Mountain City/Road Winter Fat Biking
‘Feel the flow of single-track; glide over smooth pavement to vast horizons; hear your tires rolling over crisp snow.‘
Sault Ste. Marie is the best destination for biking in Ontario. Discover four seasons of biking for every age, ability or style and arguably the best mountain biking trail system in the province. Are you wondering where to go biking in Ontario? The answer is Sault Ste. Marie!
The Hiawatha Highlands are home to a world-class mountain bike trail system—just a short ride from downtown. If you’re looking for more adrenaline, head to Bellevue Valley, where a 5 km trail drops 200 m into a beautiful valley of lush maple trees. Fat biking makes up the fourth season of cycling in Sault Ste. Marie. The city boasts one of the largest fat-bike networks in Canada, with over 40 km perfectly groomed trails at Crimson Ridge and Hiawatha Highlands. If that’s not enough, Sault Ste. Marie is fast becoming a favourite Ontario destination for road cycling and gravel riding. You’ll find scenic routes on the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, throughout Central Algoma and beyond, along with expert cycle tour guides including Red Pine Tours.
If you are looking for a family friendly option, cycling the 22.5 km Hub Trail is a great way to bicycle in Sault Ste. Marie. You can cruise the St. Marys River waterfront boardwalk, check out the scenic bridges and ravines at Fort Creek, or head downtown where you’ll find plenty of options for food & drink. For all your cycling needs, Sault Ste. Marie bike shops Algoma Bike, Duke of Windsor and Velorution have got you covered for rentals, repairs and sails. You can rent bikes in the summer at Roberta Bondar Marina as well as at the Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site.
The Hiawatha Highlands offer over 40 km of single- and double-track trails with options from easy to expert, cross country, enduro and trail riding. More trails are being built including a new 4 km circuit at Farmer Lake—a tantalizing preview of a vast expansion of mountain bike trails coming soon.
Looking for downhill adventure? Then head to head to Bellevue Valley, a quick 20-minute drive north of the city. You may want to wear full-face helmets and body armour as the trail drops into the beautiful valley making this technical ride a must-visit for enduro and downhill enthusiasts.
Cycle in the City
There are many ways to enjoy urban cycling in Sault Ste. Marie. The John Rowswell Hub Trail is a paved path encircling the city’s that great for cycling and hiking. You’ll discover beautiful ravines, a waterfront boardwalk, commercial districts, and picturesque Bellevue Park. The trail also links up with a scenic trail around Whitefish Island and the St. Marys Rapids.
The Fort Creek Conservation Area section is the emerald jewel on the Hub Trail, with minimal hills and a paved surface that’s appropriate for all levels of cyclists, including families. You’ll encounter the lush, mixed deciduous and coniferous forest that still blankets much of the region. An easy one-hour, out-and-back bike takes in two scenic bridges, offering stunning views of the area—you’ll be amazed at the wilderness that exists within Sault Ste. Marie.
Winter Fat Biking
Sault Ste. Marie is on its way to becoming an epicentre for the emerging winter cycling trend known as “fat biking.” Currently, about 12 km of groomed single-track is available for winter riding at Hiawatha Highlands.
In the city’s west end, Crimson Ridge boasts a further 12 km of flowing trails that are maintained to perfection. Downtown, the Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site has easy fatbike trails for use on St. Marys and Whitefish islands, adjacent to the St. Marys Rapids. In addition, the St. Kateri Outdoor Learning Centre has around 3.5 km of fat biking trails. For adventures further adventures contact the expert guides at Red Pine Tours.