With a beautiful natural scenery to discover and plenty of spectacular multi-day biking trips, Canada is a great and ideal country for cycling. The country offers a perfect mix of dedicated bike trails and cycling paths for all types of cyclist. In fact, even Canadians enjoy riding their bikes when heading out or going to work, and it continues to grow annually. In Vancouver alone, the government reported a rise in bicycle trips from 4,200 in 2014 to 6,600 in 2015.
But, the list of cycling routes to embark on can be overwhelming, especially for first-time travellers in the country. To help you out, here is a list of the most exciting bike trips every cyclist must try in Canada.
Gulf Islands, B.C
If you’re in it for a treat, cycling the Gulf Islands is must on your to-do list. There are a plenty of islands you can choose from that comes with its own personalities. If you plan to properly cycle all of them, you will need at least a week or even more if you want some side trips. It comes with an ocean view and high-rise sight of the mainland mountains as you cross each area. Plenty of activities also await visitors, from an artist’s studio, wine tasting, farmers markets and picnic spots near one of the small beaches.
Kettle Valley Railway
An abandoned railroad track can be a great start for an adventure cycling journey in Canada, and the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) is exactly that awesome spot with its over 800 kilometres mountain biking trails. One of its popular biking spots is the Myra Canyon, which offers cyclists loads of section for an amazing multi-day trip. Other trails include:
- Oliver Millennium Trail
- McCulloch Lake to Oliver or Osoyoos
- Southern Spur Route
- Rock Creek
Niagara River Recreation Trail
Ontario has a the best natural scenery any cyclists would want to visit, starting with the breathtaking Niagara Falls. The popular tourist spot in Canada comes with a 25-kilometre recreational trail that comes with world-class wineries and great orchards. Going to the nearby Fort Erie should take another 29 kilometres to visit this amazing cycling route. Cycle a 195-kilometre loop to be able to return to the Niagara-on-the-Lake through Port Colborne. The best time to cycle here will be from May to October, as the weather is not too hot or too cold. For a great weekend getaway, consider the bike train from Toronto to Niagara Falls.
A few distance from Montreal, Eastern Townships is a 225-kilometre green route in Quebec, which is a mix of signed trail and road. The town is a great location if you have the luxury of time to travel and stay in some of its small towns before returning to your starting point. A great town on Lake Memphremagog is the town of Magog, which comes with two different cycle routes, either you head west for Granby or east to Danville. Eastern Townships is a great cycling destination for those also looking for a food adventure in Canada as the area offers locally made cheeses, pates, maples products and wine.
While adventure cycling is fun and exciting, it accompanies plenty of risks, even for seasoned cyclists. It matters to know natural disaster information regarding your chosen destination to better prepare ahead of your trip. Canada has plenty of natural hazards that cyclists need to consider, such as hail storm, snow avalanches, wildfire, tornadoes, etc. Accidents can happen to anyone and anytime of the day, even on your perfect vacation date. Consider preparing more than just your bike and your bag by signing up for a comprehensive travel plan that covers this type of extreme sports and natural disaster. Take note that not all insurance plan is made the same, so it’s important to discuss with your provider the type of activities you plan to embark on to ensure you’re fully covered on your trip.
Although Alberta offers one of the greatest cycling paths in Canada, avoid the area for now as the issue of wildfire is still plaguing Fort McMurray. But, the list provided above should be enough to get you started on your cycling journey to Canada.