SPARK Spin

SPARK Spin

SPARK Spin logoHow do you take your art? Cycling!

For 2018, SPARK Photo Festival has joined forces again with GreenUP and B!KE to provide festival goers with SIX SPARK Spin self-guided cycling routes that will take you to exhibits in Peterborough, Lakefield, Bridgenorth, Douro, Campbellford, Warkworth, and Lindsay.

Route 1: Peterborough South Spin

Route 2: Peterborough West Spin

Route 3: Peterborough Downtown Stroll (walking tour)

Route 4: Lakefield Looper

Route 5: The Great Trail

Route 6: Northumberland Spin


Finding your way around  Each SPARK Spin route has been mapped using Strava, a free on-line and mobile route tracking tool. You can print the maps, or access on them on your mobile with the free Strava app. A printable PDF has also been provided for each route with detailed information about each SPARK Photo Festival location along the route. Just click on the links below each description. To learn more about each stop on the route, visit SPARK Photo Festival or pick up a SPARK Photo Festival catalogue (at locations around town).

Make it a day or weekend trip  There are so many yummy options for a quick coffee, ice cream, or lunch stop along each route. Other art galleries, museums, and other local landmarks will likely catch your attention, too. So, use our routes to tack on a couple additional stops. If you are visiting from away, find a place to stay using TripAdvisor.ca.

Join a guided tour  GreenUP and B!KE are offering guided tours for Route 1 during the month of April. A registration fee of $10 or PWYC is required, and the tour will include snacks at the Publican House, a SPARK Spin loot bag, entrance into a special draw, and great time spent with fellow photo-loving, bike-riding folks. To register for these tours click the button below.



Route 1: PTBO South Spin

Start: GreenUP, 378 Aylmer St. N.
End: Main Branch of the Peterborough Public Library, 345 Aylmer St. N.
Distance: 10 km loop
Terrain: Ride along road and bike lanes. Slight incline on Monaghan Rd.
Special Route Notes:
– It may be difficult to visit all the exhibits on this route in one day, since each exhibit location has different hours. Please consult the times listed on the PDF and in the catalogue to plan a trip that lets you visit the stops that most excite you!

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Route 2: PTBO West Spin

Start/Stop: Highland Heights PS, 430 Highland Rd.
Distance: 17 km loop
Terrain: Ride along roads and trails. This side of Peterborough has some challenging hills.
Special Route Notes:
– Did we mention the hills? Some of you may really like a good climb, and so this route is for
you!
– Be sure to watch for the Trans Canada Trail exit to Parkhill Rd. as you ride west towards Stop 2.
– Stops 3 and 4 are closed on Sundays

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 Route 3: PTBO Downtown Stroll

Start: GreenUP, 378 Aylmer St. N.
End: Main Branch of the Peterborough Public Library, 345 Aylmer St. N.
Distance: 2.2km loop
Special Route Notes:
– Park your bike at GreenUP and enjoy this walking tour of the downtown on foot.
– It may be difficult to visit all the exhibits on this route in one day, since each exhibit location has different hours. Please check the location hours listed on the PDF and in the catalogue.

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Route 4: Lakefield Looper

Start/Stop: Downtown Peterborough
Travel Through: Bridgenorth, Lakefield, Douro
Distance: 67 km loop
Terrain: Ride on roads through countryside and towns. Gentle hills.
Special Route Notes:
– Bridgenorth Library is closed on Sundays

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Route 5: The Great Trail

Start/Stop: Downtown Peterborough or Downtown Lindsay
Travel Through: Omemee
Distance: 40km one-way
Terrain: Ride along the Trans-Canada Trail, a.k.a. The Great Trail.
Special Route Notes:
– To visit all locations you should plan your tour for a Tuesday through Friday.
– An overnight in either Lindsay or Peterborough would make a nice two-day trip.
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Route 6: Northumberland Spin 

Start/Stop: Elmhirst Resort
Travel Through: Hastings, Campbellford, Warkworth
Distance/Terrain: 94km loop. Along paved and gravel roads. A beautiful, yet adventurous, route.
Alternative Route Notes:
– Instead of gravel roads you can travel the Trans-Canada Trail (the Great Trail) from Elmhirst to Campbellford.
– You can choose to ride between Campbellford and Warkworth only. Check PDF for alternate routes.

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