The Hamilton Beach Park Trail is a very scenic, easy and relaxing bike path along the edge of Lake Ontario. With the trail hugging the shoreline, you get great views of the lake, and a cool breeze on a hot day.
The route is rather flat but does wind and change enough to keep you interested.
The path flows well with no need to cross roads or stop pedalling. One minor detour is the lift bridge access path that takes you up and around to cross the canal. After the lift bridge the trail takes you by many old cottage/homes along Beach Blvd.
This ride is well marked and paved for the most part. A popular route for cyclists, it’s also enjoyed by joggers, dog walkers, and strollers too.
I recommend the 12 km section that goes from the downtown Burlington waterfront, southwest along to Confederation Park (Stoney Creek).
This is part of the larger Waterfront Trail system that continues in both directions but will take you off onto city streets. (And since this site is off road riding, as much as possible, I ended it there.)
There is another extra park trail in Burlington (that will be on this site soon) that heads up east 8 km from Martha St. to Sherwood Forest Park for more riding.
Do ride out to the two long piers for a view and to take pictures. The first is the funky modern Brant St. pier in Burlington and the other is the canal pier with the little lighthouse for big bridges.
There are plenty of benches to relax on or find a picnic bench for lunch or even take a dip in the lake along the way. Downtown Burlington has many fine eateries and you can find fast food at a few beach snack bars.
Remember in the fall it will be cooler by the water so pack a jacket.