The Best Self-Guided Bike Tours in Ontario

These inspiring cycling tours are catered to all your favourite things.

Cycle touring is rewarding in its own right, but biking is even better when you tailor your ride. Love cycling and sipping in wine country? How about bikes and brews, or legging it alongside sparkling lakes?

From rocking trail rides to skinny-tire Shangri-La, this collection of self-guided day tours and weekend adventures is organized by our favourite themes. Find even more of the best self-guided bike tours in Ontario at Ontario By Bike.

Wine Tours

Southern Ontario

Most wine-loving riders are familiar with the acclaimed southern Ontario grape growing regions of Niagara, the Essex Pelee Island Coast, and Prince Edward County—all of which are superbly suited to cycle touring. (In fact, if you haven’t made it out to Pelee Island yet for a weekend wine country escape on the Waterfront Trail, put this ferry-accessed fairyland at the top of your spring cycling list!)

Ride your bike to the vineyard of the Viewpointe Estate Winery. Photo: Destination Ontario.

Grey County

Many cyclists are less acquainted with the province’s cold climate grape country. Rolling vineyards and quad-quivering hill climbs go hand-in-hand in southern Georgian Bay and northern Grey County. Coffin Ridge Boutique Winery, near Owen Sound, offers a selection of wine and cider to sample along with their vintner’s plate made up of delicious local charcuterie, cheeses and artisanal breads. Coffin Ridge is one of the stops along the Around Owen Sound Route - Beer, Wine & Cider by Bike tour that includes paved and gravel road, and some rail and recreational trail, as well as a stop at the stunning Inglis Falls.

Group of cyclists riding along the lake.
Outstanding scenery and sipping in Collingwood. Photo: @collingwoodcyclingtour

West Nipissing

Boreal Winery—Canada’s coldest-climate winery—is situated on the Voyageur Cycling Route, 55 km east of Sudbury in the hamlet of Warren. Tour the farm’s organic boreal and Arctic berry orchards and sample the delicious spoils of all that sun-ripened goodness, then pedal south along the VCR to St. Charles, Noelville, and Monetville. Circle back north through the wildlife-filled wetlands of Mashkinonje Provincial Park and watery reaches of Lake Nipissing’s West Arm. Crank out this century ride in a single day, or stay at a lakefront cottage or campsite (wings and pints just down the road at the Lavigne Tavern!) and make it a relaxing weekend tour.

Wineries Map

This is just a tasting of the wonderful Ontario wine routes that welcome cyclists—check out Ontario By Bike’s winery map for dozens more.

Lake Tours


Ontario is a land of lakes, which means rides here are more often than not rewarded with refreshing water views. Start in central Ontario’s cottage country with a spin around one or more of the three Muskoka Lakes (plus 80 or so smaller lakes)—a plethora of charming cottage rentals and resorts make it easy to put together a long weekend ride taking in lakes Muskoka, Joseph, and Rosseau. Find cycle and stay packages here.

Bicycle parked along a road. Cyclists standing near the edge of a lake.
Lake views are endless in Algoma. Photo: @waterfront_rt

Manitoulin Island

Heading north, Manitoulin Island is surrounded by the waters of Lake Huron, and holds the record for the world’s largest freshwater island. Add to this the 108 inland lakes that dot the island itself—and Manitoulin’s fervent cycle touring culture—and it’s hard to imagine a better place for laidback, lake-to-lake riding. Manitoulin Island Cycling Advocates’ (MICA) comprehensive website maps 14 routes spanning 800 km of pavement and gravel, as well as bike-friendly accommodations, dining and attractions. They also organize all-inclusive, five-day cycling vacations (featuring lakeside lodging) in June and September.


Linking together the east Algoma communities of Elliot Lake, Iron Bridge and Bruce Mines, the 120-km Deer Trail loop is perfect for a weekend lakes tour on roads less travelled. These secondary highways touch the shores of countless pristine lakes and rivers, and cyclists will pass through beautiful Mississagi Provincial Park. Stay in the park campground on the shore of Semiwite Lake, swim and hike to a breathtaking clifftop lookout. Or treat yourself to the luxury of a lakeside lodge—there are loads to choose from en route.

Brewery Rides

When it comes to bikes and brews, cyclists in Ontario are spoiled for choice.


You have to sample the amazing pedals and pints in the Collingwood area, such as The Collingwood BreweryBlack Bellows or Side Launch Brewing Company, while enjoying Collingwood's many bike route options from multi-use trails to scenic country roads, all with stunning views of Georgian Bay.

Group of cyclists sitting at a table outside a brewery.
Brew tour by bike = bliss. Photo: @lortzphoto

Kawarthas Northumberland Region

With an incredible variety of road, rail trail, and mountain biking, the Kawarthas Northumberland region is billed as Ontario’s pedaling playground. Add to that a burgeoning craft brewery and cidery scene—and effortless shuttling with Via Rail’s Bike Train—and Northumberland County may be the closest thing to cycle touring paradise. Check out the Cheers Tour to hit three breweries and two cideries in one tasty ride. Departing from Peterborough, the 105-km Brews, Bites and Barns tour makes for a mouthwatering weekend ride in the heart of the Kawartha Lakes and historic Trent Severn Waterway.


In Explorers' Edge, take a spin out of Gravenhurst—gateway to Muskoka’s famous lakes—for a memorable metric century. Travelling mostly on twisty, lightly trafficked back roads, this 100-km loop takes in the hairpin corners and Canadian Shield landscape of Torrance Barrens, countless lovely lakes and waterways, and two craft breweries: Gravenhurst’s Sawdust City Brewing Company and Torrance’s Clear Lake Brewing Co. (located right next door to Pie restaurant’s wood-fired pizza patio). Cyclists can refuel again at the halfway mark—the village of Washago serves up Kawartha ice cream and scrumptious baked treats (there’s also a well-stocked LCBO).

For more info all things fermented in the near north, follow the Cottage Country Beer Trail.

Two cans of Muskoka Brewery beer
A toast to cottage country and craft beer. Photo: @lortzphoto


The Almaguin Spin is a 65-km loop, with 53 km and 40 km extensions, in the heart of the Almaguin Highlands. Start in one of the many quaint little communities along the route and enjoy a peaceful road ride through forests, farmland and rolling hills. Stop for a brew at South River Brewing Co. in the town of South River, offering craft beer brewed from pure local free-flowing waters. You can also visit Copperhead Distillery in Sundridge and sample some of their unique hand-crafted spirits


Mountain bikers and fans of malted beverages can get their fill of both in Sudbury. The Big Nickel is home to fantastic trail networks in Kivi Park, Lake Laurentian Conservation Area, and the Walden Trails. After cranking Canadian shield-country trails, drain a pint and grab a bite at Stack Brewing or take a growler to go at 46 North.


Ride the STATO Trail from New Liskeard to Haileybury and enjoy a brew at the Whiskeyjack Beer Company Microbrewery and Eatery, just up the street from the beautiful Lake Timiskaming.

Breweries Map

Still thirsty? Ontario by Bike’s breweries map pinpoints cycle-friendly brewpubs province-wide.


Ontario By Bike has made it easy for you to create an itinerary or find an already planned out self-guided bike tour.

About Virginia Marshall

Virginia Marshall is a freelance outdoor adventure writer, photographer and editor with roots in Muskoka and Lake Superior. Read her work in Adventure Kayak, Canoeroots, Rapid, Paddling Magazine and Backroad Mapbooks.

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