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Canada is a cycling haven, and since it’s the second-largest country in the world (after Russia), there’s plenty of land to log. Add to that the fabled Great Trail — the longest recreational trail network on Earth at 15,000 miles, spanning the country and passing through all 13 provinces and territories. Tour Canada’s most popular routes on two wheels through modern cities and historic towns, along coastlines and into untouched wilderness. 

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The Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia

On wild Cape Breton Island, the Cabot Trail is 186 miles of twisting and turning top-of-the-world coastal highway frequented by moose, bear and bald eagles, and in the water, Atlantic pilot whales. Experienced cyclists tackle the full loop, while tourists ride from B&B to pub, sampling Celtic and Acadian culture. Freewheeling Adventures leads guided tours.

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Tourism Nova Scotia Contact
Pamela Wamback
Travel Media Specialist
The Seawall, Vancouver

In downtown’s forested Stanley Park with panoramas of English Bay and the snow-capped Coast Range beyond, the scenic Vancouver Seawall is the longest uninterrupted waterfront path in the world (28 km) — a prized recreational route for cyclists, with pretty beaches and trendy restaurants along the way. 

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Tourism Vancouver Contact
Saschie MacLean
Communications Specialist, North America

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The Lachine Canal multipurpose path, Montreal

The Lachine Canal multipurpose path is Montreal’s nature-in-the-city thoroughfare: a 8-mile walking/cycling path along a man-made waterway, with stops in historic Old Port of Montreal for a café lunch, Atwater Market for picnic supplies, and a stint along the 2.5-mile Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, the Formula 1 Grand Prix race track.

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Tourisme Montreal Contact
Patrizia Dri
Director, Member Services, Partnership and Relationship Marketing

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Greater Niagara Circle Route, Niagara

Part of The Great Trail, the 87-mile paved Greater Niagara Circle Route is optimal cycle-touring country: Farms and orchards, quaint villages and leafy vineyards, green rolling hills, waterfront and beaches, with chances to stop for city fun or lunch at a sidewalk café.

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Niagara Contact
Niagara Falls Tourism
Media Relations

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Pemberton's Slow Food Cycle, British Columbia

The annual Pemberton Slow Food Cycle each August is a much-loved foodie event. Passionate locavores of all sizes, ages, and abilities cycle the fertile area 28 miles north of Whistler farm to farm, celebrating the bounty, stopping for picnics, sampling local produce and artisan edibles, and browsing homespun crafts.  

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Pemberton Contact
Tourism Pemberton
Media Relations
The Confederation Trail

You can literally see all of rural Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province, from top to bottom via the easygoing 277-mile Confederation Trail. The former rail line traverses patchwork farmland, sleepy seaside villages, picturesque bays and maritime cities. Stop for golf, birding, culinary touring and an afternoon in Charlottetown, Canada’s birthplace.

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Prince Edward Island Tourism Contact
Alf Blanchard
Media Relations Officer

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The Sightseeing Cycling Route, Ottawa

Ride and hit all the culture stops on Ottawa’s urban Sightseeing Cycling Route. The 4.7-mile path follows the historic Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, plus the major museums and landmarks of Canada’s capital. Get equipped with Rentabike or Escape Bicycle Tours.

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Ottawa Tourism Contact
Jantine Van Kregten
Director of Communications

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The Icefields Parkway, Alberta

Considered one of the world’s most scenic rides, 100-plus glaciers line the postcard-worthy Icefields Parkway in the Canadian Rockies. Cycle the 300 km between Jasper and Lake Louise over two to six days on your own or join Mountain Madness Tours.

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Banff & Lake Louise Contact
Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Media Relations

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Kettle Valley Railway Trail, British Columbia

The most impressive segment of British Columbia’s Great Trail is the 249-mile Kettle Valley Rail Trail, a historic route from Brookemere to Midway on the 1915 railway that once transported silver ore from mountains to coast — considered an engineering marvel by the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame. For canyon views from 18 gorge-spanning trestles, pedal the 7-mile Kelowna-Myra Canyon cliff-hanger, a national historic site. 

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Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association
Howard Grieve
Travel Trade and Media Specialist

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The Viking Trail, Newfoundland and Labrador

For the hardcore, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Viking Trail is 311 miles of tough coastal riding. The payoff: Dramatic, fjord-cut Gros Morne National Park, friendly far-flung fishing villages, not to mention geological wonders, icebergs, whales and moose.

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Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism Contact
Gillian Marx
Media Relations - North America

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Saskatchewan's Battleford Trails

Beginners can explore Saskatchewan’s 8-mile paved section of The Great Trail on two wheels in the Battlefords region along the scenic North Saskatchewan River or pedal the natural terrain along the 16-mile North Shore Trail. Though not far, the route rewards with a lovely view over the Battle River-North Saskatchewan convergence.

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Tourism Saskatchewan Contact
Jodi Holliday
Media Relations Specialist

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