After checking out Sweet Pete’s and seeing remnants of a farmer’s market pack up, I headed back across Bayview to the Lower Don trail. Ian Girard, 34, the inventory manager at Sweet Pete’s bike shop and a Don Vivant, is one of six people involved with launching the Don Valley Trails Association. Also, Biking Toronto has information on the bike lanes that run throughout the city streets, in addition to designated bike paths. By Doug O’Neill. This is Sweet Pete’s third location and the store is open on Fridays and weekends. Suitable for: Beginner riders, novices or folks who just want to enjoy a leisurely bike ride in a green urban setting. There are two wonderful recreation trails running parallel on either side of the Don Valley, but there’s no easy way to get from one to the other. Trash Panda is the newest addition to the Don Valley Trail System in Toronto. There are myriad ways to access our city’s biking paths and these resources will help you navigate. Best Instagram moment: The metal Iron Horse Sculptures have returned to the refurbished bridge over Yonge Street (just south of Davisville). Bike Spotting on Jarivs: Should bike lanes be reinstalled here? I’d opt for the Cinnamon or Rainbow. If you like exploring cool industrial areas, this route is for you. I decided to go off-trail and head west to the Brickworks. The Indian Bend Wash Shared-Use Path Map (PDF) shows parks and connections along the Indian Bend Wash. The 22.5-km Finch Hydro Corridor recreational trail is a paved walking and bike path that stretches from Norfinch Drive in the west to Middlefield Road in the east. The Don Valley Trails at Crothers Woods are particularly stunning in the fall. You’ll still hear Torontonians refer to the Waterfront Trail by its former name, the Goodman Trail. With the Brickworks continuing to develop and the Pan Am Games bringing money for infrastructure, it may soon become a reality. Viewing 18 topics - … When I came to Taylor Creek it was time to turn around and head back. Don Valley Trails. – a few rides organized and general discussion on trails and gear in Toronto. It’s a great trail, but it feels oddly disconnected. Motown is the longest trail in the Don Valley trail system and will take most riders roughly 20 minutes to complete. So we took our bikes on the subway to Finch Station, then cycled the Finch Hydro Corridor East, the East Don Parkland trail, the Betty Sutherland Trail, the Leaside Spur Trail, Edwards Gardens, the Wilket Creek Trail, the Lower Don Recreational Trail, and finally the Lower Don River Trail. Don valley – Wilket Creek Trail Loop from Chester is an intermediate bike ride. Access points include Taylor Creek Park, E. T. Seton Park, Coxwell Ravine Park, Riverdale Park (East and West) and the Queen Street Bridge at Bayview. One afternoon in the valley: Don Valley bike trails look lovely, lack connectivity. Take a break and treat yourself: Boxcar Social at 235 Queens Quay West is a casual place to stop, rest your legs and fuel up. Notable sights along the way include the G Ross Lord reservoir dam accessible via Wilmington Avenue (near the intersection of Finch and Dufferin). If you end up at Riverdale Park West, there’s the iconic Jet Fuel Café on Parliament Street which caters to bike couriers as well as neighbourhood moms and students. Best Instagram moment: It’s a toss-up between some of the meadows filled with wildflowers at the height of summer – or the funky graffiti beneath the bridges. I know, it’s a recreation trail, not a commuter path — but why can’t it be both? Submit message. Cyclists can park their bikes outside. Try This: Fat Biking at Evergreen Brick Works! An outlet for citizens and a destination for visitors, the Park connects neighbourhoods and new developments to valuable parkland. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Tim Ellis, an employee at Sweet Pete’s, said the shop’s first year at Brickworks has been good overall and that the area has a relaxed atmosphere, except Fridays tend to be quiet. Don Valley mountain bike trail map. This trail offers a 3.5-mile loop perfect for exploring the park's open meadows, young hardwood and pine forests, and a view of the Indian River Bay. Find Tommy Thompson Park details and hours. During the fall months, enjoy the bright colors as the leaves change. This trail isn’t graced so much with meadows and greenery as it is by the transmission towers and hydro installations, hence its name. Take a break and treat yourself: The Good Fork Restaurant near Jane and Bloor for a “Toronnah” (eggs benedict with smoked salmon and dill). You’ll end up just north of Eglinton West subway station. There’s a small single-track trail that runs south from Pottery Road to the Brickworks, and a year or two back there was some work done to shore up the ROAD there from erosion. The trail is 8 feet wide with a variable surface and is open to hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. Your email address will not be published. One afternoon in the Valley. Take a break and treat yourself: Chow down on a full meal at Bluffers Park Restaurant or opt for a lighter snack and a drink at the more casual Dogfish Pub. The rest of the trail north stayed mostly flat, so I rode the remainder at a leisurely pace, enjoying the fall colours and smell of fallen leaves. In every neighbourhood, around every corner, through every door there's something that begs to be discovered in Toronto. But this had the effect of causing the head of that path just south of Pottery Road, to be part of the drainage, so it’s almost always muddy. Take a break and treat yourself: Noshing options are scarce right at the Spit. There are plans to build a switchback bike path from the Don Trail to the park so cyclists don’t have to carry/wheel their bikes up the stairs. The City also maintains a network of winter cycling routes […] Check out Map My Ride or the City of Toronto Bike Network map. Suitable for: All levels. There are basically three sections of the Waterfront Trail: Etobicoke in the west, Scarborough in the east and Toronto, which forms the central part of the trail through Harbourfront and along Queen’s Quay, where you’ll find the newly-minted two-way bike lane. The trail description begins at lakeshore at ends at Edwards. It’s also where I noticed its first major flaw: the north end is nice and level, but just west and within sight, is the Evergreen Brickworks and the Moore Park Ravine. From the north end at Taylor Creek Park to where it ends at Lake Shore Boulevard, the trail offers beautiful views, a nicely paved path (for the most part) and a feeling of separation from the city. Give your calves a good work-out! Suitable for: All ages and levels of cycling ability, and for those looking for a car-free cycling route. Seasoned riders – or those with energy to burn – can head down Kingston Road and onto Brimley Road south to Bluffers Park, at the foot of the Scarborough Bluffs. If trails are being promoted as where cyclists should be riding then these trails must connect, not only with each other, but with on-street bike lanes too. Best Instagram moment: on the pier at Centre Island or on the return ferry ride gives you the coolest view of the Toronto skyline. I’ve always loved the Don Valley, but I’ve also always felt like it could be so much more a part of day-to-day life for many Torontonians. home › forum › riding › greater toronto area › the don valley This forum contains 1,706 topic and 42,451 replies, and was last updated by Rob DeBoer 1 month ago . The Don Valley trail system extends in many directions. JUST WATCHED Best Instagram moment: Fishing enthusiasts along the Humber River are always photogenic. Share it. 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