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Ontario is home to thousands of miles of the best riding in North America – twisty backroads running over mountains, down valleys, and carving though pristine forests, along lakes and rivers and between massive rock-cuts. Visit www.GoRideOntario.com for a complete set of riding resources – routes, maps, events, clubs, rentals and repair shop info – everything you need to know to plan your next epic ride.

Best Kept Secret of the Motorcycle Season: An Insider's Guide to the Ride Manitoulin Rally
Editor’s Note:  The Ride Manitoulin Motorcycle Rally is an annual event that takes place each summer near the end of July. This year marked the event’s 3rd edition and provided a unique opportunity for riders of all stripes to experience the incredible beauty of Manitoulin Island from the point of view of the people who know it best. What’s more, all proceeds from the Ride Manitoulin event were donated to charity. Here, motorcyclist and instructor…
Subculture Clash Revisited—Lust-Worthy Photos of Vintage Rides from Toronto's 2013 Mods & Rockers Festival
Editor's Note: Photographer Mondo Lulu has participated in the Mods and Rockers Festival for the past three years, documenting its steady growth into one of the summer's urban motorcycling highlights. Whether you ride or not, whatever bike you happen to ride, or used to ride, or covet like a secret wish, there's just something about old-school cool, vintage motorbikes and the hazy days of summer.  Below are Mondo's visual and written impressions: 1954 AJS While…
Le Show de Moto visits Ontario
Editor's note October 9th, 2013: The trip was a great success! The folks from Show de la Moto got a chance to see what their neighbours in Algoma Country and Northeastern Ontario have to offer. Here's a video showing some of the outstanding roads they toured:   If you ride a motorcycle in Quebec, chances are, you’ve heard of Le Show de Moto, which airs each week during riding season on the francophone network RDS. As we…
Searching for Ride For Dad: A Perth Ride Report
Back in July, I went on a motorcycle road trip with two of my riding buddies (Coop and Gary), who live near Perth, Ontario. They were excited to show me their “hidden stash” of motorcycle roads that twist and turn through the local cottage country. I have been putting this ride off for some time, mostly because I’m recovering from a leg injury, but I figured a casual ride with responsible adults should be ok.…
Manitoulin Mission: Can a Group of Riders Escape the City with Only Two Days to Spare?
Editor’s note: Situated where Ontario's Niagara Escarpment meets the Canadian Shield, a little over 500 km from Toronto, Manitoulin Island has been called a magical place—blessed with incredible natural beauty and serene landscapes. It’s a place where things move a little slower, in the best possible sense, especially when you’re coming from a place where everything seems to move too fast sometimes. The challenge: To flee the crowded confines of the Big Smoke and take…
Bowmanville Blast—Ontario Riders, BMW Motorrad and a Little Touch of Magic
The weekend has come and gone, but the memories remain. As with any riding-related experience, there's always a touch of wistful memory once it's time to park the bike and head back to the office for another week of work. But this year's BMW Motorrad Days event for 2013, held Aug 9-11 in Bowmanville, Ontario at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, offered its share of memorable moments. The turnout wasn't quite as big as the…
Doing it right at Muddy's Pit BBQ in Keane, Ontario
After a long day's ride (or even a short one) nothing hits the spot quite like some good old fashioned BBQ. If you've ever taken a trip to the southern U.S. you may have visited one of the pit BBQ's or rib joints and thought how lucky you are to be in the only place that can actually do BBQ right. Well guess what? We're doing BBQ up here in Ontario and what's more: It's…
A Civil Servant Is Humbled With the Not-So-Traditional Bikers Event—New Liskeard's Bikers Reunion 2013
It was early on in the planning stages of a trip up to the New Liskeard Bikers Reunion that my mind was already made. Sure I knew this would probably be a fine way to spend the weekend, checking out the motorcycling scene in this part of Ontario, but I didn't really expect much more than that. As a civil servant working in tourism for 20 years, I had been going to roughly 15-20 events…
The splendour of this magnificent island, at the tip of Cape Robert on the Nimkee Trail, Sheshegwaning First Nation.
Editor's note: Ontario's Manitoulin Island is rich with so much culture and beauty and, as the world's largest freshwater island, it's best not to try and take it all in in just one day. NortheasternOntario.com's trip planner is a great way to connect you with one of the many motorcycle friendly accommodations on the island or anywhere in Northeastern Ontario. Take your bike along the Georgian Bay Coastal Route and either hop on the ferry at Tobermory or zip over the swing…
Night on the Ice Road
Editors Note: To put it in perspective, Google Maps cannot even calculate the directions from Owen Sound to Fort Severn, Ontario—two dots at opposite ends, south to north, of Canada's second-biggest province. But Oliver Solaro made the entire 8000 km journey (there and back, via Manitoba) on his Kawasaki KLR this past winter, documenting the entire trip. After a certain point, there are no paved roads connecting the two locations—only an ice road in the…

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