Introducing the Peterborough & the Kawarthas Classics
Peterborough & the Kawarthas has long been a favourite destination for cyclists of all types…especially road cyclists. The combination of rolling drumlin hills, scenic lake vistas and winding rural roads make for challenging and diverse riding opportunities. They can be used for training just as easily as they can be used for a casual ride with friends and family.
The rural cafes along the way serve as tantalizing motivation to push riders through the tough segments, and there are some great local craft breweries to reward you at the end of a satisfying day. And the best part? (if we didn’t have you convinced at cafes and craft beer)
You get off the beaten path.
Riders pass through quaint villages and small towns brimming with authentic experiences all across the county- roadside stands, family-owned resorts and bed and breakfasts, buzzing cafes and restaurants serving up the fruits of our centuries-old farmlands and interesting attractions dot the rural routes that make this place so unique.
The Peterborough & the Kawarthas Classics are a collection of three tried and true road cycling routes that have received the official stamp of approval from local avids. Each signed route is comprised of a long and short loop ranging from 45 to 100 kms, starting and ending in the City of Peterborough at the picturesque cycling hot spot, Millennium Park overlooking Little Lake.
The Peterborough & the Kawarthas Classics include:
- Route 1 – Lakes, Rivers & Cafes 60 (Download Map & Directions)
- Route 1A – Lakes, Rivers & Cafes 45 (Download Map & Directions)
- Route 2 – The Cottage Country 100 (Download Map & Directions)
- Route 2A – the Cottage Country 80 (Download Map & Directions)
- Route 3 – Hills, Views & Pastries 80 (Download Map & Directions)
- Route 3A – Hills, Views & Pastries 65 (Download Map & Directions)
Over 160 signs have been installed throughout the City and County of Peterborough to help riders stay on track.
Check out the posts below to learn more about each route including highlights, recommendations for places to stay and eat, access to route maps via Map My Ride and Strava, and much more.
Keep an eye out for these signs along the routes.
We are committed to improving cycling infrastructure in Peterborough & the Kawarthas, which may result in temporary road closures or detours for cyclists. Click here for updates as they become available.