Great Lakes to Greenbelt–Lake Ontario Watershed Cycling Network
ESCARPMENT COUNTRY CRUISE
A fully signed 65km cruise using mostly quiet country roads, screened limestone rail trails, and scenic waterfront paths along Ontario’s Greenbelt Route, Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and their signed connectors.
You’ll cruise out of Bayfront Park with kilometres of paved paths right along the Lake, run a gauntlet of culinary temptations through Westdale Village and roll out into the Dundas Valley Conservation Area , to the heart of Hamilton’s trail network. You’ll enjoy a quiet ride through the country to a popular orchard and bakery and work off those pie-cals heading back into Hamilton, with a stop at lovely Albion Falls, and a roughly 5km glide down the Escarpment Rail Trail back into the heart of Hamilton, where coffee, food, ice cream, and a craft brewery awaits.
Terrain: Some hills.
Surface: Combination of paved and unpaved paths and paved roads. Suitable for road bikes.
Level: Intermediate to difficult due to some steep hills and the busy crossing of HWY 6.
Family-friendly options–in and out along Chippewa Trail or Escarpment Rail 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.
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.