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Southwestern Ontario Biking Trails We Recommend!

When Elan posted her story of a stormy Guelph to Goderich ride, it made me think, as summer approaches, that it might be nice to have a summary post–which we can update from time to time–which lists local biking trails we like. The conditions are that they are dedicated trails–bike only, or multi-use–and that they’re in this region of Ontario. Oh, also they are wide and not particularly technical, best for gravel bikes or hybrids but no mountain bike, or mtb skills needed. With the pandemic I did a lot more trail riding than usual. I liked that it was local and also safer than road cycling.

Here’s the list so far:

Guelph to Goderich

Blog posts: Elan’s two day trip and Sam’s two shorter versions here and here.

Trail info: 132 km end to end, trail website.

Highlights: My favourite section is the bridge coming into Goderich.

Brantford to Port Dover:

Blog post: Sam’s blog post about the trip

Trail info: 100 km round trip, trail website.

Highlights: Port Dover beach and perch and chips for dinner, shady trails.

Advice: Don’t do this during a heat alert!

Prince Edward County

Blog posts: Sam blogged about riding the Millennium Trail.

Trail info: About 40 km end to end, trail website.

Highlights: Would definitely recommend for families with children. Lots of good on and off spots with parking. Perks include trail side alpacas and nearby Slickers Ice Cream!

Simcoe County Loop Trail

Blog post: See Simcoe County Loop Trail

Trail info: 160 km loop, trail website

Advice: The website makes it sound like this is doable in a day or 2. Maybe if you’re going fast and not carrying gear. We say, take your time and stop at some of the communities along the way. I loved my avocado and grilled sandwich at Em’s cafe and also homemade butter tarts at farmer’s stand en route. We also want to recommend Chef Bill in Midland, of Chef Bill Presents, who cooked up dinners to go for us to eat in the park. Thanks Sarah and Bill!

Highlights: The Tiny Trail and all the food along the way.

How about you? Which trails in Toronto have you ridden? Which do you recommend?

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