You love to explore and love cycling. You are looking for the best bike paths. If you are looking for inspiration for your trip, here are some of the best bike routes in Canada that we will share with you.
ONTARIO’S WATERFRONT TRAIL
For a ridiculously beautiful ride, take an easy pedal along Ontario’s southeastern Waterfront Trail. Lengthening from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, to Quebec, this on- and an off-road trail is perfect for rides short and long.
Depending on your mood and stamina, you can cycle as much or as little of the more than 780-kilometer route along the ocean-like shores of Lake Ontario.
QUEBEC’S ROUTE VERTE
Quebec is Canada’s most bike-friendly province with over 5,000 km of connected ways. National Geographic has named the newly completed and very well labeled Route Verte (Green Road) the best in the world.
One of the most beautiful strips is the Véloroute des Baleines (the Whale Trail) from Tadoussac, Quebec, to Baie-Trinité, Que.
NOVA SCOTIA’S CABOT TRAIL
If you want the most cycle bang for your buck, Nova Scotia’s glorious Cabot Trail gives big time.
Vistas, forest, and ocean, this 298-km paved loop on Cape Breton Island will make you feel like you’re traveling the Scottish Highlands (without the passport). Not for the cycle beginner, the road is hilly, so you’ll definitely need glutes of steel.
PEI’S CONFEDERATION TRAIL
Canada’s smallest area is perfect for beginners: It’s not very hilly, and you can cover a lot of the island in a few days.
The Confederation Trail was built on abandoned railroad beds and takes you past rolling hills, woodlands and postcard coastlines that we guarantee will have you mulling Maritime real estate.
NEWFOUNDLAND’S VIKING TRAIL
Rough and striking, Newfoundland could literally kick your butt. The province’s Viking Trail is a challenging 450-km road from Deer Lake, Newfoundland, along with the rough coast, through spectacular Gros Morne National Park and onto the northern tip of the island.
The perfect best time to get out on your wheels in this northern area is around the summer solstice. At this time of year, daylight extends most of the night and the boost to power and morale is barred none.
Since most biking is off-road, treat yourself to a city bike tour of Whitehorse or the scenic ways that surround it.
BRITISH COLUMBIA’S KOOTENAY ROCKIES
If meandering along well-marked paths sounds like a yawn then mountain biking might be your perfect cup of adrenaline. Grab some ambitious pals and charter a chopper in Nelson, British Columbia, to take you and your mountain bikes to the way of your choice in Kokanee Creek Provincial Park.
Bring plenty of bug spray, a very light picnic then get ready for an epic descent and some envy-inducing selfies.
ALBERTA’S ICEFIELDS PARKWAY
“Mind” and “blowing” are words that will come to mind along the 230-km stretch between Jasper and Banff, Alberta. Pedal the Parkway and you’ll pass massive glaciers, wildflowers, turquoise lakes and some of the most magnificent mountains in the world.
This journey will take about three days, but there are a few hostels where you can stop for some winks.
SASKATCHEWAN’S BATTLEFORD TRAILS
Rolling hills, rising buttes, and sloping river valleys will make your trip through this prairie province oh-so-Canadian.
This section of the Trans Canada Trail winds its way through the town of Battleford, Saskatchewan, and crosses the North Saskatchewan River before going on to the city of North Battleford, Sask.
MANITOBA’S DUCK MOUNTAIN
In the grassland highlands, along with the Saskatchewan-Manitoba border, Duck Mountain Provincial Park offers a variety of way rides along trickling streams, prairie grasslands, and dense forest.
The best part is that ways are marked according to a level of difficulty. Start your trip at the campgrounds near Mossberry Lake then meander your trail around keeping a lookout for elk, moose, bobcats, and black bears.
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