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The Don Valley, Leslie Street Spit, the Toronto Islands... Who knew there were such great green spaces for cycling so close to downtown... and so easily and safely reachable by transit! Not to mention inexpensive: a family daypass (for six) for the subway is only $10.50. Take the GO Train into town from the east or the west - it's amazingly affordable!

Recommended for all casual riders - including children with experience. Don Valley ride can be cut short at Leslie and Broadview TTC Subways. Ride with caution; children should ride on the sidewalk when taking busy roads. The Toronto Cycling Map is very helpful and available at most libraries. Here are the GO Transit System Map and TTC System Map (pdf).

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Don Valley: LESLIE to UNION STATION - TTC Subway

The new Sheppard subway line is often referred to by Torontonians as "the train to nowhere"... Little do "they" know that it takes you to one of the greatest bike rides around. From north of Highway 401, ride the bikeway up through East Don Parkland - then turn around, or look for Bike Route 51 and suggested connections south to Edwards Gardens. From there, follow the Toronto Bike Map down "The Don" all the way to the Lake then west to the subway (or GO Train, or GO Bus) at Union Station.

Bikes and Transit Route Maps

Route Notes:

  • Exit at the east end of the Sheppard subway station.
  • Cross the crosswalk north, on the west side of Leslie and Sheppard - the gateway to the Don River Trail can't be missed.
  • If you don't want to go north, look for the bikeway down the valley at the south west corner of the intersection.
  • At the top of East Don Parkland, turn around, or follow the Toronto Bike Map to Bike Route 51 south - it will take you through some classic Toronto highrise and bungalow neighbourhoods, and near Toronto's well known "Bridle Path".
  • Food and drink - and a rest - can be had when you reach York Mills Road.
  • The route will then take you through an industrial park with some surprisingly significant architecture, past Edward Gardens (find the trail access along the south side of the parking lot), and back down into the Don Valley.
  • It's all downhill from there... literally, as you cycle south to the lakeshore and west downtown.  Follow the BikesandTransit maps for a ride through the Distillery District and The Esplanade - or stay on the Waterfront Trail west and come up to Union Station at Yonge St.

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Beaches and Leslie Street Spit: MAIN STREET (TTC Subway) + DANFORTH (GO Train) to Cabbagetown

The Leslie Street Spit's Tommy Thompson Park is one of Toronto cyclists' favourite destinations. Car-free, it can be reached - following the Toronto Bike Map - from Union Station, Sherbourne and Broadview TTC Subways. But the best way might be from the corner of Danforth Ave. and Main Street in Toronto's east end. From the Main Street Subway or Danforth GO Train stations located there - it's a wonderful ride down to The Beaches and west along the waterfront trail to The Spit.  

Bikes and Transit Maps:

Route Notes:

  • Exit at the west end of either subway or train station. Ride south on Bike Route 59 down Main St., or take the sidewalk (Caution: there is an incredible blind spot at the top of the overpasds over the train tracks!)
  • Follow the blue bike route signs to the Lake closely: the right turn at Glen Ames is hidden by leaves.
  • Join the Waterfront Trail west at Kew Gardens. The Toronto Bike Map and Waterfront Trail signage will take you where you want to go.
  • After the Spit, take Unwin Ave. west to visit Cherry Beach, then up through The Portlands via Cherry Street. Under the Gardiner Expressway, look for the trail east to The Don. 
  • Use the bikestairs at the bridge at Riverdale Park. Exit the park to the west to explore Cabbagetown. Take Parliament St. north to get to Castle Frank subway. Cross the Prince Edward Viaduct east to Broadview subway station, with an elevator.

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The Toronto Islands: UNION - TTC Subway, GO Train, GO Bus - to TORONTO FERRY TERMINAL

Visit the car-free Toronto Islands, by ferry and bike from Union Station. Get to the ferry terminal easily by TTC Subway, GO Train or GO Bus! The Toronto ferry terminal is just a few blocks south of Union Station and the GO Bus terminal; take the new Yonge St. or Lower Simcoe bike lanes to Queen's Quay. The ferry terminal is at the foot of York St. behind the Westin Harbour Castle.

Bikes and Transit Maps:

Route Notes:

  • From the east end of Union Station, walk your bike down the Bay St. sidewalk to Queen's Quay (caution - reckless Toronto drivers!) of take the new bikelanes down Yonge St. (to the east of Union on Front St.) or Lower Simcoe (to the west of Union).
  • Queen's Quay and "Harbourfront" are busy tourist areas, with much traffic and no east/west bikelanes. Cycle with caution - and always give pedestrians the right of way.
  • To enjoy all the islands, take the ferry to the western Hanlan's Point, or to the eastern Ward's Island to cycle the islands' length.
  • Please Note: The beaches on the Toronto Islands are internationally recognized and  "blue flagged" for their cleanliness. The water is amongst the cleanest in all of Ontario, and proven cleaner that any lake in cottage country north, south, east or west! 
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