Top 5 Cycling Routes

As outlined on our Outdoor Adventure Map here are 5 signed on-road cycling routes as recommended by the Ganaraska Freewheelers. Connect with your smartphone, tablet or GPS devices by using the Google Map. We've also mentioned those establishments that are registered on the Ontario By Bike so you know you'll be greeted with open arms.  In 2015, the Greenbelt Route was created and signed; it follows arms of the Glorious Ganaraska, the Waterfront Trail and the Rice Lake Ramble:

Glorious Ganaraska cycling route, Port HopeGlorious Ganaraska - 30km relatively level route that will guide you through farm fields, along the banks of the Ganaraksa River and past heritage buildings. At Sylvan Glen Conservation area, think about stopping for a picnic and a short hike westbound along the banks of the river. Booking into Peace Country Retreat or Woodland Garden's BB which is north of this loop by approximately 13km, rounds out this trip nicely.  Google Map

Cycling the Rice Lake Ramble routeRice Lake Ramble - 74 km route which the Toronto Bicycling Network greatly favours.  This route is predominately featured on the Greenbelt, the world's largest permanently protected greenbelt, where you'll enjoy views of Rice Lake using wonderfully quiet roads.   Discover Peter's Woods, featuring Ontario's sole-surviving Oak Ridges Moraine "old growth" forest. In Alderville (First Nations), purchase aboriginal arts and crafts, or step into a teepee. Next stop, fill up your water bottles with spring water from the Harwood artesian well located at Memorial Park, (5453 Front St.).  Overnight at Hillview Haven Estate or Golden Beach Resort overlooking Rice Lake, nearer to the end of the route, MacKechnie House Bed and Breakfast and The Woodlawn Inn welcome cyclists, too. VIA Rail's Bike Train makes a stop in Cobourg, and the Ramble is a more advanced route to take from the train station. Google Map

Cycling rolling hills and farmlandShelter Valley Road - 50 km route which begins hilly and then levels out. Have lunch at the Oasis Bar and Grill. Before your journey, book into the Woodlawn Inn, Cobourg At the end of this loop on County Rd 2, east of Cobourg is the By-The-Pond Bed and Breakfast with the owners being cyclists themselves. If you are looking to combine this route with an event, why not consider the Shelter Valley Folk Festival (north of Wicklow off of Dudley Rd) held each year on the Labour Day weekend where you can camp right on the festival grounds near their Sustainable Living Village. Google Map

Cycling rolling hills and farmlandPresqu'ile Promise - 69 km route which begins flat and heads for the hills where you can take a swim at a public beach at Little Lake (Lake Road). A few kilometers south of this route in Colborne, small cycling groups can easily be accommodated at Loughbreeze Bed and Breakfast where you'll have your very own hostel right on Lake Ontario. You can enjoy a great meal on a patio at Harbourview Cafe south of Harbour Street in Brighton overlooking Presqu'ile Bay or at Dougall's on the Bay (Presqu'ile Brewery is anticipated at this location).  Too, Brighton Inn, an 1890s Victorian Bed and Breakfast a few blocks north of Brighton proper, welcomes cyclists. Google Map

Cycling over the Ranney Gorge Suspension BridgeTrent River Truckin' - 63 km route which interestingly enough follows a portion of our Lilac Driving Tour Route (Conc 6 East, Skinkle Rd, Mahoney Rd), with chances to visit locks along the internationally-renowned Trent-Severn Waterway, Church-Key Brewing for a sampling of beer, and the Crowe Bridge Park on Crowe River Road where a picnic or a nice swim will help you cool off for the next leg of your journey. When heading south on Godolphin from Cty Road 35, watch for a packed-dirt, abandoned rail line .7km along on your right hand side. This is the Trans Canada Trail marked by interpretive signage outlining the history of the Godolphin flag station. Taking this trail to your right will lead you 10km north into Hastings where you can get a bite to eat. Camping at Ferris Park is an affordable option. It's located just below Campbellford proper, off of County Road 8. If you prefer more comfortable accommodations try Emilyville Inn in Campbellford for a good nights rest. Google Map