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Old 03-05-17, 07:26 PM
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Signposting level of waterfront trail along Lake Ontario

Hey everyone
I am currently planning a bike trip from Waterloo to Ottawa in Spring - following the Waterfront trail from Toronto until Brockville. My current bike maps are mostly sufficient outside of towns. However in towns and complicated stretches, they certainly are not. I wonder how much I can rely on the Waterfront trail signposting alone or if I have to prepare dedicated maps to support gaps and missing pieces. How have you navigated on this trail?

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I've never been there, but looking at a map, and understanding that it's the "waterfront" trail, I can't imagine that it would be hard to follow, even through the cities.

BTW - looks to be a nice ride as long as the pavement is decent.
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I rode once from Toronto to Montréal a few years ago. Signage is a bit lacking in places but as long as you keep the lake to your right, you'll be OK.

East of the Toronto beach trail, a few turns through suburbia convinced me to stick to the Kingston road (large boulevard). It was late and I was trying to get to Glen Rouge campground before closing time. I had the outside lane for myself and little traffic overall. The next day wasn't so easy.

It's pretty thick suburbia up until Oshawa. I'd get a Mapart town map for Ajax and Oshawa or enter a route into Google Maps for that part. There are nice part along the lake punctuated by endless detours to get around bays and such. The trail tries a bit too hard to get you through every bit of green space and avoid any commercial area. The trail is much nicer and easier to follow from Newcastle.

I've done a few short tour from Cobourg to MTL since my first trip from Toronto. I love it. This is the route I follow: https://goo.gl/maps/pMoppemYaik The "Shoreline road" marker is a campground. I camp there every time. It was 10$ for cyclists and you need loonies for showers. I rode from the St-Lawrence to Ottawa on highway 44 and 19 on the eastern bank of the Rideau river. it was nice enough with low traffic, thanks to the nearby highway. Next time I'll try the western side.

I stick to the road instead of the bike trail around Consecon and to Bath road instead of Front road in Kingston.

Have a good trip!

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The Waterfront Trail is about 3 km from my house where it passes through Oakville. Signage has improved somewhat in recent years, but I recommend just sticking to Lakeshore if you're riding to get somewhere. Traffic is quite heavy on that road, but it's a popular cycling route, and I feel quite safe riding on it.
Once you get to the Humber river, you can pick up the Martin Goodman Trail and ride it out to Woodbine, then head up to Kingston Road, turn right, and go to Brockville.
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Hey guys,
thank you so much for your answers!

Erick, thank you for your comments. I incorporated your suggestions into my route planning. It's good to have your additional campground suggestions on list which I hadn't before. So far, I was thinking to leave the St. Lawrence behind in Brockville and head north on Hwy 6, 15 and 23 through Merrickville and then follow the Rideau as you said. Do you catch a lot of traffic noise from the 416 on Hwy 44?
Where did you take that picture? Must have been somewhere on Prince Edward, no?

Dan, thanks as well! That part of the Waterfront Trail around Woodbine / Kingston Rd until around Pickering seems to be winding a lot. I'll keep Kingston Rd in mind.

Now, I'll just have to wait for better weather, my camping equipment is not quite the best for - say - today's conditions
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Nobody has specifically mentioned the official maps, which can be found here:

https://www.waterfronttrail.org/
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