Perhaps it’s because Canada is the second largest nation on the planet in terms of square kilometres that makes it great for exploring. The geography changes significantly from east to west offering something for every traveller. Don’t be confined by car to see it all. Canada is best experienced by bicycle, and the nation has some of the best bike trails found anywhere. Check out the following bicycle tours to explore in Canada.
Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail
Also known as the Trail, the Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail runs through Banff National Park for almost 27 kilometres of sheer beauty through the Rockies. It’s a paved trail meandering through beautiful British Columbia. With multiple rest stops for picnicking along the way, the entire route can be completed between two to three hours.
The Icefields Parkway
Fantastic scenery makes the Ice Fields Parkway in Jasper National Park one of Canada’s hottest cycling destinations. It offers spectacular views of glaciers, picturesque forests, mountain vistas, and occasionally a close encounter with bighorn sheep. The trail spans 230 kilometres on well-maintained roads. Vehicles take care to share the road with cyclists.
Meewasin Valley Trail
The Meewasin Trail connects with the Trans Canada Trail for a pleasant ride along the South Saskatchewan River. The terrain here is very flat, so there are no hills to climb. The loose-gravel travel with a few paved sections runs for 21 kilometres through lovely landscaped parks. There are museums and interpretive centers to explore along the way.
Falcon Lake Mountain Bike Trails
Falcon Lake is a popular year-round resort in Manitoba about 160 kilometres north of Winnipeg. Mountain bikers love the six-kilometre-long trail, especially in the summer. The trail is located over the Canadian Shield, one of the world’s largest geologic continental shields and varies in height and difficulty.
Ontario’s Waterfront Trail is the granddaddy of all trails at 1400 kilometres long and growing. It was established in 1995 as a multi-use trail between Hamilton and Trenton as a way to revitalize Ontario’s waterfront. The trail spans two Great Lakes, 19 Provincial Parks, Three National Parks, three UNESCO Biospheres, and 15 National Historical Sites. From Niagra to Quebec to the Thousand Islands and the shores of Lake Huron, this trail has all the best nature has to offer in Ontario.