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Motorcycling Enthusiasts

The Great Waterway is a motorcycle rider’s paradise. The rocky, rolling hills and winding roads provide excellent riding conditions. That great feeling you get when you ride your bike is intensified by the sheer beauty of this part of Ontario. Along your journey, there are also plenty of opportunities to stop and stretch at lookout points and rest areas.

Plan a day trip or an overnighter and explore The Great Waterway.

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Routes

Hop on your bike and ride! Here are the best routes in The Great Waterway:

The Loyalist/Sydenham Route

The Loyalist/Sydenham Route offers a scenic route that history buffs will love. Beginning on the shores of the St. Lawrence River in the City of Kingston, the route will take you on a scenic tour that is a motorcyclist’s paradise. This route ventures through the historic town of Bath and circles back through Napanee and past Wilton – where you need to stop for fresh artisan cheeses, then on through rural Odessa and South Frontenac before returning to Kingston.

Distance: 150 KMS / 93 Miles

Length of Time: 3 Hours Round Trip

Points of Interest Along the Route:
•  Collins Bay Institution – Bath Road, Kingston
•  Fairfield House – Amherstview
•  Millhaven Institution – Loyalist
•  Fairfield-Gutzeit House – Main Street, Bath
•  Loyalist Landing – Bloomfield Main Street, Bloomfield
•  Old Hay Bay Church – S Shore Road, Napanee
•  The Allan Macpherson House – Elizabeth Street, Napanee
•  Babcock Mill – Bridge Street, Odessa
•  Fort Henry – Fort Henry Drive, Kingston


The Wine Route

If you’re as passionate about wine as you are about riding, then this is the route for you. Head east on The Loyalist Parkway and travel along the picturesque shores of Lake Ontario to Prince Edward County. As you travel this scenic route along winding roads, you’ll pass an abundance of wineries, breweries and quaint shops. Hop off your bike and tour some of the over 40 world class, award winning wineries in this area. Make sure to get yourself a spirited treat to share with your riding buddies at the end of your day’s ride.

Distance: 238 KMS / 147 Miles

Length of Time: 4.5 Hours Round Trip

Points of Interest Along the Route:
•  Murney Tower – Kingston
•  Bellevue House – Centre Street, Kingston
•  Canada’s Penitentiary Museum – King Street, Kingston
•  Millhaven Institution – Loyalist
•  Loyalist Landing – Bloomfield Main Street, Bloomfield
•  Lake on the Mountain – County Road 7, Prince Edward
•  The Crystal Palace – Main Street, Picton
•  Wineries – Picton and Bloomfield
•  Sandbanks Provincial Park – County Road 12, Picton
•  Glanmore House – Bridge Street, Belleville


The Land O’Lakes Route

With over 500 lakes in this area alone, this scenic ride is absolutely breathtaking. Experience the untouched landscape as you travel through the Land O’Lakes. This tour will take you through the picturesque northern routes of the County of Frontenac. You’ll ride through scenic Yarker, Enterprise, Kaladar, Tamworth and Mountain Grove. This relaxing and scenic trip is a great way to spend time after a hectic week.

Distance: 280 KMS / 174 Miles

Length of Time: 4.5 Hours Round Trip

Points of Interest Along the Route:
•  Babcock Mill – Bridge Street, Odessa
•  Wilton Cheese Factory – Simmons Rd, Odessa
•  Hell Holes Nature Trails & Caves – RR#1 Centreville
•  Tweed & Area Heritage Centre – Victoria Street, Tweed
•  Land O’Lakes Rescue Petting Farm – Road 506, Cloyne
•  SpindleTree Gardens – County Road 4, Tamworth


The Rideau Heritage Route

If you like twisties than you’ll love the winding, narrow roads that will take you through The Rideau Heritage Route. This scenic route goes through the magnificent Canadian Shield, past Frontenac Provincial Park and breathtaking cottage country. Explore this historic region of locks and dams that were created over 175 years ago and make time to stop into the quaint towns of Westport and Sydenham.

Distance: 281 KMS / 175 Miles

Length of Time: 4.5 Hours Round Trip

Points of Interest Along the Route:
•  Kingston Mills – located approximately 7 KM’s north of Kingston on the Cataraqui River
•  Jones Falls – Hwy 21 & Hwy 6, Owen Sound
•  Davis Lock – located between Opinicon Lake and Sand Lake
•  Lockmaster’s House Museum – Chaffey’s Lock Road, Elgin
•  Village of Westport – 40 minutes north of Kingston on Division Street (County Rd. 10)
•  Foley Mountain Conservation Area – Foley Mountain Lane, Westport
•  Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario – William Street, Smiths Falls
•  Rideau Canal Visitor Centre – Beckwith Street, Smiths Fall
•  Newboro Lockstation – Blockhouse Lane, Elgin
•  Lyndhurst Bridge – Lyndhurst Road, over the Gananoque River
•  Village of Merrickville – Located on The Rideau Canal


The 1000 Islands/Great Waterway Route

The 1000 Islands has been called one of the most beautiful places on earth and one of the best ways to see the breathtaking scenery is by bike. Take the 1000 Islands/Great Waterway Route to experience all that this area has to offer. This route will take you through historic communities such as Gananoque, Brockville and Athens. You’ll also cruise down Thousand Islands Parkway for a spectacular scenic ride.

Distance: 238 KMS / 175 Miles

Length of Time: 3.75 Hours Round Trip

Points of Interest Along the Route:
•  The LaSalle Causeway – Hwy 2, Kingston
•  Grass Creek Park – 20-minute drive from downtown Kingston on Hwy 2, East
•  MacLachlan Woodworking Museum – 20-minute drive from downtown Kingston on Hwy 2, East
•  Howe Island – 10-minute drive from CFB Kingston on Hwy 2, East, Gananoque
•  Thousand Islands Railway – Gananoque
•  The 1000 Islands Tower – Lansdowne
•  Fulford Place Museum – King Street, Brockville
•  Railway Tunnel – Downtown Brockville
•  Aquatarium – Broad Street, Brockville


The CanAm Route

Grab your passport, The CanAm Route will take you on a scenic trip into upstate New York along the east shore of Lake Ontario. Take a day trip south, to visit our USA neighbours, just across the border. Your journey begins in Kingston with a ferry ride over to Wolfe Island. From there travel to the other side of the island to board Horne’s Ferry. You’ll dock in Cape Vincent, where you can ride off and explore the U.S. Seaway Trail. This loop will take you as far south as Syracuse and then back to the border where you can hop off your bike and enjoy the ferry rides back to Kingston.

Distance: 400 KMS / 249 Miles

Length of Time: 6 Hours Round Trip

Points of Interest Along the Route:
•  The Royal Military College of Canada – Kingston
•  Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada – Kingston
•  The Martello Towers – Kingston
•  Wolfe Island – Wolfe Island ferry docks downtown Kingston
•  Tibbetts Point Lighthouse – County Road 6, Cape Vincent, NY
•  The Cape Winery – Deerlick Road, Cape Vincent, NY
•  Sackets Harbor and Battlefield – Main Street, Sackets Harbor, NY
•  Fort Ontario Historic Site – East Fourth Street, Oswego, NY
•  Fort Brewerton – Oswego County, NY
•  Jefferson County Historical Society Museum – Washington Street, Watertown, NY
•  The New York State Zoo – Thompson Park, Watertown, NY
•  Alexandria Bay NY


Other notable routes:

Regional Road 10, Perth – Kingston
A quiet, moderately twisty road running from Perth to Kingston’s Division Street makes a great way to do the Ottawa-Kingston trip.

Roads 10, 5, 1, Ottawa – Shannonville
If you’re heading to Shannonville for a track day or to watch races, a modification of the above Kingston route makes an interesting ride all the way to Napanee.

Events

Deseronto Bike Night – A weekly event every Tuesday starting in June with music. Located in Deseronto, ON

Ride for Kids Kingston – This motorcycle charity ride is to raise funds for the Boys and Girls Club Kingston & Area and Local Children’s Charity Groups! Located in Kingston, ON

Brotherhood of Bikers Crew Show N Shine – An annual tradition in Belleville with all proceeds to Mental Health Foundation. Located in Belleville, ON

Rideau Thunder Motorcycle Show – Custom and vintage bikes with a host of vendors, live entertainment and a show and shine. Located in Westport, ON

SD&G Highway 43 Memorial Ride & Poker Run – The annual event starts at the Cornwall Royal Canadian Legion and includes a poker run, lunch and snacks as well as 50/50 draw and prizes. All funds raised go to the Homeless Veterans Assistance Fund. Located in Cornwall, ON

Annual Heroes Highway Ride – Canada’s largest demonstration in support of those who serve is at the National Air Force Museum of Canada. Located in Trenton, ON

Kingston & Islands Law Enforcement Torch Ride – The Torch Ride for Special Olympics from Kingston to Fort Wellington in Prescott, ON. Tour some of the most scenic routes of Eastern Ontario and throught the 1000 Islands. Located in Kingston, ON

Belleville Legion Branch 99 Poker Run – The annual Poker Run to raise funds for the Legion Br. 99. Includes door prizes, 50/50 draw, and prizes for the top 3 hands. Entertainment from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. Located in Belleville, ON

Kingston Charity Bike Night – Brought to you by bikers, for bikers. Local Charities will be benefiting from Bike Night. Located in Kingston, ON

Motosport Plus Ride for Mental Health – May is Mental Health Awareness Month. In honour of this, MotoSport Plus has an Annual Ride for Mental Health. This ride is dedicated to raise awareness for mental illness and to help end the stigma around mental illness. In addition, this is a fundraiser ride with all proceeds being donated to the Canadian Mental Health Association. Includes live entertainment, BBQ & refreshments, silent auction, door prizes and prizes awarded to the most donations raised. Located in Kingston, ON

Kingston-Quinte Motorcycle Ride for Dad – Join us for a fun-filled day of riding with a lunch, poker run, prizes and much more all while helping to raise money to fight prostate cancer for our local community! Located in Kingston, ON

Annual Ride for Laycey – The annual Ride for Laycey is in honor of a very strong and courageous little girl who has given everything to fight. All monies raised from this year will be used for families in Cornwall for travel and accommodations for the time they are there with their children who are sick. Located in Cornwall ON

Bike-A-Thon Plus Motorcycle Run – Everyone is welcome to attend! Help support the Children’s Treatment Centre (CTC)! Located in Cornwall ON

Drivers Against Distraction Awareness Ride – Prevent Deaths and Injuries on Ontario Highways. Funds Raised go to Printed Materials, Road SIgns and Events to Raise Motorist Awareness. Distracted Drivers Kill Bikers! Look Twice for Motorbikes. Located in Kingston, ON

Rideau Thunder Motorcycle Show – The village of Westport will be filled with the rumble of motorcycles this weekend. Custom and vintage bikes, vendors, food, clothing, draws, swap meet, live entertainment, show & shine and more. Located in Westport, ON

John Rothwell Memorial Run – To support local sick kids. Located in Cornwall, ON

Cow Paddy Boys Annual Poker Run – All bikers welcome to meet at the Bridgeview Restaurant on Hwy 2 East. Camping available. Located in Prescott, ON

Law Enforcement Torch Ride – Everyone is welcome to this event to raise awareness and funds for the Olympians of Special Olympics Ontario. Located in Kingston ON

Ride for Hunger – An afternoon ride through beautiful Prince Edward County supporting Gleaners Food Bank. Inlcudes BBQ lunch, live music, 50/50 draw and live auction. Located in Belleville, ON

Quinte Ride for Paws – Quinte Ride for Paws is about Motorcycle rides and supporters helping raise money for homeless and animals in need. Located in Trenton, ON

Kingston Show and Shine – A yearly tradition of fundraising by motorcycling enthusiasts for charities and causes. The event includes a custom bike display of all types, sizes and brands, Motorcycle Show & Shine, Live Music, Vendors Village and Food. Many charities could not exist with the generous support of the public or organized groups such as the Kingston Show N’ Shine Motorcycle Events. Located in Kingston, ON

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