Connecting two Great Lakes, wine country, small towns, Ontario’s Greenbelt, and Canada’s biggest city, the Grand Greenbelt and Great Lakes Cycle Route is Ontario’s latest and most comprehensive cycling adventure.
“[ The route ] is an experience that will change you. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience for cyclists to really experience these two iconic landscapes,” says Marlaine Koehler, Executive Director of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust. “This route encapsulates the breadth of what Ontario has to offer – waterfront, countryside, big cities and small towns. It really is the Ontario experience.”
The itinerary is best suited for moderate-to-advanced cyclists and includes paves roads, as well as paved and unpaved trails. By connecting the GreenbeltRoute and the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, this 1,000-kilometre trip takes riders along the shores of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, and through the protected countryside of Ontario’s Greenbelt.
“The Greenbelt is connected to the Great Lakes through its water systems and protected river valleys. The new Grand Greenbelt and Great Lakes Cycle Route celebrates this connection and invites riders to take in the beauty and diversity of Ontario,” says Edward McDonnell, CEO of the Greenbelt Foundation.
Cycle tourism is a growing industry, with over 1.7 million cycling visits across Ontario every year, spending more than $428 million per year. For rural economies, cycle tourism brings in new visitors who spend more on average than other types of visitors and stay longer.
For more information, visit: waterfronttrail.org.