Trash Panda is the newest addition to the Don Valley Trail System in Toronto. 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. 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). 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! The Upper Don Valley cycle route goes about 15km from Penistone Road in Sheffield to Stocksbridge to the north of Sheffield. (I can't help thinking that this is a major flaw... should not the paths and trails on both sides have better connections, and I have heard that a bike lane on Bayview was proposed as part of the original Bike Plan.). One of its newest residents is Sweet Pete’s bike shop. Some don't want to go. The trail is also open to walking, rollerblading and horseback riding. It’s a great trail, but it feels oddly disconnected. 4,774 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos taken at ‘Don Valley Bike Trail’ 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. 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. By Dan Simon, CNN. Share it. 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. These routes are ideal during spring, summer and fall. Officials want to clear a mile-long homeless camp on a Sonoma County bike trail. Suitable for: Cyclists of all levels. The Indian Bend Wash Shared-Use Path Map (PDF) shows parks and connections along the Indian Bend Wash. This trail isn’t graced so much with meadows and greenery as it is by the transmission towers and hydro installations, hence its name. There are two wonderful recreation trails running parallel on either side of the Don Valley, but there’s no easy way to get from one to the other. There is no dedicated bike path from Pottery Road to Brickworks. Best Instagram moment: Fishing enthusiasts along the Humber River are always photogenic. Their bagels are filling. However, if you cycle about 10 minutes west to Cherry Beach, you’ll find a couple of food trucks during spring, summer and fall. Numerous entry points make this an appealing cycling option – away from traffic – that shows cyclists the greener side of Toronto. Take a break and treat yourself: Ideal post-cycle (or near the end of your outing) would be What a Bagel on Dufferin. The Don Valley trail is mostly made off road paths and dusty trails. 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. Agree that the Lower Don Trail could be so much better but only gets patched up when absolutely necessary. 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. Explore the great outdoors along this 11 mile bike trail. Required fields are marked *. Best Instagram moment: Sunnyside Pavilion – it’s an iconic Toronto landmark. Try This: Fat Biking at Evergreen Brick Works! One afternoon in the valley: Don Valley bike trails look lovely, lack connectivity. 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. This trail offers a 3.5-mile loop perfect for exploring the park's open meadows, young hardwood and pine forests, and a view of the Indian River Bay. The Don Valley Trails at Crothers Woods are particularly stunning in the fall. In every neighbourhood, around every corner, through every door there's something that begs to be discovered in Toronto. In every neighbourhood, around every corner, through every doorthere's something that begs to be discovered in Toronto. 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. We recommend to contact businesses directly to confirm health and safety guidelines and operating hours, as they may vary during this time. Suitable for: All levels. Also, Biking Toronto has information on the bike lanes that run throughout the city streets, in addition to designated bike paths. The shop is tucked into a small brick garage beside Cycleworks, a DIY bike repair shop run by Evergreen. Many people do use it to commute north, to Sunnybrook hospital or the Glendon campus at York.) Take a break and treat yourself: The Good Fork Restaurant near Jane and Bloor for a “Toronnah” (eggs benedict with smoked salmon and dill). You will eventually pop out at a major street and one can navigate their way back on the roads if the trails … I have reviewed the Penistone Road section of the route separately.. 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 trail is also open to walking, rollerblading and horseback riding. 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. 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. Best Instagram moment: The top of the Scarborough Bluffs. The newly-built visitors’ centre occasionally hosts photo exhibits that capture the Leslie Street Spit throughout its 40-year development. 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). Missing sections Many of the trouble spots are marked with signs and yellow paint, though on a road bike, all bumps are impossible to not notice. More experienced riders can easily spend three hours or more cycling the Don Valley Trail. Updated 8:02 PM ET, Sat January 18, 2020 . 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. Copyright © 2020 The Toronto Convention and Visitors Association. With the Brickworks continuing to develop and the Pan Am Games bringing money for infrastructure, it may soon become a reality. 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 . You can tour Toronto by bus, car, public transit or on foot. Viewing 18 topics - … Or, beginner cyclists could go from Taylor Park to the Beltline Trail without ever having to worry about seeing a car. This part, Crothers Woods is the most popular and approved by the city for MTB riding. Your email address will not be published. Numerous entry points make this an appealing cycling option – away from traffic – that shows cyclists the greener side of Toronto. Submit message. You’ll still hear Torontonians refer to the Waterfront Trail by its former name, the Goodman Trail. The Don Valley trail system extends in many directions. The 5-km long peninsula – within minutes of downtown Toronto – is a surprise to many Toronto visitors. The trail is 8 feet wide with a variable surface and is open to hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. One afternoon in the Valley. 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. The 12 life-sized silhouettes of horses positioned on the former defunct Railroad Bridge make for excellent photos and selfies. Sweet Pete’s sells bike and gear, and they also rent out bikes and offer demos. Don't want to bike? I hopped on the trail at Riverdale Park, just west of the bridge crossing the Don River and the Don Valley Parkway. Advanced riders can clock 56 km in total if they cycle the entire northerly route from the Old Mill to Etobicoke and back again. 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. Suitable for: Beginner riders, novices or folks who just want to enjoy a leisurely bike ride in a green urban setting. JUST WATCHED 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. Two connector trails provide community access at several locations throughout Fresh Pond. Don Valley Trails. The City also maintains a network of winter cycling routes […] Reaper Edge Soul Jr Vertex Jr Growler Jr. I just bought a Bike mount for my Geko at the Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC), but unfortunately it wasn't the right one. There are myriad ways to access our city’s biking paths and these resources will help you navigate. During the fall months, enjoy the bright colors as the leaves change. Check out the Harbourfront Centre calendar of events and schedule your bike ride accordingly. Best Instagram moment: The metal Iron Horse Sculptures have returned to the refurbished bridge over Yonge Street (just south of Davisville). For more information on cycling in Toronto, check out Cycle Toronto. The views from your vantage point 65 metres above the shoreline are Pinterest-worthy. Suitable for: Experienced cyclists, especially if you’re intent on biking back up the hill. Cyclists taking their bikes up the steps to Riverdale Park. There are numerous trails that branch off the multi-use paved trail, taking cyclists to city street access points or other adjacent parks. A short set of stairs dropped me on one of the rougher sections of the trail. So we took our bikes on the subway to Finch Station, then cycled the Finch Hydro Corridor East, the East Don Parkland trail, the Betty Sutherland Trail, the Leaside Spur Trail, Edwards Gardens, the Wilket Creek Trail, the Lower Don Recreational Trail, and finally the Lower Don River Trail. If you like exploring cool industrial areas, this route is for you. 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! 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. Suitable for: Families with children and cyclists of all levels. An outlet for citizens and a destination for visitors, the Park connects neighbourhoods and new developments to valuable parkland. Really bad planning/engineering, which ignored the cyclists and joggers who try to enjoy that little narrow path. Cyclists can park their bikes outside. Story and photos by Jeff Carson. Ride from Merlin Olsen to Trapper Park, and tell the world #WhyWePedal. Don valley – Wilket Creek Trail Loop from Chester is an intermediate bike ride. There are lagoons, bird sanctuaries, coves, wetlands, ponds, wildlife preservation projects, note-worthy examples of land reclamation – and a bona fide lighthouse. 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. 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. There is a large network of trails and it is hard to get lost if you know Toronto. See this Tour and others like it, or plan your own with komoot! Test ride our latest 2018 Rocky Mountain full suspension bikes! Check this trail out if you're in the Don! Take a break and treat yourself: Noshing options are scarce right at the Spit. 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 rest of the trail north stayed mostly flat, so I rode the remainder at a leisurely pace, enjoying the fall colours and smell of fallen leaves. Suitable for: All levels. Check out Map My Ride or the City of Toronto Bike Network map. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and mountain biking. When I came to Taylor Creek it was time to turn around and head back. This flat route follows a former railway line so it makes for an easy, leisurely bike ride. I’d opt for the Cinnamon or Rainbow. The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported. Suitable for: All ages and levels of cycling ability, and for those looking for a car-free cycling route. It runs along the valley hillside and has a few steep and tricky inclines off camber.Best for the experienced rider. 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. 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. 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. Take a break and treat yourself: For a sit-down meal, head to the The Riviera at Ward’s Island. Don't want to bike? This trail is filled with high speed descents and steep climbs . 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). Posted on October 13, 2014 by dandy. Editor’s Note: This was developed for visitors but is also a helpful guide for locals rediscovering our city while practicing physical distancing. A cycling year in review. 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. 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. There’s typically a soda and hot-dog cart at the park entrance at Unwin and Leslie Street. Indoor and outdoor seating. May 16th, 2018. Wild Bettys – Womens Mountain Bike Group – active with weekly rides and a race team. The trail is about 10 km long and goes through a variety of parks to explore. Nice article. I decided to go off-trail and head west to the Brickworks. Don Valley mountain bike trail map. 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. For beginners, an easier ride can be the river trail which is not on the city map. Tommy Thompson Park holds special appeal for bird-watchers: In 2000, the park was declared a Globally Significant Important Bird Area by BirdLife International. 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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. Motown is the longest trail in the Don Valley trail system and will take most riders roughly 20 minutes to complete. Best Instagram moments: Shots with the hydro transmission towers in the background. See it. The Google Map below shows all the cycling infrastructure in Toronto separated by type. Detailed maps and GPS navigation for the bike Tour: "Don valley – Wilket Creek Trail Loop from Chester" 02:58 h 46.5 km Share 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. Best Instagram moment: on the pier at Centre Island or on the return ferry ride gives you the coolest view of the Toronto skyline. 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.. 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. Don Valley Trails Demo . 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. With over 70km of intermediate to advanced single track it’s possible to ride all day and not cover it all. I know, it’s a recreation trail, not a commuter path — but why can’t it be both? Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. See it. After checking out Sweet Pete’s and seeing remnants of a farmer’s market pack up, I headed back across Bayview to the Lower Don trail. In Crother Woods, you will find Cottonwood Flats. A minor connection would bring together two significant trails and position Brickworks and Sweet Pete’s as a cycling hub. Snap it. By Doug O’Neill. All rights reserved. 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. Hopping on a bike is another great way to enjoy the best of Toronto. More Lower Don Trails is a 4.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Toronto, Ontario, Canada that features a river and is good for all skill levels. 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 … This is Sweet Pete’s third location and the store is open on Fridays and weekends. Notable sights along the way include the G Ross Lord reservoir dam accessible via Wilmington Avenue (near the intersection of Finch and Dufferin). 282 trails on an interactive map of the trail network. 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. Give your calves a good work-out! Find Tommy Thompson Park details and hours. From Pottery Road to Lakeshore, the trail is loaded with potholes and buckling pavement. With a connection between the two near Brickworks, you could ride from Moore Park to Cherry Beach on mostly dedicated trails. 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. There are numerous trails that branch off the multi-use paved trail, taking cyclists to city street access points or other adjacent parks. Bike Spotting on Jarivs: Should bike lanes be reinstalled here? You’ll end up just north of Eglinton West subway station. Best Instagram moment: The lighthouse at the end of the Leslie Street Spit. 8. Your email address will not be published. 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. Need help choosing a bike? The path bisects meadows, courses along the river bank, and winds through hectares of parkland and picnic areas. Toronto’s first bike lane turns 40. But those few minutes can be a little harrowing, as I found out. The trail description begins at lakeshore at ends at Edwards. – a few rides organized and general discussion on trails and gear in Toronto. The Scarborough Bluffs stretch for almost 15 km along the shoreline of Lake Ontario, east of the Toronto Beaches. Some parts of the trail are on paved bike paths in the Don River and Taylor Creek system. Don Valley MTB – a small group of riders focusing on riding the Toronto Don Valley trails. 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. The two bridges are far from the only volunteer-built infrastructure along the Don Valley mountain bike trail network. Cyclists share the route (mostly on packed earth, some gravel) with joggers, walkers and strollers. Will 2019 be a predictor of things to come in 2020? I still managed to rig it up, but I didn't want too bumpy a ride until I get the real bike mount. Speed limits are posted for cyclists. 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. 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. TORBA – Toronto Off Road Bicycling Assoc. HistoricTO: Walking Tours of Toronto's Past. The Waterfront path connects to this trail from the lakeside. 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. Down in Bluffers Park you’ll find lagoons, parklands, a marina, ducks, geese and swans. 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. Ellis said Brickworks is a “destination spot” and doesn’t benefit much from local commuter traffic. The Don River Valley Park is the centrepiece of Toronto’s rapidly growing downtown: a 200-hectare park spanning Pottery Road to Corktown Common. Over the last few years, Brickworks has become a major attraction. Best of all, the (mostly) paved route is car-free! Don Valley Offroad Bike Trails Given the COVID-19 pandemic, call ahead to verify hours, and remember to practice social distancing "Beautiful bike trail in middle of city" (2 Tips) 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. 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. It was a beautiful afternoon of leisurely cycling. The trail is broken into five sections which requires cyclists to deal with a few street-crossings and intersections. It’s fairly flat. 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. The map to the left shows the track log when biking on the easiest part of the Don Valley network of mountain biking trails. Once I hit Pottery Road, the trail started to smooth out. Toronto’s Don Valley is one of the largest urban trail networks anywhere. 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. Both routes are scenic and relaxing. 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