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Offline Goliath

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Light bike touring in southern Ontario
« on: March 06, 2016, 10:34:00 PM »
Planning a bike trip to Long Point, Ontario from Toronto. Probably going to take the train to Hamilton and bike from there. I was thinking we could just take highway 6 the whole way but I'm not sure. Could be a little dicey. Has anyone on here done any cycling in this area? Any suggestions? We should be able to reach our destination in a day so we won't have to camp along the way.

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Re: Light bike touring in southern Ontario
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2016, 06:21:49 PM »
http://www.greenbelt.ca/route

This will be your best route for the most part.

http://www.mapmyride.com/ca/toronto-ontario/ride-to-conquer-cancer-2012-ontario-200k-route-90222339

Try to follow the Conquer Cancer routes from Niagra Falls to Toronto. (Though you'll have a bit of a divergence going through Toronto). Once you hit around Mississauga you can pretty well just waterfront trail the whole thing.

Conquer Cancer's route went through some pretty nice spots, but the stops in between food/water are a little sparse so just make sure you're good to do around 50-75km self-supported before being able to stop for something.

Aside from that, Strava Heatmaps is probably your best source for the most popular routes.

http://labs.strava.com/heatmap
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Re: Light bike touring in southern Ontario
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2016, 01:49:47 AM »
http://www.greenbelt.ca/route

This will be your best route for the most part.

http://www.mapmyride.com/ca/toronto-ontario/ride-to-conquer-cancer-2012-ontario-200k-route-90222339

Try to follow the Conquer Cancer routes from Niagra Falls to Toronto. (Though you'll have a bit of a divergence going through Toronto). Once you hit around Mississauga you can pretty well just waterfront trail the whole thing.

Conquer Cancer's route went through some pretty nice spots, but the stops in between food/water are a little sparse so just make sure you're good to do around 50-75km self-supported before being able to stop for something.

Aside from that, Strava Heatmaps is probably your best source for the most popular routes.

http://labs.strava.com/heatmap

The strava heat maps definitely helps. I'm not biking through the gta. I'm going to take the go train to Hamilton and then bike from there. Strava heat maps suggests to definitely not take highway 6 but to take the l.e and n rail trail instead. Slightly out of the way but it seems much safer and more relaxed.

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Re: Light bike touring in southern Ontario
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2016, 10:20:51 PM »
Don't know about 6 south of Hamilton, but with the amount of traffic from Hamilton to the 401, I'd stay well away from it on a bike.

Sounds like a cool idea though. Long point is cool
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Re: Light bike touring in southern Ontario
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2016, 09:36:42 AM »
long shot- I drove from Cleveland, OH to Montreal via Niagara Falls, Toronto, and Ottawa last summer. on the way back from Montreal, we spent a lot of time on the smaller highway along Lake Ontario and I think there were some good bikeway routes along highway 2. it goes through Kingston, Belleville, Gananoque, etc. gorgeous! might be worth looking into. this is probably it- http://www.waterfronttrail.org/

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Re: Light bike touring in southern Ontario
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