Cycling in Ontario
by Gary McWilliams (aka Festival Nomad)
Many years ago, when Judi and I lived in Port Credit, we decided to ride our bikes from Port Credit to Niagara-on-the-Lake. It was a fun trip that took us three days, there and back, to complete.
Thinking back, I can see why so many people love to”bike“.
As we travel across Ontario, we have seen just how popular cycling is.
Even bikes that can do longer to ridden, are used as beautiful symbol’s of cycling.
In Milton, at the Country Heritage Park, there’s a Massey-Ferguson Museum that has on old bike with “wooden” wheels. Talk about your “rough ride“!
Bikes and cycling have come a long way since the “wooden wheel” bikes!
At the beginning of this article I posted our “Cycling in Ontario ~ The Race” video.
In the Blue Mountain area, bikes are used for “serious” cycling – riding through the mountains, bike racing and off terrain adventures.
However, most people just ride for fun.
In Ottawa, cyclists love to ride the bike paths that follow the curves of the Rideau Canal.
Along the St. Lawrence River, cyclists ride on the bike pathway. The beauty of the area attracts hundreds of cyclists each year.
Campers to Algonquin Provincial Park can rent bikes to tour the area, hoping to enjoy nature and to get a close up encounter with wildlife (Not too close!).
In most areas, it just to experience new roads or new communities.
It’s also the opportunity to enjoy a day out with friends.
In the “Summer” or “Fall“!
However, like I said in the beginning, in the Blue Mountains, cyclists love to “train” and to “race“!
Racing in the Blue Mountains starts with the “Blue Mountains Gran “.
In the Fall, it’s the Centurion Cycling Festival.
The Festival is held at the Blue Mountain Resort and all the the different races begin and end there.
In addition to the Centurion Cycling Festival, the Blue Mountain Resort has a great program for “mountain biking“. There are several trails that allow mountain biking for all levels of experience.
Whether it’s during the races or summer fun weekends, many country roads are congested with bikes and cars. It is important for both bikers and drivers to remember to “share the road“.
Have a fun and safe ride! (Not like our poor Scarecrow rider!)