The Town of Delhi
www.delhiontario.info - population 4,172
Delhi boasts a diverse ethnic makeup.
Belgian, German, Hungarian and Polish halls reflect Delhi's European heritage and often feature special events throughout the year.
The community also includes a great number of people of Dutch, Portuguese, Greek, Ukrainian and Lithuanian descent.
Belgians who emigrated to the area in the 1940s and 50s brought with them their love of cycling. Over the years, Delhi has hosted many exciting bike races, both on the road and on a wooden indoor track.
All routes start and end at the
Delhi Community Centre,
144 Western Ave., Delhi.
www.norfolkcounty.ca - population 63,175
Mostly an agricultural area known as "Ontario's Garden." Norfolk farmers supply more fruits and vegetables to Canada's dinner tables and restaurants than anywhere else in the country.
Cyclists will bike by apple and cherry orchards and fields of asparagus, blueberries, cabbage, cucumbers, ginseng, lavender, onions, peanuts, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, squash, sweet corn, sweet potatoes, tobacco, tomatoes, raspberries, rye, strawberries and zucchini. Roadside stands scattered throughout the area are stocked with fresh, local produce.
Norfolk County is also known for its beautiful sandy beaches and marinas along the shores of Lake Erie, known as Ontario's South Coast. These include Port Dover, Turkey Point, Port Rowan and Long Point.
Norfolk County is a cyclist's paradise. The area is quite flat with paved roads and very little traffic on the back roads – in fact you can travel several kilometres without seeing a car. Many of the roads are tree-lined, giving cyclists much relief from the heat. And if you're lucky, you will come across a field that is being irrigated so that you can take advantage of the cool mist.
Many of the quaint villages have such unique names such as Bill's Corner, Boston, Dog's Nest, Fairground, Frogmore, Messiah's Corner, Rattlesnake Harbour, Turkey Point, among many others.