Humber River – Park Trail Lake Ontario to Weston Rd.
Posted on March 15, 2018
Humber River – Park Trail
Listing Types : Park Trail
Note : Popular
Total Trail Km : 13
Park Path % : 90
Road % : 10
Rate Skill Levels : Easy
Terrain : sandy spots, paved, crushed gravel, bridges, gentle hills
Faclities : parking, food close by, toilet, outhouse, drinking water, good signage, trails maintained
Trail Fee : free

Length – 13 km (one way)

90% park path
10% road, crossings, detours

Terrain – Mostly flat path, some river bridges, a few gentle slopes; detours, one road crossing at lights.

Surface – It is all paved asphalt, with some sand and crushed stone.

Skill – Easy

Facilities – Includes parking, three washrooms, fountains, benches.

Highlights – Bridges, small waterfalls, James Gardens, the lake waterfront, Oculus Pavilion.

Maps – Found at the trailhead; signs on the trail.

Trail Fee – Free

Phone – 311

Website – City of Toronto

Similar Trails –  Upper HumberHighland CreekNokiidaaUpper Etobicoke

Local Clubs – Toronto Bicycling Network,  Toronto Bicycle Club

Access – You can connect from the south by bike from the waterfront trails, or from the many side streets and parks on the route.

Car parking can be found at Riverwood Pkwy entrance, Etienne Brule Park, James Gardens (scarce on weekends), Edenbridge Dr., Raymore Park, or Weston Lions Park on Hickory Tree Rd.

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The Humber River bike path is a favourite for locals on the west side of Toronto for good reasons.

This 13 km trail offers an easy, yet long ride along the river, with an ever-changing scenic landscape on a well-maintained paved route with few hills. Plenty of park benches, small waterfalls, fountains to stop at along the way.

This path connects well with the Lake Ontario Waterfront bike trail network and ends on the north end briefly at the Weston Road and St. Phillips Rd detour.

At the top end, you can continue after climbing stairs, then riding 300 metres on the street to go even farther north for 20 km more of park trail cycling. Read my Upper Humber R. Review.

The lower section of the trail is more popular, yet I think the upper end is as enjoyable.

So starting at the lake, it winds up along the west side through a small park to a side street. Note the Oculus Pavilion, a bizarre, circular “spaceship” rain shelter.

Unfortunately, now there will be a 700 m detour road ride along side streets – take Stephen Dr., left on Riverwood Pkwy.  Entrance on the right takes you through parkland and puts you back down into the river valley.

Passing under the Old Mill Subway station, you will cross over the old stone bridge to get to the other side of the river. Look to see if any…

 

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Lower Humber River bike trail map

Reviews
3.6
Total Score 4 REVIEWS
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  • September 30, 2018 at 7:53 am

    To avoid the stairs when connecting to the upper humber at Weston there is a short paved steep path just a bit earlier that takes you to Weston. On a sad note the DQ in that area has closed down.

  • June 9, 2018 at 8:07 am

    I rode the section from Old Mill North to Steeles/407 last weekend and it was a nice long ride on recreational trails. There is a short section (mentioned above) on the road, but the rest is all on paved roads. There are some trail spurs that you can explore along the way to make it an even longer ride. A one way trip from the lake is around 20KMs.

  • April 30, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    It's a fun ride from James Garden down to the Lakeshore. The north half trail map here is not the entire map. The Humber River Recreational Trail goes further up north to Steeles Avenue. I will review the whole length of the trail once I experience it from Steeles all the way to Lakeshore.

  • June 2, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    One of the best park trails on the westside of Toronto. Varied and scenic with lots spots to stop. I connects to to the waterfront trails and north to tons of more riding.

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