This is by no means close to an exhaustive list of riding possibilities in and around Winnipeg (obviously) but we wanted to start highlighting a few of our favourite rides and expose you to resources that can take you even further.
We have a surprising number of good riding routes considering our lack of ‘topography’ and as a city not known as a Mecca of cycling. Trail builders are adding more mountain bike systems and there are more options than ever before, and city road cycling routes have really improved in recent years.
Below we’ll start by highlighting 3 routes/trails within Winnipeg, 3 mountain bike trail systems not far from Winnipeg, and (in the next month or so) also post 3 road riding routes just outside the city.
We won’t write about each route/trail in exhaustive detail because features can change quickly and we don’t want this page to be out of date quickly, but we hope you can use this to get a sense of what’s out there and then explore further on your own.
Remember that routes and trails can change at anytime without warning, and other conditions (drivers, wild animals, meteorites, etc) are out of our control (and this page isn’t necessarily updated with recent changes) so always ride defensively, within your limits, and follow all posted signs, laws, and your common sense. And have fun!
Bison Butte, near Fort Whyte Alive
What a great trail system to have right within the city! Adjacent to Fort Whyte Alive these trails are recently developed and have some technical features and elevation but the area is well signed and offers options based on skill level. Combine with some of Winnipeg’s Cycling Map route suggestions (below) and you may be able to ride to and from Bison Butte from your home, making it an ideal, authentic mountain bike outing that requires no additional transportation!
Winnipeg Cycling Map
Historically, the City of Winnipeg designated cycling routes have been, well, lacking. They tended to just highlight lower vehicle usage roads and often dumped you at the end of a route into an undesirable situation with no further direction.
Things have changed considerably though. Many city streets now have dedicated, marked bike lanes and whole systems have been developed so you can string together a number of good route section to create a complete ride on mostly protected or light use paths and streets.
On-street signage is getting much better too, but it’s great to start out by looking at the maps posted on the City of Winnipeg site (link further above) to get a sense of where you’ll go first and plot out a plan.
One such string of looped together City cycling routes we affectionately refer to as the Silver Loop (okay, just the website editor does, but maybe it’ll become a thing), because a large stretch of Silver Ave in St James is used. That stretch is actually a part of the Yellow Ribbon Greenway.
Creating a big circle around our shop and taking at least an hour at a decent pace this loop takes you down part of Wellington Crescent, through the Assiniboine and Woodhaven Parks, along the Assiniboine River, Sturgeon Creek, and Omand’s Creek, but has maybe just 3 or 4 stop light crossings and a small handful of stop signs.
The highlighted map (linked further above) is a suggestion but the route is flexible and can be easily modified.
MOUNTAIN BIKING OUTSIDE WINNIPEG:
Bur Oak (in Bird’s Hill Park)
This is a fantastic mountain bike trail that we almost take for granted because it’s so close to home and has been established for a while. First developed with help from our shop founder, and often used for local races, much of the trail is fast and swoopy, but there are some rooty sections and a little bit of climbing. Well, not much climbing, but it’s not completely flat. There’s a lot of great single track, some in fairly dense forest and other bits in more open areas. A full lap takes appox 20 minutes at a good pace but doing 4 or 5 laps never gets boring.
Falcon Trails, Falcon Lake
These trails can get a little more technical depending on which specific routes you chose, and there’s definitely a bit of climbing and descending. The forests and rocky Canadian Shield scenery are world class and the surrounding lakes are a great added feature allowing for a post ride dip on hot days.
The forested, sandy area adjacent to Lake Winnipeg / Grand Beach dries out quickly in spring and after heavy rainfalls, making these trails more useable than some of the muddier routes in the vicinity. Maybe not as technical as Falcon Trails but more so than Bur Oak and definitely a challenge. Being close to one of the best white sand beaches in the world, on one of the largest fresh water lakes in the world, doesn’t hurt this ride venue at all.
ROAD CYCLING OUTSIDE WINNIPEG: