Let’s GO Cycling!
They say that you never forget how to ride a bike. We all know that cycling is a fun, easy and affordable way to improve your physical health, but did you know that it also helps to improve your mental health? Cycling outdoors in natural surroundings has been shown to magnify these benefits! If you’re looking for some of Ontario’s best bike trails, check out our list of amazing cycling trails that are easily accessible by GO trains and buses. There’s something for cyclists of all ages and abilities, from scenic paved bike trail, city greenways, to quiet roads.
Learn more about bicycles on GO in our FAQ section here, and get moving!
Travelling on the weekend? Try our new GO Transit Weekend Passes, available online only. A $10 One-Day Pass will allow you to travel all day long on a Saturday OR a Sunday OR a Holiday. A $15 Weekend Pass will allow you to travel all weekend long - Saturday AND Sunday AND any additional Holiday day. Book your online tickets here, and before you head out, remember to check your schedule.
Burlington Waterfront Bike Trail - Burlington
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Distance from Burlington GO Station: 13 minutes by bike.
There’s no shortage of scenic views on the Burlington Waterfront Trail, which offers some of Halton’s Region’s best mountain bike trails. It also features eight waterfront parks, a stunning beach, a renewed downtown waterfront and a promenade. Featuring on and off-road areas, this trail will accommodate novice and expert riders alike. Want to absorb some culture after your ride? This trail connects directly to Burlington’s Downtown Waterfront area, which features a variety of local shops, the award-winning Art Gallery of Burlington and the Joseph Brant Museum.
✔️Must-see: After a day of cycling, enjoy an afternoon of family fun at the Dofasco Waterjet and Playground, which is the perfect place for parents to relax as the kids play.
Pro tip: Wearing a helmet when cycling is always a smart move. Taking the kids? If they’re 18 and under, make sure they’re wearing a helmet, it’s the law.
Jefferson Forest Bicycle Trail – Richmond Hill
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Distance from Gormley GO Station: 8 minutes by bike
Explore one of the best dirt bike trails in Ontario at Jefferson Forest, which features a combination of dense forest with rugged forest paths, and easy to ride urban trails. The diverse landscape of this forest features a variety of stunning wildlife and vegetation that’s just waiting to be appreciated. Aside from cycling, the trails in the Jefferson Forest are often used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips from April until October.
✔️Must-see: Lake Wilcox Park is along the Jefferson Forest Trail. This waterfront park that includes a playground, youth area and the Oak Ridges Community Centre. It’s a great spot to land after a day of mountain biking in Toronto.
Pro tip: For those who are looking for a place to store their bike at a GO station, check out Reserved Bicycle Parking. You can rent a space for your bike in a bicycle area at selected GO stations for a 1-year period.
Allandale Station Park Biking Trails - Barrie
Distance from Allandale Waterfront GO Station: Just minutes by bike
Allandale Station Park has one of the most unforgettable views of Barrie's skyline, in addition to a beautiful waterfront setting and lush grassy hills. Bring your bike onboard GO and head up to Allandale Waterfront Station to begin your biking journey along the many gorgeous cycling trails that Barrie has to offer. From casual to advances cyclists, there's something for everyone in Barrie.
✔️Must-see: The Moments of Algoma Group of Seven interpretive panel that links the Group’s travels in Algoma Country to the Allandale train station.
Pro tip: When needing a break from cycling, Allandale Station Park has a picnic pavilion as well as a community centre to explore along the shoreline. Pack your picnic and enjoy this green space!
Betty Sutherland Cycling Trail – Markham
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Distance from Oriole GO Station: 3 minutes by bike
Named after Betty Sutherland, one of the first women to be elected to North York council in 1972, this scenic trail meanders along parts of the East Don River near Sheppard Avenue and Leslie Street in Markham. This is one of the best bicycle trails in Toronto, and it’s also great for those who want to take a hike or walk along the Don Valley River.
✔️Must-see: There’s an abundance of wildlife in this area, especially along the Don Valley River. Fall is an ideal time to explore this area, as it provides closer access to the river.
Pro tip: Surprises are overrated. Always check your schedule before you head out.
Niagara-on-the-Lake Bike Routes - Niagara Falls
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Distance from Niagara Falls GO Station: A quick WEGO shuttle ride, or hop on your bike right away
Niagara is one of the most beautiful regions in the province and it offers some of the most scenic mountain biking trails in Ontario. The Waterfront Trail, starting in Niagara-on-the-Lake, will make you fall in love with the region. This seemingly endless trail offers views of the shores of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie and the Niagara River. After your ride, there’s so much to discover in this beautiful area, including world-class wineries and top restaurants.
✔️Must-see: The Niagara River Recreational Trail allows you to get up close and personal with the Horseshoe Falls. This trail takes you right beside the famous Falls, the Niagara River, Old Fort Erie and Fort George.
Pro tip: You can get a GO & WEGO Combo Ticket from $25! Combo Tickets include both GO train fare and the convenient WEGO hop-on, hop-off bus, which reaches Niagara Parks sites, hotels, and other attractions.
Before you go, you should know:
- Most GO stations and GO Trains are equipped with free wi-fi.
- Kids 12 and under ride for free on GO trains and buses.
- Seniors are eligible for discounts.
- If you plan to regularly take your bike to a GO station, check out reserved bicycle parking.
We hope that you’re inspired to get outside and explore some of the great things mother nature has to offer in our great region. If you found this helpful, sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.