If off-road biking is more your speed, strap on your helmet, hop on your mountain bike and shred up backcountry single or double tracks.
With thousands of kilometres of mountain bike trails for you to explore, no two experiences will be the same. Choose from untouched conservation lands, rugged wilderness trails or even abandoned logging roads. And with the fat biking trend increasing, off-road cycling in Ontario is a four-season activity.
Mountain biking is fast becoming a popular resort activity, so can include it on in your vacation plans without having to worry about bringing the bike and gear. Popular resorts like Blue Mountain, Sir Sam’s, Horseshoe and Deerhurst offer a variety of biking experiences, including mountain biking.
Or check out the network of mountain bike trails at adventure destinations like Wilderness Tours, Long Point Eco Adventures in Turkey Point or Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Resort and stay overnight in super compact ‘wilderness’ cabins.
Quick guide to mountain biking in Ontario
Find a mountain biking trail near you
World champion worthy mountain biking
Just a few minutes north of Barrie, Hardwood Ski and Bike is one the many amazing mountain bike destinations in Ontario. This facility had the distinction of hosting the mountain bike competitions during the 2015 Pan Am Games.
There are over 100 kilometres of maintained, well-marked trails for beginner to advanced skill levels, featuring fun and unique features and obstacles. Plus, lessons and rentals are available.
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Know before you go
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!
Last updated: February 22, 2023