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Snowshoeing, Skiing and Winter Hiking

The Great Waterway has an abundance of opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to embrace nature, no matter what season it is. The ample bike paths and hiking trails make this area a haven for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and winter hiking. Put a scenic spin on your trip and travel one of the waterfront trails and see how beautiful the water looks, layered with snow and ice.

Hiking & Cycling at its Best

Cycling Itineraries
Cycling Itineraries
Waterfront Trail
Waterfront Trail
Hiking
Hiking

It’s Definitely About the Journey

Plan your trip with a cycling itinerary or a route. After you decide which area to explore just download the comprehensive itineraries route map, details, distances, and directions.

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Sandbanks – Prince Edward County

Rating: Easy/Moderate
Distance: 40KM (25M)
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Prince Edward County – Prince Edward County

Rating: Easy/Moderate
Distance: 59KM (37M)
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Adolphustown to Amherstview – Lennox & Addington, Kingston

Rating: Easy/Moderate
Distance: 89KM (55M)
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Kingston & Wolfe Island – Kingston

Rating: Easy/Moderate
Distance: 54KM (34M)
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Howe Island – Frontenac

Rating: Easy
Distance: 37KM (23M)
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1000 Islands – Leeds Grenville

Rating: Easy
Distance: 100KM (62M)
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Rideau Canal – Kemptville, Merrickville, Jasper

Rating: Moderate
Distance: 76KM (47M)
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Rideau Canal – Westport, Delta, Jasper

Rating: Challenging
Distance: 125KM (78M)
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St. Lawrence Seaway – Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry

Rating: Easy
Distance: 96KM (60M)
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The Great Waterway Circle Tour – The Great Waterway

Rating: Challenging
Distance: 730KM (454M)
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Cycling Resources

www.ontariobybike.ca/thegreatwaterway
www.welcomecyclists.ca
www.biketrain.ca
www.waterfronttrail.org

The Waterfront Recreational Path

1000 Islands Parkway Waterfront Trail

Experience the 1000 Islands by cycling on the bike path that runs parallel to the 1000 Islands Parkway and the St. Lawrence River. This incredibly beautiful section of the Waterfront Trail is 37 kilometers long and runs between Brockville, in the east (begins near Butternut Bay) and Gananoque, in the west. It excels for day cycles or for multi-day cyclo-touring. You feel like you’re away from the city but still have the convenience of small townships and amenities along the way. With a 10 foot wide, paved trail this is an outing the whole family can enjoy. As you cycle alongside the upper part of the St. Lawrence River, an especially scenic section, enjoy expansive island and cottage viewing. Strong cyclists can certainly knock off the round-trip in about five hours but recreational cyclists might want to stop at country charmers like Ivy Lea or Rockport, swim at Brown’s Bay day park and beach, enjoy a picnic or admire the view from one of the lookout spots.

hiking-and-cycling-6-ontario-by-bikeSt. Lawrence Seaway Waterfront Trail, Cornwall

Along the scenic shores of the St Lawrence River, you’ll find 90 km of uninterrupted cycling, running right through the heart of colonial Cornwall and neighboring towns. Adventure Cyclist magazine calls it one of the best cycling tour routes in Canada. The route takes you past Upper Canada Village, a living 1860s pioneer town. Also along the route is The Lost Villages Museum; with it’s interesting history and memorabilia, it’s sure to pique your interest. The beach at Chrysler Park is a spot to take a break for a midday picnic lunch or patio time at the marina.

Moira Riverfront Trail, Belleville

The Riverfront Trail is a well-developed urban pathway 4.4KM (2.7M) long. It winds its way along the rapids and weirs and dams of the Moira River. The path is popular spot for tourists and residents for jogging, cycling, dog walking and spending time along the river. The pathway passes alongside Belleville’s historic downtown, so you can hop off the trail for easy access to the Front Street shops, restaurants, and Farmer’s Market.

Well Worth the Walk

The beauty of this region is even more majestic on foot and with trails available for every age and ability there’s no reason why not to spend the day hiking in The Great Waterway. Lace up and connect with nature, spot a rare bird, climb a mountain all while enjoying the fresh air. Hiking is a great way to spend a day outside and enjoy nature. Here are some hiking trails, that you’re sure to fall in love with:

Bleasdell Boulder, Sager Conservation Area and Marmoraton Mine – These three unique geographic landscapes and lookouts are fascinating to explore. Terrain here is flat to gently rolling, and because of its location on the edge of the Canadian Shield, dramatic granite outcrops tell a centuries old tale of glacier movement.

Rock Dunder: In the Frontenac Arch Biosphere you’ll find the beautiful trails at Rock Dunder. This moderate/difficult leads you to a soaring lookout over the Rideau Waterway. If you follow the well-marked trails all the way to the top, astounding beauty and a great photo opportunity is your reward.

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