Touring Ontario By Bike


I did a 18-day loaded bike tour of Ontario (and a teensy bit of Québec) in June. Many people of asked me about the trip and how I planned for it. If you’re planning a bike trip with a similar itinerary, you might be interested in my very concise trip report. Keep in mind, what works for me, may not work for you.

Itinerary: Muskoka to Montreal and back.

Main trail/route: TransCanada Trail (Lindsay to Campbellford), Waterfront Trail (Belleville to Ontario/Québec border) and La Route Verte (Ontario/Québec border to Montréal.

Going under a highway on the TransCanada.

Navigation: Google Maps – bike option

Specific locations stopped at heading west:

Bracebridge > Gravenhurst > Kirkfield Lift Lock > Lindsay > Peterborough > Hastings > Campbellford > Belleville > Napanee > Odessa > Kingston > Gananoque > Mallorytown Landing (Thousand Islands Parkway) > Brockville > Prescott > Iroquois > Morrisburg > Upper Canada Village > Long Sault Parkway > Cornwall > South Lancaster > Les Cèdres > île Perrot > Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue > Montréal

Specific locations stopped at heading east (return):

Montréal (via train)> Brockville > Gananoque > Kingston (Grass Creek Conservation Area) > Bath > Glenora > Picton > Sandbanks Provincial Park > Wellington > North Shore Provincial Park > Consecon > Brighton > Cobourg > Port Hope > Millbrook > Lindsay > Kirkfield Lift Lock > Bracebridge

The view at Mallorytown Landing.

Shortest daily distance: Kirkfield Lift Lock to Lindsay – 44km

Longest daily distance: South Lancaster to Montréal – 109km

Approximate daily average: 80km

Days with rain: 3 (Not even full days. We had great weather.)

Nights on an actual bed: 3

Days without cycling: 1

Least favourite sections: 1)TransCanada from Hastings to Campbellford (recently graded, loose, bumpy, giant stones, soft) 2) Waterfront Trail on Hwy 2 from Brockville to Upper Canada Village (almost no shoulder) 3) Port Hope Lindsay via Millbrook on Hwy 10 and 7A (insanely long hills; not a recommended route)

Favourite sections: Thousand Islands Parkway, Long Sault Parkway

Food situation: Stopped daily at grocery stores for lunch and snacks, ate at restaurants for dinner and sometimes breakfast

19884365_10159337670030144_2368048620574672617_nBike: Kona Sutra Ltd – front chainring switched to smaller 42t – flat pedals

Rack: Axiom Streamliner for disc brakes

Bags: Arkel T-42, Timbuktu frame bag

19748365_10159337669820144_8153639096202689985_nPacking list:

Button ups x 3



Long-sleeve base layer

Shorts x 2

Long tights

Cycling tights


Buff/bandana x 2

Rain jacket and pants

Socks x 2

Underwear x 3

Bras x 2

Flip flops and low-cut trail shoes


First aid kit, Toilet paper

Sunscreen, Lip balm, Insect repellent

Towel, Toiletries, Hand Sanitizer




Cell phone charging wire, Solar panel

Pen, Notepad, Book


Bungee cargo net

Headlight, Taillight

Lock + cable


Water bottles x 2


Spare tube, Pump, Tire levers, Patch kit, Multi-tool, Extra bolts, Chain lube/rag, patch kit

Knife, Lighter, Electrical tape, Tenacious tape, zip ties, 15m cord

Sleeping Bag, Sleeping pad and inflatable Pillow

Tent and Tarp

Trangia Mini and fork

Purchased mid trip: Cycling gloves – padded and fingerless, tiny bell

Packing regrets: more underwear, wet wipes, a real map, another pair of bike shorts.

Favourite bike hack: Climbing chalk bag – attached to handlebar for easy access phone, water bottle and snacks.

And that’s all, folks! I had a great time getting to know my province better on this trip. I hope that because you’re reading this, you are planning to go on tour as well! See you out there 🙂



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