As we head into fall, many Ontarians are finding ways to continue their summer outdoor activities in the cooler weather. As the leaves begin to turn, fall is the perfect time to hit the trails, whether you prefer to stay on the pavement, or hit the more rugged terrain. Ontario has no shortage of thrilling trails surrounded by nature for you to enjoy. No matter your skill level, the setting for your next adventure isn’t far off.
Lynn Valley Trail
The Lynn Valley Trail is a well maintained route along the former CNR rail line that stretches from Simcoe to Port Dover. In addition to cycling, visitors come to Lynn Valley for hiking and to admire the beautiful scenery and natural habitats. This trail is well marked, open year-round, and is an easy ride for all skill levels. In addition to the local wildlife, visit for the four original trestle bridges from the area’s days as a rail line.
Trail Length: 11.8 km
Bracebridge Resource Management Centre
This group of trails, located just off of Highway 11, features routes suitable for a variety of skill levels. From intermediate mountain bikers to more experienced cyclists, the terrain offers a dynamic ride for any enthusiastic rider. The maps are well marked and rated based on difficulty, so you’ll know exactly what to expect before you hit the trail.
And if you’re an expert level rider looking for a more challenging trek, check out the nearby Porcupine Ridge!
Trail Length: 19+ km
Cambridge to Paris Rail Trail
This trail system features both paved sections, dirt and gravel, and stretches through an urban setting and the Grand River Conservation Area. Travel through lush Carolinian forest as you pass by frequent riverbanks and waterways. Once you’ve explored Cambridge to Paris, you’ll still have plenty of other options, as this system connects to the City of Cambridge trails, Grand Valley Trail, and several others.
Trail Length: 18 km
A peaceful, flat, and relatively easy trail ride that connects the villages around Caledon. Caledon Trailway is part of a greater trail system surrounded by conservation areas and other outdoor activities. This trail is ideal for those looking for a relaxed ride, with nearby towns and villages to stop in for a break or a bite.
Trail Length: 35 km
A popular outdoor recreation spot in London, Boler Mountain features off-road trails for beginner, intermediate and advanced cyclists. If you’re looking for other fun outdoor activities, the park also offers treetop trekking, yoga and fitness classes. And while the biking trails close for the season after September, visitors also flock to Boler in the winter for the cross-country skiing and tubing.
Trail Length: 13.5 km
With plenty of ideal biking spots around the province, you should have no difficulty finding the right trail for your cycling crew. Just be sure to slow down long enough to take in the amazing scenery and fall colours!