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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 753km 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 Bike Share Toronto, the city’s public bike sharing system. Bike rentals are also available at a number of bike shops, and with over 100 independent bike retailers in the city there are plenty of shopping opportunities.
- Toronto Cycling Day Tour Itineraries – Ontario By Bike’s new Toronto Cycling Day Tour Itineraries are a series of seven self-guided cycling routes designed to show visitors and residents the best of Toronto’s cycling routes and trails and showcase attractions best seen on a bike. The itineraries range from explorations on off-road waterfront and ravine trails, showcasing Toronto’s natural wonders and green spaces, to urban cycling routes where riders will view murals, sculptures and art installations across the city, top shopping and tourist destinations and restaurants and eateries displaying Toronto’s vibrant cultural and culinary diversity.
- Toronto Cycling Map – This resource provides a comprehensive overview of all the bicycle routes and trails, as well as safety tips and information and locations of bike repair stands, bike shops, and Bike Share locations 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
The City of Toronto currently has a 367km On-road Bikeway Network with 386km 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 neighbourhoods and 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 National Urban Park – Cycling is allowed on the roadways within the park, and there are many natural and historical points of interest. The park’s farmland and forests provide a lovely rural atmosphere and a sense that you are far away from the city. There are also few traffic lights to interrupt your ride, while the gentle rolling hills offer a nice workout.
- Off-Road Trails – In addition to road cycling, there are 36km of off-road trails within the park where cycling is permitted, including the following trails – Northeast Trail, Reeser Road Trail, Central Trail, South Central Trail, and Monarch Trail. Note many trails within the park are designated for hiking-only due to sensitive natural ecosystems.
- 5 Bike & Brew Rides in Toronto – Discover Toronto neighbourhoods and craft breweries riding these 5 looped routes, developed for an Ontario By Bike blog in 2021.
- Additional blogs and ride ideas: Cycle Toronto Islands (2021); Biking 101 in Toronto (2021); Discover Toronto Arts & Flavours (2022).
- Toronto Islands – Cycling is a popular way to explore the Toronto Islands, the largest car-free urban community in North America. 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 and part of the complete 3600km Great Lakes Waterfront Trail.
- William G. Davis Trail – 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, part of the 2017 restoration of Ontario Place adding a 7.5 acre park and roughly 600 metres of shoreline.
- Tommy Thompson Park / Leslie Street Spit – This urban wilderness is a human-made headland that is still being added to and thus is closed during weekdays during the day, and only open for recreational activities on weekday evenings, weekends and holidays. The 6km spit is a popular destination for cyclists of all ages, with a mix of paved roads and gravel and dirt trails with excellent lake and city skyline views. Cyclists must note that a number of trails are designated hiking-only. A washroom and water bottle filling station was installed at the park entrance in 2021.
- In summer months, quadcycles (four person bicycle) are available for rent from the Nature Centre.
- 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 indigenous peoples and early settlers, the paved trail runs 26km north from the Waterfront Trail, plus an additional 10km on the West Humber branch. On the south end, the trail joins Humber Bay Park at Lake Ontario (via a number of trail sections and city streets), nearby High Park, plus several local parks and neighbourhoods along the route. At the north end, the trail ends at the Toronto city limits at Steeles Ave. On-road connections can be made north into York region.
- Rouge National Urban Park Trails – There are five trails covering 36km within the park where cycling is permitted. The trails pass through a variety of landscapes, including meadows, forests, wetlands, and farmland and give an opportunity to explore the rich human and natural history of the area. Trail surfaces range from gravel, dirt, with some including boardwalk features, are relatively flat and wide, and are rated easy to moderate in terms of ability level.
- Cycling is permitted on the following trails – Northeast Trail, Reeser Road Trail, Central Trail, South Central Trail, and Monarch Trail. Note many trails within the park are designated for hiking-only due to sensitive natural ecosystems.
- 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.
- 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 on the east side of Ellis Avenue just south of the Gardiner Expressway.
- Toronto Bicycle Tours– Various guided tours and routes around the city available daily, bike rentals included or available for self-guided tours.
- Pedal Toronto – Offering guided tours of downtown, Toronto Island, Distillery District, Midtown and Brickworks, offering multiple tours weekly with bicycle rental included
- Cadence & Volta – Small guided e-bike tours of Toronto’s historic Cabbagetown neighbourhood, waterfront, The Beaches, and the Leslie Street Spit/Tommy Thompson Park. E-bike rental and lunch included.
- 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 7,185 bikes at 630 stations, with a network that has grown substantially over the past few years. 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
Toronto is Ontario’s cycle tourism transportation hub. For more information on bike transportation to and from Toronto, visit:
- Ontario By Bike Transportation Page – View HERE
- Bike Train website – Learn about GO Transit and bike transport, including the seasonal bike train on weekends running from Toronto to Niagara. Please note VIA Rail has suspended bike transport along its Windsor-Quebec City Corridor trains until their new train fleet is launched.
- 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.
- 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,
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