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2016 Cycling In Ontario Guide

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Durham Region and Greenbelt Areas

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Durham Region has a number excellent on-road regional and cross-regional trail systems and routes. Road cyclists are a common site along the scenic and quiet country roads, some with more challenging hills and others flatter following agricultural farmland in and out of pretty hamlets. Butter tart stops, country corner stores, bistro dinning and city eateries are some of the tastes available.

Additional cycling destinations with extensive off-road bicycle trails are attracting a variety of cyclists, including mountain bike enthusiasts.

The southern area of the region is easily accessible with frequent GO trains to Oshawa and bus services beyond. There are various information resources and published maps that cyclists can use to assist with route planning in the region and its Greenbelt areas.

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  • Regional Road Routes

    The routes below are from the Durham Region Cycle Touring Map and are listed in order of distance. See the Published Maps section for more information.

    • Scugog/Caesarea Route – At 25 km this route starts in rural Enniskillen, then heads to the countryside route north through Burketon, Blackston and Nestleton to Caesarea.
    • Oshawa / Courtice Loop – This 40 km begins in Lakeview Park in Oshawa and heads north along the Oshawa Creek Bike Path. Head through Oshawa and the hamlet of Mitchell before heading back along Clarington's Waterfront Trail.
    • South Brock Loop – At 46 km, this route begins in downtown Cannington, famed as the “Heart of Ontario”. The ride takes cyclists through flat rural roads with infrequent hills and light traffic.
    • Whitby Loop – This 46 km loop starts at the Whitby Marina and waterfront area. Head north through the hilly hamlets of Brooklin, Ashburn and Myrtle Station before returning south again to unwind at the waterfront.
    • East Clarington Loop - This 49km route explores eastern Durham Region with Port of Newcastle’s beautiful views of Lake Ontario from upon the Oak Ridges Moraine. The route has paved roads with modest traffic and a portion of Clarington’s Waterfront Trail.
    • Beaverton / North Brock Loop – Start at the mouth of the Beaverton Harbour on Lake Simcoe on this 49 km route. This loop takes cyclists through charming downtown Beaverton and south to Cannington, before several kilometers of lakeside terrain.
    • Pickering / Ajax Loop - This 51 km loop starts at Pickering's waterfront on the Waterfront Trail heading west before heading northeast, through charming rural areas.
    • Uxbridge Loop – At 54 km, this route includes a series of rural roads, through Uxbridge’s charming hamlets of Sandford, Zephyr and Udora. This ride is hilly, so be prepared to climb.
    • West Clarington Loop - This popular cycling route is suitable for those looking for a rolling rural ride. Start at the Bowmanville Marina, this loop includes challenging hills, stunning views of rural landscapes and stops in downtown Orono or Bowmanville.

  • Major Off Road Trails

  • Regional Mountain Biking Information

      • Ganaraska Forest – Hundreds of kilometres of trails for various types of cycling, including many mountain biking options. Oak Ridges Trail cross point.  
      • Durham Regional Forest, Uxbridge – Over 40 km of mixed trails, with mountain biking options. Oak Ridges Trail & Trans Canada Trail cross point.
      • Dagmar North Trails – New 13 km trail network gem offers green to blue to Black Diamond to DOUBLE BLACK DIAMOND.
      • Heber Down Conservation Area – Three marked loops total approximately 8 km of easy to moderate trails, perfect for kids and new riders. This multi-use trail is mostly flat.
      • Greenwood (Rodar) – A 12 km of both single and double tracks start out from the parking lot and takes cyclists through old forest and trail.

    For additional resources and information on mountain biking in Durham Region and surrounding areas, visit the Durham Mountain Biking Association website.

  • Cross-Regional Cycling Trails

    • Greenbelt Route – More than 475 kilometres of signed cycling adventures await in the beautiful, protected countryside of Ontario’s  Greenbelt. From Niagara to Northumberland, enjoy lush forests, winding rivers, welcoming communities, and family farms as you pedal through some of southern Ontario’s diverse and stunning landscapes.
    • Waterfront TrailThe Waterfront Trail– Following Lake Ontario’s shoreline from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Quebec, this well-mapped and well-signed route offers a mixture of paved on- and off-road trails covering 780 km+. It is a popular route with cyclists.
    • Trans Canada Trail – A portion of this cross-Canada trail runs through the Durham region. Multi-use trails with various surface types. o Use the Trans Canada Trail website's "Explore The Trail" feature to find access points.
    • Oak Ridges (Moraine) Trail – Approximately 70 km of the 280 km long trail across the Oak Ridges Moraine is open to cyclists. Cyclists need to check and respect posted signs of permitted use at trail entry points. 

  • Information Sources & Published Maps

    • Durham Region Cycle Touring Map. Map. Durham Tourism. 2013. Award winning map featuring 9 on-road cycling routes, connections and Ontario By Bike participating locations. Available in print and on-line.
    • Clarington Cycling Map. Route map. Tourism Clarington. 2012. Map with on and off-road routes through Clarington and conservation areas. Print copies available at the Tourism Clarington office, Municipal Administrative Centre, and all municipal recreation facilities.
    • Durham Region Trails. Map and guide booklet. Durham Tourism. 2010. To receive a copy, call 905-668-7711 or 1-800-413-0017.
    • Ajax by Trail. Map & trail information. Town of Ajax. To receive a copy, call 905-683-4550
    • Ganaraska Forest. Various maps. Print versions of various detailed maps available at Ganaraska Forest Centre, 10585 Cold Springs Camp Road, Campbellcroft. Some maps available online.
    • Durham Cycling Club. Maps of routes.
    • Oshawa Cycling Club. Maps of routes.
    • Michael R. Sweet. Maps of mountain biking trails in Durham Regional Forest, Walker Woods/Glen Major Forest and Brock Track.
    • Ganaraska Freewheelers - Routes and maps of local cycling routes and mountain biking trails, including some in Durham Region.

    Please note there are many additional map guides for the region that may be of interest and useful to cyclists. New maps and guides are available yearly, and information above may change.

 

For more information on accommodation, attractions and activities within Durham Region visit Durham Tourism, and Central Counties  .

Thank you to our Greenbelt Network Area Project Partner:

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Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation

& Workshop Event Partners:
Hamilton:
City of Hamilton, Tourism Hamilton. Halton: Region: Conservation Halton, Halton Hills Chamber of Commerce, Milton Chamber of Commerce. Peel Region: The Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association, Town of Caledon. York Region: York Region Tourism. Durham Region: Durham Region Tourism. County of Northumberland: Northumberland Tourism.

 

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