The locals are friendly, but don't ask them for directions. This region is marked by wide open spaces dotted with gentle giants. Make the most of your ride by bringing home some county bounty!

Do: Stash sunscreen and lip balm in your pack, you’re guaranteed to soak up some rays on these open roads.

Don’t: Forget to stop for fresh cheese curd and butter tarts on your way home!

Did you know?: Hastings County stretches from the Bay of Quinte to the border of Algonquin Park. Its farmland proved well-suited for dairy farming beginning in the 1800’s, when farmers were offered a $100 bonus to set up cheese factories across the county. At one point, Hastings was known as the “Cheese Capital of Canada” thanks to the proliferation of factories and the quality and consistency of their product.

These days, the cheese factories are spaced further apart, but still easy to access en route to riding destinations throughout Hastings County. We might come to the county for its curds, but we stay for its vast network of forgotten roads and quiet trails.

Here are a few top route picks from the heart of cow country:

Bay of Quinte Gravel: Cow Country
Cows, cows, everywhere: cows.
Bay of Quinte Gravel: Steep the Tea
Short, but steep. ❤️‍🔥
Hastings County Gravel: Rolling Hills & River Roads
If you’re looking for quiet, here’s where to find it.

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