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home › forum › riding › greater toronto area › the don valley This forum contains 1,706 topic and 42,451 replies, and was last updated by Rob DeBoer 1 month ago . Their bagels are filling. Motown is the longest trail in the Don Valley trail system and will take most riders roughly 20 minutes to complete. Suitable for: Experienced cyclists, especially if you’re intent on biking back up the hill. As someone who lives in the east end of the city, I can’t help but think of the Lower Don Recreation Trail as a bit of a tease. Find Tommy Thompson Park details and hours. The newly-built visitors’ centre occasionally hosts photo exhibits that capture the Leslie Street Spit throughout its 40-year development. From the north end at Taylor Creek Park to where it ends at Lake Shore Boulevard, the trail offers beautiful views, a nicely paved path (for the most part) and a feeling of separation from the city. Nice article. Best Instagram moment: Sunnyside Pavilion – it’s an iconic Toronto landmark. The trail is 8 feet wide with a variable surface and is open to hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. Descend the pedestrian bridge to the path and head north, where riders will eventually find their way to the Sunnybrook Riding Stables or Taylor Creek Park. Toronto’s first bike lane turns 40. Down in Bluffers Park you’ll find lagoons, parklands, a marina, ducks, geese and swans. Share it. 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I still managed to rig it up, but I didn't want too bumpy a ride until I get the real bike mount. Cyclists taking their bikes up the steps to Riverdale Park. The trail is broken into five sections which requires cyclists to deal with a few street-crossings and intersections. Your email address will not be published. May 16th, 2018. Over the last few years, Brickworks has become a major attraction. Many people do use it to commute north, to Sunnybrook hospital or the Glendon campus at York.) This route is also ideal if you want to include concerts, art exhibits and cultural festivals at Harbourfront Centre as part of your urban biking adventure. Suitable for: Families with children and cyclists of all levels. Best Instagram moment: The top of the Scarborough Bluffs. Explore the great outdoors along this 11 mile bike trail. The trail is also open to walking, rollerblading and horseback riding. A cycling year in review. You can tour Toronto by bus, car, public transit or on foot. This trail isn’t graced so much with meadows and greenery as it is by the transmission towers and hydro installations, hence its name. By Dan Simon, CNN. I know, it’s a recreation trail, not a commuter path — but why can’t it be both? Ride from Merlin Olsen to Trapper Park, and tell the world #WhyWePedal. Check this trail out if you're in the Don! The City also maintains a network of winter cycling routes […] Click the arrow box in the top left corner to bring up the interactive legend and click the button on the top right to expand the map to a larger view. Advanced riders can clock 56 km in total if they cycle the entire northerly route from the Old Mill to Etobicoke and back again. Best Instagram moment: It’s a toss-up between some of the meadows filled with wildflowers at the height of summer – or the funky graffiti beneath the bridges. I took a ride to find out more about the trail and why it never takes me anywhere I actually want to go. Best of all, the (mostly) paved route is car-free! Now we’re downtown and the trail is a straight shot to the lake, passing under main streets such as Gerrard, Dundas, Queen and Eastern. Suitable for: All ages and levels of cycling ability, and for those looking for a car-free cycling route. If trails are being promoted as where cyclists should be riding then these trails must connect, not only with each other, but with on-street bike lanes too. Best Instagram moment: The lighthouse at the end of the Leslie Street Spit. Cyclists can park their bikes outside. Your email address will not be published. Cyclists share the route (mostly on packed earth, some gravel) with joggers, walkers and strollers. There are plans to build a switchback bike path from the Don Trail to the park so cyclists don’t have to carry/wheel their bikes up the stairs. Many of the trouble spots are marked with signs and yellow paint, though on a road bike, all bumps are impossible to not notice. Just be aware: What goes down must come up. Notable sights along the way include the G Ross Lord reservoir dam accessible via Wilmington Avenue (near the intersection of Finch and Dufferin). But this had the effect of causing the head of that path just south of Pottery Road, to be part of the drainage, so it’s almost always muddy. Don Valley MTB – a small group of riders focusing on riding the Toronto Don Valley trails. There’s a small single-track trail that runs south from Pottery Road to the Brickworks, and a year or two back there was some work done to shore up the ROAD there from erosion. This part, Crothers Woods is the most popular and approved by the city for MTB riding. Don valley – Wilket Creek Trail Loop from Chester is an intermediate bike ride. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and mountain biking. It’s fairly flat. For first-time visitors to Toronto, or locals hosting out-of-town cyclists who want to see some of our highlights, I recommend that you start near York or Queen’s Quay Terminal at Harbourfront and head west.This waterfront route will enable you to visit the Music Garden, Sunnyside Pavilion and Ontario Place, to name a few sites. I decided to go off-trail and head west to the Brickworks. Best Instagram moment: The metal Iron Horse Sculptures have returned to the refurbished bridge over Yonge Street (just south of Davisville). Officials want to clear a mile-long homeless camp on a Sonoma County bike trail. Submit message. The trail begins at the intersection of lakeshore blvd and Cherry St. From the Toronto side, as you curve around onto Cherry St. at the lights just before the bridge, you'll see a bike path across the street on the other side of Lakeshore Blvd. Take a break and treat yourself: Chow down on a full meal at Bluffers Park Restaurant or opt for a lighter snack and a drink at the more casual Dogfish Pub. The closeness of the trails at Brickworks is great for mountain bikers and for anyone renting bikes because it’s only a few minutes ride to get to the Lower Don Recreation Trail. With a connection between the two near Brickworks, you could ride from Moore Park to Cherry Beach on mostly dedicated trails. For beginners, an easier ride can be the river trail which is not on the city map. Best Instagram moments: Shots with the hydro transmission towers in the background. One of its newest residents is Sweet Pete’s bike shop. Required fields are marked *. One afternoon in the Valley. You will eventually pop out at a major street and one can navigate their way back on the roads if the trails … TORBA – Toronto Off Road Bicycling Assoc. The Don Valley stretches 32 km from the Oak Ridges Moraine in the North and south to Lake Ontario and is an important watershed for the city. Take a break and treat yourself: Boxcar Social at 235 Queens Quay West is a casual place to stop, rest your legs and fuel up. Will 2019 be a predictor of things to come in 2020? Or, beginner cyclists could go from Taylor Park to the Beltline Trail without ever having to worry about seeing a car. Give your calves a good work-out! The map to the left shows the track log when biking on the easiest part of the Don Valley network of mountain biking trails. Access points include Taylor Creek Park, E. T. Seton Park, Coxwell Ravine Park, Riverdale Park (East and West) and the Queen Street Bridge at Bayview. There are numerous trails that branch off the multi-use paved trail, taking cyclists to city street access points or other adjacent parks. Tim Ellis, an employee at Sweet Pete’s, said the shop’s first year at Brickworks has been good overall and that the area has a relaxed atmosphere, except Fridays tend to be quiet. Two connector trails provide community access at several locations throughout Fresh Pond. Snap it. The views from your vantage point 65 metres above the shoreline are Pinterest-worthy. If you end up at Riverdale Park West, there’s the iconic Jet Fuel Café on Parliament Street which caters to bike couriers as well as neighbourhood moms and students. The 22.5-km Finch Hydro Corridor recreational trail is a paved walking and bike path that stretches from Norfinch Drive in the west to Middlefield Road in the east. You can see the route on Sheffield Council’s map of green routes.I cycled the route on the 29th of October and filmed some videos of the route.. For more information on cycling in Toronto, check out Cycle Toronto. Some parts of the trail are on paved bike paths in the Don River and Taylor Creek system. I’d opt for the Cinnamon or Rainbow. We recommend to contact businesses directly to confirm health and safety guidelines and operating hours, as they may vary during this time. Ellis said the demos have gone well and he hopes to do more, especially of the burly full-suspension Kona he was working on when I visited the shop. The Indian Bend Wash Shared-Use Path Map (PDF) shows parks and connections along the Indian Bend Wash. Trash Panda is the newest addition to the Don Valley Trail System in Toronto. More experienced riders can easily spend three hours or more cycling the Don Valley Trail. In Crother Woods, you will find Cottonwood Flats. My favourite route starts at the pedestrian bridge that crosses over Bayview Avenue and the Don Valley Parkway, linking Riverdale Park East (just north of the Old Don Jail) to Riverdale Park West, where visitors can stop at historic Riverdale Farm. Don't want to bike? It runs along the valley hillside and has a few steep and tricky inclines off camber.Best for the experienced rider. A minor connection would bring together two significant trails and position Brickworks and Sweet Pete’s as a cycling hub. The 12 life-sized silhouettes of horses positioned on the former defunct Railroad Bridge make for excellent photos and selfies. The path bisects meadows, courses along the river bank, and winds through hectares of parkland and picnic areas. Missing sections Some don't want to go. – a few rides organized and general discussion on trails and gear in Toronto. These routes are ideal during spring, summer and fall. That hub could be on its way soon — as part of the Pan Am preparation includes working on trails through the Don (more dandy news on that to come). Crothers Woods – Crothers Woods is a unique and extensive forest habitat in the Don River Valley with approximately 10 kilometres of natural surface trails ideal for hiking or mountain biking. Copyright © 2020 The Toronto Convention and Visitors Association. From Pottery Road to Lakeshore, the trail is loaded with potholes and buckling pavement. I have reviewed the Penistone Road section of the route separately.. The Don Valley trail is mostly made off road paths and dusty trails. There’s typically a soda and hot-dog cart at the park entrance at Unwin and Leslie Street. Start near the Old Mill subway stop, where you can cycle or walk your bike down by the historic Old Mill Inn and Restaurant, the eye-catching Tudor-style edifice built in 1914. Hopping on a bike is another great way to enjoy the best of Toronto. Take a break and treat yourself: Should you end up at Riverdale Park East, there’s the Rooster Coffeehouse on Broadview (across from the Park). It’s also where I noticed its first major flaw: the north end is nice and level, but just west and within sight, is the Evergreen Brickworks and the Moore Park Ravine. Your only conundrum when you descend to the Humber Valley Trail from the Old Mill, off Bloor Street West, is whether you want to head north or south. The Google Map below shows all the cycling infrastructure in Toronto separated by type. This flat route follows a former railway line so it makes for an easy, leisurely bike ride. There are myriad ways to access our city’s biking paths and these resources will help you navigate. It was a beautiful afternoon of leisurely cycling. I hopped on the trail at Riverdale Park, just west of the bridge crossing the Don River and the Don Valley Parkway. There are basically three sections of the Waterfront Trail: Etobicoke in the west, Scarborough in the east and Toronto, which forms the central part of the trail through Harbourfront and along Queen’s Quay, where you’ll find the newly-minted two-way bike lane. In every neighbourhood, around every corner, through every doorthere's something that begs to be discovered in Toronto. Stay tuned to the dandyBLOG for our upcoming story about the fabulous Pan Am Path initiative and what enhancements that might bring to the Don trails and beyond! A short set of stairs dropped me on one of the rougher sections of the trail. The trail is also open to walking, rollerblading and horseback riding. See it. See this Tour and others like it, or plan your own with komoot! Seasoned riders – or those with energy to burn – can head down Kingston Road and onto Brimley Road south to Bluffers Park, at the foot of the Scarborough Bluffs. I particularly like the easy ride from the access point east of Yonge Street at Merton and Mount Pleasant, just adjacent to the Mount Pleasant Cemetery, which then heads west over the railway-turned-pedestrian bridge at Yonge Street, and then on a diagonal path – mostly encased by shady trees — through Forest Hill and all the way toward Allen Road. This easy ride (Kay Gardiner Beltline route map) will only take 30 to 45 minutes or so, which means you can easily turn around and head back to your starting point near Merton Street. Editor’s Note: This was developed for visitors but is also a helpful guide for locals rediscovering our city while practicing physical distancing. There is a large network of trails and it is hard to get lost if you know Toronto. The Scarborough Bluffs stretch for almost 15 km along the shoreline of Lake Ontario, east of the Toronto Beaches. Win bike prizes and gift cards to local bike shops by riding your bike around Cache Valley! All rights reserved. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The Upper Don Valley cycle route goes about 15km from Penistone Road in Sheffield to Stocksbridge to the north of Sheffield. The Don Valley trail system extends in many directions. But those few minutes can be a little harrowing, as I found out. However, if you cycle about 10 minutes west to Cherry Beach, you’ll find a couple of food trucks during spring, summer and fall. Don Valley mountain bike trail map. See it. Don Valley Bike Path I’m tempted to say “paths” as there are various off-shoots from the main north-south bike path in the Don Valley, much of it running alongside the Don River. The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported. Numerous entry points make this an appealing cycling option – away from traffic – that shows cyclists the greener side of Toronto. Taking a similar bike out for a proper demo means hitting trails made for mountain bikes, which Sweet Pete’s is lucky to have just a few minutes away across Bayview Avenue near Pottery Road. For an overview of bike paths and lanes in Scottsdale and the Valley of the Sun, go to the interactive Maricopa Association of Governments Regional Bike Map. Once I hit Pottery Road, the trail started to smooth out. The trail description begins at lakeshore at ends at Edwards. The southerly route (paved, of course) from the Old Mill winds through parklands and some marshy areas and you’ll eventually arrive at the shores of Lake Ontario. There are lagoons, bird sanctuaries, coves, wetlands, ponds, wildlife preservation projects, note-worthy examples of land reclamation – and a bona fide lighthouse. You’ll still hear Torontonians refer to the Waterfront Trail by its former name, the Goodman Trail. 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