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2017 Cycling In Ontario Guide

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Finding quiet rural roads for cycling in Waterloo Region is never a challenge. While exploring endless kilometres of rolling hills or flatter landscapes, cyclists will experience rural rides dotted with charming villages, meandering rivers, as well as a rich cultural heritage of past and present. Head north of Kitchener-Waterloo to the Township of Woolwich, which has 13 on-road cycling routes or head south and explore six neighbourhood cycling routes can be found around Cambridge and offer recreational cyclists shorter loops in and out of the city.

With an increasing network of on-road cycling as well as a multi-use trail system that interconnects the major centres of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge; cycling is an easy, safe and enjoyable way to visit unique destinations, urban neighbourhoods and attractions throughout the region.

Mountain bikers won't be disappointed with a fantastic trail system of 25km at The Hydrocut, including 22 distinct sections and terrain suitable for riders of all abilities.

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  • Regional Road Routes

    Numerous rural and urban roads have been mapped or signed throughout the region of Waterloo. These have been published by municipalities in various cycling and/or trail maps. See Regional Published Maps and Tools section for more details.

      • City of Waterloo – Major on-road bike routes as determined by bike infrastructure is highlighted throughout the city and can be found on the Waterloo Cycling Map (See Regional Published Maps and Tools section for map)
      • City of Kitchener – Major on-road and signed bike routes as determined by bike infrastructure is highlighted throughout the city and can be found on the City of Kitchener Bike Map (See Regional Published Maps section for map)

    City of Cambridge - Neighbourhood Cycling Routes

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  • Regional Trail Information

    • Walter Bean Grand River Trail (Waterloo/Cambridge/Kitchener/Woolwich) – This paved multi-use trail is 11km in length and suitable for cyclists of all abilities. The trail runs close to the Grand River through the cities of Waterloo, Cambridge, Kitchener and the Township of Woolwich. Multiple parking and access points available.
    • Iron Horse Trail LogoIron Horse Trail (Kitchener/Waterloo) – This trail provides a scenic and historic route linking the cities of Waterloo and Kitchener along a former railway corridor. The Iron Horse Trail is more than 5km in length. Part of the Trans Canada Trail.
    • Laurel Trail (Waterloo) – This 9km trail is a mix of stone dust and asphalt and follows Laurel Creek through Uptown Waterloo, continuing north through the University of Waterloo to Columbia Lake. Part of the Trans Canada Trail.
    • RIM Park Community Trails (Waterloo) – This trail system has over 7km of paved, multi-use paths that make exploring the area easy for cyclists of all abilities. The facilities here offer access to washrooms, food and drink. The trails also feature a connection to the Walter Bean Grand River Trail.
    • Schneider Creek Trail – Homer Watson Trail (Kitchener/Cambridge) – This 11km gravel trail takes cyclists south from the city of Kitchener along the Grand River to the village of Blair, north of Cambridge. Part of the Trans Canada Trail.
    • Grand Trunk Trail (Cambridge) – This multi-use trail is over 10km and has a mixed surface of asphalt, concrete and stone dust. The trail connects the village of Blair and travels southeast into the city of Cambridge along the Grand River. It eventually connects to the Living Levee Trail (3km), which connects to the Cambridge to Paris Rail Trail into the County of Brant. Part of the Trans Canada Trail.
    • Cambridge to Paris Rail Trail (Cambridge) – Running south out of Cambridge, this 19km 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.
    • Mill Run Trail (Cambridge) – This 6km trail in Cambridge runs along the Speed River between the two neighbourhoods of Preston and Hespeler. Connecting to the Linear Trail in the south (an additional 3km), this trail is multi-use and has surface of stone dust and boardwalk.
    • Kissing Bridge Trailway (Wellesley) – The western portion of this 45km of trail runs through the Region of Waterloo and Township of Wellesley. The trail surface is stone chip, primarily flat and suitable for cyclists of all skill levels. The trail starts outside of Guelph and ends in Perth County. Part of the Trans Canada Trail. (See Regional Published Maps and Tools).
    • Wellesley Township Trans Canada Trail (Wellesley) – This trail is nearly 7km of gravel and starts in the community of Wallenstein, continuing south to Hawkesville. Part of the Trans Canada Trail.
    • Woolwich Township Trans Canada Trail North and South (Woolwich) – Combined these gravel surface trails total 13km in length. Starting east of Hawkesville and running through the village of St. Jacobs, they end in the city of Waterloo. Sections of these trails are on road. Part of the Trans Canada Trail.
    • Health Valley Trail (Woolwich) – Approximately 5km in length, this multi-surfaced trail connects the communities of St. Jacobs and Waterloo. The trail surface varies and includes areas of compact soil, stone dust and wood chips.

     

  • Cross-Regional Routes and Trails

    • Trans Canada Trail – This cross-Canada trail runs through the Region of Waterloo. The TCT is a four-season, multi-use trail system with various surface types and users. A number of the Region's trails are incorporated within this larger, national trail including: Kissing Bridge Trailway, Wellesley Township Trans Canada Trail, Woolwich Trans Canada Trail (North & South), Iron Horse Trail, Laurel Trail, Schneider Creek Trail, Grand Trunk Trail and Cambridge to Paris Rail Trail. Connecting Trans Canada Trails in neighbouring regions include the Cambridge to Paris Rail Trail that connects to the communities of Brantford, Hamilton and Port Dover. Kissing Bridge Trailway connects to the community of Guelph.
    • G2G Trail LogoGoderich to Guelph (G2G) Rail Trail – The Goderich to Guelph Rail Trail, which has become known as G2G, runs 127 km along the former CPR railway line, which stretches from downtown Guelph to the waters of Lake Huron. The G2G Rail Trail officially opened in July 2015 and consists of 3 regional trails, the Kissing Bridge Trailway, the Perth Harvest Pathway and the Lake Huron Route. The G2G connects through 13 communities and many other beautiful trails, including the Trans Canada Trail, the Grand Valley Trail, the Elora Cataract Trailway, the Avon Trail and the proposed Port to Point Trail. Trail surface varies along the 127km route, with a mix of hard pack stone dust suitable for hybrid bikes, to grass covered sections. Development continues to improve trail surface from end to end and construct bridges to connect the gaps. An interactive map on the G2G website has the most up to date information on trail conditions, connecting trails and communities.

  • Regional Mountain Bike and BMX Information

    • Hydrocut select finThe Hydrocut – Located east of Kitchener and Waterloo, this trail system has 22 distinct sections that total 25km of well-maintained single track. Managed through a legal stewardship agreement between the Region of Waterloo and the Waterloo Cycling Club. Downloadable PDF map available.
    • Dumfries Conservation Area – Managed by the Grand River Conservation authority, this trail system has 4km of single and double track and is located just north of Cambridge.
    • Cambridge Bike Park – Located in the city of Cambridge within Riverside Park, this BMX park is open from dawn until dusk, weather permitting. Helmets must be worn; while elbow, knee, and wrist guards are strongly recommended.
    • McLennan Bike Park – A specialized cycling facility geared to BMX and free-riding cyclists of all ages. Facilities include four dedicated courses for beginners, intermediates and advanced riders. Located in McLennan Park in the city of Kitchener.

     

  • Regional Published Maps

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    • Region of Waterloo Cycling Map & Guide (2016) – Download this new regional cycling map that showcases both on and off-road cycling infrastructure, tourist destinations and bicycle friendly businesses, things to do, as well as safe cycling information. Visit BikeWR.com, a one-stop shop for all things cycling related in Waterloo Region
    • Grand River Transit: Route Map (2015) – Developed by the Region of Waterloo and Grand Rapid Transit, this map shows all bike lanes and multi-use trails in the cities of Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge. Region of Waterloo Transit MapMaps are sold for $2.00 and can be purchased at locations listed on this webpage.
    • City of Kitchener Bike Map CoverCity of Kitchener Bike Map (2014) – This printed cycling map was produced by the City of Kitchener and features signed bike routes and trails throughout the city.City of Kitchener Bike Map Cover
      • Print copies available for free at any City of Kitchener community centre or at Kitchener City Hall.
      • Download Front of map and Back of map
    • City of Waterloo Bike Map Cover RotateedWaterloo Cycling Map (2011) – This printed cycling map was produced by the City of Waterloo and features regional routes, as well as major on- and off- road routes and trails. The map identifies services in Waterloo City of Waterloo Bike Map Cover Rotateedsuch as bicycle parking, pubic washrooms and other services.
      • Call City of Waterloo at (519) 886-2310 to find locations to pick up a print copy
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  • Regional Online/Digital Maps

    • Hydrocut Mountain Bike Map (2014) – Produced by Waterloo Cycling Club this map provides routes for 25km of trails.
    • Woolwich Trails Map (2014) – This map features 9 trail systems, including Kissing Bridge Trailway and Trans Canada Trail.
    • Cambridge Trails Map (2012) – This map features 7 trail systems, including portions of the Trans Canada Trail. On-road bikeway and trail linkages, points of interest and other services are listed.
    • Region of Waterloo Cycling Network (2008) – This map outlines the regional cycling networking throughout the entire region of Waterloo. Details include existing on-road and off-road routes.
    • Waterloo Bike and Trail Guides – Digital PDF maps are available for download and represent various areas throughout the city of Waterloo. Maps include bike and trail information.
    • Kissing Bridge Trailway Map – This map was developed in partnership between the County of Wellington, the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, five community groups and a volunteer Trail Advisory Board and shows routing and services for the entire 45km trail.
    • City of Cambridge Neighbourhood Cycling Routes - The Cambridge Cycling Focus Group has mapped 6 cycling routes designed for all ages and skill levels and downloadable as PDF files.
    • Woolwich On-Road Cycling Routes – The Township of Woolwich has identified 13 on-road bike routes and published them online with route information and maps.
    • G2G Trail Interactive Map – An interactive Google Map with details including trail kiosks, connecting trails and other rider information helpful to explore the trail.

  • Regional Published Guides, Tools and Information

    • Guidebook to Woolwich Trails CoverA Guidebook to Woolwich Trails – In its 6th Edition, this guide includes foldout maps, photographs and Guidebook to Woolwich Trails Coverdetails of trails within Woolwich Township. Price: $20. Guide available at a variety of locations listed here.
    • Grand River County Trails (2004) – This printed guide is spiral bound and features illustrated maps, including a fold-out map and route details for regions surrounding the Grand River. The price of the guide is approximately $14.95 and can be purchased online.
    • PingStreet – This mobile application available on Apple iOS, Android and Blackberry, PingStreet is a free mobile app that offers one-touch access to listings and maps of trails that run throughout parts of the region.

     

     

    For more information on accommodation, attractions and activities within the greater region visit Explore Waterloo Region, or ONTravel.ca.

    * 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.

 

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