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.

Train

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.

Ferry

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)

Bus

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

opens in a new windowGO Transit and many  opens in a new windowpublic bus services provide another option with bike racks on the front of most vehicles.

Pedal and Paddle

Take a break from the bike and add a canoe, kayak or whitewater experience to your day. From Blue Mountain Village, enjoy guided or self-guided ride options to Free Spirit rentals in opens in a new windowHeathcote and paddle Beaver River ( opens in a new windowGrey County).  In Ottawa Valley, enjoy the road riding routes or nearby mountain bike trails and add to an outdoor adventure with  opens in a new windowwhitewater rafting on the Ottawa River.  Go from mellow trail riding to a  opens in a new windowGrand River rafting or paddling experience in Paris ( opens in a new windowCounty of Brant) or near  opens in a new windowLake Erie in Dunnville ( opens in a new windowHaldimand County). Launched in 2016,  opens in a new windowRideau Tours threw a 3rd P into the mix and offers Pedal-Paddle-Picnic experiences along on Ontario`s only UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal ( opens in a new windowSouth Eastern Ontario &  opens in a new windowOttawa).

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

(Photo Credit: Grand River Rafting Company)