Published July 2018
Love to ride? Whether you like to take it slow or push your limits, we know a few good ways to get your cycling fix in New Brunswick. Fun outings on family-friendly trails, long distance road biking on rolling hills, urban explorations or adrenaline-inducing descents, here are a few ideas to have a great time on two wheels everywhere in the province, from coasts to mountains.
1. Bike from one province to another
The Petit-Témis connects the province of Quebec with New Brunswick’s Madawaska region. It’s a well-groomed, 130 km dedicated cycling trail on a former railway bed. Enjoy peaceful rest areas, visit the New Brunswick Botanical Garden and spend the night in a provincial park along the way.
While in Edmundston, mountain biking enthusiasts will want to spend hours on the superb 50 km single and double-track trail network of Vélo Edmundston.
Edmundston (and the Madawaska region) is a popular entry point for long distance cyclists pedalling across New Brunswick.
2. Take your bike on a ferry ride
Meander through the picturesque countryside of the Saint John River valley and the Kingston Peninsula or soak up the fresh sea air on the Fundy Isles of the Passamaquoddy Bay. Islands and river ferry crossings will provide a refreshing pause on your journey.
3. Rush downhill at Sugarloaf
Downhill mountain bikers will have an epic time near Campbellton at Sugarloaf Provincial Park, where they’ll find Atlantic Canada’s only bike park with trails accessible by chairlift. Beginners will love the smooth, gentle cruisers like Sugar Mama, intermediate riders will have a blast on the twisty single-tracks and experts will find their rush on the steep and technical black-diamond trails. Regardless of your riding style, the Adrenaline Bike Festival will provide thrills and fun to riders and onlookers alike.
4. Shift gears along the Fundy Coast
Road cyclists will love to tackle the ups and downs of the Fundy Trail Parkway road (30 km one way). If you’re on a hybrid or mountain bike, check out the 10 km multi-use gravel dust trail that runs parallel to it. From cliff tops to beaches, you might get out of breath on that roller coaster-like terrain, but you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views.
Further east, Fundy National Park keeps expanding its mountain biking trails network, including a fun new pump track in the Chignecto South area. Try them out and don’t miss the Fundy Bike Fest, October 5-14.
5. Go right to town in the city
Sunday and everyday cyclists can spend endless hours exploring New Brunswick’s urban multi-use trails and bikeways. All the services are just a few pedal strokes away; bike rental shops, bicycle co-ops, fun BMX parks and friendly cycling communities getting together for special events. Going on a family ride with stops at attractions and parks or on a longer distance jaunt from downtown to the suburbs are great ways to experience New Brunswick cities. The capital, Fredericton, has more than 115 km (71 mi.) of trails throughout the city, on both sides of the Saint John River.
6. Roll with the tide in Moncton and Riverview
Cycle on the trail alongside the Petitcodiac River and stop along the way to check out the tidal bore. Or take a guided bike adventure in Moncton and Riverview, where you’ll meet storytellers, enjoy local food and even try up-cycled bike art at La Bikery, a community bicycle centre.
7. Cycle l’Acadie
Cycling and joie de vivre go hand in hand on New Brunswick’s Acadian Peninsula coastal and inland itineraries. The partially paved Véloroute goes from seaside to fields, forests and lively towns great for refuelling at a dairy bar or a seafood shack. For a special treat of lobster at the end of the ride, take the Pedals and Claws Tour.
Further south on the coast, Kouchibouguac National Park is home to 60 km of bicycle paths crisscrossing the lush woodland and grassy marshlands... and the beach is always close by for a well-deserved rest and a dip in Canada’s warmest saltwater.
8. Bike the Dykes in Riverside-Albert
Explore the coastal dykes and rail bed trails of the Chignecto Bay salty marshlands and the Tantramar Marshes or explore the rugged Caledonia highlands; rent a bike or bring your own to scenic waterfalls and glorious sea views. You can even take a guided cycling tour to learn more about the history of the region.
9. Be single-track minded
Looking for rocky, rooty and challenging single-track trails or sweet and easy riding to find your flow? If off-roading is your thing, there’s a terrain for everyone in New Brunswick. Just to name a few:
Rockwood Park (Saint John)
Codiac Cycling Trails (Southeastern New Brunswick trails network)
River Valley Cycling (Fredericton and lower Saint John River Valley)
Madawaska Trails/Vélo Edmundston (Edmundston)
Chaleur Green Trails (Bathurst)
Club Plein Air (Caraquet)
French Fort Cove Nature Park (Miramichi)
Mountain Bike Minto (30+ km of trails built atop old mining grounds – a mountain biking goldmine featured in the Canadian Cycling Magazine and Bike Magazine)
10. Get social
Sometimes, biking is just half the fun. Meet local riding clubs and join races, weekly social rides or other special events. There are groups of mountain biking enthusiasts in most cities and some towns. Look them up on Facebook or ask at a local club or bike shop.
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