Regional Loops - Extend your Waterfront Trail Adventure
The Great Lakes Watefront Trail is the beginning of many wonderful regional loops created by our community partners--while cycling is the chief trail use, there are some wonderful hiking experiences as well.
Some of our favourites are listed below (east to west):
- Lennox Addington County (Greater Napanee, Loyalist) -- about 2 hours from Toronto and Ottawa and 3 hours from Montreal. (Pictured above)
http://www.lennox-addington.on.ca/explore/county-trails [Lake Ontario and Hay Bay]
- Northumberland County (Port Hope, Cobourg, Alnwick/Haldimand) --about 90 minutes east of the Toronto area
www.NorthumberlandTourism.com/CyclingLoops [Lake Ontario and Rice Lake]
- Durham Cycle Tours--a pdf map showing 14 fantastic cycling loops that include the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail (off-road from Pickering to Oshawa!) and the Greenbelt Route. It describes over 700 km of cycling! Download GPS and PDF versions of the map at https://www.durhamtourism.ca/cycletours.
- Hikers will love the Durham Region Trails Guide filled with great walks in the Durham area including the Trans Canada Trail and Great Lakes Waterfront Trail. Check out the interactive map here. http://image.durham.ca/TrailsMap/default.html
- Greater Niagara Circle Route-140km loop that follows Lake Ontario, the Niagara River, Lake Erie and the Welland Canal system. Check out Niagara Cycle and Stay--a group of B and Bs who will move your gear ahead to the next stop.
- Haldimand County-about 90 minutes west from Toronto. Several routes taking you along Lake Erie and the Grand River.
http://www.haldimandcounty.on.ca/Visitors.aspx?id=13158 [Lake Erie and the Grand River]