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2021 Cycling In Ontario Guide

Cycle the Toronto Islands

Toronto Island

Grab a bike and pedal your way to the best island spots to swim, eat, paddleboard, take photos and sunbathe. Follow along below as we take you on a local tour of the Toronto Islands.


Exploring the Ottawa Valley on Two Wheels

Caledon Lakeside Ride

The Ottawa Valley in the Ontario’s Highlands region beckons cyclists to escape the hustle and bustle of urban centres and crowded streets and slow down the pace in a more rural setting.

So what can a cyclist expect when choosing the Ottawa Valley for their next cycling adventure?


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Halton Region and Greenbelt Areas

Halton Region and the Greenbelt areas have a number of superb cycling areas catering to a variety of cyclist types. Road cyclists will love the riding north of the QEW into the Greenbelt and Niagara Escarpment. Stunning views, challenging hill climbs and curvy rural roads. Mountain bikers will dive into the cluster of mountain bike trails available for riders for all abilities. Trail riders can find paths and off-road trails throughout the region, including the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail between Burlington and Oakville. Those interested in the speed of track cycling should also drop in at the Milton Velodrome. 

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  • Regional Road Routes

    Halton Region Loop Routes - 8 on-road cycling routes ranging from 36 to 100km over a variety of terrain, easy to hilly. These routes will take cyclists away from urban areas, along scenic rural and lower traffic volume roads. The loops are recommended for cyclists with road riding experience. Routes include:,

  • Regional Cycling Trails


  • Regional Mountain Biking & BMX Park

    Conservation HaltonVariety of trail systems primarily suitable for mountain biking at the following conservation areas:

    • Kelso – 22km of scenic mountain biking trails over a variety of terrain. Races every Tuesday night.
    • Hilton Falls – 33km of recreational trails, geared to mountain bikes.
    • Mountsberg Conservation Areas – 16km of trails suited to mountain bikes. Areas also host numerous mountain biking events.

    HAFTA - Halton Agreement Forest Trail Association - HAFTA is a non-for-profit association that preserves, protects and promotes mountain bike access and diverse riding opportunities on Halton Region lands. Click for events, trail maps and other mountain biking resources in the area.

    Milton BMX Track - A 300-400 metre bmx park with several berms and flowing track. The park offers fees for drop-ins and season passes for more frequent riders.

  • Cross Regional Cycling Routes

    Picture1Greenbelt 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.

    The Greenbelt Route travels through the Halton Region between the communities of Burlington and Georgetown.

    • Plan your trip by accessing downloadable and printable paper maps or visit www.greenbelt/cycling
    • Day Trip Itinerary in Halton Region - Leathertown Spin (38km)
    • Great Lakes to Greenbelt - Showcasing Ontario’s best trails and two signature cycling routes – the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and The Greenbelt Route. Three loops are available in the Halton Region, ranging from 48km to 173km.
      • HamBur Loop (48km) - The HAMBUR Loop takes cyclists through Hamilton & Burlington. Perfect for the recreational cyclist looking for a looped tour with stunning lookouts, waterfront cycling, and unique restaurants. Online resource pending.
      • Burl-Oak Backroad Blast (113km) - Discover the magnificent Greenbelt countryside and the Oakville and Burlington shoreline on this multiday 113km loop.
      • Caledon Lakeside Ride (173km) - A multiday loop that lets you take in some of the best of Caledon, the Etobicoke Creek, and the Mississauga and Oakville shores.

      Picture1The Great Lakes Waterfront Trail - Stretching over 3600km, the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail is a route connecting over 151 communities and First Nations along the Canadian shores of the Great Lakes: Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, Lake Erie, Detroit River and Lake St Clair, Lake Huron, Georgian Bay and the North Channel. The fully signed Trail uses the safest infrastructure possible, a mix of both on-road and off-road facilities, and is primarily paved, with sections of unpaved path and gravel roads. It can be enjoyed for as part of a day trip or on a multi-day long distance cycling adventure.

      The Great Lakes Waterfront Trail can be used to connect onto the cross regional route of the 50km long HamBur Loop (Hamilton to Burlington). Eastward, the trail extends towards Peel region and can be used to cycle towards Mississauga and Toronto.

      For information and to access downloadable maps visit www.WaterfrontTrail.org

      HamBur Loop - The HAMBUR Loop is 50km long and takes cyclists through Hamilton & Burlington. Perfect for the recreational cyclist looking for a looped tour with stunning lookouts, waterfront cycling, and unique restaurants. Online resource pending. 

      The Great Trail (aka Trans Canada Trail) – A portion of this national trail runs through the Halton Region. The TCT is a four-season, multi-use trail system with various surface types and users. Use the Trans Canada trail locator to find access points.

  • Milton Velodrome

    Mattamy National Cycling Centre - New in 2015, this state-of-the-art indoor track is the only facility of its kind in Canada and only the second that meets top international standards in the USA and Canada. Built as a Pan Am games venue and used as training facility before and after games. A site to see from outside and in. Bike rentals and certification training for drop-ins as well as high-performance bicycles available for rent (outdoor riding). Other recreational sports facilities also available.

  • Information Sources and Published Maps

    * 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.

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