Stunning rail trails traverse the beautiful shoreline of the Grand River and connect surrounding communities. With nearly 70 kilometers of trails in the city of Brantford alone, long-distance and overnight cycling holidays for recreational cyclists are second-to-none.
Regional Road Routes
These regional routes are not signed, but are mapped and can be found on the Brant County Outdoor Adventure Map (see Regional Published Maps and Tools section below for more information).
- Apps Mill – This 30km ride starts in downtown Brantford and takes cyclists past the majestic curves of the Grand River. Follow paved roads past the airport and the Apps Mill Conservation Area before returning to Brantford.
- Brantford to Dundurn – This 48km loop traverses paved roads and starts and ends in downtown Brantford. The routing brings cyclists through the village of Mt. Pleasant taking in farmland views in Brant and Norfolk Counties.
- Paris Ayr Tour – At 35km, this tour starts in Paris and follows the shore of the Grand River before heading west into Ayr and returning to Paris through farmland.
- Paris Environs Tour – A 20km loop out of the village of Paris, this route is on paved roads that cross through rural and farmland landscapes.
- Paris – Scotland Tour – This 48km loop on paved rural roads starts from the village of Paris to Whiteman's Creek into the community of Burford.
- Paris – St. George – Start and end in downtown Paris on this 40km loop. Follow paved roads into the village of St. George before taking the route back to Paris Rd.
- Pleasant Ridge Tour – This shorter 26km loop is a mix of on-road and paved paths, starting and ending in downtown Brantford. Routing incorporates the paved TH & B trail on the return.
- St. George – Lynden Loop – This 21km loop begins in St. George and is a relatively easy tour through rolling countryside on paved roads.
Regional Trail Information
- SC Johnson Trail – This rail trail is 14km of mostly stone dust with some areas of asphalt, running between the communities of Paris and Brantford. The SC Johnson Trail offers a key off-road connection between Paris and Brantford.
- Gordon Glaves Memorial Pathway – A 12km off-road paved trail that hugs the shoreline of the Grand River through the city of Brantford. Several points along the pathway offer access to rest areas, washrooms and connections into the city.
- TH & B Trail– Approximately 20km in length, this pathway is mostly stone dust with some areas of asphalt and takes cyclists south out of Brantford, eventually connecting to the Waterford Heritage Trail in Norfolk County.
- LE & N Trail – Running 6km south out of the city of Brantford, this trail has a stone dust surface and brings cyclists to the village of Mount Pleasant, eventually connecting up with the TH & B Trail, which continues south into Norfolk County.
- Cambridge to Paris Rail Trail – Running north out of Paris, this 19km trail is a converted rail bed that follows the Grand River through beautiful Carolinian Forest. The trail is level with a stone dust surface. Food and washrooms are available in Glen Morris, Paris and Cambridge. (Part of the Trans Canada Trail)
- For additional trails and information, visit the County of Brant's website HERE
Cross-Regional Routes and Trails
Ontario By Bike Ride (Hamilton-Brantford-Port Dover) - In September 2015, Ontario By Bike hosted a small group tour on a two-day cycling trip along portions of the Trans Canada and other trails (total distance between 92km to 117km, depending on finish location). The route itinerary starts in Dundas and takes riders through Brantford (with optional extension to Paris) to Port Dover. Ontario By Bike made available both digital and pdf mapping, as well as a self-guided itinerary to share with individuals and groups that may be interested in the same ride.
- Digital Route Maps: www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/851070925 - Without Paris Addition or www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/851093101 - With Paris Addition
- PDF Route Maps - Download Map Files Here
- Route Itinerary and Visitor Information Sheets - Download Route Itinerary and Visitor Information Sheets Here
- View photos from the ride by clicking here.
Trans Canada Trail – This cross-Canada trail runs through the County of Brant and through the City of Brantford. The TCT is a four-season, multi-use trail system with various surface types and users. A number of the County's trails are incorporated within this larger, national trail system including: T.H & B Trail; SC Johnson Trail and the Gordon Glaves Memorial Pathway.
Connecting Trans Canada Trails in neighbouring regions include:
- Hamilton to Brantford Rail Trail – At nearly 33km of crushed stone, the Hamilton to Brantford Rail-Trail is a stunning off-road trail connection between the communities of Brantford and Hamilton.
- Use the Trans Canada Trail website’s “Explore The Trail” feature to find access points. www.tcttrail.ca
Information Sources and Published Maps
- Brant County Outdoor Adventure (Map) – 2013 - This regional map includes information on the trail system thro ugh the County of Brant and city of Brantford plus roads designated as bike routes, bike lanes or shared use lanes. It also features visitor services such as camping, washrooms, car parking and picnic areas. Print copies available at Brantford Visitor and Tourism Centre, call 519-442-1818 or email request to email@example.com
- Brant's Crossing: The Hub of Ontario Trails (Map) - This map features off-road trails in the region, including portions of the Trans Canada Trail. The map also highlights public washrooms, food stops, river access and historic sites throughout the region.
- Hamilton – Brantford – Cambridge Trails (Map) - This map was developed in partnership with the Grand River and Hamilton Conservation Authorities and the City of Brantford. It presents details on the trail network from Cambridge to Hamilton, including regional conversation areas, trailhead and parking information.
- Brantford Bike Rack Map (Online Resource) – (Website currently down) This Google map shows the locations of bike racks in Brantford. Each marker has a photo of the bike rack and any relevant notes.
Please note there are may be additional trails, routes, events and information resources for the region that may be of interest and useful to cyclists. Changes to the above links, listings and cycling routes may occur.
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