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    Cycling Toronto to Niagra Falls

    Hello all, I had originally posted this thread below in touring, and was advised I might be able to get some specific advice in the regional section. Would appreciate your input.
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    Does anyone know if there is a good route between Toronto and Niagra falls? and if so an approximate distance. At this point I only have a large scale road atlas that does not show too many back roads, so I was wondering if A) is it possible and B) is it a nice scenic route. Enjoy the weekend

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    Please do a search in this forum as it's been discussed many times.

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    This has been discussed a lot and just a few threads below is this thread, Toronto to Ft Erie looks to be 200k. http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...rain-August-21

    Here are the routes the RTCC used last year for the 200m ride.
    http://www.mapmyride.com/route/ca/on...27657013760087
    http://www.mapmyride.com/route/ca/on...27657018733561

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    The route in the other thread and the RTCC route are not what I'd want to do....
    I think Brittannia Rd. to Walker's Line in Burlington, down to Lakeshore, across the Lakefront Trail to Grays Rd in Stoney Creek, south on Grays to King and New Mountain Rd., than along Ridge Rd. to Beamsville, then along old Hwy 8
    (the Niagara Cycling Map can give more details)http://http://www.niagararegion.ca/exploring/cycle/bikemap.aspx
    This route would be very scenic and not so much city riding or boring, windy Service Road riding as the Lakefront trail route in the other thread and a lot more direct than the RTCC route.
    Depends on what kind of ride you're looking for.....
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    The usual route would be to take the GO bike train to Niagara and ride from west to east. It's an easier ride because of the winds.
    From the GWTA FAQ
    "Why does the ride always go from west to east?
    • Headwinds are gruelling for riders, and after we turn around the Lake, we tend to have the prevailing westerly winds at our backs. Another reason for riding from west to east is to avoid riding into the mid afternoon sun when riders are most tired."

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    Quote Originally Posted by alanknm View Post
    The usual route would be to take the GO bike train to Niagara and ride from west to east. It's an easier ride because of the winds.
    From the GWTA FAQ
    "Why does the ride always go from west to east?
    • Headwinds are gruelling for riders, and after we turn around the Lake, we tend to have the prevailing westerly winds at our backs. Another reason for riding from west to east is to avoid riding into the mid afternoon sun when riders are most tired."
    Take a look at a map. You'll get as much west to east riding going towards Niagara Falls as you will riding back.
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    I'd rather have a tail wind coming west to east from Hamilton on the way back. A headwind in the morning from when coming from the Falls I can live with.

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    The lake makes things tricky with winds, especially in the spring. I bike commute Hamilton to Burlington along the lakeshore, seems like I get headwinds both ways!
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    Heh.. Yeah. I live pretty much next to the waterfront trail by the Rouge River and I know what you mean. It seems like it's west to east 65 % of the time.
    Even without any headwind problems my preference is to go from west to east so tha the sun isn't in my face late in the afternoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tourer78 View Post
    Does anyone know if there is a good route between Toronto and Niagra falls? and if so an approximate distance. At this point I only have a large scale road atlas that does not show too many back roads, so I was wondering if A) is it possible and B) is it a nice scenic route. Enjoy the weekend
    I can't help with any suggestions on the GTA area, but once you enter Niagara region, there's lots of possible routes, a lot of quieter rural roads, and beautiful country.

    We ride these roads all the time, and count our blessings for being able to be in the country five minutes after a ride starts.

    Quickly looking at a Google map, I would suggest you avoid the busier corridor along the lake Ontario shores, instead riding on rural roads above Niagara Escarpment. I have driven (not cycled so not sure how good it would be) from Hamilton to Niagara using the long Mud Street/Fly Road (Regional roads 411 and 73 on the map.

    A quieter, more rural alternative is further back into the peninsula - Binbrook Road, Silver St. Avoid Regional hwy 20, it can be pretty busy near the urban areas.

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    Spring update on this thread:
    I've been commuting Waterdown <-> Oakville GO Station now that the weather has become half-decent. Lakeshore Rd. all the way to King Rd. (where I turn uphill) is quite do-able and features some really nice real estate. Hardly any stoplights and they are heavily biased in favour of Lakeshore. That dreadful busy, narrow, bumpy section between Burloak and 12-mile Creek in Bronte that was such a hell ride for decades is being reconstructed with bike lanes and, in most places, a left-turning lane that adds up to lots of room for cyclists. The past two weeks the bike lanes have been closed with cones while they finish the storm sewers in preparation for the top coat of asphalt but it's still a sweet ride even during rush hours. My perception also is that traffic on Lakeshore has decreased a lot since they built the Rebecca-New Street bridge over 12-mile Creek just north of Lakeshore several years ago. Certainly New St. in B'ton is very fast and very heavy four lanes most of the time.

    So Lakeshore is the way to go if you want to stay close to the Lake and gets you to the Burlington Lift Bridge in the most straightforward manner.

    East of Oakville you have to pick your route a little more carefully as you enter the urban jungle of Toronto but it's certainly practical to ride all the way into or out of downtown along the waterfront if that's what you want to do to keep from going miles out of your way. Lakeshore Blvd. even along by Humber Bay isn't all that bad to ride on, and there is always the Martin Goodman Trail if you're into that sort of thing. Into Mimico, New Toronto, and Long Branch, Lakeshore has many many stoplights but there is a back street route closer to the water signed as the Waterfront Trail; it just meanders around a lot and gets frustrating after a while if you're in a hurry.
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