Bikes ON Tours offers cyclists an affordable multi-day tour of the Bay of Quinte area, attracting tourists from as far away as Switzerland, the Netherlands and the United States. Self-guided tour packages offer an affordable flexible cycle tour with a map, daily itinerary, turn by turn route description and complete information on accommodation, restaurants, bike shops, camping and attractions along the route. Additional services are available including luggage transfer and reservations for accommodation or bicycle rental. Owner Howard Pulver, a native of the Bay of Quinte area, features tours from his home region. He has developed cycling routes and touring packages in many areas of Ontario but considers the BOQ to be the best area for bicycle touring resulting from the fortunate combination of low traffic paved roads, scenic countryside, charming towns, farms, cheese factories and wineries.
The route goes from Belleville to Brighton and through Prince Edward County before returning through Deseronto. Bicycling an average of 55 kilometers per day the ride is three to five days. At an average 30 kilometers per day the ride is six to eight days. Two days offer optional loop rides exploring the quiet, scenic southern peninsulas of Prince Edward.
You start near the landmark floral Canadian flag which welcomes tourists to Belleville from Highway 401. The first day is spent crossing rolling countryside and cycling along the Trent Canal to Frankford. Canal side parks offer a great lunch stop. Cycling down to the shore for Lake Ontario at Brighton you can choose from several bed and breakfasts, a motel or camping at nearby Presqu’ile Provincial Park.
Next morning you cross the Murray Canal into Prince Edward County. Sample the award winning pinot noir vintages at Stanners Vinyards, Hillier Creek Estates or Karlo Estates. Stop in Wellington for lunch or at the beach just north of Sandbanks Provincial Park. Continue on the Waterfront Trail along the Loyalist Parkway through the charming village of Bloomfield with the popular Slickers homemade ice cream store. The ride ends in historic Picton, the main tourist centre and county town.
One optional cycling route from Picton goes to Sandbanks Provincial Park, West Lake and East Lake through Milford and South Bay with Mariners Park Museum and a popular stop at the Black River Cheese factory for fresh cheddar curds. The other route passes the Waupoos Winery and County Cider Company with a refreshment stop for delicious iced cider. Continuing to the east side of the peninsula you pass the goat cheese factory, Fifth Town Artisan Cheese, and the scenic overlook at Lake on the Mountain. Watch the Glenora Ferry crossing Picton Bay sixty-two meters below as you stand near the mysterious lake. A scenic ride along the Waterfront Trail below takes you back to Picton.
Return through Demorestville, passing restored heritage houses and a church, crossing the Bay of Quinte to Deseronto and the Mohawks of Tyendinega First Nation. The town offers a park on the Bay of Quinte, a tea room and antique shops. First Nations crafts are featured just north of the bridge on Highway 49. Follow quiet paved roads near the Bay of Quinte to Shannonville and along the Via Rail line to return to the starting point in Belleville.