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Waterloo Region is a perfect destination to enjoy by bike!  With a vast network of urban cycling routes, scenic countryside roads, tranquil recreational pathways and thrilling mountain bike trails there’s something for every type of cycling enthusiast.  

Cyclists will love that there’s so much to see and do in Waterloo Region throughout the year. Cycle to a favourite brewery, museum or farmers’ market, enjoy scenic rural landscapes as you tour past tranquil Mennonite farms, take in the fall colours, or simply get out and enjoy the fresh air on one of the more than 500 km of trails in Waterloo Region.  

Every season brings a new thrill and something else to explore as you tour the Region on two wheels.

Plan Your Ride using the Cycling Guide App

Cycling Guide app

Waterloo Region has a wealth of cycling-friendly trails and roads. The Cycling Guide app has been developed specifically for Waterloo Region, and will help you explore the Region by bike. Cycling Guide will get you where you want to go, and will always create the most bicycle-friendly route to get you there.

Cycling Guide allows you to plan your trip and create routes tailored to your comfort level both before you arrive and while you’re in Waterloo Region. 

Want to experience the best of the Region by bike? Cycling Guide includes curated recreational rides developed by Explore Waterloo Region and Ontario By Bike to provide inspiration for your visit! Discover charming destinations, bicycle-friendly businesses and learn more about Waterloo Region while riding your bike. 

Cycling Guide is free to download and is available for both iPhone and Android.

Waterloo Region Trails

Whether you’re looking for leisurely paths that meander into city parks and past historic sites, or trails that wind their way through scenic countrysides and forests, there’s a route for you to explore in Waterloo Region.

Mountain Biking

Challenge yourself at one of Ontario’s premier mountain biking destinations – The Hydrocut.  
More than 35km of well-designed and interconnected trails will thrill riders of all levels.  The Hydrocut trails are free to use and are open year-round.

Bicycle Friendly Certified Businesses

Cyclists are more than welcome in Waterloo Region! Ontario by Bike bike friendly certified businesses are well situated to help get you started, fuel up along the way and refresh you at the end of your ride. 

A cyclist biking along a paved trail beside the ION Light Rail Transit system in Waterloo. An ION train is on the tracks beside the cyclist

Cycling in the Region of Waterloo

The Region of Waterloo is making it easy for cyclists to combine their journey with Public Transit. Find rural and urban bike maps for the Region, information on the e-bike and e-scooter rental program and more on the Region of Waterloo website.

cycling over the 401 on the pedestrian and cycling bridge during the Ontario by Bike Waterloo Guelph Explorer

Cycle Routes and Inspiration

Classic Grand River Loop

Experience the best of trail riding in Waterloo Region, including access to big city amenities, bicycle friendly cafes, restaurants and craft breweries, while quickly entering tranquil green spaces and trails along the Grand River.

Woolwich Countryside Tour

This ride thru Mennonite country begins in the village of St. Jacobs. Discover one of the last covered bridges in Ontario in West Montrose, ride the G2G Trailway, and tour the quaint villages of Elmira, Wallenstein and Hawkesville.

Hespeler Village-Mill Run Trail Ride

Enjoy an out-and-back trail ride on the Mill Run Trail along the Speed River which flows into the Grand River. Start and end in Hespeler Village with multiple craft breweries, restaurants and plenty of interesting sights to check out.

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