Bikeable City

Posted by Drake, July 17, 2014

Humber Valley Trail System

One of our favourite trails in the city can be found west of High Park at the Humber River. The Humber Valley Trail system runs from Lake Ontario and snakes up the river all the way to the top of the city, just past Eglinton Avenue West. The majority of the trail runs through numerous scenic parks, ideal for a long boozy picnic. For those wanting some adventure, there are dirt BMX trails in the forests near Scarlett Road.

Yes, you can see this from your bike in Toronto. (image via humbertrail.org)

Yes, you can see this from your bike in Toronto. (image via humbertrail.org)

Lower Don Recreation Trail

Running from the Oak Ridges Moraine down to the waterfront, the Don River trail system winds along the Don River through a series of forests, parks and conservation areas for over 30 kilometers. There are numerous trails through the watershed that give riders a look into the history of industry in the Don Valley. Instead of a picnic, plan to stop at Evergreen Brickworks to have a bite at Café Belong or their weekend Farmer's Market!

Part of the Lower Don Trail (image via whyilovetoronto.tumblr.com)

Part of the Lower Don Trail (image via whyilovetoronto.tumblr.com)

Obvious, but still awesome - head over to High Park and cycle around the park's substantial trails and along the pretty ponds. Chances are that you haven't fully explored all the nooks and crannies of this gem and the hills throughout the park will get your heart racing. Plan to go in the early afternoon, then end at the amphitheatre to check out one of Canadian Stage's pay-what-you-can plays that are part of this summer's Shakespeare in High Park - Titus Andronicus or the lighter As You Like It. Be sure to pack a picnic and some refreshments for this cultural adventure. Dreamy.

Cast of As You Like It. Photo by David Hou.

Cast of As You Like It. Photo by David Hou.

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