Take in some of the best Lake Ontario cycling from Cobourg to Grafton - then wind your way north for back road cycling in beautiful Shelter Valley. (50 km) Start or end your Northumberland cycling adventure in Cobourg. You can stroll along the Marina's boardwalk, sink your toes in the sand, and enjoy a great meal. Once on your bike, you'll feel the waterfront breezes off Lake Ontario. On Lake Ontario is Nauwatin Nature Sanctuary and Wetland and north of it is Grafton to take in some shopping. Cycle east from Shelter Valley along Pipeline Rd. for some of Ontario cycling's best fall views alive with vibrant, autumn colours. Near Massey Rd. you'll see Ste. Anne's Spa - one of Canada's most noteworthy retreats. Stop into Ste. Anne's amazing bakery on Academy Hill with a 7 percent grade to be celebrated. Ontario Cycling and The Shelter Valley Folk Festival In September, you can combine the Shelter Valley Folk Festival with this relaxed Canada road bike route. Located north of Wicklow off Dudley Rd., it's held on Labour Day weekend. You can camp on the Festival grounds near their Sustainable Living Village. Want to take the train? If you don't want to drive, you can try VIA Rail's Bike Train. You can roll your bike off of the baggage car and be in Cobourg in 5 minutes to have lunch at Cobourg's Oasis Bar and Grill - or the Woodlawn Inn where you can also check in. From the VIA station, it's easy to get on the Shelter Valley route, or try the shorter Cobourg waterfront trail. Looking for a relaxed tourism cycling stay? Make MacKechnie House Bed and Breakfast or The Woodlawn Inn in Cobourg your home base. Part way though your back road cycling adventure, you can treat yourself to a stay at the historic Grafton Village Inn or the rambling Ste. Anne's Spa .
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