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Cycle Canada's New Events in 2014
We're pleased to announce the 2014 schedule for our great bike trips. Thanks to all who discovered Canada with us in 2013. We look forward to welcoming returning and new cyclists in 2014. For the coming season we have new events on the calendar. Join us to see the country at a human scale.
New Indoor Trips for 2014
Simcoe Circle is a circumnavigation of Lake Simcoe, a week-long trip that starts and ends in Barrie, Ontario, just north of Toronto. Cyclists ride clockwise around Lake Simcoe, staying close to the shoreline wherever possible. The best known boat on this lake was the fictional Mariposa Belle in Stephen Leacock's short stories. Our route travels through summer cottage districts that hug the shores of this lake and goes past long-established farm districts that surround the lake. This is a trip with shorter daily distances for those who want get away at a relaxed pace.
The Laurentides Ride departs from Ottawa and follows the Gatineau River to the heart of the Laurentian district (Les Laurentides) of Quebec. From Mont Laurier we take the P'tit Train du Nord rail line (Little Train of the North) through the longest linear park in Canada. Our overnight stops is an auberge at Mont Tremblant, a world famous ski destination in winter. This is the most challenging ride in our one week series. But the P'tit Train weaves around many of the hills. There will be some sections of unpaved trail on this route to avoid some super-hilly conditions.
Erie Shores is a week-long trip along the length of Lake Erie, leaving from Windsor and arriving at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Cyclists ride along the shores of major waterways in southern Ontario — the Detroit River, Lake St. Clair, the Thames River, Lake Erie and the Niagara River. The route passes through Ontario's largest farm district with rural farm roads and mostly easy terrain. Our destination, Niagara-on-the-Lake, is a vibrant town with many pleasant cafés and restaurants, plus the renowned Shaw Festival Theatre.
A note about our trips that start or end in Montreal: Our accommodation providers in Montreal tell us us that 2014 will be a very busy year because of some large conventions. For The BiQue Ride, Tour Vert and Laurentides Ride, if you might want to stay additional nights in Montreal at the beginning or end of the trip we encourage you to make your arrangements early.
New Camping Trips for 2014
The Dempster goes north from Whitehorse in the Yukon and crosses the Arctic Circle on the way to Inuvik in the Northwest Territories. Ride the Klondike Highway to Dawson, the gold rush destination on the Trail of '98. From Dawson we travel the Dempster Highway through the Ogilvie and Richrdson Mountains, then cross the Peel and Mackenzie Rivers to reach Inuvik.
Haida Gwaii starts in Vancouver, travels through the northern half of Vancouver Island and takes two ferry trips to reach Haida Gwaii (formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands), where ancient totems are part of a significant heritage site. One of those ferry trips is through the spectacularly scenic Inside Passage along the British Columbia coast.
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