Bike

Toronto family relaxing on a northern adventure with a babe to go in a Dutch cargo bike.

Toronto family relaxing on a northern adventure with a babe to go in a Dutch cargo bike.

Cycling is the most popular way to enjoy the world’s greenways. Dozens of international bike tour companies package soft adventures ranging from catered tent-camping trips to gourmet inn-to-inn tours with attention to every last detail for the pampered traveller. Toronto to Algonquin Greenway (TAG) is far from being able to offer this range of accommodation, but envisions such a future.

The TAG Towns project will highlight gaps and opportunities for services catering to TAG cyclists. If you’re a wordly, greenway traveller please share your experiences and suggestions here. We heard a story about a bike trip in France. When checking into the campground, the cyclists were asked which type of freshly baked pastry they’d like delivered to their campsite in the morning.

Cycling the Toronto to Algonquin Greenway today is challenging but definitely worth it. In Toronto, the 85 km Pan Am Path has gaps that will be closed by 2015. The six rail trails of the Greenway vary greatly in terms of ability level for cycling. Watch for more detail as field research is carried out. All the rail trails are more or less flat. That’s how rail lines were engineered. And they are all away from car traffic. The two trails that are the most rugged, rough and remote are the most rewarding in terms of wildlife viewing – these are the Beaver River Wetland and the Haliburton County Rail Trail.

Fat bikes (balloon tire widths of 4″ or 10 cms) which are quickly gaining in popularity, are the ideal bike for these challenging trail conditions. Rentals of this type of bike would be ideal for these trails. The TAG Towns project could be a catalyst for this type of business.