Toronto is known as a cosmopolitan city, bursting with culture and entertainment. Yet the city has much nature to enjoy as well, such as its lakeside beaches, expansive ravine system, and rivers like the Don and Humber. A great way to explore all this greenery is on a bike! Read on for our top picks for Toronto cycling trails to visit this fall.
This trail winds along the lakeshore from one end of the GTA to another, and includes three major sections: Etobicoke, Toronto, and Scarborough. Ambitious cyclists can tackle the whole length, while those looking for a more relaxed ride can choose the section closest to home. As a tip, the Toronto section includes a recently added two-way bike lane. The Waterfront Trail is suitable for all levels, and includes some stunning views, like Scarborough Bluffs in the east and the historical Sunnyside Pavilion in the west.
Don Valley Bike Path
This bike path is a true oasis in the middle of the city! Take a weekend ride in the Don Valley and you won’t believe you’re in Toronto. Parts of this route can be challenging, so it’s a great option for experienced cyclists looking to break a sweat. You can enjoy the beautiful views of the valley, such as the flower-filled meadows (perfect for Instagram!). There are multiple entrances for easy access, such as on Coxwell Park and by the Queen St Bridge.
Kay Gardner Beltline
A must-try for cyclists living in midtown, this former railway track has been converted into a tree-covered trail. Access it at Oriole Parkway or Moore Park Ravine. Some of the sights include the manicured Mount Pleasant Cemetery and elevated areas such as the refurbished bridge at Yonge and Davisville. This trail is mostly flat so it is a great choice for beginners; however be prepared to share the trail with pedestrians and joggers.
Humber Valley Trail
This trail is suitable for all riders since it’s broken down into manageable sections, but experienced cyclists can attempt all of this 25 km trail. Start at the Old Mill Subway then travel down to the lake, enjoying scenic views of the Humber River throughout. Time it so that you can watch the sunset go down over the water!
In many ways, fall is a prime time for cycling: you can enjoy the stunning colours of the turning leaves without the heat of summer. Happy biking and be sure to follow along on the Medallion blog for more tips on what to do in Toronto.