Rideau Lakes Cycling was born out of a love for the natural beauty and living history found along the Rideau Heritage Route in Eastern Ontario.
This region is made up of communities connected by the Rideau Canal, which has been an important link between Kingston and Ottawa, Ontario for nearly two centuries. Built between 1826 and 1832 by the British under the direction of Lieutenant-Colonel John By of the Royal Engineers, the canal served as a strategic defense against the Americans after the war of 1812. Today the 202 km long canal is still an engineering marvel, and each of the distinct communities along it's shore has it's own unique inhabitants and story to tell. It is an ideal place to explore by bicycle, get some fresh air in the countryside, learn about a rich local cultural heritage or to just escape from it all for a short while! Our bike tours are a great way to explore this landscape, and we offer something to suit everyone's budget and available time.
Having explored the backroads and wild landscapes of the area by car, foot, and bicycle for years, it gives me great pleasure to share my intimate knowledge and passion for this country with others. My weekly bike tours focus on exploring the local history and natural features of the area, while maintaining a high degree of comfort and fun. On each bike tour you can choose between either luxury gourmet Bed & Breakfast and Inn accomodation, or camping accomodation located nearby. Cycle at your own pace, enjoy the scenery at hand, and let us take care of the details! As the only bicycle touring company to exclusively offer bike tours of the Rideau Lakes area, I know the region's secrets best... let me pamper you as we explore this amazing corner of Ontario together!
"A great time ... the best I've had on a bike..."
- Jeff P., Barrie, Ontario
September and October are a great time to explore the Rideau Lakes area on one of our supported bike tours! The fall colors are spectacular, the heat of the summer has faded and the attractions and towns that we visit along the tour route are all a bit quieter. It's one of my favorite times of the year to explore the countryside by bicycle; I hope you are able to join me and experience all the region has to offer yourself!
Each week-long Rideau Lakes Cycling (R.L.C.) bike tour includes:
One experienced support person who is intimately familiar with not only the
area but also bicycle touring.
Mechanical support for your bike in case you get a flat tire etc.
A support vehicle to transport your luggage and even you should you decide to take a change of pace. It's also no problem for us to carry any purchases that you may make along the way!
A detailed road map where the route has been clearly outlined for you.
A detailed participant's route booklet where each day's route is mapped out and points of interest are noted.
All breakfasts and dinners (for Option #1 only).
All accommodation or camping fees throughout the tour.
Selected admissions to museums, exhibits, and special events along the tour route.
One Rideau Lakes Cycling T-shirt.
Not included on the week-long bike tour:
Airfare or other travel expenses to the start of each bike tour (where applicable).
Your bicycle . On our tours, you have the option of either bringing your own bicycle, or renting one through us for a small fee for the week. The bicycles that we supply are Giant Hybrid bikes that are comfortable to ride on both road and gravel track. You do not need an expensive touring bike to take part in one of our tours; a regular mountain or hybrid bike will also do just fine. If you are unsure whether or not your bike is suitable, please let us know your concerns.
If you cancel at least 60 days before your tour departure date, your deposit
will be refunded less a $75 cancellation fee.
If your cancellation is received between 30 and 60 days of the tour we will return your payment less $300 (less $150 for Option #2).
If your cancellation is received 30 days or less from the tour date, you must pay the full price of the trip. If we can fill your space with another participant, they may substitute for you.
Please note that we cannot make any exceptions to our cancellation policy.
In the unlikely event that a tour has to be cancelled, you will receive a full refund.
There is no refund for arriving after the tour departure date or leaving a trip early.
R.L.C. is not responsible for expenses incurred in preparation for any cancelled trip.
R.L.C. reserves the right to make route and accommodation modifications as required.
All rates in Canadian funds. Click here to see how much this in your local currency.
About Rideau Lakes Cycling Tours
As your trip guide, roving bike mechanic, personal shuttle service and bearer of refreshing drinks along the way, I will take care of all the details for our various bike tours through the beautiful Rideau Lakes landscape! Having worked as a naturalist guide, as a locksman on the Rideau Canal, and as an Elderhostel program coordinator for a wilderness lodge I have had a variety of experience organizing and leading group tours. I also have a passion for bicycle touring, and have toured through places such as West Africa and Northern Newfoundland, as well as having conducted numerous bike trips throughout the Rideau Lakes region.
I am an enthusiastic amateur naturalist and local history buff, and find the Rideau Lakes region a great place to explore both of these passions. Let me be your guide to the best features of this area, which will charm you with all that it has to offer.
I can't wait to meet you! :)
Rideau Lakes are portraits of the people, history, nature and stories that make the Rideau Heritage Route such an incredible place to visit. It never ceases to amaze me how much we have to offer in the Rideau Lakes region, which is just a short drive from Ottawa, Kingston and Toronto. I hope that you visit the Rideau region, by bike, car, boat or by foot, and to discover for yourself what truly is one of Ontario's hidden gems.
Places to See..
The Dam at Jones Falls on the Rideau Canal is perhaps the most impressive feat of engineering on the entire canal. The massive stones used in this dam were quarried over 11 km away, and moved to the site by cart and boat!
Fort Henry is situated by the mouth of the Rideau Canal, in Kingston, Ontario.
Take a guided tour of the Fort during the day, or learn about it's darker
past during one of the evening Ghost Walks.
There is lots of time on the bike tour to window shop for antiques, such as at this store in Perth, Ontario. If you decide to buy, we can even carry your purchases for you!
Sandy, the tame Sandhill Crane, will welcome you to BlueBird Acres, a unique private conservation area outside of Westport, Ontario.
In Perth, Ontario, you may want to have a refreshing beverage overlooking
the Tay River. Like Kingston, Ontario, Perth also has retained much of its
heritage architecture and charm.
Our bike tours are suitable for any bike, and any rider. You bike as much as you feel like; it's totally up to you! We are nearby throughout the day, and are there to take care of all the details so that you can relax!
Bike the Cataraqui Trail, a restored "rail trail" that offers some great wildlife watching opportunities.
Merrickville, Ontario is known for its artisans, who often welcome visitors into their workshops.
Our bike tours are a great way to meet new people, and make some great memories.
On the last evening of every week-long bike tour, join me around the campfire and relax!
Biking through the countryside is a great way to get up close and personal with the usual and not so usual farm animals! This tame deer seems to enjoy the attention!
See what remains of the homestead and learn the story of Mother Barnes, also
known as "the Witch of Plum Hollow".