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Cycling near Kilbride. Photo credit: Halton Region.

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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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:,

Also see information sources and published resources below for more info on each municipalities bike lanes, trails and cycling infrastructure to plan your routes.

  • Burlington Waterfront Trail – There are has two sections of the cross-provincial Great Lakes Waterfront Trail in Burlington, which are easy, mostly flat terrain, paved, and include on and off-road sections with beautiful vistas of the water. Pass through 8 waterfront parks, a beautiful beach, vibrant downtown Burlington.
    • The largest off-road section of the Trail is the 3.5km paved trail from Brant Street Pier at Spencer Smith Park to the lift bridge across the Hamilton Harbour. The Trail continues past the lift bridge for another 6km along Hamilton’s trail — also completely off-road and along the water to Confederation Park in Hamilton.
    • Burlington’s Trail splits into two sections on its western end around the Hamilton Harbour. When travelling from East to West, the Trail splits just west of Spencer Smith Park at Maple Avenue and Lakeshore Rd. Head south along the Beachway over the lift bridge beside the skyway, or take the northern option following pretty residential North Shore Blvd around Burlington Bay and Hamilton Harbour.
  • Burlington Hydro Corridors – Two green trails along hydro corridors, off road, paved. Hydro Multi-Use Path, corridor north of QEW.  Centennial Multi-Use Path, hydro corridor south of QEW.
  • Bronte Creek Provincial Park – 13km of park roads and trails. Maiden’s Blush Trail allows cycling and there are many gravel road and access trails to bike throughout the park.
  • Oakville Recreational Trails – Oakville’s recreational trail system consist of approximately 200km of trails connecting various sections of the town meandering through parks and ravines. Many of the trails are suitable for cycling. Use the interactive trails map to get information for specific sections.

Conservation Halton – Variety 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.

greenbelt routeGreenbelt 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.

    The 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.

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.

  • HaltonHalton Region Cycling Map. 2019. Region of Halton. View interactive map online with on-road routes on RideWithGPS. Or request a print map by email.
  • Cycling in Burlington. Find all you need to know about cycling in City of Burlington including cycling infrastructure and 2022 PDF Map (download Urban & Rural sides of map) plus trails and bike repair stations. Print versions available while supplies last at Burlington Visitor Information Centre located at 414 Locust Street, Burlington, Ontario, L7S 1T7. Or Phone: 905.634.5594
  • Oakville Cycling Infrastructure & Network Map. Interactive online map with of current and proposed on-road bike lanes, paved shoulder bikeways, signed bike routes and multi-use trails.
  • Town of Halton Hills Cycling Map (2023) Explore the town of Halton Hills and the communities of Acton, Georgetown, Glen Williams and more on 13 looped routes. Download copy or print available at Halton Hills facilities while available. Also available Trails map.
  • Town of Milton Trails & Bike Lanes. Find Milton trails and bike lanes with this interactive map.
  • Conservation Halton. Site and trail maps for Conservation Halton parks. For print copies go to specific Conservation Halton park gate houses and Visitor Centres.
  • Ontario Parks. For information on Bronte Creek.

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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