Ontario By Bike Ride – June 2018
This ride is now over
The detailed ride itinerary for this ride is available below for download. Enjoy great trail riding with a self-guided ride experience.
Toronto Trails & Ravines Weekend
When: Any time! It’s a self-guided itinerary!
The Ride: Discover another side to the big city on this weekend long looped tour around Toronto. Ride on a mix of park, ravine, hydro corridor and waterfront trails on this 85km route. Learn more about and experience the city’s heritage waterways and unique ravine systems, pedalling the Humber and Don Valley Trails. Stop downtown at Harbourfront, explore the Leslie Street Spit, and enjoy the fine white sands of Woodbine Beach. Set a relatively leisurely pace and peel off to enjoy some of the many natural and cultural sights or city attractions along the way. This ride was a part of the Adventure Cycling Association’s 3rd annual Bike Travel Weekend.
Experience Level and Ride Guide: Easy to moderate. Off-road paved multi-use trails, with limited on-road connections. Suitable for all types of bikes. Enjoy a group ride option or ride at your own pace using detailed maps and information provided.
Ride Options & Digital Maps:
- Ride in 1 day – Starting from north end, Finch Avenue – (85km) – for more detailed information visit www.ridewithgps.com/routes/34019030
- Ride in 1 day – Starting from south end, downtown, Harbourfront – (85km) – for more detailed information visit www.ridewithgps.com/routes/34019054
- Ride in 2 days, with overnight stay downtown – (85km) – for more detailed information visit www.ridewithgps.com/ambassador_routes/1551-toronto-trails-ravines-2-day-tour
Two Day Ride Itinerary
Day 1: North York to the Beaches, Toronto – 47km
Starting in North York, this easily accessible ride quickly connects to Toronto’s trail system and urban forest via the Humber Valley. Ride 20km south on this paved trail that winds it’s way alongside the river that was originally used by First Nations as an important transportation route north to the Upper Great Lakes. Enjoy the shaded park trails and green spaces that continue as the route meets Lake Ontario and the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, heading east towards downtown. Take a ride about the city, stop at Harbourfront or continue on to Cherry Beach, before ending the day in the Beaches neighborhood before back tracking to accommodations of your choice downtown.
Day 2: The Beaches to North York, Toronto – 43km
Setting off from the Beaches, the ride quickly connects to the Don Valley trail for a northerly routing. Marvel at this once mighty river that helped carve the valley, and that like the Humber, helped define the city. Riding along this meandering trail, flanked by naturalized vegetation, it is easy to forget ones place in Canada’s largest city. Stop under the span bridges, big and small, admire the public art imbedded in and alongside the trail and detour into Sunnybrook Park or the Toronto Botanical Garden for a floral tour. At the northern reaches of the city, connect on to the hydro corridor trail not far north of Finch Avenue for the last 13km of this looped ride.
Additional Visitor Information:
Use below to find out more about ride areas and plan an extra day or two to see more.
- Ontario By Bike Toronto – for more detailed information visit www.ontariobybike.ca/toronto
- City of Toronto Cycling Map & Info – www.toronto.ca/cycling
- Visitor Information – Destination Toronto – www.seetorontonow.com
Getting To/From Start:
The North York start location is easily accessible from new TTC stations Finch West or York University. Connecting transportation options also include GO Transit and VIA Rail from Union Station.
Arriving Early / Staying Late:
Consider an overnight option at one of Ontario By Bike’s certified bicycle friendly accommodations in Toronto here or stay at other nearby certified accommodations in the Greater Toronto Area
Photo Credits: Destination Ontario; Ontario By Bike; Waterfront Regeneration Trust
For More Information Contact:
Ontario By Bike
Phone: 416-827-2772 / 1-866-701-2774
Email: info (at) ontariobybike.ca
Also See our other Ontario By Bike Rides & Itineraries
for more detailed information visit www.ontariobybike.ca/rides