Bikeverywhere introduces the latest in its series of long distance bicycle tours with the Great Lakes Bicycle Tour. This tour touches four of the five Great Lakes: Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario. The tour also includes Niagara Falls, the Niagara River, the Welland Canals and Ontario Vineyards. The entire tour can be downloaded to your phone or tablet where it will be accessible even if your phone isn’t compatible with the Canadian cell phone system.
Great Lakes Bike Tour part 1 Mobile map
Great Lakes Bike Tour part 2 Mobile map
Part 1 follows the eastern shore of Lake Michigan with its massive sand dunes, pretty shoreline towns and quiet back roads, then heads east across Central Michigan to the southwest shore of Lake Huron. It follows the Lake Huron shoreline south to the St. Claire River, passageway for the giant Lake Freighters that ply the Great Lakes. Stop at Marine City, the point where the tour crosses the St. Claire into Canada, or take the ferry across the river and follow a bike path south to Port Lambton.
Part 2 of the tour connects to the north shore of Lake Erie, the third Great Lake of the tour, and follows it to the Niagara Falls/Welland Canals area. Lake Freighters use the Welland Canals to bypass the Niagara River. A quiet bike path follows the canals north from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario, the fourth and last Great Lake. The route continues east through Ontario vineyards to the Canadian bank of the Niagara River. An attractive, although busy, bike path follows the river south to Fort Erie and a bike friendly river crossing to the city of Buffalo, New York on the United States side. Buffalo has an international airport and Amtrak for your return trip, or you can extend your ride by touring the Allegheny Mountains and historic Virginia.
For more information:
Niagara Falls Narrative A first person account of the tour from fall of 2015.
Allegheny Mountains Bike Tour Narrative. A first person account of the ride from fall of 2016.