TORONTO, Sept. 21 /CNW/ – Want to see Algonquin Park at the peak of fall colours? Travel green. The award-winning Bike Train has partnered with Northern Edge Algonquin to provide a green travel option to experience Algonquin Park, Ontario’s brilliant fall colours in South River, near Algonquin Provincial Park.
On Sept. 24, mountain bikers will journey by train from Toronto to South River, with their bicycles secured in a baggage car equipped with bike racks, for an unique “Rails, Trails and Ales” experience featuring great mountain biking, beautiful fall colours and locavore fare matched up with Ontario’s finest beers.
The Algonquin Park weekend getaway starts with a tour of the Highlander Brew Co. and a 20 km Fall Colour Ride to Northern Edge Algonquin where locavore guru, chef Gregor will host an evening of great local foods, including cooking pizza in an outdoor wood-fired clay oven.
On Saturday, guests staying at the Algonquin Park ecolodge can choose from a variety of bike trail rides on the Forgotten Trails, including double track, single trace extreme or rolling road with some challenging sections. That evening, the bikers will enjoy a Northern Algonquin Region Harvest dinner, with food and beer matching by beer expert, Roger Mittag, Thirst for Knowledge Inc. (www.thirstforknowledge.ca), one of Canada’s leading beer educators.
This experience provides cyclists a sustainable option to easily access Ontario’s Fall colours and to experience its unique culture and local products.
“Living on solar power, we really appreciate that our guests and their bikes can get to Algonquin Park by train, especially when the fall colours are exploding like they are now. The colours and the trails are just begging for exploration.” – Todd Lucier, Northern Edge Algonquin (http://northernedgealgonquin.com/bike-train.html)
“I’m truly excited about bringing my Thirst For Knowledge to the Rails, Trails and Ales weekend. We all know that a beer is a great way to revitalize the body after a long ride and I’m looking forward to matching some great food with some of our very finest beers from Northern Ontario.” Roger Mittag, Thirst for Knowledge Inc.
“Riding is one of the best ways to experience Ontario’s brilliant autumn colours.” says Peter Lipscombe, Project Manager for the Bike Train initiative. “The Rails, Trails and Ales weekend combines the best of sustainable travel – green transportation and accommodation, local foods and local culture. It’s a getaway not to be missed.” (www.biketrain.ca)