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2018 Small Group Tours

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They're here! We're excited to announce the 2018 ride destinations and schedule for our self-guided, supported tours for recreational or experienced cyclists. With 4 weekend tours across Ontario, we're certain we've got some you'll love!


2018 Cycling In Ontario Guide

Cycling Adventures Await in Canada’s Deep South

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Hand-crafted, ride-ready routes in Canada's Deep South. Enjoy trails, wineries and the burgeoning food and drink scene happening in Windsor Essex - by bike of course!


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along the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and Greenbelt Route.

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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

    • IMG 0960Dundas Valley Conservation Area Trails – 40 km of multi-use unpaved trails nestled under the Niagara Escarpment. Enjoy a variety of trails in woodland with sites including waterfalls and creeks.
    • 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 12 km of multi-use trail riding with some road crossings. The trail includes a few kilometres of wide boardwalk meandering through marches! Trail route can be turned into a 22 km loop returning on road or doubling back on trail.
    • Red Hill Valley Trail – 7 km 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:  

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

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    The Waterfront Trail – Following Lake Ontario’s shoreline from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Quebec, Fort Erie to Windsor, this well-mapped and well-signed route offers a mixture of paved on and off-road trails covering 1,400 km+.The route is an excellent for long distance touring or shorter day trips, connecting to many community access points. At Confederation Park, along Hamilton’s waterfront, the Trail connects into Hamilton city centre via Red Hill Valley Trail.  www.waterfronttrail.org

  • On Road Routes

    • There are a number of on road cycling options and routes around the Hamilton and Greenbelt areas that combine road and trail riding. Consult published maps below for route options.

  • Cycling Information Sources and Published Maps

    • Hamilton 2015 MapHamilton Bike Routes, Trails & Parks Map. Online information & cycling map. City of Hamilton. 2015. For a print version call (905)546-2489
    • Cycling Routes around Hamilton. Map. Hamilton Cycling Committee. 2005. PDF of 8 popular local cycling routes.
    • Cycling Hamilton Waterfalls & Vistas. Map & guide booklet. Hamilton Cycling Committee. 2010. Link together these 10 routes to form loops of different lengths and difficulties. Spring and autumn are the best waterfall viewing seasons. Print copies: Available at Hamilton bike shops and Tourism Hamilton Centres
    • Cascades & Waterfalls of Hamilton. Maps & descriptions. Hamilton Conservation Authority. 2009. This on-line resource elaborates on 5 waterfall-filled rides from the Hamilton Cycling Committees "Cycling Routes around Hamilton." 
    • Hamilton Conservation Authority – Multiple trail maps, include cycling and other information. Print copies available at Conservation Areas or call (905)525-2181.
    • Adventure Map Dundas Valley. Map. Chrismar Mapping Services. 2003. Print version only (waterproof and foldable): Available at Conservation Areas or Call (905)852-6151 or order on-line.  

  • Additional Ontario Cycling Information Resources

* 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.


Thank you to our Greenbelt Network Area Project Partner:

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Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation

& Workshop Event Partners:
City of Hamilton, Tourism Hamilton. Halton: Region: Conservation Halton, Halton Hills Chamber of Commerce, Milton Chamber of Commerce. Peel Region: The Hills of Headwaters Tourism Association, Town of Caledon. York Region: York Region Tourism. Durham Region: Durham Region Tourism. County of Northumberland: Northumberland Tourism.

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