Cruise along the 19 km Whitby Waterfront trail, relax and forget your worries on the shores of Lake Ontario. A perfect new destination for a summer cycle with family and friends.
This meandering park bike path winds through open fields, and parklands up and around bays, across bridges at wetlands.
A wide paved park path that is in decent shape follows the edge of the lake. Not always within sight but certainly, the stillness and cool breeze from the water is apparent.
Stop at some point to walk to the edge. There are small clay bluffs along the way with opportunities to look out over the water or climb down to the beach.
Map boards posted show you the way, but simply following the painted divider line on the path, keeps you on track. This parkland is a popular area so expect traffic on nice days. I saw plenty of benches, rain shelters and a few washroom stops along this ride.
Twice there are quiet neighbourhood streets you need to ride through to connect again back to the park path. All very enjoy on this well established bicycle route.
We did not start this ride at the very beginning which is on the other side of the Lynde Shores Conservation Area. A good place for birdwatching my brother tells me.
This time I opted to take the GO train to Whitby. Friends came in from the Mimico GO station and joined us.
A simple enough endeavour once you take your bike on the elevator at the station to get over the tracks. A short ride across the parking lot connected us up to a bike path on Henry St. that would take us down to the waterfront.
From there our bicycle trek went eastward to Lakeview Park Beach in Oshawa from Whitby Harbour.
Our fall ride was a little chilly, and on the return trip, we did hit some wind gusts. With all the open spaces and few trees, you are exposed to the weather and sun. Be sure you go on a good weather day.
Think of packing a jacket as it’s always a little cooler by the water and some snacks for the kids. There is not much to be found on this route to eat. Perhaps a food truck or snack bar. (Today it just so happens there was a Ribfest going on. Anyone for lunch?)
This path is part of the larger Great Lakes Waterfront trail system and connects west onto the Ajax Waterfront section, which is similar. Going further east is not as good, but it does attempt to keep going. Or extend your ride by cycling north via the Oshawa Creek trail where you can find a patio in town to dine.
This new ride review is not yet published in my book. But 65 other great destinations are with better maps, elevation graphs and more parking locations. Available as an eBook or paperback.