In a city built around two rivers, exploring on two wheels is a fun and easy way to discover iconic attractions, historic landmarks, and cool neighbourhoods. Here are a few ways to cycle your way through the city of Winnipeg and beyond.
Ride the Exchange Bike Tour
Thursdays in June, July and August
Start this tour offered by the Exchange District Biz at The Forks on a cruiser bike from White Pine Bicycle Company. Roll along Waterfront Drive, enjoying the river views before turning west towards Old Market Square in the Heart of Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District. The views here feature turn-of-the-century architecture with detailed terra cotta decoration. Lock up your bike and embark on foot for the Death and Debauchery Tour – a guided exploration of Winnipeg’s dark secrets. You’ll then have time to explore the Exchange on your own – maybe grab a sushi burrito from Chosabi and then do some shopping before heading back to The Forks to return your wheels.
Self-guided or guided tours
Rentals available 11 am to 9 pm; contact to book a tour
Look for the yellow boler trailer at The Forks and Assiniboine Park (and even Birds Hill Park) this summer to rent a variety of bikes to explore the city. Try a tandem, recumbent, a side car, or even a buggy, which has room for up to four people. Follow their recommended routes to Whittier Park in St. Boniface, the Manitoba Legislative Building, or Osborne Village. Book a personal customized tour on a tandem bike that will take you on a four-hour tour from downtown Winnipeg to the wilderness oasis of FortWhyte Alive on the edge of the city.
June 22, July 13, August 17, September 14, October 1
Pedal the bike, eat the food. It’s as easy as that on the Moveable Feast bike tour offered by Downtown Winnipeg Biz. Cruise around Winnipeg’s downtown sampling fare from five different restaurants. For example, your tasty tour might start with elevated street food at The Merchant Kitchen, followed by a slice at Garbonzo’s Pizza Pub. Follow that up with some authentic Indian at Clay Oven Express, a pint at Shannon’s Irish Pub, and finish with a cup of java at Thom Bargen. Menu samplings and bike tour are included.
Routes on the Red
Self-guided cycling tours
There are many ways to travel along Winnipeg’s historic rivers, and cycling may be one of the best. Routes on the Red has a selection of self-guided tours to choose from. Grab your bike and explore Winnipeg’s Residential Riverbanks and some of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods on this adventure that lets you choose your distance: try the full 22 km tour, or break it into a series of shorter tours. Or you can cycle into the settings of murder mystery novels by Winnipeg authors on the Fictional Winnipeg Tour. Travel the same streets as the characters in the stories. And you can venture outside the city to the Shores of Lake Agassiz on a mountain biking tour (distance options are 19 km, 45 km and 65 km loops) along the TransCanada Trail between St. Pierre-Jolys and St. Malo. See where the ancient shoreline carved its way into Manitoba’s landscape. The French and Mennonite Settlement Tour (distance options include 16 km and 50 km loops) explores the rich heritage of the settlements of the southern portion of the Red River Valley. This tour is also available in French.
Self-guided interpretive trails
Bike along the self-guided portion of the Millenium Trail. Follow the route markers along the 1 km interpretive trail to learn about the unique flora, fauna, and terrain of this northern city. Get a brochure at the Thompson Regional Community Centre, City Hall, or the Heritage North Museum. And while you’re there, take the opportunity to cycle the 2 km Spirit Way, which connects a variety of interesting vistas, landmarks, attractions, and features 34 painted wolf statues.
Explore Brandon on your bike by following the Assiniboine Riverbank Trail System, 17 km of trails that takes you through the heart of the Wheat City. Enjoy the change in scenery as you pedal from natural riverbottom forest to downtown for shopping and dining.
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