Where to Mountain Bike Ride when Visiting Toronto?
So you love mountain biking and what better time to do it than on a holiday. Whether you are visiting Toronto for a few days or longer, here are a few tips and destinations I would suggest.
Many of us have travelled around and wondered where are those hidden trails the locals frequent? Finding them and getting the real deal as to if they will suit your taste in riding is a time consuming task that does not always pan out. Hence this post, and on a grander scale this site, is here to help you.
Are you bringing your MTB? If not, here are a few places that rent.
Next, which top rides close to Toronto would I recommend? There are many that are good on our map but if you only have time for one bike ride, look through the list below.
Unfortunately there is only one trail system in Toronto itself (the Don Valley), any other loops are too short or convoluted to make your visit in a strange city enjoyable. So you will need a car and typically an hour or more to drive to one of these trailheads. And Toronto traffic is a gauntlet at times so plan your trip, and give yourself half a day.
Don Valley – in Toronot (if you can’t even leave town) central, moderate, flows, hilly
Kelso – (west of Toronto) hilly, variety
Albion Hills – (north west side of town) hilly, variety, long
Centennial Park – (central close to Toronto) short, easy, flows
Durham Forest – (east side) easy to hard, large area, joins with Glen Major
OK, what you really want is an EPIC Ontario ride when you visit. Hmm, it won’t be as EPIC as riding Utah but it could be different and fun anyway. You’re on holidays and have all day to ride and you’re looking to take back tall tales and life is short. Here are a few MTB rides a little further from Toronto, but certain to please.
A Day Trip
Hardwood – (due north) full service, great trails, mtb bike rentals
Haliburton Forest – (further north) large, trails just keep going
Ganaraska Forest – (east side) has a IMBA Epic trail, endless trail and not too tough
Harold Town – (new) IMBA designed trails, maybe too short but all sweet
Hilton Falls – (west side) rocky, trails keeps going…NE and W
And if you need to ride in the winter we have an indoor ride park – Joy Ride 150
TIP: One last bit of advice if you want to find a trail, which is to hitch up with an organized ride by checking out bike club websites for what’s scheduled. Send them a note, ask if you can join them.
It’s a great way to get guided to the best track, in the best direction. The locals know their turf and will not only welcome you but it’s always safer to ride with others and you could make a few friends.
So come out and visit Toronto one day – Dan