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
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.
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.
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.
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.
We are pleased to announce our dates and fees for 2014.
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.
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.
Most participants on our rides bring their own bikes. But travelling with bikes can be complicated. Please let us know if you wish to rent a bike and we will provide suggestions on rental companies.
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.
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.
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!