons add to the variety and breadth of cycling experiences.

Quick guide to bicycle touring in Ontario

Ontario By Bike

Plan your next cycling adventure with Ontario by Bike, the ultimate source for all the bicycle friendly information you’ll need to finalize your trip, including routes and trails, accommodations, attractions and restaurants along the way, cycling events and suggested tours.

Travel with GO Transit

With the help of GO Transit, you can access the Great Lakes Water Trail and stay connected between 13 GO train stops. Bikes are allowed on GO trains and signage indicates distance and times to each station. Bike friendly train cars are clearly and most stations have covered bike corrals for easy storage.

Please note that bikes are not allowed on GO trains during rush hour.

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Safety equipment

Make sure your bike is equipped with the following: a bell or horn, a white front light, a red rear light or reflector, white reflective tape on the front forks and red reflective tape on the back forks.

Also consider safety flags, a rear view mirror and reflective clothing. Cyclists under the age of 18 are required by law to wear a helmet while riding a bike, however it’s a good practice for everyone!

Rules of the road

Review the cycling safety guidelines by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO). It is also important to understand the rules of the road before heading out and cycling on roadways.

E-Bikes in Ontario

E-bikes are bicycles that have a battery powered motor to assist with peddling. While no licence is needed to operate a e-bike, you do have to be over 16 years old to operate one. It is also important to keep your e-bike maintained and to brake earlier than you would when riding a standard bike.

Last updated: February 21, 2023

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