With an endless chain of trails, you'll find the perfect spot to spin your wheels in Manitoba. Dodge branches and brush as you hurtle along a single-track path through boreal forest in Whiteshell Provincial Park, or navigate twists and turns while riding the rugged rock outcrops of Canadian Shield territory.
Test your technical prowess on the steep escarpments of Riding Mountain National Park, where more than 400 kilometres of summer trails provide a training ground for pro-level bikers. Or delve deep into the bush of the Brandon Hills region, where rollercoaster routes lead through thickly wooded ridges of Manitoba maple, bur oak and hazelnut.
Blaze a trail through the back country of Spruce Woods Provincial Park with its 40-kilometre Newfoundland Trail and a challenging series of shorter loops, or explore the forested hills and sandy soil of Grand Beach Provincial Park, where you can enjoy a post-ride cool-down in Lake Winnipeg. And if you're touring the rolling terrain of Turtle Mountain Provincial Park, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife - the region's 200 lakes are home to a menagerie of moose, deer and beavers.
In Winnipeg, wheel along pathways curving through the city's many urban parks or take a longer tour of the Red and Assiniboine river trails, following a parkway system comprised of dirt paths and roadways. You'll find another well-developed trail system along the banks of the Assiniboine River in Brandon, where you can stick to paved surfaces or veer off into the woods on cycling routes that hug the water's edge.
For smooth surfaces, try pedaling the paved road that loops through the woods and around the lake at Birds Hill Provincial Park, or take the road less travelled in the Central Plains Pembina Valley region, where gravel pathways and old downhill ski routes afford rigorous rides and picturesque views of the prairie landscape.