On Tour TransCanada we'll travel across Canada from west to east.
Across Canada by bicycle
Tour TransCanada is a cross-Canada cycling expedition from Vancouver, British Columbia, to St. John's, Newfoundland, a distance of about 7500 km (4630 miles).
On Tour TransCanada cyclists ride through all 10 Canadian Provinces. Rest days are in major cities along the way, including Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Quebec City.
From Vancouver we follow the Fraser River to Hope and take the Manning Park route through the Coast Mountains to follow the Okanagan Lakes to Kelowna.
At the north end of the Okanagan District climb Rogers Pass in the Selkirk Mountains and Kicking Horse Pass in the Rockies to get to Alberta.
Past Calgary we follow a route north of the TransCanada Highway to Regina, then north of the TransCanada again to Winnipeg, and again to the Manitoba-Ontario boundary.
To Kenora there is only one road and then we go south through Fort Frances to reach Thunder Bay. Around Lake Superior we follow Route 17 through Sault Ste. Marie and then go south to Manitoulan Island.
After a ferry crossing to Tobermory we are on local roads in southern Ontario to go through Toronto and then on to Ottawa. We follow the Ottawa and St. Lawrence Rivers through Montreal and Quebec City and then go overland to reach the Saint John River valley in New Brunswick.
From Fredericton we go overland to Moncton and on to the Acadian coast. Our route takes Confederation Bridge onto Prince Edward Island and we go through Charlottetown to the ferry to Nova Scotia. We go through Cape Breton to reach the ferry dock and a ship that takes us to Newfoundland.
In St. John's the ride concludes with a climb up Signal Hill.
Included in your Tour TransCanada package:
- Trip preparation guide, including training trips, route and routine overviews and safety information.
- Full-day trip orientation on the first day of the schedule.
- Private on-line discussion board and preparation update bulletins.
Meals and Accommodation
- Pre-booked accommodation. Indoor accommodation at hotels, motels and university summer hotels.
- Camping in serviced campgrounds, including private, provincial and federal parks.
- Double accommodation with some single accommodation. Guaranteed single available as a supplemental cost.
- Rest day accommodation is indoor (2 nights) plus additional indoor stays on some riding days.
- Major ferry fees are included. Cabins (2 to a room) on Newfoundland ferry.
- Support staff, cook and driver.
- Meals included in the package are prepared by our staff or served in restaurants.
- Dinners and hot breakfasts are provided on all riding days when we are camping, except for dinner on the night before a rest day. For indoor stays on riding days there will be some additional meals included in the package.
- Fruit and snacks will be available to take with you on riding days.
- Farewell group meal at the end of the full ride.
- Daily maps and route instructions.
- Head office toll free number.
- Tour Jersey (Full Tour Participants), CycleCanada water bottle, Safety Triangle to wear while riding.
- Support vehicle to carry your gear. Support Vehicle is equipped with power outlets for charging phones and computers and for sleeping mat pumps.
- Full tool kit and work stand on support vehicle.
- Individual storage shelves for each rider's gear.
- There is a fridge, coffee maker, shelter tent, tool kit and floor pump on the truck.
Yes, you can join the ride for segments!
Full Tour 2015 Vancouver to St. John's
- Vancouver, B.C. to St. John's, Newfoundland
- Dates (Preliminary): June 16 to August 28, 2015
- Indoors and camping accommodation, one Ferry night, double cabin
- Early Registration Fee: Canadian $8,275.00
- Guaranteed Single Supplement: *$1,250.00
- Deposit: $1,000.00
Segments 2015, Deposit for all segments is $1,000.00
Vancouver, B.C. to Toronto, Ontario
- Dates: June 16 to August 2, 2015 (subject to reconfirmation)
- Early Registration Fee: Canadian $5,860.00**
- Guaranteed Single Supplement:*$715.00
Vancouver, B.C. to Montreal Quebec
- Dates: June 16 to August 10, 2015 (subject to reconfirmation)
- Early Registration Fee: Canadian $6,865.00 **
- Guaranteed Single Supplement:*$895.00
Toronto, Ontario to St. John's, Newfoundland
- Dates: August 2 to August 28, 2015
- Early Registration Fee: Canadian $3,240.00
- Guaranteed Single Supplement: *$550.00
*Many of the indoors stays (those in university residences) have single bedrooms and are included in the package fee.
To guarantee all indoor nights as single rooms we offer a single supplement. On some nights there may be limited availability for this option and we offer it as a first-come basis. Rooms do not necessarily come with private bathrooms.
We will try to match those who prefer not to pay the single supplement. However we will need to assess a single supplement if we are not able.
Fees are per person in Canadian funds.
Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) is in addition to above fees.
We recommend you obtain travel, medical and personal insurance. Please read our policy statement for Cycle Canada events: Policies
What to bring on Tour TransCanada:
A Bike and Enthusiasm
- A bike in good working order, a flexible attitude and enthusiasm!
- Tour TransCanada is planned for paved roads and paths but some unpaved sections are unavoidable, especially through construction projects – we recommend a sturdy road bike suitable for a long distance expedition ride.
- For camping nights, a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat and a pillow (we have tents you can rent).
- Mess kit (cup, plate, bowl, eating utensils). Participants bring mess kits and are only responsible for cleaning their own kits.
- Don't forget a tool kit, just in case you have a flat or other minor mechanical problem. If your bike has unique and difficult to find parts you may wish to bring spare parts – please check with us.
- A helmet, water bottles, sunscreen, insect repellent and a rain gear in case of inclement weather.
- Cash for lunches, munchie stops and meals on rest days and ferry days.
- 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. For indoor stays our staff will assist where possible with delivery of luggage.
For camping stays we aim to have tenting sites close to the truck but this is not always possible. So, keep in mind that you may need to carry your bags at times.
- 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 on the assumption that box is used as storage for the cyclist's gear. 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, particularly on a tour of this length.
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.
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.
You'll find information on other great cycling tours in Canada here: Cycle Canada Events.