While Kawarthas Northumberland has an abundance of scenic road cycling routes to cruise, there are also some of Ontario’s best rail trails in the area. Grab your helmet and head out on the Victoria Rail Trail, an 85-kilometer rail trail that ranges from Kinmount to Bethany to Lindsay. This public trail is open all year round and has options along the way to stop for lunch, take in the sights, and a good chance of seeing some wildlife too!
Another excellent option is to cycle your way along the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail, a hard-packed limestone trail that is relatively flat and level and passes by scenic rivers, wetlands and rolling landscapes, connecting with routes that can lead you through Lindsay, Peterborough, and Lakefield. The Kawartha Trans Canada Trail is consistently one of the most popular options for cycling tours with Ontario By Bike. Two of their legacy cycling route guides include this beautiful stretch of The Great Trail – get the details (including Ride with GPS routes) here:
The Ganaraska Forest, which is the largest forested area in Southern Ontario, has hundreds of kilometers of cycling trails for riders to test out. Hop on your bike with your family, friends, or by yourself, and soar down the trail systems as you weave your way through the trees.
There are a number of other areas in the beautiful Kawarthas with good options for mountain bikers such as Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park, which has 375 square kilometres of preserved wilderness and recreational areas, Harold Town Conservation area, and Jackson Park in Peterborough, which has a mix of family-friendly trails including the rail trail which was converted from an old railway bed.