Rice Lake RambleAdvanced | Signed | Paved and unpaved roads
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.
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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 (Sommerville’s and Green Canoe offer cycling paraphernalia) 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. The world-renowned Ste. Anne’s Spa is just a jog off of the route.
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.
About 6 km west on County Road 18, you’ll begin to see vistas over Rice Lake. A cottage or condo stay at cycle-friendly Golden Beach Resort overlooking Rice Lake shouldn’t be missed, or just pop in for a bite to eat at the Boat House Café and wander the grounds.
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. 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.
In Cobourg you will find great meals at MacKechnie House Bed and Breakfast and The Woodlawn Inn, both of which are registered with Ontario By Bike. Finish off your tour with a dip into Lake Ontario at the fabulous Cobourg Beach.