For novice or professional cyclists alike, Canada is home to vast cycling opportunities, with many of the finest paths forming iconic segments of The Great Trail. Here are just a few of the beautiful bike rides to explore this fall.
1. Waterfront Trail, Ontario
Toronto may be best known for its hustle and bustle, but the city’s hectic pace is readily escaped through a scenic bike ride along the city’s picturesque waterfront. From Burlington all the way downtown, the Greater Toronto Area’s waterfront trail guides riders along Lake Ontario’s calming shores. Also popular, the 56-km Martin Goodman Trail promises a smooth surface and the comforting ambiance of leafy oak and elm trees bursting with fall colours.
2. Le Petit Train du Nord, Quebec
Montrealers seeking a great escape on bicycle need look no further than the Le Petit Train du Nord trail. Following a former railway line, this 200km trail wends its way through the Laurentians, passing through charming towns, former train stations and lush forests.
3. Confederation Trail, Prince Edward Island
With its rolling hills, quaint villages and spectacular seascapes, this PEI trail promises to please. Built atop a former train track, this 435 km segment of the Great Trail runs from Tignish to Elmira, connecting several towns along the way, making it an ideal path to follow for a multi-day outing. Along the way keep your heads up; this bird-watching paradise is home to herons, seagulls, geese and other species.
4. Fundy Trail Parkway, New Brunswick
Boasting 10 km of coastal trails, breathtaking lookouts, waterfalls, a suspension bridge and more this cycle route marks the Atlantic Ocean’s birthplace. Take note: known for hilly terrain this amply rewarding ride is on the challenging side. Along the way, riders will find plenty of stops to rest, including four gorgeous beaches where seals and other marine creatures are known to flock.
5. Pinawa Trail, Manitoba
Feeling energetic? Manitoba’s Pinawa Trail kicks off at Pinawa Dam Provincial Park – Manitoba’s very first hydro-electic plant – and runs all the way to the Seven Sisters Generating Station. Despite being just over an hour’s drive from Winnipeg, it’s not uncommon to spot wildlife here including foxes, deer and the occasional bear. For those who prefer to not trek Pinawa Trail’s entire 27 km route, the Ironwood Trail portion offers a gorgeous ride along the Winnipeg River.
6. Millennium Trail, Yukon
For a quick ride with mind-blowing views, the Yukon’s Millennium Trail outperforms. Passing through Whitehorse’s downtown core and following the Yukon River, the Millennium Trail offers cyclists of all levels of experience 5 km of car-free touring. With the Trail’s path weaving through pine and aspen groves woods, riders can expect to be immersed in the province’s warm fall colours. Other scenic highlights include the Rotary Centennial Bridge, lookouts, and a fish ladder worthy of a stop when the fish are running.
7. Edmonton River Valley Trail, Alberta
Running through Edmonton’s Saskatchewan River Valley and its surrounding wooded regions this 29 kilometer trail provides the foundations for a healthy continuous ride, or opportunities to cycle a variety of rewarding segments offering stops at landmarks including the Muttart Conservatory’s botanical gardens, the University of Alberta and Whitemud Nature Reserve.