Bike Spotting on Jarivs: Should bike lanes be reinstalled here? There’s typically a soda and hot-dog cart at the park entrance at Unwin and Leslie Street. Give your calves a good work-out! When I came to Taylor Creek it was time to turn around and head back. Motown is the longest trail in the Don Valley trail system and will take most riders roughly 20 minutes to complete. Best Instagram moment: The lighthouse at the end of the Leslie Street Spit. This is Sweet Pete’s third location and the store is open on Fridays and weekends. During the fall months, enjoy the bright colors as the leaves change. I decided to go off-trail and head west to the Brickworks. Cyclists can park their bikes outside. Suitable for: All levels. There are numerous trails that branch off the multi-use paved trail, taking cyclists to city street access points or other adjacent parks. One afternoon in the Valley. Best Instagram moment: The metal Iron Horse Sculptures have returned to the refurbished bridge over Yonge Street (just south of Davisville). Take a break and treat yourself: The Red Lantern Pub on Merton near Mount Pleasant (several metres north of the Beltline Trail) serves all manner of pub food—including one of the best vegetarian burgers in town! 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. I don't want to receive email updates from the Trails Cache. The trail is broken into five sections which requires cyclists to deal with a few street-crossings and intersections. The trail is also open to walking, rollerblading and horseback riding. Cyclists share the route (mostly on packed earth, some gravel) with joggers, walkers and strollers. 4,774 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos taken at ‘Don Valley Bike Trail’ Reaper Edge Soul Jr Vertex Jr Growler Jr. The views from your vantage point 65 metres above the shoreline are Pinterest-worthy. Best Instagram moment: Sunnyside Pavilion – it’s an iconic Toronto landmark. Or, beginner cyclists could go from Taylor Park to the Beltline Trail without ever having to worry about seeing a car. The Don Valley trail system extends in many directions. 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. The Scarborough Bluffs stretch for almost 15 km along the shoreline of Lake Ontario, east of the Toronto Beaches. This flat route follows a former railway line so it makes for an easy, leisurely bike ride. If you like exploring cool industrial areas, this route is for you. 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. Officials want to clear a mile-long homeless camp on a Sonoma County bike trail. 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). A cycling year in review. 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. 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 . One of its newest residents is Sweet Pete’s bike shop. The Waterfront path connects to this trail from the lakeside. I’ve always loved the Don Valley, but I’ve also always felt like it could be so much more a part of day-to-day life for many Torontonians. The path bisects meadows, courses along the river bank, and winds through hectares of parkland and picnic areas. The 5-km long peninsula – within minutes of downtown Toronto – is a surprise to many Toronto visitors. Need help choosing a bike? 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. Try This: Fat Biking at Evergreen Brick Works! May 16th, 2018. 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. The only obvious way to get between is to hug the shoulder of the Bayview Extension, next to traffic often moving at 70 to 80 km/h. Detailed maps and GPS navigation for the bike Tour: "Don valley – Wilket Creek Trail Loop from Chester" 02:58 h 46.5 km The trail is 8 feet wide with a variable surface and is open to hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. Their bagels are filling. Wild Bettys – Womens Mountain Bike Group – active with weekly rides and a race team. Indoor and outdoor seating. Also, Biking Toronto has information on the bike lanes that run throughout the city streets, in addition to designated bike paths. The trail is about 10 km long and goes through a variety of parks to explore. There is no dedicated bike path from Pottery Road to Brickworks. 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. Copyright © 2020 The Toronto Convention and Visitors Association. Suitable for: All ages and levels of cycling ability, and for those looking for a car-free cycling route. 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. Agree that the Lower Don Trail could be so much better but only gets patched up when absolutely necessary. All rights reserved. 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. You can tour Toronto by bus, car, public transit or on foot. 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. 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. An outlet for citizens and a destination for visitors, the Park connects neighbourhoods and new developments to valuable parkland. 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. See it. This trail isn’t graced so much with meadows and greenery as it is by the transmission towers and hydro installations, hence its name. 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. However, if you cycle about 10 minutes west to Cherry Beach, you’ll find a couple of food trucks during spring, summer and fall. TORBA – Toronto Off Road Bicycling Assoc. Snap it. Many of Toronto’s avid cyclists are aware of our network of bike trails, but for the most part, the slice of pseudo-wilderness cutting a swath through the Don Valley … Ian Girard, 34, the inventory manager at Sweet Pete’s bike shop and a Don Vivant, is one of six people involved with launching the Don Valley Trails Association. 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. The Google Map below shows all the cycling infrastructure in Toronto separated by type. In every neighbourhood, around every corner, through every door there's something that begs to be discovered in Toronto. I have reviewed the Penistone Road section of the route separately.. Don Valley Trails Demo . A short set of stairs dropped me on one of the rougher sections of the trail. Take a break and treat yourself: For a sit-down meal, head to the The Riviera at Ward’s Island. Many of the trouble spots are marked with signs and yellow paint, though on a road bike, all bumps are impossible to not notice. A minor connection would bring together two significant trails and position Brickworks and Sweet Pete’s as a cycling hub. The map to the left shows the track log when biking on the easiest part of the Don Valley network of mountain biking trails. 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. Submit message. 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. Nice article. Snap it. 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! 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. In every neighbourhood, around every corner, through every doorthere's something that begs to be discovered in Toronto. Test ride our latest 2018 Rocky Mountain full suspension bikes! 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. Numerous entry points make this an appealing cycling option – away from traffic – that shows cyclists the greener side of Toronto. Check out Map My Ride or the City of Toronto Bike Network map. The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported. I hopped on the trail at Riverdale Park, just west of the bridge crossing the Don River and the Don Valley Parkway. Down in Bluffers Park you’ll find lagoons, parklands, a marina, ducks, geese and swans. I still managed to rig it up, but I didn't want too bumpy a ride until I get the real bike mount. You can rent bikes on the island near the Centre Island ferry stop or take yours over on one of the three ferries (Ward’s, Centre Island or Hanlon’s Point). Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Updated 8:02 PM ET, Sat January 18, 2020 . Find Tommy Thompson Park details and hours. Check out the Harbourfront Centre calendar of events and schedule your bike ride accordingly. With a connection between the two near Brickworks, you could ride from Moore Park to Cherry Beach on mostly dedicated trails. Best Instagram moments: Shots with the hydro transmission towers in the background. Some parts of the trail are on paved bike paths in the Don River and Taylor Creek system. Take a break and treat yourself: Ideal post-cycle (or near the end of your outing) would be What a Bagel on Dufferin. Don't want to bike? By Dan Simon, CNN. Both routes are scenic and relaxing. It’s a great trail, but it feels oddly disconnected. The City also maintains a network of winter cycling routes […] 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. Tommy Thompson Park holds special appeal for bird-watchers: In 2000, the park was declared a Globally Significant Important Bird Area by BirdLife International. 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. Speed limits are posted for cyclists. 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. Best of all, the (mostly) paved route is car-free! The Don River Valley Park is the centrepiece of Toronto’s rapidly growing downtown: a 200-hectare park spanning Pottery Road to Corktown Common. Viewing 18 topics - … Editor’s Note: This was developed for visitors but is also a helpful guide for locals rediscovering our city while practicing physical distancing. 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. Don't want to bike? One afternoon in the valley: Don Valley bike trails look lovely, lack connectivity. Best Instagram moment: The top of the Scarborough Bluffs. 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. In Crother Woods, you will find Cottonwood Flats. Suitable for: Families with children and cyclists of all levels. Will 2019 be a predictor of things to come in 2020? 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. Over the last few years, Brickworks has become a major attraction. The Don Valley trail is mostly made off road paths and dusty trails. Once I hit Pottery Road, the trail started to smooth out. 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. Posted on October 13, 2014 by dandy. Notable sights along the way include the G Ross Lord reservoir dam accessible via Wilmington Avenue (near the intersection of Finch and Dufferin). By Doug O’Neill. See it. Hopping on a bike is another great way to enjoy the best of Toronto. I recommend heading to the islands earlier in the day on the Hanlon’s ferry and cycling the entire length of the island (which is actually a cluster of small islands) to Ward’s Island. 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. For beginners, an easier ride can be the river trail which is not on the city map. Some don't want to go. 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