Not just a buzzword or an option in other destinations, combining cycling with different modes of travel in Ontario can be both convenient and add to your next bike adventure.
With opens in a new windowGO Trains operating in and around the greater Toronto area, weekends and off-peak travel times offer a lot of options for bike transportation. Ride out from, or into Toronto and take the GO Train Lakeshore line ( opens in a new windowEast or opens in a new windowWest) back to your start for a one-way ride. opens in a new windowNiagara weekend service runs June 24th to September 5th, with special bike coaches on each train (no extra charge). This makes planning your cycling getaway easier, and more memorable! Head north as far as opens in a new windowBarrie on summer weekend service, making a weekend or day trip to Lake Simcoe with a bike a possibility with space for four bicycles on each GO coach. Bring your bike on any Sat / Sun / holiday train to Barrie.
A ferry ride is often the start of a great getaway. Bicycle friendly ferries operate in a number of locations around the province, connecting cyclists to some of the best cycling out there. Take the opens in a new windowChe-Cheemaun Ferry from Tobermory to opens in a new windowManitoulin Island and experience quiet island roads, stunning natural scenery and welcoming island communities. In Ontario’s southwest, Pelee Island also offers great rural cycling and is connected by ferries from Kingsville or Leamington in opens in a new windowEssex County, and from Ohio on the U.S. side.
(Photo credit: Rob Boyce – Overyonderaerial.com)
Looking to get out of urban areas and don’t have your own vehicle? opens in a new windowParkbus runs buses to provincial and national parks, several with bike rental locations. From Toronto, travel to Algonquin Park, where the bus drops passengers at opens in a new windowAlgonquin Outfitters, a one-stop shop for all your rental needs. Connect to the Georgian Bay Islands and enjoy car-free trail riding on opens in a new windowBeausoleil Island with camping and bike rentals on-site. Up to two bikes per bus can be transported to all other overnight destinations, with bike reservations made in advance. parkbus.ca
If this isn’t particularly your cup of tea and you can’t find what you’re looking for, perhaps we can help. Call toll-free (1-866-701-2774) or email info (at) OntarioByBike.ca for more information.
Also, if you’d like more information cycling experiences in Ontario, request a copy of our annual Cycling in Ontario / Le velo en Ontario guide. View a copy online or order a print copy at opens in a new windowontariobybike.ca/2016