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10 Best Biking Trails in Ontario

10 Best Biking Trails in Ontario

If you’re a gearhead and nature lover, it’s time to dust off your bikes! In this blog, we’re tackling Ontario’s playground of pedal-powered adventures just waiting for you.

From breezy lakeside cruises to heart-pounding mountain trails, we’ve sifted through the spokes and gears to give you the ultimate guide to the best bike trails in Ontario! 

Kenora Bike Trails


Total distance: 9km to 36km trails 

The Kenora trails, lovingly maintained by their local cycling crew, aren’t just paths – they’re like a secret haven for the seasoned riders. But here’s the cool part – the laid-back vibe means they’re just as perfect for those just starting or rolling with the family.

They’ve got six on-road bike routes, each with its own signature colour and easy-to-spot signage. The lengths vary from a breezy 9 km to a more adventurous 36km, and you can find them all neatly laid out on a downloadable map

What’s nice about these recreational routes is how they’ve got your back on safety while treating you to fantastic scenery and points of interest. Picture this – most of them are like circular adventures, kicking off and wrapping up at the Lake of the Woods Discover Centre.

Pro tip:
After your ride, why not take a little detour and treat yourself to some local craft brews? Head over to the lakeside patio at the Boathouse or swing by the Lake of the Woods Brewing Company onsite.

Hub Trail, Sault Ste Marie


Total distance: 22.7 km

Sault Ste. Marie has been making investments in new trails and upgrades to the old ones. You’ve got to check out the Hub Trail loop, a 22-km off-road paved paradise that’s not just about the ride; it’s an enchanting and educational journey for riders of all ages and skill levels.

You can cruise through all the cool cultural, historical, and natural spots in town. But wait, there’s more – it’s not just for fun rides; locals can use it as a green, eco-friendly way to get around town, dialling down the need for cars. 

This trail has a bit of everything – asphalt stretches, cool bridges, sneaky underpasses, paths for almost anything, and even sidewalks. Plus, this beauty is ready to charm you year-round. 

Pro tip:
Cap off your ride with a cool twist by swinging by the Bushplane Museum for some fascinating vibes. And if you’re feeling a bit thirsty, the Northern Superior Brewing Co. is next door. 

If you don’t have a bike, you can visit the local bike haven, Velorution. They’ve got all sorts of wheels for rent—fat bikes, electric ones, and even mountain bikes.

Ramsey Lake Cycle Tour, Sudbury


Total distance: 22 km 

Sudbury’s got this rugged, hard-rock vibe and not too many trees in the mix, but that’s what makes it stand out for mountain biking. It’s like hitting the trail in a natural adventure playground—no wonder it’s one of the best spots to ride in Ontario!

Check this out – the Ramsey Lake Cycle Tour is a chill 22 km ride, mixing the best trails, dedicated lanes, and a bit of on-road action. Starting downtown Sudbury, it takes you through forests and parklands.

Here’s the lowdown – no need to worry about crazy traffic or speeding down 4-lane roads on this ride. But, fair warning, there are a couple of hills that’ll give your legs a workout. 

Pro tip:
Here’s the plan: kick off your ride from Bell Park and make it an adventure pitstop tour. Swing by Science North, take a dip at a blue-flag beach, and top it off with a visit to the art gallery.

Park to Park Trail, Parry Sound

Park to Park Trail
Image source: Park to Park Trail


Total distance: 230 km

Parry Sound, the cozy town nestled in the 30,000 Islands! It’s the starting line for the Park to Park Trail, a multi-use gem that sprawls over 200 kilometres, all the way from Killbear Provincial Park to the heart of Algonquin Provincial Park in central Ontario. 

The Park-to-Park Trail is your ticket to a region bursting with natural and cultural goodies. Think visible traces of the area’s logging and railway history – it’s like biking through a living museum. 

Just a heads-up for your biking adventure – keep those peepers peeled! On the Park-to-Park Trail, it’s a multi-use fiesta, so be on the lookout for ATVs and dirtbikes sharing the trail—safety first, pedal second!

Pro tip:
Just a quick tip – certain spots on this trail might get a bit flooded. So, pack accordingly and stay sharp out there. 

Old Railway Bike Trail 


Total distance:  16 km 

The Old Railway Bike Trail is your go-to for a laid-back pedal through spring, summer, and fall. Picture this: a 16-kilometer stretch following the path of the historic Ottawa, Arnprior, and Parry Sound Railway, which had its heyday in 1896 and took a bow in 1959. 

Embark on a ride from Algonquin Outfitters’ Lake of Two Rivers Store, tracing the historic Ottawa, Arnprior, and Parry Sound Railway’s old rail bed. Enjoy forests, a meadow-turned-airfield, and serene lakeside views – a nature storybook on two wheels!

You can bring your trusty ride or snag one at Lake of Two Rivers Store – they’ve got bikes for half a day, the whole day, or even a couple of days. Test out the latest bike tech – think fat bikes, mountain bikes, cruisers, and even tandem bikes. 

Pro tip:
The Old Railway Trail is your cycling haven if there’s no snow around. Just a tiny exception – they’re up for fat biking when winter hits.

If you’re under 18, the law’s got your back – you need a CSA-approved bicycle helmet. And here’s the deal for all ages: if you’re cruising on an E-Bike—helmets are non-negotiable.

Kate Pace Way


Total distance: 12 km

Meet the Kate Pace Way – it’s not just a name, it’s a paved wonderland! Named after the legendary Olympic skier, this trail is like a multi-use magic carpet for walking, jogging, cycling, and even inline skating.

It’s perfect for family outings and chill rides, but here’s the cool part – it also caters to road warriors, especially those cruising from Callander along the Voyageur Cycling Route. It’s like the trail that suits every pedal preference!

Heading south from the waterfront, you’ll pass through a residential area, paved pathways, roads, a forest, and a wetland. Your pedal journey ends in the Village of Callander, where you can explore the Callander-Powassan Cycling Circle or the Callander Trans Canada Trail. 

Pro tip:
If you’ve got a bit of time on your hands, don’t skip the 2.5km Cranberry Trail, a sweet little offshoot near Callander. 

If you’re rocking an E-bike or a power-assisted one, keep it in pedal mode only – that’s the golden rule. And when you’re sharing the trail, cyclists and inline skaters, make sure you yield to pedestrians.

Three Towers Trail 

Three Towers Trail
Image source: North Bay Mountain Bike Association


Total distance: 5 km

The Three Towers Trail Network is the latest biking hotspot, covering five kilometres of pure mountain biking joy. It’s your ticket to experiencing the Canadian Shield’s best on two wheels for any age or skill level.

Check out Rock and Roll, Pioneer, and Widdifield Winder – perfect for polishing those biking skills, especially if you’re just starting. And hey, for the little riders, there’s a cool pump track at the trailhead.

And here’s the extra thrill – this two-way trail is a rock rollercoaster! You’ll conquer rock slabs, teeter on rock skinnies, climb some steep rocks, and gracefully float around natural bedrock berms. 

Pro tip:
Extend your biking adventure into an overnight escape by booking a stay at Nature’s Harmony Ecolodge. Nestled on the Ottawa River, east of North Bay near Mattawa, the perfect spot to turn your biking day into a full-on retreat. 

Quick heads-up: if your bike needs some TLC or you’re hunting for local biking wisdom, swing by Wheelhouse or Cycle Works – they’re your go-to bike shop for tune-ups and all the insider info you need. 

Tay Shore Trail 


Total distance: 18.5 km

The Tay Shore Trail takes you on a journey through wetlands, fields, and cozy wooded spots. Picture yourself cruising over the Wye, Hogg, and Sturgeon Rivers, and as a sweet bonus, it guides you right into some charming community villages. 

The best part is that you can park your bike, stroll through their downtowns, and snag a spot for a leisurely lunch. It’s like a two-wheel adventure with a dash of village charm!

Even though it’s a hotspot, you can still score some solo time during the quieter hours of the day. Pro tip: March through October is prime time to soak in the trail vibes. 

Pro tip:
Great news for bikers! The trail is mostly paved, making it a breeze for both hybrid and mountain bikes. 

Parking 411 for you – if you snag a spot, head to the free lot across from Marshs Waubaushene Marina at 85 Trans-Canada Trail. Here’s the catch: it’s a cozy lot with about five spots, so the early bird gets the parking space! 

Kissing Bridge Trailway


Total distance: 45 km

Check out the Kissing Bridge Trailway – a 45 km ride through the charming countryside, rivers, and wetlands of southern Ontario. And here’s a sweet detour idea: go 2 km off the path to catch a glimpse of the West Montrose Kissing Bridge, the last covered bridge in all of Ontario. 

The surface of much of the Kissing Bridge Trailway is a stone chip. Since it’s cruising along old rail lands, the ride is as smooth as butter – flat, even, and just begging for some cycling, hiking, skiing, and whatever else you’re up for!

Also, the sweet spot for the Kissing Bridge Trailway is from April through October. That’s when nature throws on its best colours, and the trail is at its prime.

Pro tip:
The trail has a combo of finely crushed limestone and dense gravel. It’s mostly hard-packed but has softer stretches, so it’s best to opt for a mountain bike for a smooth ride.

Quick heads-up – it’s a pedal-powered party only! No motorized vehicles are invited to the Kissing Bridge Trailway. 

Mindemoya Lake Loop


Total Distance: 34 km

Here’s a gem on Manitoulin Island – the loop around Mindemoya Lake, clocking in at 34km; it’s one of the shorter but sweetest paved bike trails. If you have experience and can handle similar distances, then this moderately challenging ride is calling your name. 

Picture this: cruising along the Mindemoya Lake Loop, you can take a breather with a dip in the warm waters or recharge at Maja’s Tea Garden for a tasty bite. You can also head to the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation in M’Chigeeng First Nation for a cultural twist.

Oh, and here’s a must-do on your Mindemoya Lake Loop adventure – make sure to hit up one of the beach rest areas. Take a break, soak up the vibe, and why not dive into the warm embrace of the inland lake for a refreshing dip?

Pro tip:
For tackling the Mindemoya Lake Loop, go for a road or hybrid bike.

Ontario’s bike trails are also a gateway to scenic wonders and outdoor adventures. There’s a trail for every rider – from rugged mountain paths to smooth lakeside loops. 

Pick the bike route that suits your vibe – whether it’s the length, the season, or the challenge level for your personal exercise. And hey, if you’re itching for more than just biking, Ontario’s cities are calling. 

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