Put a scenic spin on your next trip!

If your passion is peddling, South Eastern Ontario has an abundance of opportunities for cyclists. Cyclists can travel through quaint towns, forests, wetlands, parklands or on paved recreational pathways. 

It’s official, Ontarians can get some money back if they choose to travel within the province thanks to Ontario’s staycation tax credit. The Personal Income Tax (PIT) credit would provide Ontario residents with the support of 20% of eligible 2022 accommodation expenses of up to $1,000 for an individual and $2,000 for a family, for a maximum credit of $200 or $400, respectively.

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Day 1: Kingston

Hit the road on two wheels to take in the waterfront views in Kingston. With a route that’s primarily on-road and lake-front, Kingston is a wonderful place to pedal to your heart’s content. It’s recognized as a scenic spot along the Waterfront Trail (and is even home to one of the steepest hills by Fort Henry along the entire route)! This city is cycle-friendly and the water views are divine.

Explore the history of Kingston on a leisurely bike tour through the city. Kingston Bike Tours provides guests with a chance to get active while learning about local landmarks and the distinct qualities of Kingston. Tours are approximately 12-kilometres in length and 2hrs+ depending on the tour you select. 

When your taste buds begin to crave something better than the standard on-route diner, there’s always something good cooking in Kingston. The Wharf and Feather has the biggest waterfront patio in Kingston that overlooks the harbour. The views are spectacular, and it’s usually breezy on a hot spring day. Look here for new handcrafted signature cocktails and craft beers! After your meal, you can head up to your room at the Holiday Inn which is located on site.

Day 2: Wolfe Island

This day is all about Wolfe Island!

Wolfe Island is located a short ferry ride away from Kingston, where Lake Ontario ends and the renowned St. Lawrence River begins. View our cycling itineraries below to plan for the perfect day! 

Kingston & Wolfe Island. Rating: Easy/Moderate. Distance: 54KM (34M). Download PDF Itinerary with Route Map.

Howe Island – Frontenac. Rating: Easy. Distance: 37KM (23M). Download PDF Itinerary with Route Map

Dine and stay at The Hotel on Wolfe Island. 

Day 3: Extend Your Stay

Extend your stay cycling Frontenac County’s K&P Trail or venturing through the L&A County Trails.

The K&P Trail packs a scenic punch. The abandoned rail bed of the K&P Trail offers an off-road route to experience stunning natural scenery through open fields, beside rock cuts, over creeks, next to wetlands and more. The 75 km stretch of the K&P Trail between downtown Kingston and Sharbot Lake is a fully-developed, stone dust rail trail with stops in charming small communities along the way. This section is also part of the Trans Canada Trail. 

Stretching northward from the shore of Lake Ontario, the L&A County Trails include 12 well-marked and easily accessible looping routes with 600 kilometres of paved roadway. The routes are ideal for cycling enthusiasts and have wide, paved shoulders, which make for a more comfortable and safe ride. 

Day 1: Cornwall & SDG Counties

Cyclists: be prepared to fall in love. The Long Sault Parkway flows through a series of islands connected by a quiet roadway. These islands sweep in an arc through the St. Lawrence River like a necklace of green jewels, connected by causeways and bridges. In fact, the islands are the former hilltops of the Lost Villages, which were flooded to allow the International Seaway and Power Dam project in 1958.

The section of Waterfront Trail that runs through here is one of the most uninterrupted, plus many of the roads have plenty of spots to take a break. And this isn’t even mentioning the welcoming communities and beautiful scenery all the way along. 

READ ALSO: St. Lawrence Seaway – Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Rating: Easy. Distance: 96KM (60M). Download PDF Itinerary with Route Map.

There’s also the Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary where you can immerse yourself in 9,000 hectares of wildlife habitat and be rewarded with seeing diverse bird species in one place. 

For a quick break, stop over at  Ingleside Bakery. While their baked goods are so scrumptious, and their variety of gourmet foods is vast, you have to visit between April and September for some of the creamiest ice cream!

As you continue, we recommend cycling Guindon Park  to Gray’s Creek Consevation Area and Marina.

From Guindon Park  to Gray’s Creek Consevation Area and Marina, it’s about 15 kilometres each way.

Fuel up at The Stomping Grounds Bistro and Cafe

While in Cornwall, you can’t miss the 4.7 kilometre long International Bridge that spans the St. Lawrence from Cornwall, Ontario to New York state in the U.S. The bridge is your marker for the detour. From the bridge, follow the detour signs onto Second Street and stay on it until you find your way back to the Waterfront Trail at the historic canal.

For dinner try Stonehouse Lounge & Grill rest up for the evening at the NAV Centre. 

In the morning, make your next stop to Summertown Trails where the forest is yours to explore! Whether on foot or experiencing the S-town flow on two wheels, Summerstown Trails in Williamstown is a great way to get into nature. There are about 20 km of trails that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy.

For more cycling routes view The Great Waterway Circle Tour – Rating: Challenging. Distance: 730KM (454M). Download PDF Itinerary with Route Map 

As with all road cycling rides, keep safety top of mind. Always carry the tools you need to change a flat tire, as sections of some of these routes do have broken pavement and short gravel sections. Depending on your carrier, cell service may not be available at all times, so please leave your itinerary and estimated time of return with someone at home. Most of all, enjoy your ride – and we hope to see you on the trails!