Rice Lake Ramble

This ride will take you on a tour that highlights rural Northumberland charm, including forests and wetlands, fertile farmland, art galleries, and cottage country lakefront.

About the Route

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Consider an added dimension to the “Ramble” as you incorporate VIA Rail’s Bike Train which stops daily in Cobourg. Leaving the train station, you’ll be greeted by Welcome Cyclists signage that will lead you south on George Street to King Street and the beginning of the Rice Lake Ramble.

Cycle eastbound 7 km on King to the first Ramble sign at Brookside Road where you’ll begin your ascent into the hills on quiet roads where farmland is most predominant. Ascend the Oak Ridges Moraine, and at the top take a break to discover Peter's Woods, featuring Ontario's sole-surviving Oak Ridges Moraine "old growth" forest. Continue on to Alderville First Nation where you can purchase aboriginal arts and crafts. About 6 km west on County Road 18, you’ll begin to see vistas over Rice Lake. At Gore’s Landing, make a point of turning north from County Road 18 towards the waterfront so you can walk the dock to the public gazebo or cool off with a swim in the lake.

Now begins your journey south towards Cobourg through the hamlets of Cold Springs and Camborne with wide open fields and vistas of sheep on the hills. Final signage for this route points southbound on Ontario Street where you’re on a 6 km straightaway into Cobourg where you’ll turn eastbound on King St. Finish off your tour with a dip into Lake Ontario at the fabulous Cobourg Beach.

Cycling

Jump on your bike and come explore the Greenbelt's beautiful, protected countryside. Choose from a selection of curated local cycling itineraries along the signed 475 km Greenbelt Route and explore Ontario's protected Greenbelt.
  Cycling Itineraries

Tourism Info

This route is suitable for cyclists with experience and comfort in riding on roads with vehicle traffic and incorporates roads with low-traffic and low-speeds, bike lanes and paved shoulders whenever possible. Exercise caution as conditions warrant, take spare bicycle parts, extra water, and other refreshments as needed and ride safe. The itinerary provides general distances and suggests towns where accommodations can be found, we encourage you to select your own preferred points of interest on our curated, interactive map. We encourage you to take the time to explore, shop, taste the wines and local foods, and learn about the history of Ontario's protected Greenbelt.

Tourism Partners

Waterfront Regeneration Trust Ontario Cuilinary Tourism Alliance Transportation Options