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Old 05-01-15, 07:51 PM
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Visiting Toronto in August

Hey friends, I dont usually post here, because I'm from the USA in New Hampshire. While I visit I have two days to go biking in the North York area but don't mind a 2 or 3 hour drive out of the city for a worthwhile scene/climb.
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How far do you want to ride? The Niagara region will be wonderful in August -- fruit stands, wineries. There's a loop of roads/trails that takes in Niagara Falls, Niagara on the Lake and then up almost to Buffalo. It's about 100 miles round trip. The bit around Niagara Falls gets busy, but most of it is pretty empty roads.

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Originally Posted by Boudicca View Post
How far do you want to ride? The Niagara region will be wonderful in August -- fruit stands, wineries. There's a loop of roads/trails that takes in Niagara Falls, Niagara on the Lake and then up almost to Buffalo. It's about 100 miles round trip. The bit around Niagara Falls gets busy, but most of it is pretty empty roads.

https://www.niagararegion.ca/governm...tiatives/gncr/
Sounds pretty gorgeous and scenic! 100miles is a good day and I think that's well worth the trip. : )
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I would start in Niagara on the Lake and ride it counterclockwise. That way you have the spectacular Niagara Falls to look forward to near to the end, and you can always spend the night in NOTL to reward yourself for the ride. You can also take a dinky little ferry across the canal (there's room for about 4 people and 2 bikes) and ride overland across to Niagara Falls, which cuts the distance down to a metric century. The ferry is marked on the Niagara bike map, which is also available online.
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Another vote for Niagara area. I love riding there and try to go at least couple of times a year. Vineyards, orchards, beautiful houses, good restaurants, Botanical Gardens, having a look at Welland Canal is pretty cool, and of course the falls.
Not sure when in August you planning your trip, but just remember that we have a long weekend Aug 1-3, so it will probably be busier and more difficult to find accommodations last minute.

Boudicca, what ferry? Have I been missing it all this time?!
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Boudicca, what ferry? Have I been missing it all this time?!
https://niagarabybike.wordpress.com/...obinson-ferry/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Port-...97010693713140

I want to ride the Greater Niagara Circle Route this year, or at least Fort Erie to NOTL.
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Originally Posted by Altair 4 View Post
https://niagarabybike.wordpress.com/...obinson-ferry/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Port-...97010693713140

I want to ride the Greater Niagara Circle Route this year, or at least Fort Erie to NOTL.
Wow, thanks! I can't believe I've been there so many times and had no idea! I'm going to check this out next time!
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Ha ha. This is typical of boring bland Toronto. Someone comes for a visit and everybody suggests for him to go to another city.
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Ha ha. This is typical of boring bland Toronto. Someone comes for a visit and everybody suggests for him to go to another city.
The OP did ask about riding out of the city, as the alternative to North York. What's wrong with suggesting a pretty and quiet area over an urban one?
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You got bike routes inside Toronto that are nicer than Niagara, Daniel4? We have nice trails, but they spit you out into endless subdivisions.
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Toronto has some good trails but they are variable in quality and can get very busy. I enjoy using the Don Valley and Waterfront trails and the Leslie Street Spit is an interesting and unusual jaunt (shown on the map as Tommy Thompson Park, at the foot of Leslie Street). I try to limit my rides to early mornings and weekdays.

http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/co...0071d60f89RCRD

If you like quiet, hilly rural roads the Oak Ridges Moraine through Durham Region (north east of Toronto) is great - take a look at the rides in Clarington:

https://www.durhamtourism.ca/brochur...CycleTours.pdf

or join this ride on August 16 if you are around:

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I rode the southern half of the Niagara River Recreation Trail solo in late July, from Mather's Arch in Fort Erie to Murray Street in Niagara Falls. It was a very hot (93 F, 34 C), humid day and my start time was 2:00 PM. The ride is a mix of paved MUP paths connecting frontage service roads that let local residents gain access to their properties. The connecting paths tend to meander a bit, to add interest to the ride, while the service roads tend to be straight. The Niagara River is within view on a continuous basis. Small creeks feeding into the Niagara are crossed by arched bridges.

There are many places to stop and take in the views of the river. What there are not many of are public restrooms and places to stop to get a snack or drink. I thought I could get a cold drink at the Marina at about 8 km downstream from my start point, but it was closed and the restrooms locked. I knew there was a restaurant at Black Creek, 15 km into my planned ride, but it was closed and up for sale. I had to be satisfied with my bottle of warm water.

While I found this ride to be enjoyable, its interest level picks up only closer to the Falls. Here a rider will pass the various control features that divert water to the hydro stations farther downstream, Dufferin Islands park, and the upper rapids of the river itself while pedaling along paths and bridges. The same area has more pedestrians, so consider dismounting when the going gets thick. Once I got to the WEGO transit station by Table Rock, I switched over to riding on road, taking the lane. Be cognizant that drivers can be distracted by the heavy pedestrian traffic and the falls themselves. I cut up Murray Street and caught up with my family at the hotel.

The next day, my wife and 14 year daughter rode the northern half of the Recreation Trail. We had my daughter's bike with us and we rented a bike for my wife from Zoom Leisure bike rentals. Zoom has three rental locations in the area. The one we started at was at the Whirlpool parking lot. Getting an early morning start, we had cooler temperatures and a shady trail. This part of the Trail is much more interesting with historical markers from the War of 1812 era, vineyards, hydro stations, fruit stands, and Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL) at the end. The long, quick descent from Queenston Heights to Queenston village was a big hit with our daughter. She caught sight of fox trotting through the woods while reaching about 23 mph or 37 kph on the drop.

We stopped and bought fresh fruit at a roadside stand and gorged on local plums, peaches and cherries. Really tasty and refreshing! Continuing on, we road past the McFarland House and Fort George. We had explored both on prior visits to the area, so we didn't stop. Once in NOTL, we returned my wife's bike to Zoom at their location there. Wife and daughter walked into town and explored the shops while I rode my bike back to the WEGO bus stop at Fort George. I caught the shuttle up to the Floral Clock and rode the remaining 6 km back to our car.

Driving back to NOTL, I met my family at Simcoe Park where my daughter was splashing around in the wading pool there. A stop for ice cream at Cows and butter tarts at the Niagara Bakery completed our visit. The ride into NOTL was about 24 km or 15 miles. My wife described it as, "Best. Ride. Ever." And I can't disagree!

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