Here at Ontario Bike Trails.com we do things a little differently than the rest of the trail review sites. All reviews are written by one rider, me, Dan Roitner. WHY? This gives you a consistent, even perspective when deciding if a trail is worth doing.
Almost all the rides reviewed are 100% off the roads that cars use. If there have to be gaps/detours to connect to more trail that use a road, it will be a minimal amount (5-15%) and not on busy streets. Some trails have road crossings that are busy. Most trail layouts have lights and signs to aid you.
From there, these trails need to be long enough for you to make it worth an outing to ride. Usually at least 10 km or more is the minimum for a bike ride, but sometimes a trail is so popular, scenic or connects to other routes that I may post it. And mountain bike trails are not necessarily that long, but still give riders a few good hours of enjoyment, so some short ones are listed.
This site’s objective is to list the best off road, car-free, bicycle friendly trails in Ontario.
Unlike most other sites that have spotty, inconsistent, old info and dead links, I have refrained from posting trail locations on the site until I have done thorough research for the review. And that at times is not easy, as some locations have very little to go with.
When I write a review my reference point is comparing the trail to others in the province of Ontario. That is the rating benchmark, as we all know there can be more awesome trail elsewhere in the world, that is truly double black diamond, life threatening, but here the difficulty scale is Ontario-based.
Next, trails that I scout need to welcome bike riders and be “legal”; open to the public. Sure we all know of secret runs but I don’t want to put off land owners, so they are going to stay secret.
All the trails have been ridden by me once, if not many times, in my 20 years of riding trail. Exceptions are Rail trails that can be 30+ km long to ride so I may not ride the whole length (and back) for the review.
So you might be wondering what are my riding skills to base your view of the trail reviews. Wellll…I am a seasoned mtb rider in my 50’s, but not a kamikaze one, those days are behind me. I also take the family out for cruises in the park or a rail trail with a different agenda.
I consider what each category of bike rider may be wishing on a ride. I do try to give a broad objective view, based on all the bikers I have ridden with, and what trails the province has.
BMX Parks was added to the site as an afterthought. Though not truly a trail ride, it is an off road bike sport that shares interests with mountain bikers and I wanted to support this group too. And no, at my age I am not test riding them. lol
Most photos are taken by me and one day I will get to the pile of GoPro trail videos I have shot and post that too!
I love maps and am slowly making my own trail maps from my GPS tracks. For now, courtesy of many organizations, I am sharing their maps to aid you.
At the end of the day, I hope these reviews help you plan your next ride and give you a good idea of what to expect.
Have favourite trail I should review and post on the site? Then place a flag on this map and tell me about it.
Otherwise on my Contact page your welcome to say hello and send other details, clues and suggestions.