A friend who now lives in Halifax was in Toronto for work and staying at her sister’s place in Port Credit (south end of Mississauga). Usually she comes downtown to visit me (Heather) in Toronto, but this time I said I’d go see her. After last year’s Brompton Social Ride, I realized I could easily bike to Port Credit along the Waterfront Trail!
A Brief History of The Waterfront Trail
The first section of the Waterfront Trail opened in 1995. It stretched 350km along Lake Ontario from Stoney Creek to Trenton, and included the Martin Goodman Trail in Toronto, which had been built in 1985. Ten years later, the Waterfront Trail was 520km long, extending from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Brockville, and a few years after that it was extended all the way to the border with Quebec and connected to La Route Verte. And in 2013, a new Great Lake was added to the route – Lake Erie! Now Lake Huron and Georgian Bay are included as well. For more information and downloadable maps, check out The Great Lakes Waterfront Trail website.
Cycle Route: Waterfront Trail – Toronto to Port Credit
The one and only time we’d done this ride it was a blustery fall day. But yesterday was a beautiful summer day, perfect for taking photos to document the route…
Note: For navigational route details, there’s a MAP at end of this post.
For details on exactly where these photos were taken on the Waterfront Trail, you can click on the VIEW button below to see the photos on the map.
Overall, it’s an easy ride – no big hills and plenty of beautiful places to stop and rest along the way. Plus, there are lots of bathrooms and water fountains available. It was such a nice ride that we’re reconsidering our summer plans. We’d wanted to cycle in and around Quebec City, thinking it would be an affordable local holiday, but Canada is a big country, and even the next province over is an expensive flight or day-long train ride away. We need more money and time than we have this summer to properly experience cycling in Quebec.
So, the new plan is to explore more of the Waterfront Trail! We have friends who have moved east of Toronto. Perhaps it’s time to go visit them…