When you live in the True North, fun outdoor activities don’t stop when the weather turns cold and snowy. There are so many things to do outside during the winter across the country. If you’re a fan of cycling but don’t do it once the season changes, think again. These 11 places have amazing fat bike trails in Canada so you can cycle through the snow during the winter.
You might not have heard of fat bikes before but that’s okay.
They’re basically like regular bicycles except they’re designed to fit thicker wheels so that you can ride in all conditions, even the snow.
If you want to get outdoors during the winter, these two-wheelers are a great way to navigate the terrain after those white flakes fall down to the ground.
This trend started a couple of decades ago when racers in Alaska needed to modify their rides in order to actually get out there and the bigger tires give better traction and grip. It’s like snow tires, but for bikes.
Now at national and provincial parks and resorts across Canada, you can rent or bring your own ride to enjoy a day on the trails.
Here are 11 places where you can glide along fat bike trails during the winter in Canada.
Kouchibouguac National Park, New Brunswick
All winter long you can rent fat bikes at the national park and take advantage of the 12 kilometres of winding trails that run through the Acadian forest and are groomed to make sure you have a good ride.
La Mauricie National Park, Quebec
At La Mauricie National Park in Shawinigan, Quebec you can all winter cycling enthusiasts can take advantage of the park’s trails inspired by the winter landscape and ride to your heart’s content.
There are more than 15 kilometres of trails there.
Millennium Trail, Yukon
In downtown Whitehorse, you can ride the special season bikes on the Millennium Trail, an easy to access multi-use path that takes you right along the Yukon River.
In the city, shops will rent out the wide tire two-wheelers to people and give you insider information on how to travel the trails.
Mont-Sainte-Anne Ski Resort, Quebec
This ski resort isn’t just about skiing. Its 20-kilometre trail network means you can take the big-tired bikes through snow-covered trees for hours and they’ve been designed for riders of all skill levels whether it’s your first time or you’re basically a pro.
Horseshoe Resort, Ontario
Just a two-hour drive from Toronto, this resort has a nine-kilometre trail that lets you see the frosty landscape in a new way while you ride along on your winter-ready bike.
Panorama Mountain Resort, B.C.
Panorama is a pretty popular spot in B.C. and you can rent the two-wheelers to get out and see the area while also getting a good workout.
The multi-use trails at the resort are firm which makes them great for biking but when the snow gets too soft, riders can use the roads around the resort.
Banff National Park, Alberta
At the park, there are more than 15 kilometres of easy trails and more than 20 kilometres of moderate trails for fat biking. These designated winter pathways offer picturesque views of the icy and snowy landscapes of the park.
Gatineau Park, Quebec
At Gatineau Park, you share all 30.5 kilometres of winter trails with snowshoers. Plus, it's one of the largest trail networks in North America so even if you cycle just a portion of it, that still gets you some bragging rights.
The park also offers day shelters and rest areas so you can take a break from the muscle-burning exercise for a bit if you need to.
Fundy National Park, New Brunswick
At Fundy, you can use those over-sized tires to ride through more than 23 kilometres of snowy trails the park’s Chignecto Recreation Area. You do have to share the trail with snowshoers and cross country skiers so be on the lookout for them.
Birds Hill Provincial Park, Manitoba
The Oak Ridge Mountain Bike Trail in Birds Hill Provincial Park is solely dedicated for year-round cycling so you know that the path is tailored specifically for that. Plus, the park is only about 24 kilometres away from downtown Winnipeg so you can spend the day on the trails and head to the city for the night.
Mark Arendz Provincial Ski Park, PEI
Because of how popular fat biking has become, the park opened 10 kilometres of groomed trails specifically for that at Brookvale Nordic Lodge. All three trails in the network are named after treats so you can ride on Shortbread, Buttertart or Maple Fudge. After your ride you’ll definitely want all three of those sweets.