Thames Valley – Park Trail

London, Ontario
Updated September 2, 2017
Thames Valley – Park Trail
Listing Types : Park Trail
Location : Western Ontario
Note : EPIC Ride
Total Trail Km : 21
Park Path % : 90
Road % : 10
Rate Skill Levels : Easy, Intermediate
Terrain : paved, crushed gravel, bridges, flat sections, gentle hills, open field
Faclities : parking, food close by, toilet, outhouse, drinking water, lodging, trailhead map, good trail signage, trails maintained, bike rentals, pro shop
Trail Fee : Free

Length –  5+8+8 = 21 km (one way)

90% park path
10% road crossing and detours

Elevation – flat follows river, few short hills,

Terrain – most is wide path, paved, some crushed stone, gravel

Skill – beginner, intermediate for longer distances

Highlights – Thames River, bridges, Storybook gardens, dam, fountain, downtown, Western University

Trail Fee – free

Facilities – parking, washrooms, benches, picnic tables, restaurants, snacks, hotels

Maps – map at trailheads, signs on path City Map

Phone – 519-661-5575

Website –  City of London

Similar Trails – Nokiiddaa, Ajax Waterfront, Humber River

Local Clubs – London Cycling Club

Access –  numerous parks have parking lots  – Ivey, Springbank, Greenway, Medway, Pottersburg Park

The Thames Valley park trails in downtown London, Ontario are some of the best bicycle paths in the province.

This large city has  well maintained and signed routes that head in three directions along the river valley banks for 22 kms and beyond.

These city park paths offer a continuous variety of ever changing scenery by the water’s edge on mainly paved designated paths.  The north and west branches have brief detours through quite neighbourhood streets to connect further trail.

All three paths branch from from downtown near Ivey Park (fountain) where the rivers meet.

Heading north 5 km gets you to Western University and you can start the ride on either side of the river but the east side goes farther.

Heading west 8 km along the south side of the Thames River takes you to a dam and Storybook Gardens. A great destination for your kids.

Going 8 km on the east branch along the river offers more pleasant parkland riding with two road bridges to cross to the other side of the river to continue on. Clock in another 4km if you leave the river path and head up to Dundas St.

All routes have excellent signage to keep you on track and informed as to how far you have cycled.

As with any river route, the ride is flat with quick climbs to get around and under bridges. As the path meanders, there are numerous spur trails to explore.

Consider visiting London, a bike friendly city of for the weekend and take in a few of these trails.

May I also suggest if you have hybrid bikes and want a more advanced park ride in the woods, try Fanshawe north of the city. You can even camp there too.

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Thames bike park trails map

Thames Bike Park Trails Map

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