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Hamilton and Greenbelt Areas

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Hamilton is a cycling-friendly community offering a vast selection of scenic bicycle routes and trails that combine off-road, multi-use paths and on-street dedicated bike lanes, with varying terrain, hills and degrees of difficulty.

Well-signed, GPS-mapped bike routes guide cyclists along Hamilton’s beautiful Waterfront, through lush forested escarpment trails, past some of Hamilton’s well-known waterfalls, amidst rural farming communities, and right into the heart of the city.

Bike racks, repair kits/stations as well as local and regional cycling information are all amenities that are found at our certified bicycle-friendly businesses, including restaurants, attractions, breweries and accommodations.

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  • Major Off Road Trails

    • Escarpment Expedition -  This 23 kilometre looped route is great way to explore the dramatic Niagara Escarpment in the Hamilton area, cruising along trails and making easy connections into the welcoming communities in the valley and out.
    • Hamilton-Brantford Rail Trail through Dundas Valley – 40km of multi-use unpaved trails nestled under the Niagara Escarpment. Enjoy a variety of trails in woodland with sites including waterfalls and creeks.
    • HamBur Loop - 50km loop connecting Hamilton and Burlington through two segments of Waterfront Trails (Lake and Bay) as well as the Red Hill Valley Trail.
    • Chedoke Rail Trail – Follow this unpaved multi-use trail 7.5km up or down the escarpment. Connects downtown Hamilton to Ancaster Village Core.
    • Dofasco 2000 Trail – Approximately 12km of multi-use trail riding with some road crossings. The trail includes a few kilometres of wide boardwalk meandering through marshes! Trail route can be turned into a 22km loop returning on road or doubling back on trail.
    • Red Hill Valley Trail – 7km unpaved multi-use trail connects to Trans Canada, Waterfront and Chippawa Trails.

  • 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 gb route basic signage 02as you pedal through some of southern Ontario’s diverse and stunning landscapes.

    Trans Canada Trail (TCT) – A portion of this cross-Canada trail runs through the Hamilton and Greenbelt Areas. The following multi-use trails with various surface types are a part of this trail system:  

    • Hamilton-Brantford Rail Trail (TCT) – 32km in total. The 7km Dundas Valley Rail Trail is the most well used and easily accessible portion of trail in the Hamilton area. 
    • Chippewa Rail Trail (TCT) – 15km, Hamilton to Caledonia crushed stone trail. Trail takes rider from urban to rural surroundings, connecting the escarpment to the Grand River.
    • Escarpment Rail Trail (TCT) – 8.5km of paved trail that gradually climbs or descends escarpment depending on riding direction.
    • Use the Trans Canada Trail locator to find access points.

    The Great Lakes Waterfront Trail – Following Lake Ontario’s shoreline from Quebec to Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Lake Erie from Fort Erie to Windsor and through to Grand Bend on Lake Huron. The Lake Huron North GLWT blaze Channel route from Sault Ste. Marie to Sudbury will opened in 2017. This well-mapped and fully signed route offers a mixture of paved on- and off-road trails covering over 2,100km+. The route is excellent for long distance touring or shorter day trips, connecting to many community access points. The Waterfront Trail is expected to be extended from Grand Bend, through Bruce County, across Manitoulin Island to Espanola in 2018.

  • On Road Routes

    • There are many on-road cycling options and routes around Hamilton that combine road and trail riding. Consult published maps below for route options. Along the way, support local businesses (attractions, cafés, breweries, gift shops, etc.) throughout Hamilton and explore the many quaint neighbourhoods and lush parks in between.

  • Cycling 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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