Cycling Routes & Maps

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July 21, 2016 - 12:31pm

Hamilton Fire Department Issues Open Air Burning Ban - July 21, 2016

HAMILTON, ON – July 21, 2016 – Due to current dry weather conditions coupled with the continued forecast of extreme temperatures with no appreciable rain in the near future, the Hamilton Fire Department has issued an immediate ban on all open air burning in the City of Hamilton.  This ban suspends all approved Open Air Burning Permits.

More information and details about the ban.

Enjoy the experience!

The City of Hamilton offers a free comprehensive map of cycling facilities, points of interest and hiking trails called the Bike Routes, Trails & Parks Map. You can pick up a copy at City recreation centres, libraries, bike shops or a Municipal Service Centre.

There is also an interactive cycling map available:


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  • www.greenbelt.ca/route connects you to a fully interactive online map containing over 1000 points of interest, as well as 34 regional bike maps including seven day-trip itineraries.

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10 Great Bike Rides

Are you looking to discover great cycling routes in Hamilton for the first time – or discover areas of Hamilton that you are not familiar with?
It is safest and most enjoyable if you use this information in combination with a reference map. Choices include the Hamilton Bike Routes, Trails & Parks map; Dundas Valley Adventure MapBruce Trail Reference Guide; and the HSR Transit Guide (PDF,8.05 MB).

Featured Bike Rides

You can use Geotrail to view the rides interactively. 
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Connection points

  • East Mountain: Mountain Brow Blvd./ Limeridge Rd./ Arbour Rd.
  • Ancaster: Wilson St./ Fiddler's Green Rd./ Lovers Lane

Distance

  • 40 km
  • 4 hrs leisurely

Route design

  • Easy: Paved on-road and a short paved trail section by Albion Falls over the LINC.
  • Take care crossing Rymal Rd., crossing Highway 6/ Upper James, Wilson St. at roundabout, and along Jerseyville Rd.

City transit access

Inter-city transit access

None

Parking access

See The Country Bike Map (PDF, 0.8 MB)

Attractions along the way

  • Albion Falls
  • Red Hill Valley
  • Eramosa Karst

 View this ride interactively using Geotrail

Connection points

  • Ancaster: Wilson St./ Fiddler's Green Rd./ Lovers Lane
  • Aldershot: Aldershot GO/ VIA Station at Waterdown Rd./ Highway 403

Distance

  • 29 km
  • 3 hrs leisurely

Route design

  • Moderate: Paved on-road, but for 500m of gravel on Binkley Rd.; two escarpment climbs
  • Take care riding up the escarpment: As you scale the escarpment, don't get intimidated, just do it "smooth and slow". Use low gears, a slow pace and patience. A bike with a triple chain-ring in front makes it quite easy for most people. Going down? Be sure to maintain control at all times.

City transit access

Inter-city transit access

  • Aldershot: GO/ VIA Station

Parking access

See The Falls Run Bike Map (PDF, 1 MB)

Attractions along the way

  • Ancaster shops
  • The Hermitage
  • Griffin House
  • Crook's Hollow
  • Tew's Falls
  • Webster's Falls
  • Borer's Falls
  • Waterdown shops
  • Great Falls

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Connection points

  • Aldershot: Aldershot GO/ VIA Station at Waterdown Rd./ Highway 403
  • Confederation Park: QEW/ Centennial Pkwy

Distance

  • 16 km
  • 1.5 hrs leisurely

Route design

  • Easy: Paved; half of the route is paved trail (Waterfront Trail) or optional on-street (Beach Blvd.)
  • Take care crossing under the QEW on North Shore Blvd. and crossing the lift bridge

City transit access

  • Aldershot: Route 18, Burlington Transit 1
  • Confederation Park: Route 56 (seasonal), Route 11 nearby
  • Bikes on Buses Program

Inter-city transit access

  • Aldershot: GO/ VIA Station
  • Confederation Park: Stoney Creek (Nash Rd.) GO Transit

Parking access

See Harbour & Lakeshore Bike Map (PDF, 0.9 MB)

Attractions along the way

  • Burlington waterfront shops
  • Lift Bridge/ Canal & Lighthouse
  • Lake Ontario beaches & restaurants
  • Confederation Park/ Wild Waterworks

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Connection points

  • Confederation Park: QEW/ Centennial Pkwy
  • East Mountain: Mountain Brow Blvd./ Limeridge Rd./ Arbour Rd.

Distance

  • 12 km
  • 1.5 hrs leisurely

Route design

  • Difficult: A few significant hills, Mostly unpaved - see map for paved on-street option
  • Take care crossing Lawrence Rd. and along Mud St. beside Albion Falls

City transit access

  • Confederation Park: Route 56 (seasonal), Route 11 nearby
  • East Mountain: Route 21, Route 22 nearby
  • Bikes on Buses Program

Inter-city transit access

  • Confederation Park: Stoney Creek (Nash Rd.) GO Transit

Parking access

See Red Hill Valley Bike Map (PDF, 0.8 MB)

Attractions along the way

  • Red Hill Creek Valley
  • EcoHouse
  • Albion Falls

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Connection points

  • East Mountain: Mountain Brow Blvd./ Limeridge Rd./ Arbour Rd.
  • Ancaster: Wilson St./ Fiddler's Green Rd./ Lovers Lane

Distance

  • 22 km
  • 2 hrs leisurely

Route design

  • Moderate: On-street shared with motor traffic; Mostly paved - unpaved on Chedoke Radial Rail Trail; stairs with trough crossing Highway 403; NB: no paved option west of Scenic Dr.
  • Take care of traffic along Concession St.

City transit access

Inter-city transit access

None

Parking access

See The Brow Bike Map (PDF, 1.1 MB)

Attractions along the way

  • Albion Falls
  • views from the brow
  • Concession St. shops
  • Sanatorium Falls
  • Iroquoia Heights
  • Ancaster shops

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Connection points

  • Ancaster: Wilson St./ Fiddler's Green Rd./ Lovers Lane
  • Hamilton Harbour: Bayfront Park, Bay St./ Barton St.

Distance

  • 21 km
  • 2 hrs leisurely

Route design

  • Easy: Combination of on-street and trails; unpaved on Rail Trail in Dundas Valley; paved option between Ancaster and Dundas is Wilson St./ Old Dundas Rd
  • Take care on Sulfur Springs Rd. and on Dundas streets

City transit access

  • Ancaster: Route 16, Route 5C/ 5A nearby
  • Hamilton Harbour: Route 99 (seasonal), Route 4, Route 2 nearby
  • Bikes on Buses Program

Inter-city transit access

  • Downtown: Hamilton GO Centre (GO Transit, Coach Canada, Greyhound)
  • Westdale: McMaster University GO Transit

Parking access

See Dundas Valley & Westdale Bike Map (PDF, 1 MB)

Attractions along the way

  • Ancaster shops
  • The Hermitage
  • Griffin House
  • Dundas Valley Trail Centre
  • Dundas shops
  • McMaster University
  • The Aviary in Churchill Park
  • Westdale shops
  • Cootes Paradise
  • Desjardins Canal & Fishway
  • Dundurn Castle
  • Waterfront Trail
  • Bayfront Park

View the ride interatively using Geotrail

Connection points

  • Downtown: Corktown Park at Ferguson Ave./ Young St.
  • Aldershot: Aldershot GO/ VIA Station at Waterdown Rd./ Highway 403

Distance

  • 14 km
  • 1.5 hrs leisurely

Route design

  • Moderate: Combination of on-street and trails; all paved; stairs with trough at High Level Bridge connecting Desjardins Canal to York Blvd.
  • Take care crossing Highway 403 ramps and on Plains Rd.; if travelling from Aldershot to Downtown do not cross York Blvd. at the High Level Bridge

City transit access

Inter-city transit access

  • Downtown: Hamilton GO Centre (GO Transit, Coach Canada, Greyhound)
  • Aldershot: Aldershot GO/ VIA Station

Parking access

See Ferguson & West Harbour Bike Map (PDF, 0.8 MB)

Attractions along the way

  • Downtown shops
  • Waterfront Trail
  • HMCS Haida
  • Bayfront Park
  • Desjardins Canal & Fishway
  • Cootes Paradise
  • High Level Bridge Vistas
  • Royal Botanical Gardens (RGB)

 View the ride interactively using Geotrail

Connection points

  • Downtown: Corktown Park at Ferguson Ave./ Young St.
  • Stoney Creek: Devil's Punch Bowl at Ridge Rd./ First Rd. E

Distance

  • 12 km
  • 1 hr leisurely

Route design

  • Moderate: All paved; mostly on-street (majority with bike lanes); walking trail up escarpment to Devil's Punch Bowl
  • Take care crossing Wentworth St. and crossing Red Hill Valley Pkwy

City transit access

Inter-city transit access

  • Downtown: Hamilton GO Centre (GO Transit, Coach Canada, Greyhound)

Parking access

See Gage & Devil's Punch Bowl Bike Map (PDF, 1 MB)

Attractions along the way

  • Stoney Creek shops (including Stoney Creek Dairy)
  • Devil's Punch Bowl
  • escarpment views over Lake Ontario

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Connection points

  • Downtown: Corktown Park at Ferguson Ave./ Young St.
  • East Mountain: Mountain Brow Blvd./ Limeridge Rd./ Arbour Rd.

Distance

  • 9 km
  • 1 hr leisurely

Route design

  • Easy: Paved trail, gradual slope
  • Take care crossing Wentworth St.

City transit access

Inter-city transit access

  • Downtown: Hamilton GO Centre (GO Transit, Coach Canada, Greyhound)

Parking access

See Escarpment Rail Trail Bike Map (PDF, 1.2 MB)

Attractions along the way

  • Downtown shops
  • Bruce Trail
  • escarpment views
  • Buttermilk Falls
  • Albion Falls

 View the ride interatively using Geotrail

Connection points

  • Downtown: Corktown Park at Ferguson Ave./ Young St.
  • Ancaster: Wilson St./ Fiddler's Green Rd./ Lovers Lane

Distance

  • 12 km
  • 1 hr leisurely

Route design

  • Easy: Combination of paved on-street and unpaved on Chedoke Rail Trail; stairs with trough crossing Highway 403. Northbound: no paved option west of Dundurn St.
  • Take care on Charlton Ave. westbound or on Herkimer St. eastbound and at Wilson St.

City transit access

Inter-city transit access

  • Downtown: Hamilton GO Centre (GO Transit, Coach Canada, Greyhound)

Parking access

See Chedoke Radial Rail Trail Bike Map (PDF, 1.2 MB)

Attractions along the way

  • Downtown shops
  • Westcliffe Falls
  • Princess Falls (five waterfalls total)
  • Sanatorium Falls
  • Iroquoia Heights Conservation Area
  • Ancaster shops

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Trail Etiquette

  • Keep to the right except to pass
  • Do not litter
  • Respect nature
  • Do not trespass in rural fields
  • Pedestrians: Keep any dog on their leash
  • Cyclists: Yield to pedestrians
  • Cyclists: Alert pedestrians with your bell prior to passing