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Route & Itinerary Day 5

THURSDAY, AUGUST 10TH

Port Dover to Hamilton via Brock's Route

Greenbelt Day--Ontario's Greenbelt is 2M acres of protected countryside including environmentally sensitive areas and productive farmland.

Today's route is entirely rail trail along Brock's Route, featuring a variety of surfaces from hard paved to crushed gravel. As we approach Hamilton we will be riding along sections of the Greenbelt Route. Relive the memories of the 2015 GWTA by wearing your Greenbelt jersey or simply wearing green! 

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Since we will be riding entrirely on rail trail today it is not possible to offer the same level of mechanical support as previous days. There will only be one shuttle operating from Mohawk Chapel at a riding distance of 55km for the day. If you want to shorten your day's riding you should do so here.

For any mechanical issues the CAA Mobile Bike Assist will be stationed at certain rest stops but we recommend that you use the volunteers to assist you with minor mechanicals on the trail since it is difficult for our vehicles to locate you. Please ensure that you are carrying a charged cellphone and at the very least you are carrying a spare inner tube with you today.

 

Start: Port Dover

Breakfast Address: Port Dover Community Centre, St George St, Port Dover, ON N0A 1N0

Campsite Address: 809 St George St, Port Dover, ON N0A 1N0

Maps

Breakfast:  6:30 - 8:00am
Luggage Truck Departs at 8:30 am 

Please make sure that your luggage is on the luggage truck before leaving for breakfast. 

Glamping at Long Point Eco Adventure? The CAA flat bed will be on site at 6:45am to pick up your bikes. Burning Kiln Winery vehicles will be shuttling you to breakfast in Port Dover this morning.

Port Dover breakfast promises to be unmissable! Look out for Port Dover apple donuts from local favourite " The Apple Place" Local sausages from Nyrs of Jarvis and local tomatoes from Matz's fruit farm. 

Silver Lakes Lion's Park

320 St Patrick St, Port Dover, ON N0A 1N0

We will join the Lynn Valley Trail at Silver Lake Lion's Park in Port Dover - this is a quick 5 minute ride from the campground.

Simcoe Lion's Park- 11km

75 Davis Street East Simcoe, ON N3Y

Simcoe Lion's Park can be accessed directly from the trail and will be open for riders to use the washrooms and refill water bottles.

The trail becomes the Norfolk Sunrise Trail as it travels through Simcoe.

Waterford - 20km - rest stop

The trail into Waterford is named the Waterford Heritage Trail - The Waterford heritage Trail Committee will be hosting an early morning rest stop open between 8:30am and 10:00am - look out for their signs on the trail.

The highlight of this section of the trail is Waterford Black Bridge, an old rail bridge that has been turned into a pedestrian bridge as a part of the Waterford Heritage Trail. This section of the trail in Waterford goes over Waterford ponds and has beautiful views and lookout points.

Take some time out to visit the town of Waterford via the lower trail which travels under the bridge. We hear there are some amazing cupcakes and sweet treats available at Robins Ritzy Cakes

Trail Split - at Burtch Road - move to the LE&N trail - signs and volunteers on hand to alert you

Mount Pleasant - 41km Suggested lunch stop 

As you travel through Mount Pleasant we leave Norfolk County and enter the the County of Brant on the "TH&B Trail"

We recommend you leave the trail at Burtch Road for a 500m side trip to visit the Mount Pleasant Country Market - a local favourite for breakfasts,lunches, bakery and deli products. The Windmill can be very busy at lunch time - the menu is fabulous and the sandwiches and baked goods fresh and delicious - please be prepared to wait in line if you are here between 12 and 1pm
 
Alternative lunch spots
 
It can be difficult to find spots for lunch on the trail. If the Windmill is too busy for you, then about 8km further along the trail at Conklin Road, come off the trail turn left and ride 1.5 km just past Shellard for a plaza with Subway, Pizza and chicken wings.
 
 
Brantford's Harmony Square
89 Dalhousie St., Brantford
As you ride though Brantford on the trail you will see the downtown core ahead after you cross the river - Head to Harmony Square which has a splash pad and many restaurants around it including Works Burger which is registered as Ontario By Bike cycle friendly.

Mohawk Chapel - 55km - rest stop and shuttle point 1:00pm and 2:15pm

Address:301 Mohawk St, Brantford, ON N3T

H.M Royal Chapel of the Mohawks is one of the oldest buildings in Canada.

The chapel is located along the bank of the Grand River on Six Nations land. Built in 1785, Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks is the last remaining building of the original Mohawk Village and is now the oldest surviving Church in Ontario.  
 
Artist David Mitson designed eight stained glass windows for the chapel. The windows depict significant events that interpret significant historical events for the Six Nations people. Also, inside the Chapel, above the altar are towering black metal plaques embossed with Christian prayers in old Mohawk language.
 
Outside, the grounds of the Mohawk Chapel are the final resting places of historical figures Joseph and John Brant— a father and son who played key roles in the American Revolution, The War of 1812, and the displacement of Mohawks from other territories in New York.
 
The Mohawk Chapel is a beautiful historical site with so much to offer. Take a walk around the grounds to view plaques unveiled by Her Majesty the Queen, memorials of Joseph Brant, Pauline Johnson, Susan Hardie and more.
 
Heart of Ontario Tourism and City of Brantford Tourism will be on hab=nd with water, fruit and granola bars as well as some cycling giveaways.
 

Kana:ta Village - 57km

After leaving the Mohawk Chapel and continuing on the trail you will ride past Kana:ta Village

Kana:ta Village is a  centre for learning and cultural destination designed to highlight the rich and diverse cultures of the Six Nations of the Grand River (Haudenosaunee/ Onhkwehonweh) and other Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island. 

Heart's Content Organic Farmstead - 67km - rest stop.

27 Ronald Rd., RR #8
Brantford, Ontario, Canada
N3T 5M1

Stop at Hearts Content for a water refill or a glass of iced tea and one of Richard Tunstall's homemade organic cookies, some cheese or fruit. This is our "Greenbelt " stop for the day .

Dundas Valley Conservation Area Visitor Centre - 84km - washrooms and refreshments

Address:650 Governors Rd, Dundas, ON L9H 5E3

Don't miss the Dundas Valley Trail Centre, a replica of a Victorian train station, and the the hub of the valley's trail network.

Summer weekdays the centre is open  8:30 AM to 3 PM
 
The Centre has a food concession, interpretive displays, brochures and maps detailing the Dundas Valley. 
 

Mohawk College - 100km - Overnight

Address: 135 Fennell Ave W, Hamilton, ON L9C 1E9

Mohawk College were such great hosts on the 2015 GWTA that we decided to return in 2017. Check in at the front desk - Vicki will be there to hand out your room keys and tomorrow's itinerary.

The Greenbelt Foundation Sponsored Dinner

Join us for an included dinner in the Mohawk College Student Union building to celebrate Ontario's awarding winning Greenbelt. Dinner will be served on campus in the Arnie from 6:30pm and the Arnie bar will be open serving alchoholic and non alchoholic beverages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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