Though the Nokiidaa (Tom Taylor) bike trail is not a popular name, this park trail from Aurora through Newmarket is. Any weekend, locals cruise this park path along the creek that turns into the Holland River. Nokiidaa is an Ojibwa word that means “walking together”.
A very scenic path that changes landscape as it winds through the valley among the subdivisions and pockets of wooded trees and fields.
This park path is very well maintained. It’s all smooth asphalt with some crushed gravel above Green Lane and on the south few kilometers at the end in Aurora.
There is only one moderate hill to get around the golf course, somewhere in the middle, otherwise your bicycle cruising follows the creek as it meanders and is free and easy.
The park trail starts on the south end, is well-signed and connects well, going under many road bridges. There are a few crossings over roads that you need to jog over a bit to connect.
About half of the path is tree-covered with the rest open park land. At a few points the path splits and runs on both sides of the creek. Bike ride both, though.
I found the west side more to my liking. The trail splits a number of times and you may need to refer to your map as there are no signs to say which way is more direct. If the park path goes up a hill, likely it’s an exit to a neighbourhood. Do visit the old Newmarket downtown a block west of the path, as it has lots of charm.
At one point the creek was dammed and remainders of a lock and swing bridge show a time when barge commerce would move north to Lake Simcoe.
Wood sculptures as distance markers every km add interest. Lots of park benches dot the path for a rest. Beautiful in the fall.
A great reason to get out of Toronto for an outing on your favourite bicycle and with your favourite friend.