An Ontario man is dead following a motorcycle collision involving a deer on Cape Breton’s Cabot Trail.

RCMP in Ingonish Beach responded to the scene near the Buchanan Memorial Hospital just before 10 a.m. Thursday.

They say a group of five motorcycles were travelling north on the popular trail when a deer came out of the ditch and collided with one of the bikes.

Police say the rider was knocked off the bike and struck the guard rail on the shoulder of the road.

The 47-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.

His name is not being released, pending notification of his family.

Police are still investigating the crash.