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Hamilton and Greenbelt Areas

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Cycling along the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail in Hamilton

Hamilton is a cycling-friendly community offering a vast selection of scenic bicycle routes and trails that combine off-road, multi-use paths and on-street dedicated bike lanes, with varying terrain, hills and degrees of difficulty.

Well-signed, GPS-mapped bike routes guide cyclists along Hamilton’s beautiful Waterfront, through lush forested escarpment trails, past some of Hamilton’s well-known waterfalls, amidst rural farming communities, and right into the heart of the city.

Bike racks, repair kits/stations as well as local and regional cycling information are all amenities that are found at our certified bicycle-friendly businesses, including restaurants, attractions, breweries and accommodations.

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  • opens in a new windowThe Countryopens PDF file  – This 40km route takes in East Mountain and Ancaster and is primarily on paved roads with a short paved trail section.
  • opens in a new windowThe Browopens PDF file  – On-street shared with motor traffic, this 22km route is mostly paved, except an unpaved portion on the Chedoke Radial Rail Trail.
  • opens in a new windowThe Falls Runopens PDF file  – This 29km route is considered moderate with two escarpment climbs and is primarily on paved roads. Cyclists get great views of Webster and Hermitage waterfalls.
  • opens in a new windowGage and Devil’s Punch Bowlopens PDF file  – 12km All paved; Mostly on-street (majority with bike lanes) from the Hamilton City Centre to the Devil’s Punch Bowl Falls.
  • There are many more on-road cycling options and routes around Hamilton that combine road and trail riding. Consult published maps below for route options. Along the way, support local businesses (attractions, cafés, breweries, gift shops, etc.) throughout Hamilton and explore the many quaint neighbourhoods and lush parks in between.
  • Christie Lake – Located in Dundas just north of Hamilton, this 10-kilometre mountain bike area features a network of well-groomed single tracks that suit all skill levels from beginner to advanced. There are four different loops to choose from which are marked at most intersections to make it easy to follow
  • opens in a new windowHyde Tract – Built on a crown land parcel north of Rockton, the area offers 7 kilometres of double tracks with easy to moderate difficulties, which makes it ideal for beginner and intermediate riders. Additional blue and black single tracks will be added later in 2020.

opens in a new window opens in a new windowGreenbelt Route – More than 475 kilometres of signed cycling adventures await in the beautiful, protected countryside of Ontario’s Greenbelt. From Niagara to Northumberland, enjoy lush forests, winding rivers, welcoming communities, and family farms as you pedal through some of southern Ontario’s diverse and stunning landscapes.

The Greenbelt Route travels around Hamilton crossing into the Niagara Region in the east through Grimsby and in the west into Halton Region through Burlington.

  • Plan your trip by accessing downloadable and printable  opens in a new windowpaper mapsopens PDF file  or visit  opens in a new windowwww.greenbelt/cycling
  • Day Trip Itinerary in Hamilton – Escarpment Expedition (23km)opens PDF file
  • opens in a new windowGreat Lakes to Greenbelt – Showcasing Ontario’s best trails and two signature cycling routes – the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and The Greenbelt Route. Three loops are available in the Hamilton Area, ranging from 50km to 65km.

    opens in a new window opens in a new windowThe Great Lakes Waterfront Trail – Stretching over 3000km, the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail is a route connecting over 140 communities and First Nations along the Canadian shores of the Great Lakes: Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, Lake Erie, Detroit River and Lake St Clair, Lake Huron, Georgian Bay and the North Channel. The fully signed Trail uses the safest infrastructure possible, a mix of both on-road and off-road facilities, and is primarily paved, with sections of unpaved path and gravel roads. It can be enjoyed for as part of a day trip or on a multi-day long distance cycling adventure.

    The Great Lakes Waterfront Trail traverses the Hamilton area, following the shoreline of Lake Ontario, with connecting loop around the Bay, as part of the Hambur Loop.

    For information and to access downloadable maps visit www.WaterfrontTrail.org


    opens in a new windowTrans Canada Trail (TCT) – A portion of this national trail runs through the Hamilton Region. The TCT is a four-season, multi-use trail system with various surface types and users. The following multi-use trails with various surface types are a part of this trail system. Use the Trans Canada trail locator to find access points.

Try Hamilton’s Bike Share system with 825 bicycles and over 130 hubs, a convenient and flexible way for visitors to explore Hamilton’s downtown area.  Docking stations allow users to pick up and drop off bicycles at any location across the network, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Daily usage rates available.  For more information visit:  opens in a new windowwww.hamilton.socialbicycles.com

* Please note there are many additional map guides for the region that may be of interest and useful to cyclists. New maps and guides are available yearly, and information above may change.

Destination & Regional Partners

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