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Address: 18692 Hurontario Street, Caledon Village, Ontario, Canada, L7K 0Y1
Kingston by Bike!
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Address: 21 Ontario St, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, K7L 2Y2

For quite a few years I have conducted informative and fun bicycle tours, taking visitors from all over the world cycling around Kingston during our tourist season. It is a real pleasure to be able to ride around the city on a beautiful summer day, explaining at intervals why Kingston is such a special place, one so full of history and beauty.

My Downtown Kingston bicycle tour is 3 hours in duration and over the course of our ride you will see many things of natural and cultural interest, including the Queen’s and Royal Military College campuses, parks and the lakeshore trail, harbours and prisons, as well as British Empire landmarks and other buildings of architectural interest. No one has ever had a problem with the 14-kilometre distance, as the route is pretty flat and the pace is leisurely, and I can promise you an enjoyable and memorable experience. The cost for this tour is $35 Canadian per person for groups of 2-3 people, $30 Canadian per person for groups of 4-8 people, tax included.

For those who are more adventurous, I also offer a half-day Kingston Mills Picnic tour that makes its way up to these very impressive first locks on the Rideau Canal, where a tasty lunch will be served as we enjoy this UNESCO World Heritage site. On our way back into town we will stop by Barriefield Village, Fort Henry and the RMC campus. The cost for this tour and picnic is $55 Canadian per person for groups of 2-3 people, $45 Canadian per person for groups of 4-8 people, tax included.

I am a nationally certified Can-Bike cycling skills instructor and have a lot of experience leading group tours. Cyclists wishing to take these tours are strongly advised to wear helmets and must be willing to obey the rules of the road.

To make an appointment for either of my bicycle tours, please e-mail Steve at fractals@kingston.netcreate new email or contact Ahoy Rentals at ahoyrentals.com 613 549 4277. Rental bikes available.

Testimonials:

“Your bike tour was certainly a highlight of our stay in Kingston. Your personality and commentary really brought Kingston alive!! You live in a special part of this world, and your love for the area was contagious.”

Jackie from Cologne, New Jersey

“I did very much enjoy the sights, the history and the introduction to architectural heritage. Mostly, Steve, I enjoyed your enthusiasm for good cycling within the city, and your natural, relaxed approach. It was fun being with you and capturing your spirit.”

Lorraine from Kettleby, Ontario

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Address: 3201 Upper Middle Road W, Oakville, Ontario, Canada,

Newly Certified Bike Friendly! Located 2.7km north of the QEW/ North Service Road. 3201 Upper Middle Road West, Oakville. Bronte Creek offers 144 electric service campsites in four campground loops. Amenities such as water taps, comfort stations, laundry facilities, playgrounds, hiking trails and amphitheater are close by. Lock your bike up on your site. We have a repair kit and local information. Looking for a cafe? Repair shop we can help.

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Address: 82 French Island Road, Bruce Mines, Ontario, Canada, P0R 1C0

Escape to Nature on 2 private islands linked to the mainland by a bridge. Spend the night or several days in a unique cottage overlooking Lake Huron. Cottages range in size from 1 bedroom to 3 bedrooms. All cottages have a picnic table, Weber briquette BBQ and bonfire pit with muskoka chairs. Hike the trails, swim or explore the shoreline with complimentary canoes and one man kayaks. Fishing rods available if you wish to experience fishing. Air compressor and bike repair tools on site. Located 1.5 miles from downtown Bruce Mines. All amenities are offered in Town, laundromat, bank, Foster’s Freshmart, restaurants , ice cream shop and shopping. Pick up some supplies on your way to the resort. You will follow Bruce Bay Road to the end and then go over a bridge onto the islands. Stop and enjoy the view. To your right is the North Channel and to your left is Bruce Bay and the Town of Bruce Mines. What to do while in our community. Bruce Mines was the first Copper Mine in Canada . Explore the museum and the Simpson Mine Shaft Tour. Hike the historic Mine Trail only a short distance on your bike. Enjoy the waterfront located downtown Bruce Mines. Tom Thomson painted the harbour of Bruce Mines in 1912. Bruce Mines is located 72.98 km or 65.89 miles from Blind River and 70km or 43 miles from Sault Ste Marie. Sault Ste Marie offers the Kinsmen Trails at Hiawatha Park or Sault Ste Marie Canal Historic Site. Blind River offers the Boom Camp Trails. Bike our local country dirt roads that lead to the Voyageur Trail or just observe nature and the farmlands. St Joseph Island also has cycling trails. For more information visit the Bruce Mines & district Chamber of Commerce web site at www.brucemineschamber.com

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Address: 1110 Burloak Drive, Burlington, Ontario, Canada, L7L 6P8

The 6-storey upscale Diamond Award Winning Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Burlington/Oakville features 135 guestrooms including 10 suites. Each room includes 55\” LED televisions with Netflix access, flexible workspace and plush bedding with Paul Mitchell grooming essentials. The hotel is conveniently located on the QEW, providing close proximity from Niagara Falls, Toronto and Pearson & Hamilton International Airports. Guests will enjoy our state-of-the-art BISTRO Restaurant/Lounge & Patio at the center of it all, serving breakfast, lunch & dinner. Our hotel also offers inviting, flexible workspaces with free Wi-Fi, a well-equipped fitness centre & indoor saltwater pool. Adjacent to the Burlington Convention Centre, we can accommodate any meeting needs with electric vehicle charging stations and ample free parking. Whether you’re here for business or pleasure, the nearby business, financial & shopping districts are only a few steps away. From work to tourist exploration, stay brilliant at Courtyard Burlington/Oakville in Canada’s number one mid-sized safest city.

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Address: 4160 Concession Road 7, Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada, L9P 1R4

We are delighted to welcome you to stay in our two bed glamping tent, which includes your own private bike storage shed/work area, composting toilet, and outdoor shower, and basic outdoor kitchen. From here you have access to our “Back 5” acres, which includes a spaceous trail with sit spots. Nestled in a 10 acre forest, just 1km from the Main Tract of the Durham Forest, where the Oak Ridges Moraine Trail and Trans Canada Trail (The Great Trail) merge, we are a prime location for trail users and tourists alike. Our unique accommodation offers privacy and nature connection. You will be greeted by either myself or my husband, who would be happy to give you a tour of our off-grid home and homesteading projects, guide you to the best restaurants and things-to-do in nearby Uxbridge, provide you with trail maps and recommended routes, set you up with wood for a bonfire, and help you on your journey in any way that we can. We have a friendly border collie who would love to meet you, only if you wish.

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Address: Vineland Station,
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Address: 2565 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, L2E 6S4

Niagara Parks’ Botanical Gardens is located on the scenic Niagara Parkway and the Great Gorge, just a 10 minute drive north of the Falls. This beautiful Garden setting is home to the Butterfly Conservatory and serves as the unique outdoor classroom for students attending the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture. Established in 1936, you’ll enjoy 40 hectares (99 acres) of beautifully maintained gardens, including perennials, rhododendrons, azaleas, a formal parterre garden, shade, herb and vegetable plantings, an aviary as well as our world-famous rose garden featuring over 2,400 roses. Footpaths wind past the Butterfly Conservatory and butterfly garden, ponds and an arboretum featuring one of Canada’s finest collections of ornamental trees and shrubs. Horticultural excellence is the emphasis of The School of Horticulture and the students are responsible for the maintenance and development of the Botanical Gardens throughout the year.

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Address: 2565 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, L2E 6S4

This magical attraction features over 2,000 colourful tropical butterflies floating freely among lush, exotic blossoms and greenery. Paths wind through the rainforest setting, past a pond and waterfall and the Emergence window, where butterflies prepare to take their first flight! The self-guided walking tour of the Butterfly Conservatory begins with a short, informative video presentation that is close captioned for the hearing impaired. While visiting our beautiful Butterfly Conservatory, we encourage you to take lots of photographs. Tripods are not allowed inside the Conservatory. Use a monopod instead! Open year-round except December 25.

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Address: 14004 Niagara Parkway, Queenston, Ontario, Canada,

This unique attraction is a very popular stop on the Niagara Parkway and is photographed almost as often as the Falls! The planted face is maintained by Niagara Parks horticulture staff, while the mechanism is kept in working order by Ontario Hydro, the organization that originally built the clock. The intricate designs on the face of the timepiece are created with up to 16,000 carpet bedding plants. The floral design is changed twice each year – it features violas in the Spring and four cultivars of Alternanthera along with green and grey forms of Santolina Sage during the Summer and Fall. California Golden Privet and Blue Festuca Grass may be used for contrast. The grounds surrounding the clock feature bedding displays and a Tower at the back of the clock houses Westminster chimes that greet each quarter hour. If the door into the Tower is open, you can take a glimpse at the clock mechanism and enjoy photographs that show the history of every face design all the way back to 1950. An attractive feature is a 10-foot wide water garden that curves 85 feet around the base of the timepiece – it is a popular place to make a wish!

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Address: 7145 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada,

For over 60 years visitors have come to Discover Paradise at this lush oasis, just a short walk from the Falls. Collections of orchids, succulents and other tropical plant species are on display throughout the year, along with floral shows that reflect the changing seasons. Flying throughout the greenery are colourful tropical birds that may sing for your entertainment! During the summer months, don’t miss the spectacular gardens surrounding the Floral Showhouse, including one of Niagara Parks’ extensive rose gardens, ponds and a fragrance garden where plants are identified in Braille for persons who are visually impaired. Wander along the paths or rest on a bench in the peaceful Artists Garden – you won’t believe you are in the centre of the city!

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Address: 6345 Niagara River Parkway, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada,

Queen Victoria Park is literally the “heart” of Niagara Parks. Bounded by the steep Fallsview moraine and the Niagara River Great Gorge, the Park contains a valuable collection of unique native and international plants and beautifully maintained gardens. Walking through the Park beside the Falls, from Clifton Hill to beyond Dufferin Islands, you can enjoy a rock garden, hanging baskets, a Hybrid tea rose garden and attractive carpet-bedding displays. Park benches and well-groomed lawns provide pleasant venues for relaxation and photography. Queen Victoria Park celebrates every season in style. In spring, over 500,000 daffodils start the season in their bright and welcoming way. Magnificent magnolia trees, breathtaking tulips and other blooms are all there for you to enjoy. Summer features carpet bedding displays as well as thousands of bedding plants. Fuchsia and lantana standards, cannas, coleus and many other plants provide horticultural and aesthetic points of interest. Chrysanthemums and kale are used in the Fall to provide interest after the arrival of “Jack Frost”. During the winter months, the stark branches of trees and shrubs create visual and special interest for our visitors, especially when beautifully covered with the freezing mist of the Falls.

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Address: 14184 Niagara River Parkway, Queenston, Ontario, Canada, LOS 1LO

At the entrance to this historic Park you will be greeted by carpet bedding displays, along with formalized annual bedding schemes that surround both the Brock and Laura Secord Monuments. Nestled high atop the Niagara Escarpment, this is the birthplace of Niagara Falls – garden and nature lovers, hikers and picnickers have used this park for generations. Facilities include two picnic pavilions, washrooms, children’s splash pad, tennis courts, a band shell, snack bar, children’s playground and fine dining at Queenston Heights Restaurant with its award-winning VQA wine cellar. Queenston Heights Park is also a terminus point of the Bruce Trail, which winds its way northward over several hundred kilometers to Tobermory. This trail passes through the Niagara Escarpment, which has been recognized as a world biosphere by U.N.E.S.C.O. Finally, Parks Canada oversees the operation of Brock’s Monument and also has a walking tour of the historic sites associated with this important battleground. Brock’s Monument: A self-guided tour of the Battle of Queenston Heights starts at the foot of the monument and includes a climb to the top for a magnificent view towards Lake Ontario in the north and Niagara Falls in the south. The monument is open for an interpretive programmes 7 days/week, 10-5 daily from May until Labour Day weekend.

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Address: 3850 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada,

High above the racing Niagara River, you’ll be transported through the air in an antique cable car. Far below, the torrent of water abruptly changes direction and creates one of the world’s most mesmerizing natural phenomenon – the Niagara Whirlpool. Sometimes frightening and always unforgettable! The Aero car was designed by a Spanish engineer, Leonardo Torres Quevedo and has been in operation since 1916. The cable car is suspended from six sturdy cables and offers a wonderful view of the Niagara Whirlpool which is formed at the end of the rapids where the gorge turns abruptly counterclockwise and the river escapes through the narrowest channel in the gorge.

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Address: 4330 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada,

Discover Raging White Water! Take a walk like no other, long a boardwalk at the very edge of one of the world’s wildest stretches of whitewater! Marvel at the relentless power and beauty of nature and see how the deep and narrow Great Gorge was created. Trillions of gallons of water are forced into this accelerating trough – the sight will take your breath away! The White Water Walk photo gallery reviews the stunters and daredevils from years past that tried to conquer Niagara’s dangerous whitewater rapids.

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Address: 3050 Niagara River Parkway, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, L2E 6S4

The Niagara Glen is a unique spot of beauty deep in the Great Gorge that has been a designated Nature Reserve since 1992. Stairways lead to 4 km (2.5 mi) of paths that wind through a pristine pocket of Carolinian Forest, past boulders left behind as the Falls eroded through the area thousands of years ago. Visitors should be aware that hikes through the Niagara Glen involve an elevation change of over 60 m (200 ft). Proper footwear suitable for steep and rugged terrain is required. The trails are well laid out and easily negotiated if you take your time! There’s lots of interesting geology and biology to explore. The Niagara Glen Nature Centre overlooks the Niagara River Whirlpool, a unique natural phenomenon that you must see to believe! Thousands of years ago, as the Niagara River slowly eroded its way through the Niagara Escarpment, creating the Great Gorge, a right-angle turn in the river’s path forced the rushing water into a deep counter-clockwise spin. Daily hiking tours and bicycle rentals are available seasonally at the centre, and visitors are invited to explore new educational displays including “Animals of the Glen”, nature and geology “touch tables” and interpretive panels on the flora, fauna and geology of the Niagara Glen. Parks Naturalists will also be available at the centre to answer any questions you may have about this precious jewel known as the Niagara Glen. Important Note — the Niagara Glen is a Nature Reserve that contains wild flora and fauna (plants and animals). Please observe all posted regulations, stay on trails that are marked and follow generally accepted trail etiquette. Fires are not permitted. Take only photos, leave only footprints!

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Address: 5200 Matchette Road, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, N9C 4E8

Ojibway Nature Centre is open from 10am to 5pm daily. Exhibits in the Nature Centre provide an opportunity to learn more about local ecology.

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Address: 1118 Point Pelee Drive, Leamington, Ontario, Canada, N8H 3V4

Mainland Canada’s southermost tip. Enjoy sandy beaches, wide diversity of habitats and animals, picnic areas, and of course, bike trails!

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Address: 5720 Forgets Road, Wyebridge, ON, Canada, L0K 2E1

Enjoy a private cabin at the edge of the forest, located on 150 acres of rolling meadows and forest surrounded by 3000 acres of provincial land with 25 km of trails to explore by bike or hike or ski.

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Address: 3392 Concession Rd 8, Leskard, Ontario, Canada, L0B1M0

The Hive is comprised of two buildings – an old historical church (The Hive Centre) and a retro executive home (The Hive Bed & Breakfast), nestled in 18 acres of the Wilmot Creek Commemorative Forest. Both The Hive Centre and the Bed & Breakfast are used for programming, workshops and events and are available for private events – ideal for retreats, family gatherings, special occasions, conferences, etc.