There’s no better form of exercise than an enjoyable bike ride on a beautiful day in the city, particularly when the air in late August and September is cooler and the colours along the trails are vivid.
Regardless of where you are located in the GTA, there are certain trails every biker should try out at least once. Some are easier for beginners, and for those who want to get out of the city, there are many within a short drive.
Etobicoke (West) Waterfront Trail follows Lakeshore Blvd for 2 km, beginning at Royal York, then on to Parklawn Road. Many continue their journey across the Humber Bay Arch Bridge to reach the Toronto Central bike trail.
Toronto (Central) Waterfront Trail is one of the most popular choices. Bikers have their own asphalt path. For a break, relax on Sunny Side Beach or grab a bite at the pavilion. Bikers wishing to continue to Woodbine Beach must follow detour routes.
High Park Trail is perfect if you enjoy nature rides. It goes through one of the biggest parks in the city with off trail roads, paved walkways and a wooden board walk to explore this beautiful area.
Wilket Creek Park Trail is over 3 km long, with the Toronto Botanical Garden along the way. The path eventually leads to the Tommy Thompson trail.
Tommy Thompson Park Trail offers spectac-ular views of the city skyline. You can access this trail from Leslie St. The path is only open on weekends.
Don Valley Trail is mostly made of road paths and dusty trails. The 10 km trail goes through a variety of parks and the Waterfront path connects to this trail from the lakeside.
Crothers Woods Trail offers 52 hectares of land to bike through. Cyclists like this trail because it has breathtaking forestry and is the home to many birds’ species.
Scarborough (East) Waterfront Trail is a mix of off road paths and on road sections that eventually lead you to The Bluffs, a path that is worth traveling. Note this section of the waterfront trail is very hilly and bumpy.
Taylor Creek Trail begins at Lower Don and continues southeast towards Victoria Park. It’s considered one of the least populated trails, with additional rustic trails through the mature forest, leading to the Forks of the Don River.
Out of Town:
The Georgian Trail runs some 34 kms along the magnificent southern shore of Georgian Bay between Collingwood and Meaford. The trail features a hard-packed, granular surface with regular distance markers and shady rest spots with benches. Enjoy a varied landscape from wilderness, to rural, to urban, and more than 30 convenient access points.
Escarpment Rail Trail follows a historic rail-road up the face of the escarpment and is part of the Trans Canada Trail. It is 9.5 km long, and runs from downtown Hamilton to Albion Falls, along the southern edge of Red Hill Valley. The multi-use trail has a hard surface, with a short section on quiet city streets as well as a slow, steady climb up the face of the escarpment.