Durham Region has a number excellent on-road regional and cross-regional trail systems and routes. Road cyclists are a common site along the scenic and quiet country roads, some with more challenging hills and others flatter following agricultural farmland in and out of pretty hamlets. Butter tart stops, country corner stores, bistro dinning and city eateries are some of the tastes available.
Additional cycling destinations with extensive off-road bicycle trails are attracting a variety of cyclists, including mountain bike enthusiasts.
The southern area of the region is easily accessible with frequent GO trains to Oshawa and bus services beyond. There are various information resources and published maps that cyclists can use to assist with route planning in the region and its Greenbelt areas.
The routes below are from the Durham Region Cycle Touring Map and are listed in order of distance. See the Published Maps section for more information.
Scugog/Caesarea Route – At 25 km this route starts in rural Enniskillen, then heads to the countryside route north through Burketon, Blackston and Nestleton to Caesarea.
Oshawa / Courtice Loop – This 40 km begins in Lakeview Park in Oshawa and heads north along the Oshawa Creek Bike Path. Head through Oshawa and the hamlet of Mitchell before heading back along Clarington’s Waterfront Trail.
South Brock Loop – At 46 km, this route begins in downtown Cannington, famed as the “Heart of Ontario”. The ride takes cyclists through flat rural roads with infrequent hills and light traffic.
Whitby Loop – This 46 km loop starts at the Whitby Marina and waterfront area. Head north through the hilly hamlets of Brooklin, Ashburn and Myrtle Station before returning south again to unwind at the waterfront.
East Clarington Loop – This 49km route explores eastern Durham Region with Port of Newcastle’s beautiful views of Lake Ontario from upon the Oak Ridges Moraine. The route has paved roads with modest traffic and a portion of Clarington’s Waterfront Trail.
Beaverton / North Brock Loop – Start at the mouth of the Beaverton Harbour on Lake Simcoe on this 49 km route. This loop takes cyclists through charming downtown Beaverton and south to Cannington, before several kilometers of lakeside terrain.
Pickering / Ajax Loop – This 51 km loop starts at Pickering’s waterfront on the Waterfront Trail heading west before heading northeast, through charming rural areas.
Uxbridge Loop – At 54 km, this route includes a series of rural roads, through Uxbridge’s charming hamlets of Sandford, Zephyr and Udora. This ride is hilly, so be prepared to climb.
West Clarington Loop – This popular cycling route is suitable for those looking for a rolling rural ride. Start at the Bowmanville Marina, this loop includes challenging hills, stunning views of rural landscapes and stops in downtown Orono or Bowmanville.
Originally published by Ontario By Bike. For more bike route ideas, click here.