6 great Canadian campgrounds for cycling-enthusiasts Bring your bike on your next camping adventure and hit the trails. From coast to coast, here are six awesome Canadian campgrounds for cycling-enthusiasts. By Doug O'Neill 2014-05-14 10:17:27 6 great Canadian campgrounds for cycling-enthusiasts Slideshow View Slideshow 6 great Canadian campgrounds for cycling-enthusiasts Replay This Slideshow Next Slideshow Previous Next By: Photo: © Copyright View more galleries 5 best Canadian national Cycling Shakespeare's Eng The best Canadian river t 1. Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario Algonquin Provincial Park is the oldest provincial park in Ontario, and stretches all the way from Georgian Bay to the Ottawa River in Central Ontario. It’s huge (7,600 square kilometres) and contains more than 2,400 lakes and 1,200 kilometres of streams and rivers. Cycling highlights: There are three major cycling routes in Algonquin Provincial Park: Old Railway Bike Trail (fairly flat, perfect for families), Byers Lake Mountain Bike Trail (moderately challenging) and the Minnesing Mountain Bike Trail, which is suited for fairly serious mountain bikers. Cyclists can opt for a short 5-km ride or head out for a 23-km challenge. The Minnesing Trail is located north of Highway 60, near Huntsville. Bonus: If you’re looking for a seasoned outfitter to supply all gear and equipment, consider Algonquin Outfitters. 2. La Mauricie National Park, Quebec La Mauricie National Park is a gem of a park (more than 630 square kilometres) in the Laurentian Mountains in Quebec. The Matawin River flows along the west and north borders of the park which contains 150 lakes. This camping haven is popular for kayaking and canoeing – and cycling. Cycling highlights: Road cyclists have 63 kilometres of paved road at their disposal. There’s also a 30-km mountain biking route that traverses gravel, pebbles and sand. Bonus: Each year the park hosts Les Défis du Parc-Shawinigan, which is the largest sports cycling rendezvous in Canada. Cyclists of different levels compete in a mountain-biking circuit, a footrace, a triathlon and off-trail duathlon. The event is usually hosted in late summer, but check their website for details. 3. Jasper National Park, Alberta Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, north of Banff National Park and west of Edmonton. The geography (glaciers, ice fields, hot springs, lakes, waterfalls and mountains, of course) is just as appealing as the wildlife (caribou, moose, mule deer, white-tailed deer, mountain goats). Cycling highlights: While there are almost 1,000 kilometres of hiking-only trails, cyclists have access to 300 kilometres of multi-use trails, whether they’re looking for routes that are easy (Wapiti Trail), intermediate (Caledonia Lake trail) or difficult (Overlander trail). Bonus: Cyclists can download the (free) Jasper Mountain Biking Guide. 4. Prince Edward Island National Park Prince Edward Island National Park is where you’ll find Pinterest-worthy sand dunes, sandspits, beaches, sandstone cliffs, wetlands and forests, not to mention the signature “Anne of Green Gables” landmarks from the fictional world of Lucy Maud Montgomery. Cycling highlights: The Gulfshore Way on the North South is a paved, two-way trail that parallels the Gulfshore Parkway, making for easy (meaning flat) and sometimes gently-rolling cycling routes. The scenery: red sandstone cliffs of Cavendish, dunes in Brackley Beach, and beautiful sandy beaches. Bonus: Each year the park hosts the Gran Fondo Prince Edward Island, a festival that includes three days of cycling (with options to cycle 57 kilometres or the more challenging 145.6-km ride). The festival includes food (a promise of local seafood) and good music. Check the website for dates and details. Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park, Ontario Consider basing yourself at Bruce Peninsula National Park, outside Tobermory, and cycling in the local area, not in the park itself. The appeal of this park: rugged cliffs, swaths of thousand-year-old cedar trees, the crisp clean waters of Georgian Bay (great diving in this area) and the rock formations. Cycling highlights: There are plenty of local routes to cycle but mountain bikers will especially want to check out the Mountain Bike the Bruce (MTB) Adventure Park, which is just north of Wiarton on Bruce Road 9. Enthusiasts can cycle over more than 20 kilometres of single tract and double track trails. Some of the tracks contain rollers and berms which make for challenging (and potentially fast) rides. Bonus: On non-cycling days, the next best option is hiking the Bruce Trail. Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba Riding Mountain National Park comprises 3,000 square kilometres of grasslands, upland boreal and deciduous forests. It’s markedly different from the prairie farmland that covers much of Manitoba. Moose, elk, bears, birds and even a herd of bison make their home in the park. Cycling highlights: The gravelled patrol roads in the western and eastern sections of the park are popular with cyclists. The level of difficulty ranges from easy (on the gently rolling hills of Baldy Lake and Strathclair trails) to rugged and steep (on Packhorse, Jet and Baldy Hill trails). The park staff maintain an excellent ratings chart for all hiking, horseback riding and cycling trails. Bonus: After a day of cycling, what could be better than the comfort of a Park Canada oTENTik, which is a cross between a yurt and A-frame cabin complete with beds and furniture. For more awesome summer activities, camping tips and Canadian travel destinations, visit our expert’s guide to the Canadian outdoors.