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2021 Cycling In Ontario Guide

Biking 101 in Toronto

Toronto Waterfront Trail

If you are new to cycling or find yourself riding more than ever before, there is no better learning course than the bike trails and bike lanes in Toronto. Getting comfortable and being confident on two wheels, practice and knowing the rules of the road, will help take you to new places safely. 

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Chipping Away at the Caledon Lakeside Ride - A Great Lakes to Greenbelt Cycling Adventure

Caledon Lakeside Ride

When cycling enthusiast and photographer Martin Lortz learned of the nine cycling loops showcasing the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and the Greenbelt Route a plan solidified to ride all, starting with the Caledon Lakeside loop. Discover this 173km ride stretching from the Great Lakes to the Greenbelt.

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Ontario By Bike Photo Contest

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Ontario By Bike's 2021 photo contest is open for submission. Click below to learn how to participate in the contest and to see all the great winners and honourable mentions from previous years.

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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.

  • Regional Cycling 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.
    • Jefferson Forest – A mix of single, double track and gravel access roads located southeast of Lake Wilcox in Richmond Hill features over 20km of trails with levels of difficulty ranging from beginner to experienced.
    • 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.

    In York Region, the Greenbelt Route traverses (west to east) through the communities of King, Newmarket, Aurora and Whitchurch-Stouffville. Several of York Region's cycling routes spur off the Greenbelt Route, providing an ideal product to encourage cyclists off the main route and into other communities.


    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.


    Lake to Lake Cycling Route and Walking Trail - The Lake to Lake Route is a 121km recreational and commuter trail that spans from Lake Simcoe to Lake Ontario, creating a key spine of York Region and the City of Toronto’s active transportation network. The trail incorporates various existing trails like the Greenbelt Route, PanAm Path and Waterfront Trail with access to destinations like transit hubs, beaches, community centres, parks and more.

    As of 2021, a number of segments are still under development, which are expected to be completed in the near future. For a full status update on completion of this route, visit Lake to Lake

  • Information Sources and Published Maps

    • York Regional Cycling Tour Map. The 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. 2018. 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. 2017. 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.
    • Georgina Trails MapPrint Map. Town of Georgina. 2014. To request a copy: Contact Town of Georgina at [email protected] or call 905-476-4301 ext. 2354 or check the online PDF Map.

    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.

York Region Workshop Partner:

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Also, 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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