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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Bicycle tourism is the wave of the future, businesses told [Windsor Star]

Meg Balsillie is photographed at her parents farm south of Harrow on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Balsillie has started the company Farm Dog Cycles and offers bike rentals and tours of the area. (TYLER BROWNBRIDGE / The Windsor Star)
Meg Balsillie started Farm Dog Cycles, which offers bike rentals and tours of Essex County. (TYLER BROWNBRIDGE / The Windsor Star)
Local tourism officials see the next wave of visitors to the region arriving on two wheels.
For the first time, the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure is bringing about 200 bike enthusiasts from the U.S., Ontario, Quebec and Alberta to the area in August to ride along Lake Erie.
The supported cycling tour starts in Lakeshore and runs through Windsor and Leamington before ending seven days later after 600 kilometres in Fort Erie. For the past five years the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure has toured 730 kilometres of Lake Ontario from Niagara to the Quebec border.
The cycling tour is just one of the reasons Tourism, Windsor, Essex, Pelee Island is bringing in experts from the Cyclists Network to get local businesses certified as able to accommodate cycling tourists.

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