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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. 


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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Toronto and Greater Toronto Area

Toronto and Greater Toronto Area Photo Credit: City of Toronto

Cycling in and around Toronto is a fun and fast way to visit unique neighbourhoods, attractions and enjoy nature in the city. Visitors to Toronto will be pleasantly surprised by its large bikeway network with 563km mix of bicycle lanes, off-road trails and signed routes, the relatively flat and grid like layout of the city makes getting around by bike easy.

For those who want to stay off the city streets, days can be spent riding trails through parkland and forested ravines, following heritage watershed rivers and discovering the waterfront on the Martin Goodman/Waterfront Trail that covers 56km as it crosses the city from east to west.

Toronto is easy to access by bike either by cycling in and out using the Waterfront Trail or by multiple rail and bus providers that offer a variety of bike transportation services. Making cycling even more accessible to visitors is Toronto Bikeshare, the city's public bike sharing system. Bike rentals are also available at a number of bike shops, and with close to 100 independent bike retailers in the city there are plenty of shopping opportunities.

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Note: The Ontario By Bike Network only certifies bicycle friendly accommodations in Toronto, although there are many other places to eat and visit in neighbourhoods across the city.

  • Toronto Cycling Map

    Toronto Cycling Map - This resource provides a comprehensive overview of all the bicycle routes and trails, as well as safety tips and information on bicycle shops across the city. Updated annually. Print version available for free. To request a copy, call 311; from outside of the city, call 416-392-CITY (2489). For additional information on cycling in Toronto, visit: www.toronto.ca/cycling

  • On-Road Routes & Trail Itineraries

    The City of Toronto currently has a 627km Bikeway Network with 346km of multi-use off-road cycling paths. Navigate your way across the city making use of the cycling map or following signed routes that link cyclists to neighbourhoods and destinations across the city. Explore the city on a suggested ride itinerary. 

    • Ontario By Bike Ride - Toronto Trails and Ravine Tour - Discover another side to the big city on this looped tour around Toronto. Ride on a mix of park, ravine, hydro corridor and waterfront trails on this 90km off-road route. Make it a single day tour, or stay overnight to have more time to stop and enjoy the city's many attractions, neighbourhoods and parks. Download detailed guided itinerary. 
    • Ontario By Bike's - Toronto's Ride Guide - Explore the city on the 17km Downtown Explorer self-guided route. With so much to see and do in Toronto, getting around Canada's largest city by bike is the perfect way to get to know the city more intimately, see the top attractions, eclectic neighbourhoodsand have a great day out, all on two wheels.
    • Ontario By Bike - Toronto Bike Tour Routes - Suggested self guided touring itineraries and routes around the city to take cyclists to a variety of neighbourhoods, attractions and peaceful parklands.
    • Rouge Park – Cycling is allowed on the roadways within the park, and there are many natural and historical points of interest. Off-road cycling is not permitted in the park due to sensitive natural ecosystems. There are future plans for multi-use trails within the park.

  • Major Off-Road Trails

    • Toronto Islands - Cycling is a popular way to explore the car-free Toronto Islands. Paths and roads are mostly paved with some gravel sections and a boardwalk along the south side of the island. Bikes can be brought on the ferry or rented on the island.
    • Martin Goodman / Waterfront Trail - 56km across Toronto’s waterfront, from Marie Curtis Park in the west to Rouge Park in the east. This multi-use trail is paved, well marked and signed with a large portion off-road. The Trail is part of the 720km cross regional Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail.
      • William G. Davis Trail - In 2017, the first phase of the restoration of Ontario Place was announced with a 7.5 acre park and roughly 600 metres of shoreline. The 1.3km William G. Davis Trail is connected to the Martin Goodman Trail and offers beautiful views of Lake Ontario and the city skyline.
    • Tommy Thompson Park / Leslie Street Spit– This urban wilderness is a man-made headland that is still being added to and thus is closed during weekdays, and only open for recreational activities on weekends and holidays. The 6km spit is a popular destination for cyclists of all ages.
    • Don Valley Trail - Following the Don River and valley on the east side of the city, the 32km multi-use paved trail passes through riverside conservation areas, branches off into off-road trails for mountain biking, connects to numerous local parks, city streets and attractions including Todmorden Mills and Evergreen Brickworks. The trail is easily accessed from the south via the Waterfront Trail.
    • Humber River Trail -Following a historical route between the upper Great Lakes, Lake Simcoe and Lake Ontario used by natives and early settlers, the paved trail runs 26km north from the Waterfront Trail, plus an additional 10km on the West Humber branch. The trail accesses Humber Bay Park at Lake Ontario, nearby High Park, plus several local parks and neighbourhoods along the route.
    • Park Trails – Toronto has over 1600 parks located across the city. Many parks have their own multi-use trail system or pathways that can be used by recreational cyclists.

  • Toronto Mountain Biking Trails and BMX Information

    • Crothers Woods (Don Valley Trails) – This 52-hectare mature woodland has 10km of trails for hikers and bikers, with beginner to expert sections including some single-track sections, climbs and descents along the sides of the ravine.
    • Park Trails – Many of the city parks have unpaved multi-use trails that while not technically challenging, may be suitable for mountain biking. Check trail usage signs to ensure that bikes are permitted.
    • Wallace Emerson BMX Park - The 750m2 bike park (Dufferin and Dupont) features a 150m single-track trail and pump-track with freestyle features that include quarter pipes, gridboxes and grind rails, roll-ins, pyramids, jump boxes, a street spine and a bank ramp.
    • Bayview Arena Bike Park - The 3000m2 park with dirt jumps, berms and tabletops is accessible to riders with various skills and experience. Located in the north end of the city, the park is open from dawn-to-dusk.
    • Sunnyside Bike Park - Opened in 2014, the park offers progressively difficult challenges and opportunities for off-road cycling. Riding features include; a skills trail, pumptracks, a wide variety of jump lines, a large drop and a wall ride. Located onthe east side of Ellis Avenue just south of the Gardiner Expressway.

  • Toronto Bike Shops, Rentals & Tours

    • Toronto Bicycle Tours Various guided tours and routes around the city available daily, bike rentals included or available for self-guided tours.
    • Bike Shops & Bike Rentals - There are numerous bike rental locations and close to 100 independent bike shops across the city. 
    • Toronto Bike Share - The city's public bike sharing system is a convenient and flexible way for visitors to explore Toronto's downtown area, with 2,750 bikes at 270 stations. Toronto Bike Share docking stations allow users to pick up and drop off bicycles at any location across the network, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.For more information, visit: www.bikesharetoronto.com

  • Transportation Hub

    Toronto Bicycle Tours

    Toronto is Ontario's cycle tourism transportation hub. Formore information on bike transportation to and from Toronto,visit:

    • Ontario By Bike Transportation Page – View HERE
    • Bike Train website - VIA Rail and GO Transit, including Toronto Niagara Fall Seasonal GO Train Service.
    • Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) – Transportation in and around the city. Use trains during off peak travel times and put your bike on the front of city buses with the Rack It and Rocket program.

  • Access Additional Cycling Information for Toronto

    • City of Toronto - Cycling network map, cycling infrastructure, cycling events, bike lockers and bike stations by City of Toronto.
    • Destination Toronto - Suggested routes to explore the city. 
    • Cycle Toronto – Advocacy organization providing a strong, unified voice for Toronto cyclists,Cycle toronto



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