Canada is the second largest country in the World by. It consists of 10 provinces and three territories and is 9.98 million square kilometers, second in size only to Russia. It was formerly inhabited by First Nations Peoples, before being discovered by John Cabot in 1497. The War of 1812 was fought for control of Canada, between the British – and a relatively young and fledgling United States. The British defeated American forces with the help of many of Canada’s First Nation’s Peoples. In 1867, Canada gained independence from Great Britain and is now a member of the Commonwealth.
From a cycling touring perspective, some consider Canada to be one of the most beautiful locations in the world. The Rockies are a quite spectacular sight, the infamous Coquihalla Pass in British Columbia signals the top of the Rocky Mountains. Central Canada is home to it’s Capital of Ottawa, and a little further West there’s the prairies, where you can (apparently) watch your dog run away for days. To the East, you have infamous trails such as the Cabot Trail – named after Canada’s founder, John Cabot. Prince Edward Island offers a circumnavigation route that’s filled with potatoes, red sand, and beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean on all sides.
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There is perhaps no cycling destination as well known as the Cabot Trail. Legendary among cyclists, this loop was named Bicycling Magazine’s must-see, and Cape Breton Island was named continental North America’s best island destination. Stunning coastlines, nesting eagles, rewarding climbs and incredible descents – this is a cyclists dream.
This is a great bike ride and the ultimate theatre lovers tour – the classical Stratford Festival and Niagara-on-the-Lake Shaw Festival along with summer theatre at the Lighthouse Festival Theatre Port Dover and Showboat Festival Theatre Port Colborne.
The relaxing atmosphere of “the Island”, as the locals fondly refer to it, will touch your spirit as soon as you land here. You will quickly appreciate why a bicycle is perfect for exploring both the beaches and farmlands.