Here are the most important things to keep in mind when exploring Canada's largest city by bike.
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Whatever you want from a city, you’ll find in Toronto. It’s the biggest city in Canada and home to around 5.5 million people, with over 140 languages spoken here on a daily basis. This is just a small part of it being the most multiculturally diverse city on the planet. With a vibrant food, drink, and nightlife scene, a plethora of museums and galleries, even beaches, Toronto will delight and charm you!
But what’s the best way to see Toronto? “By bike” we say! There are bike lanes across the city which make it easy to travel through, whether that’s for business or pleasure. Not only will you see so much more little details as you cruise through Toronto’s vibrant districts, but you’ll also be saving a lot of time biking from your nest to… well… wherever you want to go!
So put the fun between your legs! In this article, we’ll explore the best travel tips for taking a bike tour in Toronto. Hopefully, it’ll help you make the most of your trip!
Pick the right bike
Possibly the most important thing when planing your bike tours in Toronto is picking the right bicycle! Hybrid bicycles are a great option. However, if you’re travelling with a partner or a friend it could be really fun to take a tandem! Electric bikes are another comforatble option. But Toronto is quite flat and very easy to ride around the good old fashioned way. If you’re a beginner rider, keep it simple and try to get a lightweight bike. Here’s a pro tip: Get a frontal basket! It’ll allow you to quickly access to your valuables and camera in order to never miss a shot!
Bike Rentals at Bateman’s Spin Shack will provide you with the latest high quality bicycles that cater to your specific needs!
Ride to the city’s most famous sights
Toronto has a plethora of places to see and things to do! A bike tour is the best way to see more of the best things the city has to offer. First on the list is the CN Tower: No trip to Canada’s biggest city is complete without scaling its tallest (533m) building! Enjoy the adrenaline rush by walking on the transparent floor. Fear not, it won’t break… at least we hope not!
Other cool sights are Kensington Market, Dundas Square, and the Harbourfront. But if you want to really get a thorough overlook of the city we highly recommend the next item on our list:
Take the Toronto Essentials Bike Tour
Toronto has so much to see in many different districts! From historical landmarks, university campuses, thriving city life, eclectic markets and colourful street art, the Toronto Essentials Bike Tours will take you on a ride through the city’s unmissable gems. You’ll be equipped with top-of-the-line lightweight Norco bikes and expert local guides. You’ll go on a scenic cruise to many different neighbourhoods and get insider information on the city. In just three hours, you’ll see so much more of Toronto in less time. You’ll thus get the overview and time needed further explore the places that struck your fancy.
Learn more about this Toronto Bike Tour
Check out the neighbourhoods that match your interests
Of course, you want to see the city’s top attractions, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get off the beaten track as well.
- Danforth is the Greek part of town and has some great eateries where you can visit if you’re feeling a bit peckish.
- The Victorian buildings of the Distillery District have been transformed into a creative and an artistic space, full of workshops and businesses.
- The Annex is a leafy bohemian area.
- The Beaches help you forget you’re in a city.
- Read up on a complete list of the best bike trails in and around Toronto.
So before you set out on your bike, see which of these areas strike your fancy and mark them down on your map!
Follow local recommendations
Although we’ve just said to plan your itinerary, make sure to also leave some room for improvisation. Don’t be shy and talk to some locals! This can be anywhere; on the sidewalk, your accommodation, cafés, or bike rental shops! See if they have any recommendations. Canadians have an international reputation of being nice after all! These often end up being the most rewarding and surprising experiences. The ones you’ll tell your friends and family about when you get back home. And everything is accessible by bike in Toronto!
Pick the right time of day to ride
What kind of person are you? If you’re an early bird, you’ll want to take a ride in the morning, while not getting caught up in the city’s rush hour. Maybe you’d prefer to make the most of the midday sun? Or perhaps you’re looking for something a little more romantic. One of the best ways to see Toronto by bike is at sunset. An especially memorable way to do this is with the Toronto Islands Sunset Bike Tours. You’ll get views of the city, the lake, as well as a beachside campfire. What could be better?!
When you’re planning trips, you have to take care of yourself as well! Don’t forget to stay safe when you’re biking. Bike hire companies and tours will always offer you a helmet and additional safety features such as lights and high visibility clothing. Always give hand signals and look around you before turning. Beware of getting your tires into tramway rails. If you’re riding in a city you’re not used to, it’s better to be safe! If you have any doubts, check with your guide or the bike rental shop.
Get a good bike lock
You’ve probably got it by now that there are just loads of things to see in Toronto. This is part of being safe we suppose, and protecting your bicycle and money! Although bike theft isn’t common in Toronto, it is not Japan! It’s best to keep your bike locked up while you’re visiting sites like the CN Tower or wandering around the shops of Kensington Market.
So, now that you know to tour Toronto by bike…
Whether you’re planning to fly solo or take an organised group tour of Toronto, why not take a look at what the experts include in their tours? Fitz Tours offer a range of biking tours through the city, whether you want to get to know its hidden gems, surrounding islands, or just the good old big-ticket attractions. We hope you travel to Toronto soon and have an incredible vacation!