Cycle Canada Bicycle Tours

The BiQue Ride

Toronto to Montreal

BiQue Riders entering Quebec
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    The BiQue Ride

    The BiQue Ride is an annual bike tour from Toronto to Montreal.

    First held in 1995, in 2015 we celebrate our 21st annual ride.

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    Toronto to Montreal

    We travel from Toronto to Montreal via Prince Edward County

    There's a rest day in Kingston where riders can relax and explore this historic town or take the ferry to Wolfe Island for more riding!

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    Six Days of Cycling

    Six riding days and one rest day. We leave from Old City Hall in Toronto and ride to Old City Hall in Montreal.

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    A Waterfront Route

    Cyclists on the BiQue Ride travel through towns that began as waypoints on the waterways when the continent was first settled by Europeans.

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    Flat to Gently Rolling Terrain

    Our route mostly follows the shores of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

    The terrain is flat to gently rolling with one significant climb in Prince Edward County.

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    Supported by Cycle Canada

    Cycle Canada's support vehicle carries your gear each day and our staff delivers your bags to your overnight accommodation, included in your package.

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    Ride at Your Own Pace

    Riders can share social time with others or explore restaurants and tourist sites on their own.

    We encourage cyclists on our tours to ride at their own pace.

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    Exploring Historic Routes

    We travel through and stay in attractive smaller historic villages along the route.

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    Country Roads and Paths

    We cycle on quiet country roads or paths as much as possible.

    In the larger cities of Toronto and Montreal we are often on shared use paths.

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    Group Size up to 20 riders

    Join cyclists from across Canada and from around the world.

    Group size is small, generally not greater than 20 riders.

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    Co-operative Group Spirit

    Cycle Canada's helpful staff and a co-operative group spirit will support you on your journey.

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    Being part of a group provides individuals with the confidence and resources to meet their goals and makes possible a trip that many would not contemplate on their own.

    Bud Jorgensen,
    Founder, Tour du Canada
  • The BiQue Ride is an annual bike ride starting in Toronto, Ontario and traveling to Montreal, Quebec.

    This ride is part of Cycle Canada's "Discover Your Routes" series of events. Affordable, one week cycling vacations where participants explore secondary roads and interesting regions of Canada.

    Discover Canada at a human scale, by bicycle. You can contact us at: Cycle Canada

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  • Package

  • Dates & Fees

  • What to Bring

  • Cycle Canada Advantage

2015 will be the 21st annual ride from Toronto to Montreal

Six days of cycling with seven nights of accommodation

The BiQue Ride (BiQue is pronounced - Bike) is a week-long cycle trip leaving from Old City Hall in Toronto and arriving at Old City Hall in Montreal.

Cyclists ride along the shores of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. 2014 will be the 20th annual staging of The BiQue Ride.

Meet in downtown Toronto for the start of the ride

Riders for The BiQue Ride meet at Toronto's old City Hall, in the vibrant downtown city centre on the Sunday morning. We soon reach the shores of Lake Ontario just past Oshawa, where we join parts of Ontario's Waterfront Trail, which winds its way through historic towns and farm land as we roll past spectacular waterfront vistas. Along the way we enjoy the local hospitality of small town Ontario, rich in history and friendly local charm.

Our route takes us through historic communities along the scenic shores of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Cyclists travel along side roads and country lanes that avoid traffic congestion. Riders experience the rich local histories, gain insight into key environmental issues of the area and participate in Canada's bicultural way of life. Six days of riding with a day off mid-trip in Kingston.

We'll ride through towns that began as waypoints on the waterways when the continent was first settled by Europeans and later became Loyalist strongholds after the War of Independence in the U.S. and the War of 1812.

Enjoy a day off in historic Kingston

We have a rest day in Kingston, former capital of Upper Canada. Downtown Kingston is a compact community that is loaded with history and is easy to tour by foot or by bike. Riders can choose to visit the many museums or historical sites, take a cycling side trip to pastoral Wolfe Island or spend leisurely time in the local cafes. The ride along the banks of the St. Lawrence River passes the Thousand Islands and the Long Sault Parkway, which follows the first section of the Seaway that created a shipping route to the centre of the continent by flooding the river.

Included in your BiQue Ride package:

On the BiQue Ride we stay indoors at motels, hotels, bed and breakfasts, inns and university residences. The gentle pace of this ride allows ample time to enjoy local attractions, or take side trips. Evenings will be a time to socialize.

Breakfasts are provided by local hosts or in local restaurants. We'll make suggestions for dinner at other locations near where you stay.

Pre-Trip
  • Trip preparation guide, including training trips, route and routine overview.
  • Trip orientation on the evening before first day of event.
Meals and Accommodation
  • Pre-booked accommodation. Indoor accommodation at hotels, motels and university summer hotel.
  • Double accommodation. Single available as a supplemental cost.
  • A day off from riding, mid-trip, in Kingston.
  • Support staff to drive support vehicle, deliver luggage.
  • Breakfasts on riding days in restaurants or where you stay.
  • Pizza party dinner mid-week on the night before the rest day in Kingston.
  • Fruit and snacks will be available to take with you on riding days.
  • Farewell reception in Montreal end of the ride.
Route Support
  • Daily maps and route instructions. Head office toll free telephone and Skype assistance.
  • Luggage service to overnight stays.
  • CycleCanada water bottle
  • Support vehicle to carry your gear.
  • Full tool kit and work stand on support vehicle.
  • Optional return service to Toronto, including your bicycle.

Join us in 2014 for our 20th annual BiQue Ride!

Please check availability on our tours before registering.

We are pleased to announce our dates and fees for 2014.

  • Toronto, Ontario to Montreal, Quebec
  • Dates: July 20 to July 26, 2014
  • Fee: $995.00
  • Single Supplement: $350.00
  • Optional Return Fare : $125.00
  • Deposit: $250.00

Fees are per person in Canadian funds. Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) is in addition to above fees. We recommend that you obtain travel, medical and personal insurance. Please read our policy statement for Cycle Canada events: Policies

You'll find information on other great cycling tours in Canada here: Cycle Canada Events.

What to Bring on The BiQue Ride

A Bike and Enthusiasm
  • A bike in good working order, a flexible attitude and enthusiasm!
  • The BiQue Ride is planned for paved roads and paths but some unpaved sections are unavoidable, especially through construction projects — we recommend a road (touring) bike.
  • Don't forget an on-the-road tool kit – just in case you have a flat or other minor mechanical problem.
  • A helmet, water bottles, sunscreen and a rain shell in case of inclement weather.
Personal Items
  • Cash for meals and munchie stops (breakfast and snacks are included in package).
  • Personal items such as camera, identification, cycling and aprés cycling clothes
Luggage and Bike Boxes

Travelling light is a good plan

Cycle Canada has no official limit on transporting your daily luggage. Our staff will assist where possible with delivery of luggage to your overnight room. In the mornings we ask that participants bring their bags to the lobby or support vehicle. So, keep in mind that you may need to carry your bag at times and they are loaded into a limited space in our support vehicle. If you are taking our return option you will likely need to take your bags to get to the bus and on the bus.

One area where we do have constraints is taking hard shell bike cases. Some soft shelled bike cases may not present a problem. We generally can transport Bike Friday Cases. If you need to bring a bike case please let us know, we'll assist with advice so you can make arrangements.

If you have special logistical issues, such as travelling from overseas, please let us know. We'll do what we can to help.

Renting Bikes

Most participants on our rides bring their own bikes and we do recommend this as the best option. We recognize that travelling with bikes can be complicated. Please let us know if you wish to rent a bike and we do our best to assist.

Proudly Canadian

Cycle Canada, The Veloforce Corporation is a Canadian company that organizes cycling activities. It is owned by Bud & Margot Jorgensen. Bud is a long-time recreational cyclist and founder of Tour du Canada. Our operations are located in Alliston, Ontario, just north of Toronto.

We have been organizing affordable supported cycling expeditions and vacations throughout Canada since 1987.

Cycling in Canada

We believe that Canada is the best place in the world to go for a bike ride.

Our primary focus is to offer an enjoyable cycling experience. We encourage participants in our events to ride at their own pace and to join us with the goal of completing their tour by bicycle. We believe they will enjoy a cycling trip more in groups where they get to know other riders and share the pleasure of travelling as cycle tourists.

Read more about the management of Cycle Canada here: About Us.

Our Pledge to You

Participants in our events have a right to expect that Cycle Canada, as organizers, and its staff will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that riders complete their ride and are enriched by the cycling experience. We hope that each rider will find companionship in, and be tolerant of other members of the group and help to make the trip a memorable and positive experience for all riders.

It's in Canada and a great day to go for a bike ride!

Tour Quick Facts

The BiQue Ride

  • Total days — 7
  • Riding days — 6
  • Rest days — 1
  • Total distance by bike 660 km (410 mi.)
  • Daily average — 110 km (68 mi.)
  • Longest day — 127 km (78 mi.)

Accommodation

  • 7 nights indoor accommodation at motels, hotel, Inn and Bed and Breakfasts and University summer hotel.

Meals

  • 6 breakfasts
  • 1 dinner
  • Reception at end of the ride
  • Fruit and snacks on riding days
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