Snow on the trails no longer means the biking season is over; It means the winter cycling season has begun!
Winter bikes are mountain bikes with large tires that allow you to ride on snow easily. One of the best things about winter biking is that it’s a great way to get out and be active all winter long and have a ton of fun doing it!
Cycling is a great way to improve cardiovascular health and is low-impact, so easy on the joints. The popularity of this sport is increasing around the world and even here in Algonquin Provincial Park.
Donnie Collins, bike store manager at Algonquin Outfitters, told us that the reason he thinks this winter sport is becoming so popular is that “winter bikes have become a great way to get out and escape.” from the stress of everyday life. At the end of the day, it’s fun to ride a bike in the winter.”
Winter Biking Old Algonquin Railroad Bike Route
Many people enjoy pedaling. Former Algonquin Railroad Bike Trail during spring, summer and fall, but it is actually open all year long. The trail is groomed for a distance of approximately 12 km from Pog Lake to Cache Lake throughout the winter as a multi-recreation trail.
Following the park’s old track bed, this flat trail is a fantastic trail even for beginners to the sport.
Cyclists can choose the desired duration of the ride through snow-covered coniferous forests. Bike across frozen lakes and pedal over river bridge crossings. Look for wildlife tracks left by foxes, hares, wolves and other woodland friends, and listen to the songs of winter birds.
Tracks on the Trail: One of Algonquin Park’s naturalists saw these tracks of an Eastern Wolf (left) and a Snowshoe Hare (right) just a few days ago crossing the Old Railway Bike Trail.
Mew Lake Campground offers the best access pointwith plenty of parking, heated bathrooms, and convenient trail access just steps from the campground.
You can consult a trail map here.
To help ensure day-use access, our visitors can now plan their trip in advance and obtain a daily vehicle permit in advance.
Reservations can be made:
- by phone: 1-888-ONT-PARK (1-888-668-7275)
For more information, including how seasonal permit holders can take advantage of this opportunity, visit our website.
Winter Bike Rentals Near Algonquin
Ready to pedal through the winter wonderland of Algonquin? Visit Algonquin Outfitters at their Huntsville location. They offer a range of makes and models of winter bikes for hire and sale. New for 2020 is a trunk-mounted bike rack rental option for those who don’t have a truck or van to transport their bikes.
Would you rather try winter cycling on the Old Railway Bike Trail in spring, summer or fall? You can also rent bicycles at the Two Rivers Store along Highway 60 in the park from spring through Thanksgiving weekend. The shop offers convenient trail access right behind their bike shop.