Great Lakes to Greenbelt–Lake Ontario Watershed Cycling Network

48 km

Enjoy an almost 50km ride connecting the most scenic locations along the Hamilton and Burlington waterfronts and linking historic railway routes, an iconic brickyard, and a popular waterfall. Grab a foot long hot dog and fries at Easterbrook’s diner, and chase it with a cone. The HamBur Loop incorporates popular sections of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail as well as the Greenbelt Route Hamilton Escarpment connector.

Note: Just before the 10 km mark–Valley Inn Road Bridge is presently closed and in need of repair. Stay on Spring Gardens Rd following it north and cross the railway tracks via a pedestrian bridge and follow Plains/York road to rejoin the path. Please use caution as crossing Plains and York roads both are busy. We recommend dismounting and walking 300 m on Plains Road until you reach the bike lanes on York.

Terrain: Some hills.

Surface: Combination of paved and unpaved paths and roads.  The Red Hill Valley Trail section of this route is best suited to hybrid and mountain bikes.

Level: Easy but due to the Valley Inn Bridge closure, it may not be suitable for young riders. Some hills and some roads.

Family-friendly option–Waterfront Trail between Spencer Smith Park, Burlington to Confederation Park, Hamilton.

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

Download detailed paper-based maps of the loop

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Bridge Closure Detour @ 10 Km Mark

The HamBur Loop offers exactly what you would expect from a day exploring by bike. From the Lake Ontario shore to the forests of the Red Hill Valley, waterfalls, places to stop, and grand views of Burlington Bay, and of course the sunrise at Spencer Smith Park if you are morning inclined. There are a few up and down challenges but overall it’s a fairly easy ride and well suited for a variety of abilities and is definitely family adventure worthy.

Read the rest of Martin Lortz’s blog Getting Loopy on the HamBur Loop and see what awaits!

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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