SATURDAY, JULY 28th
Pre Tour Programming
Download your Ajax pre-tour guide, Great Waterfront Trail Adventure Welcome, for things to do, places to eat, shuttle details, and self-guided discovery rides! Thank you to the Town of Ajax, Central Counties Tourism, and Ontario Power Generation!
1 to 3 pm — GWTA shuttle
GWTA offers a shuttle from the Ajax GO Station to Rotary Park and the Hotel.
3 pm — Pre-tour camping at Rotary Park
The Town of Ajax has reserved Rotary Park for campers on the night of July 28th. Parking available in adjacent parking lot. Sheltered bike corral available. Registration opens at 6 pm.
Long Term Parking
Free long-term parking is available at Lakeside Public School, 4 Parkes Dr, Ajax, ON L1S 4X1. It is only a short 800m walk/ride from Rotary Park (campground and registration). We suggest people park their car early.
6 to 9 pm– Early Registration Opens
Registration package from GWTA volunteers and meet the team at the Rotary Park campground and pub night.
8- 9 pm — Ajax Spirit Walk
Step back in time as you walk along Ajax’s Waterfront Trail meeting spirits from the past describing Ajax’s rich heritage. This is must for history buffs. Tours leave at 8, 8:15 and 8:30 pm.
8 to 11 pm GWTA Pub Night at the Rotary Park Pavillion
Meet your fellow riders at the GWTA Pub Night at the Rotary Park Pavillion featuring beer from local craft brewery Falcon Brewing Company. Cash bar.
SUNDAY, JULY 29th–Ajax to Cobourg (99 km)
Note: GPS data complements but does not replace your GWTA maps and itineraries.
Celebrate Ontario’s protected countryside with us by wearing your 2015 Greenbelt Route jersey or adding a touch of green to your cycling ensemble.
7 to 8 am — Registration and luggage drop off
- Rotary Park
177 Lake Driveway W, Ajax, ON L1S 7J1
- Register and sign your waiver and photo release
- Tag and drop-off luggage
Free Long Term Parking
- Lakeside Public School, 4 Parkes Dr, Ajax, ON, L1S 4X1
It is only a short 800m walk/ride from Rotary Park (campground and registration). Once you park, ride your bike to Rotary Park Pavilion for breakfast (800m).
7:30 am — GWTA Shuttle from Hilton to Rotary Park
If you don’t have ride from the Hilton Hotel to Rotary Park (launch), then meet our volunteers in the parking lot outside the front lobby with your bike and luggage.
8 to 9 am — Breakfast at Rotary Park Pavilion provided by Central Counties Tourism
- 177 Lake Driveway W, Ajax, ON L1S 7J1
9 am to 9:30 — Opening Ceremonies and Start
- At 9:30 we will pose for a group photo and begin with a slow-roll. This is a popular multi-use path. Please go slowly, enjoy the view — it is the result of years of investment and work, and take care to share the trail.
10 km–Lynde Shores Conservation Area
Just 10 km in and we’ve passed three wetlands–first Carruthers Creek in Ajax and, Lynde Creek Marsh and Cranberry Marsh in the Lynde Creek Conservation Area. The Conservation Area provides excellent habitat for nesting birds and acts as an important stopover point for waterfowl and shorebirds migrating along the north shore of Lake Ontario. In 2015, the Waterfront Regeneration Trust partnered with the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority, Province of Ontario, Region of Durham and Town of Whitby to connect to two provincially significant marshes to the Waterfront Trail.
12 km — Rest stop–Port Whitby Marina, Avalon Lounge
- 10 am
- 301 Watson St W, Whitby, ON L1N 1A2
The Town Whitby welcomes participants in Avalon Lounge. Refill your water bottle and take in the views from the clubhouse. Located on one of the finest natural harbours on Lake Ontario, Port Whitby Marina has received a 5 Diamond Boating Ontario Clean Marine Environmental Audit Program rating (one of only 12 marinas in the province with this rating).
25 km–Rest stop–Lakeview Park, Oshawa, 55 Lakeview Park Ave.
32 km–Darlington Provincial Park Store
- 11:00 to 11:30 am
- Take a brief detour to the Park Store to cool off with an ice cream!
41 km–Port Darlington – Optional Lunch (on your own) water and washrooms.
- 11:30 t0 12:30 pm (approx)
- Bobby C’s Dockside Restaurant, 70 Port Darlington Road, Bowmanville
- Bobby C’s is offering GWTA riders a picnic lunch for $14. Take your bagged lunch and head over to East Beach Park and enjoy your meal with a great view of the lake.
- Chicken or vegetarian wrap with a piece of fruit, drink and brownie square.
50 km — Bond Head Parkette- water stop and shuttle
- GWTA Support Van available to refill your water bottle.
- GWTA shuttle leaves at 1pm.
- Last port-a-potty before Wesleyville Church.
- Nice little beach where you can wade into Lake Ontario ( or eat the lunch you picked up from Booby C’s)
70 km–Rest Stop Wesleyville Church and shuttle
- 12:30 to 3 pm
- 2082 Lakeshore Rd, Port Hope, ON L1A 3V7
- GWTA shuttle to campground and hotels, Leaving at 2:30 and 3:00pm.
Sample Clarington’s fresh produce: blueberries from the Wilmot Orchard, fresh-picked apples from Algoma Orchards and apple wine from Archibald’s Orchard and Estate Winery. Clarington’s Active 55+ is offering a special treat to accompany a bowl of ice cream from the Courtice Flea Market and the Enniskillen General Store. For energy try a couple of power bars from OPG-Darlington. Relax at the best rest stop going compliments of a partnership with the Friends of Wesleyville, Municipality of Clarington, the Municipality of Port Hope and hosted by Clarington Cycling Club.
84 km — Port Hope – (Optional Lunch/Patio stop)
- 2 pm to 4 pm
- Suggested lunch/snack stops are listed on your map.
Dreamer’s Cafe (2 Queen Street) is the only place you’ll find the Crazy Cookie, Canada’s most outrageously delicate treat. Slap chocolate, caramel and pecans together and baked for 5-hours. Highly recommended to us by many cyclists!
Great place to grab a late lunch, shop at unique stores or take in patio break. You’ll find a great selection of places on Ridout Street, which becomes Walton Street.
The Great Lakes Waterfront Trail meets the Greenbelt Route in Port Hope at the intersection of Mill and Dorset.
Port Hope is celebrated as having the Province’s best preserved 19th century downtown streetscapes and streets lined with one-of-a-kind historic homes.
90 km–Betty’s Pies and Tarts (optional, careful crossing Cty Rd 2)
- 2 pm to 4 pm
- 7380 County 2 Rd, Cobourg, ON K9A 4J7
The butter tarts at Betty’s Pies and Tarts are award‐winning! They offer their standard plain, raisin & pecan butter tarts, as well as a delicious Peanut Butter and Jam tart. Find them located between Port Hope and Cobourg on County Road 2
99 km–Victoria Park, Cobourg. Campground Opens at 3 pm.
- 3 to 5 pm
- Victoria Park, 138 Division St, Cobourg, ON K9A 3P3 in the park (as opposed to the campground)
- Showers and washrooms are available at the YMCA Pool from 5 pm and through the evening).
Tonight we camp just a short walk away from Cobourg incredible white sand beach and its heritage downtown businesses.
2:30 pm – 6pm Secure bike storage for GWTA campers
Address: Cobourg Police Garage, 107 King Street, Cobourg – accessed from Spring/ Hibernia street. Officers will be on hand to direct you.
Luggage will not be available at the campground until 3pm – please allow our volunteers time to unload luggage.
Comfy Campers sites open at 3pm.
6:30pm -7:30pm – Post Ride Greenbelt reception
- Oasis Bar and Grill, 31 King St E, Cobourg, ON K9A 3P8
- Shuttle for hotel guests: Departs the Best Western at 6pm. Returns to the Best Western at 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm. Meet the Shuttle in the parking lot behind the Oasis Bar and Grill.
Join us for a Day 1 Meet and Greet sponsored by the Greenbelt Foundation at the nearby Oasis Bar and Grill on King Street in downtown Cobourg.
The Greenbelt will be providing appetizers and a cash bar is available. Please note – this is NOT dinner, although you may wish to stay on at the Oasis and order dinner on the patio – there’s live music every Sunday night!
About Greenbelt Day
The Waterfront Regeneration Trust and Greenbelt Foundation have enjoyed a wonderful partnership that unites our visions for a healthy, sustainable watershed and protected countryside. Together we are working for a watershed that is permanent, protected, prosperous and precious. A legacy for the next generation.
About the Greenbelt Route
The Greenbelt Route is a provincial cycling route from Northumberland to Niagara using a combination of roads and trails. It was developed by the Waterfront Regeneration Trust in partnership with the Greenbelt Foundation and Transportation Options to showcase Ontario’s protected countryside and establish connections to the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail. For more information on the Greenbelt Route visit www.greenbelt.ca/#explore.
About the Greenbelt Foundation
Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution for fresh air, clean water, healthy local food, active outdoor recreation, and a thriving economy. At 2 million acres, it’s the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt. The Greenbelt preserves diverse and scenic landscapes such as the Oak Ridges Moraine and the Niagara Escarpment, keeping our farmlands, forests and wetlands safe and secure. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation works to help keep farmers successful, strengthen local economies, protect natural features, and promote sustainable growth. Learn more at greenbelt.ca.