Best Biking Trails in Toronto
Published: July 9, 2023
Summer is the perfect time to explore Toronto on two wheels! It’s not just a healthy and sustainable way to get around, it’s a great way to experience the city. With biking paths and trails in every part of the city, you’re bound to discover new neighbourhoods, scenic routes, waterfront views, and stunning nature-filled paths for an unforgettable outdoor adventure in the city this summer.
Renting a bike has never been easier in Toronto with several rental stores as well as Bike Share Toronto bicycles available for rent for $7 for a 24-hour pass outside of UP Express Union Station, Bloor Station, and near Weston Station. If you choose to bring your own bike on board UP Express, note that your bicycle must be stored in an aircraft-ready bicycle box.
Toronto Cycling Safety Tips
Stay safe while on two-wheels in the city, paying attention to traffic signals and when crossing busy streets in Toronto. You’ll find designated bike lanes and turning lanes on several major downtown streets as well as two-way contra-flow bicycle lanes where cyclists must only travel in one-direction in the designated lane. Bicycle helmets are required for all riders under the age of 18 cycling on any public road. Helmets and locks can be rented from most bicycle shops.
The Toronto Islands await, just a short ferry ride across Lake Ontario one easy local transit connection or walk from UP Express Union Station. With 15km of paved and gravel flat trails, this easy scenic route offers great views of the islands’ lagoon and nature as well as spectacular views of the downtown Toronto skyline. Perfect for all fitness levels, this is one trail cyclists of all ages can enjoy. Don’t want to set out on your own? Book a guided or private two-wheel tour with Toronto Bicycle Tours & Events.
Trillium Park & William G. Davis Trail
Inspired by Ontario’s landscape and designed in consultation with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Trillium Park and the William G. Davis Trail offer spectacular views of the Lake Ontario around Ontario Place. An easy, flat paved path for leisurely cycling and walking, see if you can spot the three marker trees along the trail. Marker trees were traditionally used by Indigenous People for navigation to point towards significant landmarks. From the top of the park summit, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of the Toronto city skyline. The William G. Davis Trail also links to the Martin Goodman Waterfront Trail so you can continue your city cycling adventure.
Martin Goodman Waterfront Trail
Enjoy the views along beautiful Lake Ontario on the Martin Goodman Waterfront Trail! Just one TTC streetcar stop south of UP Express Union Station, this paved bike path hits all the hot spots along the waterfront making it perfect for a leisurely ride. If you’re feeling truly ambitious, the entire trail covers more than 3600km of shoreline on Lakes Ontario, Erie and Huron, and on Georgian Bay. In all, it connects 155 towns, villages and First Nations communities.
Lower Don Trail
The popular downtown portion of the Lower Don Trail may be closed until summer 2024, but the northern portion of the trail near Evergreen Brickworks remains open. From here, you can also connect to more of the city’s popular trails like the Beltline Trail, Park Drive Reservation Trail, and Chorley Park which is home to switchbacks, popular with mountain bikers.If you have an epic cycling day planned and want to travel light, UP Express makes it easy to pay on the go through, online e-ticket, or simply tap-and-go with your PRESTO card for contactless payment.
Moore Park Ravine
If you find yourself at Evergreen Brickworks, the Beltline Trail connects to midtown Toronto’s Moore Park Ravine. Here, you’ll find tree-lined cycle paths that transport you to a lush, forested new world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. An easy 6.1km loop trail, Moore Park Ravine is a popular spot for mountain biking.
Humber River Recreation Trail
Stretching 14km, the Humber River Recreational Trail is one of the most popular bike paths in Toronto. This easy, paved path winds its way along the Humber River to Lake Ontario. Be sure to keep an eye out for furry and feathered Toronto residents along the route because you never know when you’ll glimpse a raccoon or fox as well as birds along the way. For a great nature-filled cycle route, rent a Bike Share bike outside of UP Express Weston Station and head south towards the lake to the Humber Bay Shores waterfront trails before turning back north through High Park, finally ending at UP Express Bloor Station.
For a fun-filled family day, rent bikes outside of UP Express Bloor Station or bring your own and hit the many trails in High Park! Paved and easy-to-navigate, pack a picnic and enjoy under one of the parks many picnic tables or pavilions, cycle over to the High Park Zoo and visit the bison, peacocks and capybara, and ride through the tree-lined trails before cooling off at the public pool and splash pad.
If you’re visiting Toronto with family, remember kids under the age of 12 always travel for free! With older kids, you can take advantage of the Family Discount Fare which allows two adults and up to three youth under the age of 19 to travel for $25.70, one-way.
West Toronto Railpath
Looking for cool urban cycling experience? Look no further than the West Toronto Railpath’s 2.1km paved multi-use path which runs next to UP Express Bloor Station where there are easy-to-use Bike Share Toronto docking locations. Learn a bit of local history on your bike from the commemorative plaques that tell the story of Toronto’s industrial and rail history while you cycle along the route past colourful street art. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, the Gaspar Café on the railpath makes a great spot to take a break with a sandwich or drink.