Cycling in Toronto’s streets can be hectic and far from relaxing. This summer, escape the honking horns and red lights and take in the sights and sounds of Toronto’s most scenic bike trails. Don’t forget your helmet!
The Leslie Spit (Tommy Thompson Park)
With a trail system of about 23 kilometres, the Leslie Spit path runs through meadows and nature trails with some of the best views of the city. This is a more leisurely path to take, as it attracts cyclists as well as a lot of pedestrians on foot, so space can be sometimes scarce. Also, many of the trails are unpaved. For a great Instagrammable moment, try to reach the lighthouse at the end!
For a relaxing day trip, rent a bike on Centre Island and take in the best view of the city. The Toronto Islands are all connected, so you can bike through each one and checkout their different features and activities. For a fun time, pack a lunch and have a picnic or a BBQ on one of the many islands beaches!
West Toronto Railpath
The Railpath runs from the Junction right up to Dundas, and earlier this year the path was approved for an extension that is said to lead into the heart of the city. Since October 2009, the path has been under a landscaping plan, which has included beautiful graffiti art done by talented Toronto artists.
Lower Don Trail
For the ultimate nature walk, take the Lower Don Trail. This multi-use trail runs right along the Don River from Pottery Road to Corktown Commons, and holds a ton of wildlife, greenery, and scenic views. The changing leaves in the Fall provide a particularly beautiful view. Due to trail improvements, the path between Riverdale Bridge and Pottery Road will be closed until mid-July. Check here for more updates.
Martin Goodman Trail
The Martin Goodman is a 56 kilometre multi-use trail that runs along Toronto’s waterfront, parallel to Lakeshore Blvd. The path stretches from Marilyn Bell Park to Coronation Park and on bright, sunny days, offers a stunning view of the lake’s glittery waters. The Martin Goodman Trail is also runs right through Ontario Place, which will hopefully be reopening in the near feature.
Mount Pleasant Cemetery
After recently adding paved trails and new bike racks to this space, the Mount Pleasant Cemetery has become more accessible for cyclists. There are a variety of routes you can choose from that range between 1 and 5 kilometres. This is definitely a trail of leisure, so don’t cycle to Mount Pleasant hoping that you’ll have space to practice for your next race. Instead, take in the picturesque scenery and serene atmosphere.
The Beltline is a railway that was converted into a recreational path for walkers/joggers/bikers in the ‘90s. The path runs for about 9 kilometres and is divided into three sections: the York Beltline Trail (west of Allen), the Kay Gardner Beltline (Allen to Mount Pleasant Road), and the Ravine Beltline Trail (South of Mount Pleasant Cemetery to Moore Park). This trail takes its users by views of refreshing city greenery, especially running through Kay Gardner Beltline Park, and also provides a unique view of some of the oldest homes in Toronto.
For those looking to venture outside of the city, the Morningside Park trail is located East of Toronto in Scarborough. This is a paved trail that functions for cyclists, hikers, and runners. Morningside Park’s trail is absolutely stunning, with beautiful views of wildlife and vegetation, as well as Scarborough’s unique bluffs. In the winter, this trail turns into a snowshoer’s haven.
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