Kingston by Bike! youtube video
For quite a few years I have conducted information-filled bicycle tours, taking visitors from all over the world cycling around Kingston during our tourist season. It is a real pleasure to be able to ride around the city on a beautiful summer day, explaining at intervals why Kingston is such a special place, one so full of history and beauty.
My bike tour of Kingston starts at City Hall and over the course of a roughly 3 hour tour you will see many things of natural and cultural interest, including the Royal Military College and Queen’s campuses, parks and the lakeshore trail, harbours and prisons, British Empire landmarks, and historic buildings including Bellevue house. No one has ever had a problem with the 14-kilometre distance, as the route is pretty flat and the pace is leisurely, and I can promise you an enjoyable and memorable experience. The cost for a tour is $30 Canadian per person for groups of 2-3 people, $25 Canadian per person for groups of 4-8 people.
For those who are a bit more adventurous, I also offer a half-day tour to Kingston Mills, the first lock on the Rideau Canal and both a National Historic and UNESCO World Heritage site. A picnic lunch will be provided during our sojourn at the locks and on the way back we will stop by Barriefield Village, Fort Henry and the RMC campus. The cost for this tour and picnic is $50 Canadian per person for groups of 2-3 people, $40 Canadian per person for groups of 4-8 people.
If you'd like to take either of my tours but don't have bicycles, Andrew down at Ahoy Rentals would be happy to set you up with properly fitting bikes and helmets. Andrew charges $20 Canadian to rent a bike and helmet for the duration of one of my tours, or you can use a bike for a whole day for $25 Canadian. Please see ahoyrentals.com or call Andrew at 613 549 4277 for more information. Once sorted out by Andrew, you'll be ready to take a bike tour!
I am a nationally certified CanBike safe cycling instructor and have a lot of experience leading group tours. Cyclists wishing to take these tours are strongly advised to wear helmets and must be willing to obey the rules of the road.
Please e-mail me for more information about the tours or if you are ready to make an appointment to have me show your group around Kingston by bike.
"Your bike tour was certainly a highlight of our stay in Kingston. Your personality and commentary really brought Kingston alive!! You live in a special part of this world, and your love for the area was contagious."
Jackie from Cologne, New Jersey
"I did very much enjoy the sights, the history and the introduction to architectural heritage. Mostly, Steve, I enjoyed your enthusiasm for good cycling within the city, and your natural, relaxed approach. It was fun being with you and capturing your spirit."
Lorraine from Kettleby, Ontario