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Route & Itinerary Day 6

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11th

Hamilton to George Brown College, Toronto 86 KM

 

Start: Mohawk College

Breakfast will be served slightly later from 7am this morning

Breakfast Address: The Arnie, Mohawk College, 135 Fennell Ave W, Hamilton, ON L9C 1E9 

Luggage: All luggage MUST be loaded by 8am. Please leave your luggage by the luggage truck in the parking lot before heading to breakfast.

This morning we will descend the escarpment as we leave the City of Hamilton. Look out for Dundurn Castle on your right as we ride along York Boulevard towards Burlington. Dundurn castle is a historic neoclassical mansion; the 18,000-square-foot house took three years and $175,000 to build, and was completed in 1835

Burlington Spencer Smith Park - Rest Stop - 20km

Address: 1400 Lakeshore Rd, Burlington, ON L7S 1Y2

The City of Burlington are hosting Burlington Bike Fest from 9:00am to greet GWTA riders and celebrate Ontario's 150th birthday.

Join the cycling community in Burlington for water, snacks, fruit and cycling giveaways. With the help of local bike shops and Burlington Cycling Committee the City will be providing bike maintenance and bike safety talks.
 

Bronte Harbour - 31.8km

Address: 49 Bronte Rd, Oakville, ON L6L 3B6

Bronte is a charming lakefront village on the shores of Lake Ontario. To celebrate Ontario's 150th birthday Bronte is hosting the "At Home in Bronte" Public Art Exhibition.

More than 60 uniquely designed Muskoka chairs, painted by Oakville artists, families, organizations and businesses will be placed throughout Bronte Heritage Park and Bronte Pier for the enjoyment of all visitors. Each chair celebrates the national pride, historic achievements and cultural diversity of Oakville, Ontario and Canada on the 150th Anniversary.
 
Pick up a coffee from local independant coffee shop Taste of Columbia and take a seat. It's the perfect spot for a photo sitting in one of the chairs don't forget to post to Instagram or Twitter with the hastags #BikeON #Ontario150 #AtHomeinBronte
 

Tannery Park - Oakville 39.5km - Town of Oakville Rest Stop

Address: Walker Street, Oakville, ON L6K 3R7

Tannery Park is one of the newest parks in Oakville and is home to an observation deck, funky artwork, the HMCS Oakville Cairn and an information plaque commorating the importance of the HMCS Oakville in the history of the Town. Town of Oakville Staff will be on hand with water and snacks! 

Downtown Oakville - 40Km

The bridge is closed so a detour up to Rebecca Street is required. Once you have crossed 16 Mile Creek it's worth taking a trip along Lakeshore Road for unique artisan shopping and some amazing independent coffee shops. Check out Tribeca, Gold Star Cafe or Aroma for your caffeine fix.

Gairloch Gardens - 45km

It's worth a quick detour to check out these beautiful formal lakeside gardens. The rose garden is particularly stunning. High Lake Ontario water levels mean that the waterfront is temporarily closed.

Bradley Museum, Mississauga - 54km - Rest Stop

Address: 1620 Orr Rd, Mississauga, ON L5J 4T2

The two-acre Bradley Museum is located on the edge of Lake Ontario, nestled in a 70-year old maple grove. The site has accessible nature trails, connects to the Waterfront Bike Trail and is within walking distance of the Rattray Marsh. The Bradley Museum complex consists of four buildings, all designated Ontario Heritage sites.

The GWTA shuttle will be parked here for those who wish to end their day early. Shuttle leaves at 11:30am

JC Saddington Park and Port Credit--Lunch and Shuttle - 60km

Port Credit has a pretty marina and lighthouse and there are some excellent options for lunch in this Mississauga waterfront community. For a view of the lake Snug Harbour seafood restaurant can't be beaten. There are many other more casual alternatives on Lakeshore Road. If you choose, you can enjoy an extended lunch and catch the shuttle to George Brown at 2 pm. Shuttle leaves from Parking lot in J.C. Saddington Park located adjacent to Lake St.

Marie Curtis Park - 65km

Marie Curtis Park marks the border between Mississauga and Toronto - it's a nice place for stop for an ice cream and some people watching. The GWTA shuttle will be on hand for those who wish to end their day here. The shuttle will leave at 1:00pm

Humber Bridge - 75km

This pedestrian and bicycle though arch bridge offers breathtaking views of the Toronto skyline - it's a perfect spot for a photo - don't forget to post to Instagram with the hashtags #BikeON #Ontario150

Trillium Park ( Formerly Ontario Place) - 81km

Toronto's newest public space built on the former site of Ontario Place is stunning with undulating topography offering wonderful views of the iconic Toronto skyline. Take a moment to explore.

Queens Quay - 83km

This is a busy multi-use path. Please slow down. Please obey the rules and signals. Be careful. At any point on this section of trail you can turn off and head toward the lake to enjoy great views of the lake, shop, appreciate the art and incredible park designs.

Check in is not until 3 pm so take the time to get to enjoy and explore this vibrant part of the waterfront. It is only 5 km but it is packed with great stuff! We suggest: a visit to Ireland Park (haunting sculptures), meander through the Music Garden and find the viewing post in Spadina Quay Wetland (formerly a barren parking lot), shop at the fabulous stores and artist studios at Harbourfront, sip a glass of something cold on a patio, and warm your toes in the sand at Sugar Beach. Instagram your favourite find. #BikeON #GWTA17

George Brown College - 86km

80 Cooperage Street, Toronto, ON M5A 0J3 - check in from 3pm

Ride up the Cherry Street bike lane from the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail to arrive at the stunning George Brown residences. Built as the athletes village for the 2015 Pan Am Games - the dorm rooms are very modern and sophisticated. GWTA participants are one of the first groups to stay in this amazing downtown location. 

The Residence is handily located for the bustling Distillery District  - check into your room and head out to explore the neighbourhood.

Celebration Dinner

Tonight we will dine together in the George Brown College Conference room and celebrate our achievements and new friendships. Our photographer Simon Wilson's photos from the week will be on display too - always a highlight!

Dinner starts at 6pm - to leave you plenty of time to hit the town later! 

 

 

Today's Beaches--

Beachway Park, Burlington https://www.theswimguide.org/beach/67

Brant Street Beach, Burlington https://www.theswimguide.org/beach/7428

Bronte Beach Park, Oakville https://www.theswimguide.org/beach/72

Coronation East, Oakville https://www.theswimguide.org/beach/69

Jack Darling Memorial Park, Mississauga https://www.theswimguide.org/beach/75

Richard’s Memorial Park, Mississauga https://www.theswimguide.org/beach/76

Lakefront Promenade Park, Mississauga https://www.theswimguide.org/beach/77

Marie Curtis Park East, Mississauga https://www.theswimguide.org/beach/33

Humber Bay Park East, Toronto (not directly on the route. Unmonitored) https://www.theswimguide.org/beach/6562

Humber Bay Shores Park, Toronto (not directly on the route. Unmonitored) https://www.theswimguide.org/beach/6559

Sunnyside Park, Toronto https://www.theswimguide.org/beach/81

HtO Park and Urban Beach, Toronto (no swimming access) https://www.theswimguide.org/beach/992

Sugar Beach, Toronto (no swimming access) https://www.theswimguide.org/beach/991

 

 

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