Here are lists of the most spectacular rides in Canada as selected by avid Canuck cyclists…
6 Dream Rides in Canada ~ Bucket-list roads and trails in Canada you need to do
Mount Fromme, the North Shore in North Vancouver, B.C. — 1.85 km with 300 m descent
The Cabot Trail in Cape Breton, N.S. — 300 km with 3,400 m climbing
The Lakes and Rivers Route in Mont-Tremblant, Que. — 87 km with 768 m climbing
Kettle Valley Rail Trail in Penticton, B.C. — 342.2-km multi-day loop or a out-and-back options of either 92 km or 160 km (photo above)
Edith Cavell Road in Jasper, Alta. — 19.2 km with 722 m gain
Montana Mountain in Carcross, Yukon — 28 km with 1,400 m climb
Go cycling in Canada on these 8 epic Canadian bike trails
Did you know that you could cross La Belle Province all by bike? Quebec’s Route Verte is a 4,000-kilometre bike path network that goes from one end of the province to the other, making it one of the longest bike trails in Canada
One of the ultimate bike trips in Ontario has to be the Southeastern Waterfront Trail. Get some incomparable views of the province’s Great Lake region at this 780-kilometre bike route, which follows the shores of Lake Ontario and starts at Niagara-on-the-Lake.
You can take an epic road trip to the Cabot Trail, but you can also take your bike. The 298-kilometre paved loop goes around part of Cape Breton Island. (Photo above.)
If you’re looking for a relatively flat biking route, then the Confederation Trail on PEI might be the perfect cycling adventure.
If you’re up for a challenge, this 489-kilometre route takes you along the rugged coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. It starts at Deer Lake, passes through the Gros Morne National Park, and continues to the northern tip of Newfoundland to L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site.
The Gulf Islands are a group of islands that are located between Vancouver Island and the mainland.
The Kettle Valley Railway Trail extends from Hope to Castlegar in British Columbia’s beautiful Okanagan Valley, passing through Penticton and going close to Kelowna.
This is the shortest bike trail on this list, measuring in at 33-kilometres. Enjoy some unforgettable cycling along the oldest road in the Yukon, which was built just after the gold rush.
Bike Trips in Canada – 10 of the Best
Gulf Islands, BC biking – a fun way to explore the islands
Cycling the Gulf Islands is a treat. You have a number of islands to choose from, all with their own personalities. You need a week if you want to properly cycle all of them, even more if you want some side trips. (Download a full guide to cycling the Gulf Islands here.)
Kettle Valley Railway, BC – one of the best bike trips in Canada
The Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) is an abandoned railroad track that winds across the Okanagan and Similkameen region in southern BC. It offers over 800 km (497 mi) of mountain biking trails (as opposed to road biking). The 80 km section from Myra Canyon near Kelowna through to Penticton is one of the most popular.
Biking from Banff to Jasper – a standout bike trip in Canada
The 290 km bike ride between Banff and Jasper is one of the most impressive bike rides in the world. The route runs parallel to the Continental Divide so mountains are always in sight. For the experienced and fit cyclist, it offers challenging hills and epic downhill rides.
Niagara-on-the-Lake to Fort Erie bike ride
Niagara Falls, quiet riverside paths, museums, world-class wineries and an abundance of orchards guarantee that the cycling along the Niagara River Recreation Trail is anything but average. Its 25 km one way to Niagara Falls and another 29 km to reach Fort Erie. You can actually cycle a 195 km loop and return to Niagara-on-the-Lake via Port Colborne, Thorold and Jordan.
Eastern Townships, Quebec – a top bike trip in Canada especially in fall
Within spitting distance of Montreal, Quebec’s Green Route travels through the Eastern Townships on a total of 225 km of signed trail and road. If you head out with just a couple of panniers, you have the flexibility to stay in some of the small towns before returning to your starting point. (Photo above.)
Le Petit Train du Nord in Quebec
For a superb three to four day bike ride choose the 200 km Le Petit Train du Nord in Quebec’s Laurentian region. For more information read: Biking Le Petit Train du Nord
Biking the Fundy Isles in New Brunswick
It’s great fun exploring the Fundy Isles by bike. There are three worth visiting- Grand Manan Island, the largest; Deer Island – the smallest and Campobello Island, where you’ll find the sprawling summer home of former US President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia – a difficult but one of the top bike trips in Canada
The Cabot Trail is a 300 km loop around the northern part of Cape Breton Island including Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
Biking the length of Prince Edward Island
If you’re in shape you could in theory cycle the length of Prince Edward Island in a day – but who’d want to do that? You’d miss all the things that make the island so special – beautiful beaches, quiet backroads, stops for scallop burgers and lobster rolls, friendly people and a laid-back vibe.
A bike ride on the Viking Trail in Newfoundland
The 600 km cycling trip up Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula is a fantastic bike ride but it’s a tough one. Allow 7 – 10 days on a route that primarily follows the rugged coast through a series of sparsely populated but picturesque fishing villages with names like Sally’s Cove, Cow Head and Brig Bay.
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