The Bike Turns 200! Celebrate by Cycling Canada’s Best Byways from Coast to Coast

Great Divide Canada by Aaron Teasdale

Great Divide Canada by Aaron Teasdale

Canada is a paradise for those who like to explore on two wheels, and what better time to do it than in 2017, the year of the bicycle’s 200th birthday? Whether cycling along a leisurely lakeside waterfront, or barreling down a mountainside, Canada’s trails will impress, challenge and wow even the most experienced cyclists.

Read on for some of Canada’s most popular biking trails – just in time for national bike month – and try to decide which one you’ll try next:

The Great Trail

Canada’s Great Trail connects the country from coast to coast, so riding the complete trail is only for the truly ambitious. Completed just earlier this year in celebration of Canada’s 150th year of federation, the trail is now open to the public for biking, hiking and even kayaking. The completion of the full trail earned the title of longest trail in the world, so cyclists can enjoy hundreds of miles of wide open space, even when riding just a portion of the trail.

Icefields Parkway (Highway 93)

Alberta’s Highway 93 is nicknamed the “Icefields Parkway” for good reason – it parallels the continental divide in the Canadian Rockies and cuts through both Jasper and Banff National Parks. The route boasts the highest point on any paved road in Canada and beckons to cyclists who crave both a challenge and iconic scenery.

Bromont Mountain

For those who prefer mountain biking to road cycling, Quebec’s Bromont Mountain is sure to fulfill the thrill requirement. With 7 downhill trails spanning difficulty levels from easy to very difficult, the mountain trails cover over 50 km (31 miles) combined.

Kettle Valley Railway

The Kettle Valley Railway offers a unique cycling experience with countless trestles and tunnels to explore. The old railway corridor follows some of Canada’s spectacular scenery, including the steep walls of Myra Canyon and some of British Columbia’s cool and shaded mountain forests.

Waterfront Trail

Follow the waterfront and enjoy the view while pedaling Ontario’s Waterfront Trail. Part of the previously mentioned Trans Canada Great Trail, the 1,600 km (994 miles) section of the trail follows the shores of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair as well as the Niagara, Detroit and St. Lawrence rivers.

Cabot Trail

One of the world’s most well-known and pristine cycling trails can be found in Nova Scotia. The Cabot Trail presents cyclists with breathtaking coastal views and elevation climbs through old growth forests as the trail makes a complete circle around Cape Breton Island.

Confederation Trail

Prince Edward Island’s Confederation Trail follows the route of a railway abandoned in 1989. After renovations completed in 2008, the island is now connected from one end to another by the multi-use trail that serves cyclists and walkers during the warmer months, and snowmobilers in winter weather.

 

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