Bike Train service between Toronto and Montreal with stops in between at stations with baggage service, is provided by VIA Rail. For schedules and ticket information, please refer to the VIA Rail website at www.viarail.ca/en/bike or call 1-888-842-7245.
* Bikes can only be transported on trains listed with baggage cars. During summer months 12 bike racks are available on one trains daily between Toronto and Montreal, with no disassembly or boxing required. On other trains or during regular season, bikes can be transported in bags or boxes on trains with baggage car service. Upon arrival at the train station, check your bike at the baggage counter. Extra charges apply.
* As of May 2013, bike transportation service is no longer available to and from Ottawa as this route no longer has baggage service.
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FEATURE DESTINATION: Ontario East
Cycle the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail!
Bike Train service on this route connects cyclists to destinations along Lake Ontario’s waterfront and the St. Lawrence Seaway. These communities offer excellent cycling and a summer full of events. From the rolling hills of Northumberland County, to the bike paths along the shores of the St. Lawrence Parks System, Eastern Ontario offers countless opportunities for recreational and avid cyclists alike.
Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail
The Waterfront Trail follows Lake Ontario from the US border at Niagara-on-the-Lake to the Quebec border near Cornwall. Along it you will find a 900km celebration of nature and culture - where peaceful countryside, small and big cities share a common bond through Lake Ontario.
Made up of both paved and unpaved off-road paths as well as on road routes, the Waterfront Trail provides cycling routes for everyone from families and recreational cyclists to long-distance road cyclists. The Waterfront Trail links up with La Route Verte at the Quebec border, allowing cyclists to continue on to Montreal and beyond.VIA Rail provides easy access to many sections of the trail.
Waterfront Trail website
87 full colour trail maps, free to download
Ontario East Destinations
Cobourg and Northumberland County
Northumberland County, accessible from the Cobourg train station, encompasses the communities of Port Hope,Cobourg, Colbourne and Brighton.The quiet country-side has rolling hills and a proliferation of quiet, undulating paved country roads with peaceful views of Lake Ontario and Rice Lake.
Prince Edward County
A bending and curving shoreline, vast marshes and wetlands, a bevy of agricultural delights and the largest freshwater dune system in the world at Sandbanks are just some of the natural treasures you will enjoy. Prince Edward County is accessible from Cobourg or Kingston.
Kingston offers a lively downtown filled with great pubs, restaurants and accommodations.Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Fort Henry and the Rideau Heritage Route. For those looking to cover more ground, use Kingston as the launching ground for trips east to the Loyalist Parkway,west to Prince Edward County, or a loop on the Rideau Heritage Route.
Wolfe Island is the largest of the world-renowned Thousand Islands. Located where Lake Ontario ends and the St. Lawrence River begins its flow to the Atlantic, its beautiful sunrises, breath-taking sunsets and spectacular night-time skies are a big part of its charm. The island features 4 signed bike routes on rural country roads. Maps are available online or at the tourist information centre in the town of Marysville. Free ferries run hourly from downtown Kingston so you can stay for the day or weekend.
Rideau Heritage Route
Wind your way through charming communities, historic sites and spectacular recreation areas from Kingston to Ottawa. What sets the Rideau area apart from other lakes and river systems is its rich history. The Rideau Canal is the oldest continuously operated canal in North America, the locks work today much as they did when first opened in 1832. Back then, the Rideau was a wilderness of lakes, rivers and swamps. Out of this wilderness sprang up communities, most of which were settled in the 1800's by entrepreneurs purchasing mills, seeking better livelihoods. We welcome you to please explore our history and that of the very beginnings of our great Nation.
Brockville and the Thousand Islands
Charming heritage homes and buildings,Canada's first railway tunnel, and beautifully landscaped waterfront parks define Brockville's contribution to the shores of the St. Lawrence River. See the Thousand Islands and cycle the WaterfrontTrail.
Cornwall and the Parks of the St. Lawrence
Cornwall has a well developed waterfront trail with 75 km of off-road paved trails.The path takes cyclists west towards the Parks of the St. Lawrence and the Long Sault Parkway. Discover the SeawayValley, campgrounds, scenic waterside vistas and historic towns. Cycling east will connect you with cycling routes into Quebec.