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Trail to GO Program


Bike or walk between the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and select GO Train/Bus stations on signed, active transportation-friendly connector routes. 

Ease your commute! Explore the region! Get on "Trail to GO"!

What Is “Trail To GO”?

“Trail to GO” is a partnership program between the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, Metrolinx/GO Transit, municipal and agency partners, with a goal to establish, sign and promote connector routes between the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and select GO stations across the Greater Toronto, Hamilton and Niagara regions.

The Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, a major active transportation route, is uniquely situated parallel to the GO Lakeshore service (train and bus) from Durham to Niagara, offering commuters and recreational travellers convenient, multi-modal transportation options across the region. 

Simply follow the wayfinding signs* to bike or walk between the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and select GO Train/Bus stations, and enjoy your journey to work again! Or use the GO stations as a starting point to explore new parts of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, enjoy the views and fresh air, have lunch or drinks by the lakeshore, without the need to walk or bike all the way back home again.







*Travel times and distance information provided on "Trail to GO" wayfinding signs are estimates, and are intended to serve as a general guide only.
 

 

 






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“Trail to GO” For Commuters

“Trail to GO” is the smart way to commute in the Greater Toronto, Hamilton and Niagara regions. Cut your travel time to work or school the easy way, using connector routes between Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and GO stations. Start your day with lovely views of the lake, not the car fender in front of you! You don’t need to be a keen walker, cyclist or ultra-fit either; the shortest connection from Trail to GO station is less than 50 metres, and the longest is just 7kms.

Using “Trail to GO” can save you time, money and stress on your daily commute. Simply pick up the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail at a point near your home (or a lakeside parking lot) and walk or bike along the lakeshore to the nearest “Trail to GO” connector route.

On your commute home, simply retrace your route back home or to your car, and wave goodbye to your fellow commuters now stuck trying to get out of the station parking lot!

“Trail to GO” For Exploring

Exploring the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail is day tripping at its best. Walk or bike through parks, woods and along lakeside roads and trails. Stop off at bike-friendly businesses en route, including cafes, bars, restaurants, and shops. Over 30% of the Trail along Lake Ontario is off-road, with nearly all the trail paved with short gravel sections, so it’s great for family outings.

Walking or cycle day tripping is so easy with “Trail to GO” routes. Simply walk, ride (or drive) to your local GO station, and hop on a train or bus to one of the connected GO stations. You can access the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail from eleven GO Transit stations via low or no-traffic routes, often along established cycling trails. Enjoy a day by the lake, perhaps walking or biking along the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail to another Trail to GO connection, and then catch the train or bus back home again.

“Trail to GO” Regional Cycling Trip Ideas

Cycle touring is a great way to enjoy what the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail has to offer. Our interactive Trail map shows you bike-friendly places to eat and stay, so you can explore more. And you don’t need to cycle all the Trail if you don’t want to; simply travel on the train out of peak times to the areas you want to visit most!

Ready to explore? Here are four fabulous fresh-air cycle routes to whet you appetite for cycling in the Great Lakes Region, all accessible from GO stations, of course!

Appleby to Bronte (riding distance 21km):

A lovely bike trail along the western end of Lake Ontario. Highlights include the Centennial Trail, downtown Burlington, Palotta Lakefront Park, Burloak Regional Waterfront Park, Sheldon Creek Park, and Bronte Harbour.

Route: Start at Appleby GO Station, ride 7km southwest on the Centennial Trail to downtown Burlington, 10km east along the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail to Bronte Harbour, then 3.5km north via Bronte and Spears Roads to Bronte GO Station. Take the GO Train back to the start for a round trip (note rush hour restrictions for bikes on GO trains).

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Rouge Hill to Whitby (riding distance 23km)

The shortest route from station to shore on the Trail - just 15 metres at Rouge Hill! Highlights include Rouge National Urban Park, Petticoat Creek Conservation Area, Millennium Square, Veterans Point Gardens, Carruthers Marsh, Lynde Shores Conservation Area, and Port Whitby.

Route: Start at Rouge Hill GO Station, ride 22km along the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail to Port Whitby, then 700m north to Whitby GO Station. Take the GO train back to the start for a round trip (note rush hour restrictions for bikes on GO trains).

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Toronto from West to East (riding distance 53km)

A fascinating way to explore Toronto via bike, including the city’s beaches and regenerated waterfront areas. Highlights include Colonial Samuel Smith Park, Mimico Waterfront Park, Humber Bay Arch Bridge, Sunnyside Park and Pool, Toronto Harbourfront, the Eastern Beaches, Guildwood Park, and Rouge National Urban Park.

Route: Start at Long Branch GO Station, ride 700m south on 41st Street to Lake Promenade, then 52km east along the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail to Rouge Hill GO Station. Take the GO train back to the start for a round trip (note rush hour restrictions for bikes on GO trains).

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Burlington to Niagara Falls (riding distance 107km):

A classic weekend bike trail along the west shoreline of Lake Ontario. Highlights include Spencer Smith Park, Hamilton Beach, Confederation Park, Grimsby Beach, Niagara wineries, Jordan Harbour, Port Dalhousie, Welland Canal, Niagara-on-the-Lake historic district, Niagara Parks, and Niagara Falls.

Route: Start at Burlington GO Station, ride 2.5km south via Fairview and Brant Streets, then ride 104km east along the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail to Niagara Falls GO Station. Take the GO Bus (or seasonal Niagara GO Train) back to the start for a round trip.

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*All regional cycling trip ideas can be also be done in the reverse direction (check the wind forecast for the day you are heading out!) 

 

Bikes and GO Transit

While fellow commuters are still stuck in their cars in line for the parking lot, you’ll simply walk or cycle in, park your bike in the sheltered bike corral, enclosed bike station or bike locker, and hop on your usual commuter train or bus. No worries over parking spaces or costs, delays due to traffic, and you’ll use less fuel in your car too (if any!).

Bikes on GO Trains: You can take your bike on any GO train outside of rush hour during the week, and on any train on Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays. A standard GO railcar can accommodate four bicycles, two just inside each set of doors, provided they are not next to a washroom or in wheelchair-accessible cars, as indicated by a no-bike sign.

GO Transit does not allow bikes on rush hour trains (These are trains that arrive at Toronto Union Station between 6:30am and 9:30a.m. or that leave Union Station between 3:30pm and 6:30 p.m.) However, folding bikes are allowed on all trains. You’ll need to cycle to a GO station and leave your non-folding bike there if you commute by train during normal rush hour times.

GO Buses: All GO Transit buses have front racks for 2 bikes, first come first served. These are available at all times during the operating day, even during rush hours.

Bike Parking at GO Stations: Most GO Train/Bus stations feature one or more covered "bike corrals" outside station entrances/exits. There are also many stations with bike lockers for use (however pre-registration is required). Union Station also has a secure, indoor bike station available to commuters. 

For more information visit 
GO Transit's bike webpage and the Transit Trip Planner – Triplinx.ca


Visual How-To "Trail to GO" by Bike:

 

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Use the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail for commuting or recreation.

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Take the Trail to GO route connection to the station.

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Use a Presto card for quick payment and discounts.

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Locate the GO train cars with bikes allowed symbols.

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Or park your bike at a sheltered bike corral.

 

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  • Niagara Parks Commission
  • Niagara Region
  • City of Niagara Falls
  • City of Hamilton
  • City of Burlington
  • Town of Oakville
  • City of Toronto
  • Toronto & Region Conservation Authority
  • Town of Ajax
  • Town of Whitby

 

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