Tips for Cycling in Canada

Tips for a successful bike tour in Canada

Canada is a huge country, so it is difficult to write tips for riding in Canada and keeping it to a few concise points. I hope these points help you get started on your tour. If you have more that you would like to include, feel free to comment so users can see your tips.

Tip #1

Be bear aware!!!

  • Bears are a real concern in Canada, especially in the mountains in western Canada where there are grizzly bears.
    • Buy bear spray and be sure to get instruction on how to use it safely.
    • Use a bear box to store food, or hang food bags between trees at night.
  • The Bear-Muda Triangle
    • Keep your food 100 metres away from your camp and 100 metres away from your cooking spot.
    • Cook your food 100 metres away from your food storage location and 100 metres away from your camp.
    • You get the drift….triangle….bear-muda triangle

Tip #2

Enjoy the Rockies

  • If you are crossing Canada and can make the time, do the extra loop from Vancouver to Whistler, Jasper and Banff. 
  • So worth the climbs and a lifetime of memories.
  • Guaranteed to meet good people along the way.

Tip #3

Water purification.

  • Carry water purification tablets or a filter.
  • Canada has many remote stretches where it’s hard to find places to fill up with water. 
  • Canadian rivers and lakes generally have clean water that is drinkable.

Tip #4

Use Warmshowers and Couchsurfing

  • Canadians are generally super nice and generous. 
  • Take the opportunity to get to know Canadians across the country … and of course … a warm bed and shower.

Tip #5

Buy fruits and vegetables at markets all over the country.

Steamed buns: 2500 rial
Eggs: 400-500 rial per piece

Tip #6

Ride carefully… especially in Ontario

  • Be careful! Especially on the Highway 17 from Thunder Bay to Sault Saint Marie.
    • There is very heavy traffic on this section and virtually no shoulders
    • If you are biking with people make sure to stay in line and stay focused, most dangerous roads I have been biking on.
    • Ontario’s roads are particularly bad

Tip #7

Worthwhile detours

  • Take the time to go to Niagara Falls, well worth it, even though it’s a bit touristic.
  • On the way towards the Province of Quebec, you will then have a chance to cycle through Prince Edward County.

Tip #8

Dress accordingly!!!

  • Bring equipment for all weather conditions.
  • It can change allot from day to day especially if you go in the Spring or Autumn.

Tip #9

Route Verte

  • Spend some time cycling in Quebec.
  • The route verte is a province-wide cycle path network that is generally well maintained.
  • Also, Quebec drivers are extremely courteous and give lots of space to cyclists.

Tip #10

Wild camping

  • It can be a bit tricky to wild camp during the high season, so maybe count on a higher daily budget since you probably will need to stay in campgrounds on occasion.

Tip #11

Safety first

  • Invest in a good mirror for your bike.
  • It is really helpful to be able to spot the trucks in good time.

Tip #12

Solar charger

  • get a solar battery charger.
    • It can be hard to find places to charge your phone and other devices, but with this you can charge everything. I use one from Anker.

Credits for these tips go to Marielle Jauring, The Biking Viking.
Thanks for giving me your time and sending me these recommendations.

About the Author
Traveller. Cyclist. Expat. Over 15 years experience living abroad in six different countries. I've travelled to over 40+ countries and met countless travellers, cyclists, and other expats. As a passionate cyclist I've had opportunities to bike tour in some truly amazing places. While definitely not an expert at bike touring, I'm passionate about sharing bike touring stories and helping others learn hacks, tricks, and techniques to improve their touring experience. I look forward to you joining me on this journey of learning about and becoming a better bike tourist.
2 comments on “Tips for Cycling in Canada
  1. Chris, thank you for the excellent “tips” for touring Canada. I will be venturing out on a 34-day solo tour of British Columbia and Alberta Canada on August 2, 2020. I’d love to share my route with you; maybe you could provide some feedback. If not, no biggie. Cheers, Keith

    1. Chris says:

      Hey Keith. Thanks for the feedback. I would be glad to provide feedback. However, those cycling tips were written by a friend of mine.

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