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2017 Cycling In Ontario Guide



York Region & Greenbelt Areas

York Region & Greenbelt Areas York Region

York Region has a number trails suitable for cyclists across the region. On road cycle touring and training routes are popular and attracting growing number of urban cyclists looking for quiet and more scenic paved routes. Additional attractions including mountain biking trails and Canada’s first indoor bike park and quaint villages.


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  • Regional Road Routes

    There are many quieter rural roads that are suitable for cyclists with road riding experience and map in-hand. A number of on-line resources are available for cyclists to post and share road riding routes. Click here for more information on the routes below, including alternative start locations and GPS routes.

    • All-Terrain Ride - 48 km loop route suitable for recreational cyclists and includes a mix of trails, quiet streets, and mostly paved shoulders/bike lanes on busier roads.
    • The Butter Tart Ride - 18 km loop route suitable for recreational cyclists and includes a mix of trails, quiet streets, and mostly paved shoulders on busier roads.
    • Group of Seven Trails - 72 km route suitable for recreational cyclists and includes paved trails and roads.
    • Main to the Moraine - 60 km loop route suitable for experienced road cyclists and incorporates paved shoulders along rural roads and some riding in mixed traffic on quieter roads.
    • Pettle to the Kettle - 52 km loop suitable for recreational cyclists incorporating mostly bike lanes and paved shoulders on busier roads, and trail.
    • Simcoe Beaches - 66 km loop route suitable for experienced road cyclists incorporating mostly mixed traffic on quiet roads.
    • Tour de Holland - 68 km loop route suitable for experienced road cyclists, incorporating paved shoulders and mixed traffic on quieter roads.
    • Markham Town and Trail - 28 km loop route suitable for recreational cyclists, incorporating a mix of trails and quiet streets with mixed traffic on a few busier streets.
    • Village Roundabout (Greenbelt York Loop Itinerary) - 58 km loop route has suitable for experienced road cyclists, incorporating mostly mixed traffic on quieter roads.Download PDF Map Version
    • York Century - 100 km loop suitable for experienced road cyclists, incorporating mostly mixed traffic on quieter roads.

  • Regional Off Road Trails

    York Region has an extensive network of trails and forests across the entire region, extending throughout each of the nine cities and towns. Trail explorers can choose between paved urban trails or rugged forest paths. Click here for more York Region trail information.

  • Regional Mountain Bike and Bike Park Information

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    • North Shore Bike Trails (ROC) – Located at the ROC facility in Georgina, this approximately 5 km trail system consists of two trail challenges. The first is geared towards intermediate riders. The second, more southerly trail consists of advanced features.
    • JoyRide 150 – Indoor bike park with 90,000 sq. ft of fun for all different levels and types of riders. Food, lounge area and more. Bike rentals available. Location: 150 Bullock Drive, Markham Contact: (905) 294-1313
    • Brown Hill Tract – This forested area has over 15km of trails suitable for mountain bikers of various abilities. Managed by York Regional Forest it is located at McCowan & Ravenshoe with 2 parking areas and access points.
    • Centennial Park Trail – 5km of three loops with varying degrees of challenges for beginner, intermediate or expert cyclists.

  • 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.
    • Oak Ridges Trail – Portions of the 250 km trail across the Moraine are open to cyclists, as posted. A number of York Region trails are a part or connect to this long distance trail.  

  • Information Sources and Published Maps

    • York Regional Cycling Tour Map . Map. York Region. 2016. The new cycling tour map provides some routes for exploring York York Region Cycling Tour Map Cover Region by bike, from ten tour routes to mountain biking, BMX and family cycling options. These routes provide cyclists of all ages and abilities an opportunity to stay active and explore York Region's natural beauty. Print copies: municipal offices, libraries, Chambers of Commerce and community centres. To request a copy: [email protected] or 1-877-464-9675 x 75051.
    • York Regional Cycling Map. Map. York Region. 2015. Print copies: municipal offices, libraries, Chambers of Commerce and community centres. To request a copy: [email protected] or 1-877-464-9675 x 75051.
    • York Region Interactive Cycling Map Interactive Map. York Region.
    • Markham Cycling Map. Print Map. City of Markham. 2015. To request a copy: Contact City of Markham 905-477-7000 ext. 2160.
    • Richmond Hill Cycling Map. Print Map. Town of Richmond Hill. 2011. Print copies: Richmond Hill's main Municipal Offices, the Operations Centre, all Town community centres and libraries.

    York Region's Online Trail Resource - Individual trail maps as well as map guide books of entire trail networks for each municipality in York Region. Download as .pdf file. Call 1-877-464-9675 extension 75051 for detailed descriptions.

For more information on accommodation, attractions and activities within York Region visit York Scene or 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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