To The Point

22 km of pavement takes you east and south of Kingsville to Canada's most southern national park:  Point Pelee. There is a paved mulituse path along most of the roads until you reach  the 60 km/hr Point Pelee Drive. Once you enter Point Pelee National Park, you can ride on the recently paved road towards the tip, or take the limestone chip multiuse trail as it meanders south. Take a picnic with you (Lakeside Bakery in Leamington has lots of options to tuck into your backpack).

To the Town That Was - Olinda Loop

This 40 km paved loop takes you north of Kingsville. A mix of paved shoulders on county roads (60 and 80 km/hr speed limits) and tar&chip township roads are great for riding when the Greenway rail trail and gravel roads are muddy. There is an option to cut off about 8 km of the loop by turning south on Olinda Sideroad about 14 km into the route. You might be surprised to know that Olinda once was home to an industry that is no longer active in southern Ontario. You'll see peach and apple orchards on this loop...highlights during a ride in spring blossom season. There are no services on this route, so pack a water bottle and a snack.

Southern Country Roads

70 km of paved / tar & chip roads lead you west of Kingsville through farm country. Soybeans, wheat and corn are the main crops in this area today. But in one area about 20 km into the route, Hiram Walker tried to grow cranberries due to the marshy field conditions at the time. The route passes through the town of Harrow where food and cold drinks are available. The lakeside hamlet of Colchester also has food and refreshment options, as well as Lake Erie breezes to cool you down. Perhaps check out which flavour tickles your fancy at Here's The Scoop ice cream shop.

Amherstburg Coffee Loop

Almost 100 km of pavement takes you west of Kingsville. Much of this route does not have a paved shoulder, so should be ridden by those who are comfortable riding with traffic. The route dips into the Holiday Beach Conservation Area where the shade from the trees may be a welcome change from the open roads. In Amherstburg, there are several choices in the historic riverfront area for coffee, or for something more substantial. A wind from the west will be welcome for the return route on paved county and township roads.

Home of the Wild Geese

This 11 km round trip is on residential streets, paved shoulders of a 60 km/hr road, paved township roads and a bit of paved multiuse trail. Founded in 1904, the Jack Miner Wild Bird Sanctuary was created by the father of wildlife conservation in North America.  Each year, hundreds of ducks and geese land here during migration.  Jack Miner pioneered banding of these migratory birds. The museum and historic house are open seasonally (tours available if pre-booked).  There is a delightful wooded area with trails on the south side of the road. While you are there, you can find out why there is a Ty Cobb Field in the Kingsville area.

Southern and Northern Shores - A Paved Loop of Essex County

A solid 100 miles / 160 km takes you on a loop that extends from Lake Erie, to Lake St Clair, along the Detroit River and back to Lake Erie. The route consists of paved township roads, county roads with paved shoulders, paved bike paths within the city of Windsor and quiet residential streets. There are many opportunities to stop for a snack or more substantial lunch along the way. There are also places to stay on or near the route to make it a multi-day cycling trip.

So Many Wineries, So Little Time

There are eight award winning Erie North Shore wineries along this paved 60 km loop.  There are another half a dozen marked on the map, each within a few kilometers of the route.  Fortunately, there are several choices for accommodations along the route, as staying overnight will help you make the most of your time in Epic Wine Country . Santé.

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