Great Lakes to Greenbelt–Lake Ontario Watershed Cycling Network

56 km

A fully-signed  loop around and through the bucolic Dundas Valley following the Greenbelt Route, Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and their signed connector routes. This country tour includes several scenic conservation area stops such as Spencer Gorge with Tews Falls (reservation required), Crooks Hollow, Christie Lake, and the Dundas Valley Conservation Area, and two country markets. While there are a handful of busy roads, this route mostly follows quiet scenic roads and trails. Great for a scenic day ride with a lunch or dinner stop.

“The Dundas Valley Loop is 56km of multi-use trails and on-road cycling that takes riders through urban centres and quiet rural areas. With beautiful scenery and easy to follow signage, this loop ended up being a perfect e-bike adventure, and a great way to explore more of the Hamilton-Burlington area.”

Jamie Stuckless

Read more of Jamie  Stuckless’ blog “Exploring the Dundas Valley Loop by Bike”

Reservations and Fees: Visitors to Spencer Gorge Conservation Area (includes Tews Falls) must book a reservation in advance from the Hamilton Region Conservation to visit. Click here to check out the reservations.

Terrain: Rolling hills.

Start and End: LaSalle Park, Burlington. 50 North Shore Blvd E, Burlington, ON L7T 4A4

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

Level: Easy to Intermediate.  Some busy roads. Knowledge of and confidence sharing the road with vehicles required.

Family-friendly options–in and out along the Welland Canal trail or the Niagara River Recreation Trail.

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.

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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. 

Ontario by Bike

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