The dynamic and exciting city of Toronto is a major urban gateway on Lake Ontario. It is home to tourist attractions such as the CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario and major theatre productions. Still there are many quiet, natural places to enjoy along the waterfront. Toronto's Waterfront Trail can be divided into three sections: Etobicoke (west), Toronto (central) and Scarborough (east) based on municipal boundaries prior to the City's amalgamation.
- Etobicoke - Trail surface is largely asphalt, routed along quiet residential streets. One stretch of Trail (2km from Royal York to Park Lawn) follows Lake Shore Blvd. -- a busy road with parking on both sides - cyclists should use caution.
- Toronto - Asphalt mostly off-road trail, but with many street crossings in central area. In Sunnyside Park area, asphalt path for cyclists and in-line skaters and boardwalk for pedestrians. Between Woodbine Beach and Balmy Beach, asphalt path for cyclists and in-line skaters and boardwalk for pedestrians. The downtown section of Waterfront Trail along Queen’s Quay is currently under construction. An alternate route has been marked with detour signs, but the area remains very busy. You can follow Waterfront Toronto’s progress on their website here: www.waterfrontoronto.ca
- Scarborough - Waterfront Trail is a mix of off-road paths and on-road sections through quiet residential streets. A new alignment of the trail was signed in 2012 and will keep you off of Kingston Rd, a busy section of road, in all but one area just in front of the Hunt Club. Take care travelling this section. Note as well that the trail that runs behind St. Augustine Seminary is not paved and in the Spring months or wet weather pose challenges for cyclists. The Scarborough Bluffs make this section of waterfront very hilly.
So what's new at Chesterton Shores by the Rouge Hill GO Station?
Toronto Region Conservation in partnership with Waterfront Toronto has built a new off-road stretch of trail that will continue from Chesterton Shores to mouth of the Rouge River. It is a fantastic new stretch of path that we encourage you to enjoy!
For multi-use paths in Parks, the bylaws are straight forward. Motor-assisted bicycles are not allowed on any parks trail (including the Waterfront, Don, Humber etc.) and may be ticked $30 if they are caught by a bylaw enforcement officer. (Municipal Code Chapter 608). Bicycles using bike lanes must be propelled by muscular power. With this in mind, e-bikes may use bike lanes, provided they are using muscular power alone. (Municipal Code Chapter 886)
Main Access Points (with parking)
- Marie Curtis Park - Lakeshore Rd. East, east of Dixie Rd.
- Col. Samuel Smith Park - Lake Shore Blvd. West, at Kipling Ave.
- Humber Bay Park - Waterfront Dr., off Lake Shore Blvd. West
- Sir Casimir Gzowski Park at the Humber Bridge - Lake Shore Blvd. West at Windermere Ave.
- Sunnyside Park - Lake Shore Blvd. West at Colborne Lodge Dr.
- High Park - Colborne Lodge Dr.
- Ontario Place - Lake Shore Blvd. West, west of Strachan Ave.
- Coronation Park - Lake Shore Blvd. West, east of Strachan Ave.
- Harbourfront -- Queen's Quay West and York St.
- Cherry Beach, base of Tommy Thompson Park - foot of Cherry St.
- Ashbridge's Bay Park - Lake Shore Blvd. East, west of Coxwell Ave.
- Eastern Beaches area (e.g., Kew Beach, Balmy Beach) - Lake Shore Blvd. East, east of Woodbine Ave.
Resources, Local Maps and Connecting Trails
- Martin Goodman Trail - Waterfront Trail runs along this trail in Downtown Toronto
- Rouge Park Trails (www.rougepark.com) connects to the Oak Ridges Moraine
- Don Valley Trail intersects with Waterfront Trail at the mouth of the Don River
- Etobicoke River Trail intersects with the Waterfront Trail at Marie Curtis Park
- Tommy Thompson Trail intersects with the Waterfront Trail in South Humber Park
Toronto Bike Map
The City of Toronto has an active cycling department. Check out the latest initatives, including a downloadable PDF map, on their website here:
How to Get there and Public Transit Information
Bike racks are available on all trains equipped with baggage cars. www.viarail.ca
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