Great Lakes to Greenbelt–Lake Ontario Watershed Cycling Network

BURL-OAK BACKROAD BLAST
113 km

Cruise the Burlington and Oakville waterfronts mixed with kilometers of open-road rural riding on this fully-signed 113km route following the Greenbelt Route, Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, and their signed connectors. Take it on as a 1-day shake-up ride or a 2 day leisurely ride with an added stop in Georgetown. You decide.

Near the 54 km mark you can make the choice to follow the Greenbelt Route through to Georgetown for an overnight to make for a more leisurely ride.

Tip: This route includes long remote stretches. Make sure you are well stocked with water and snacks.

Start/Finish: LaSalle Park parking lot, 50 North Shore Blvd E, Burlington, ON L7T 4A4

Terrain: Paved trails and roads. Hills.

Surface: Combination of paths and roads. Paved. Suitable for road bikes.

Level: Intermediate to advanced. Know the rules of the road; comfortable sharing road with vehicles. Some roads with narrow shoulders. Some hills including Snake Road approaching Waterdown.

Family-friendly option– Spencer Smith Park in Burlington is currently closed to cyclists – please walk your bike; Burlington to the Burlington Lift Bridge is completely off-road. Be sure to take in views of the lake from the viewing platforms. Crossing the Lift Bridge at the boundary with Hamilton offers a spectacular destination.

Maps: Download RidewithGPS Map and Cue Sheet.  The interactive map and detailed cue sheets include a picture of signs you’ll follow.

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About the Greenbelt

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 Greenbelt Foundation, who spearheaded the creation of the Greenbelt Route, works to help keep farmers successful, strengthen local economies, protect natural features, and promote sustainable growth.

Learn more at greenbelt.ca

Great Lakes to Greenbelt Lake Ontario Watershed Network

Stretching over 3600 km, the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail connects 155 communities and First Nations along the Canadian shores of the Great Lakes region. The signed, 475 km Greenbelt Route spans seven regions, nearly two million acres of protected Greenbelt lands,  from Northumberland to Niagara.

With support from the Greenbelt Foundation, the Waterfront Regeneration Trust is leading work to develop a Lake Ontario Watershed network of signed routes that link the two extraordinary trails to protect, connect and celebrate Lake Ontario’s watershed. 

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