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A Perfect Mix: Waterloo Guelph Explorer


There is always a thrill in travelling to somewhere new. Having long heard about the excellent bike trails, quiet country roads, small town charm and modern city amenities we set out to ride this ultimate looped two day ride itinerary to explore the Waterloo Guelph area.


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City of Brantford and County of Brant

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The City of Brantford and County of Brant have become a premier destination in Ontario for its outdoor activities and pristine natural assets, including its splendid cycling experiences. With over 90km of trail winding next to or near the banks of the Grand and Nith Rivers through the only Carolinian Forest in Canada, the urban and rural areas are frequented by cyclists of all skill levels from near and far.

Combining renowned outdoor natural beauty and ‘Best in Class’ amenities with the fact the both the City of Brantford and County of Brant are so accessible from all directions, cyclists are sure to find enjoy an outstanding road or trail adventure exploring the area.

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  • City and County Road Routes

    These regional routes are not signed, but are mapped and can be found on the City of Brantford & County of Brant County Outdoor Adventure Map (see Regional Published Maps and Tools section below for more information).

    • Apps Mill – This 30km ride starts in downtown Brantford and takes cyclists past the majestic curves of the Grand River. Follow paved roads past the airport and the Apps Mill Conservation Area before returning to Brantford.
    • PC Ride for FarleyBrantford to Dundurn – This 48km loop traverses paved roads and starts and ends in downtown Brantford. The routing brings cyclists through the village of Mt. Pleasant taking in farmland views in Brant and Norfolk Counties.
    • Paris Ayr Tour – At 35km, this tour starts in Paris and follows the shore of the Grand River before heading west into Ayr and returning to Paris through farmland.
    • Paris Environs Tour – A 20km loop out of the village of Paris, this route is on paved roads that cross through rural and farmland landscapes.
    • Paris – Scotland Tour – This 48km loop on paved rural roads starts from the village of Paris to Whiteman's Creek into the community of Burford.
    • Paris – St. George – Start and end in downtown Paris on this 40km loop. Follow paved roads into the village of St. George before taking the route back to Paris Rd.
    • Pleasant Ridge Tour – This shorter 26km loop is a mix of on-road and paved paths, starting and ending in downtown Brantford. Routing incorporates the paved TH & B trail on the return.
    • St. George – Lynden Loop – This 21km loop begins in St. George and is a relatively easy tour through rolling countryside on paved roads.
    • Brant Cycling Loop - Coming soon.

  • City and County Trail Information

    • SC Johnson Trail – This rail trail is 14km of mostly stone dust with some areas of asphalt, running between the communities of Paris and Brantford. The SC Johnson Trail offers a key off-road connection between Paris and Brantford.
    • Gordon Glaves Memorial Pathway – A 15km off-road paved trail that hugs the shoreline of the Grand River through Brantford. Several points along the pathway offer access to rest areas, washrooms and connections into the city.
    • Hamilton to Bradford rail trail 16 PC ontariobiketrails.comTH & B Trail– Approximately 20km in length, this pathway is mostly stone dust with some areas of asphalt and takes cyclists south out of Brantford, eventually connecting to the Waterford Heritage Trail in Norfolk County.
    • LE & N Trail – Running 6km south out of the city of Brantford, this trail has a stone dust surface and brings cyclists to the village of Mount Pleasant, eventually connecting up with the TH & B Trail, which continues south into Norfolk County.
    • Cambridge to Paris Rail Trail – Running north out of Paris, this 18km trail is a converted rail bed that follows the Grand River through beautiful Carolinian Forest. The trail is level with a stone dust surface. Food and washrooms are available in Glen Morris, Paris and Cambridge. (Part of the Trans Canada Trail)
    • For additional trails and information, visit the trails pages for City of Brantford and trails pages for County of Brant.

  • Cross-Regional Routes and Trails

    Greenbelt Route – The Greenbelt Route is a 475km long, cross regional cycling route and one of Ontario's Trails of Distinction that officially opened summer 2015. The route connects visitors and locals to Ontario's Greenbelt as it traverses six regions (the County of Northumberland, Regions of Durham, York, Peel, Halton and Niagara) and the City of Hamilton. The route is fully signed and offers connecting routes from urban centres.

    The Hamilton to Brantford Rail Trail is a direct connection between the Greenbelt Route and the County of Brant. The closest access point to the Greenbelt Route is Ancaster, located approximately 28km from Brantford. 

    • Plan your trip by accessing the full digital map or choose from a selection of curated local cycling itineraries www.greenbelt.ca/explore 

    Ontario By Bike Ride (Hamilton-Brantford-Port Dover) - In September 2015, Ontario By Bike hosted a small group tour on a two-day cycling trip along portions of the Trans Canada and other trails Rides 2015 30 04 15(total distance between 92km to 117km, depending on finish location). The route itinerary starts in Dundas and takes riders through Brantford (with optional extension to Paris) to Port Dover. Ontario By Bike made available both digital and pdf mapping, as well as a self-guided itinerary to share with individuals and groups that may be interested in the same ride.

    TransCanadaTrans Canada Trail – This cross-Canada trail runs through the County of Brant and through the City of Brantford.  The TCT is a four-season, multi-use trail system with various surface types and users. A number of the County's trails are incorporated within this larger, national trail system including: T.H & B Trail; SC Johnson Trail and the Gordon Glaves Memorial Pathway.

    Connecting Trans Canada Trails in neighbouring regions include:

    • Hamilton to Brantford Rail Trail – At nearly 33km of crushed stone, the Hamilton to Brantford Rail Trail is a stunning off-road trail connection between the communities of Brantford and Hamilton.
    • Use the Trans Canada Trail website’s “Explore The Trail” feature to find access points. www.tcttrail.ca

  • Bike Park Information

    • Rotary Bike Park – The Rotary Bike Park in Brantford, is a City-run stunt biking course. It is free to use and offers a wide selection of opportunities and challenge levels for beginners through to advanced riders. There is free parking on-site as well as nearby washrooms and access to the City’s extensive trail network. It is open May through October from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily (weather permitting).

  • Information Sources and Published Maps

    • Brant Outdoor Adventure MapCity of Brantford and County of Brant County Outdoor Adventure (Map) – 2018 - This regional map includes information on the trail system thro ugh the County of Brant and city of Brantford plus roads designated as bike routes, bike lanes or shared use lanes. It also features visitor services such as camping, washrooms, car parking and picnic areas. Print copies available at Brantford Visitor and Tourism Centre, call 519-442-1818 or email request to tourism@brant.ca
    • City of Brantford Trails Map - City trails, trail access points and facilities, points of interest and road routes available for download.
    • The Hub of Ontario Trails - Brant's Crossing - Map showing 8 trails sections and connections from City of Brantford and County of Brant to Hamilton, Waterloo Region, Norfolk County, Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.   
    • Brant Waterways Trails (Online Map) - This online map features both on-road routes and off-road trails in the region, including portions of the Trans Canada Trail.
    • Hamilton – Brantford – Cambridge Trails (Maps) - These maps were developed in partnership with the Grand River and Hamilton Conservation Authorities and the City of Brantford. They present details on the trail network from Cambridge to Hamilton, including regional conversation areas, trailhead and parking information. 

    Please note there are may be additional trails, routes, events and information resources for the region that may be of interest and useful to cyclists. Changes to the above links, listings and cycling routes may occur.

For more information on accommodation, attractions and activities visit: 
Discover Brantford, Good Times in Brant or The Heart of Ontario.

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