Biking in Ontario Canada ~ Algonquin Park & Area
Cycle Through the Rugged Beauty
With many of kilometres of mountain bike trails for you to explore, no two experiences will be the same. Set out on historic country trails, untouched conservation lands, old logging trails, rugged wilderness trails or even abandoned railway beds. Just choose the environment you want, the length of trail and the level of difficulty.
Biking at the Couples Resort:
The Couples Resort offers bike rentals as well as bike maps for four trails. Each of the trails are rated easy for all to enjoy.
Madawaska River trail which is endless this trail follows abandoned railway bed, biking along the serene Madawaska River, this trail will take you all the way to Madawaska and then you can return via Hwy 60 to complete a 40 km loop. But prepare for hills which may be a challenge on the highway and a paved shoulder for only part of your ride.
The old Abandoned Railway Line trail which will take you into Algonquin Park and the Lobster Lake Trail which is an old loggers road and the Hydro Line trail.
All trails are accessible directly from our resort.
- 18 mountain bikes with full suspension and 21 speeds
- Access to an unlimited kilometer abandoned railway trail
- for those couples a tandem bike is available
Algonquin Park Trails:
Minnesing Mountain Bike Trail
The Minnesing Mountain Bike Trail is located 23 km from the West Gate and 33 km from the East Gate, just off of Hwy 60. The trail consists of four loops, with distances of 4.7, 10.1, 17.1 and 23.4 kilometres. All four loops are hilly and unsuitable for small children and unfit adults and are rated at a moderate level of technical difficulty. The western or return side of each loop follows the old Minnesing Road where the trail is smoother and the grades are less steep. Expect extensive muddy sections until the drier weather of August and September. Cabins are located at the start of the trail and on the return run of the second loop. The trail passes through hardwood forest with views of three lakes along the way.
Old Railway Bike Trail
The Old Railway Bike Trail runs from Mew Lake Campground to Rock Lake Campground but can also accessed from Pog Lake campground. This 10 kilometre leisurely trails runs along the abandoned rail bed of the historic Ottawa, Arnprior, and Parry Sound Railway built across the Park in 1895. The trail has several interpretive panels along the route which explain Algonquin's history.
Park Access fee: Park entry fees apply
Trail map: Available at the park
Web site: Algonquin Park
Area Biking Events
Hastings Highlands Hilly Hundred: The Toughest Century Tour in Ontario weaves its way through the hills and valleys of the Canadian Shield from Millennium Park Bancroft to Foymount, Wilno, Barry's Bay and back. The terrain is a wonderful mix of country roads, "breathtaking" hills carved through ancient granite bedrock. Riders will travel through some of Ontario's most beautiful landscapes where you will be awed by the beauty of lakes, rolling hills, and colourful hardwood forests.
Four Challenging options await you - 60km, 80km, 160km and 240km each with total elevation gains that will make your heart race and your legs cry "uncle"!
For more information and dates visit http://www.hillyhundred.ca/