Identifying a Province-wide Cycling Network

Ontario is taking action to implement #CycleON Action Plan 1.0, to help keep Ontario cyclists safe and encourage more people to ride a bike. As part of the plan, the province will identify a long-term aspirational network of cycling routes across Ontario that will:

  • Promote recreational cycling and cycling tourism;
  • Connect municipal cycling routes and places of interest;
  • Identify areas of provincial infrastructure that should accommodate cycling; and,
  • Prioritize future cycling infrastructure investments on provincial highways.

The interactive map on this page shows the routes recommended in the draft province-wide cycling network, which was developed with input from stakeholders, quantitative evaluation and qualitative analysis. From April 12 to May 26, 2017, the province invited the public to submit comments on the draft province-wide cycling network online through the Environmental Registry.

The Ministry of Transportation is reviewing the comments received and working to confirm a final recommended network in 2017. Check this page for updates.

About the draft network

Approximately half of the recommended province-wide network routes use existing cycling infrastructure. This means that a cycling facility is already in place according to data from sources such as municipal master plans and municipal staff.  All the routes identified on the network are subject to further evaluation.  Please note that route conditions have not been verified through field investigation and existing facilities may require upgrades to meet current provincial guidelines. Identification of a draft preferred network is the first step towards development of a province-wide cycling network. Once the final preferred province-wide network is identified, the next step is to develop an implementation strategy in consultation with stakeholders, as part of which the routes would be verified.

Draft Province-wide Cycling Network

This map is for discussion only – It is not intended for navigation.

Existing on road bike routes

Existing on road routes*

Proposed on road bike routes

Proposed on road routes*

Existing off road bike routes

Existing off road routes◊

Proposed off road bike routes

Proposed off road routes◊

*On-road routes are located inside the right-of-way: a strip of land within the limits of which a road or highway is built and is often indicated by a fence line or bush line. In this posting, “on-road” means that the cycling route is on or adjacent to the roadway surface.

The appropriate cycling facility for routes in the right-of-way of the province wide network will vary significantly, from signed routes shared with motor vehicles to cycling paths adjacent to the road but separated from motor vehicle traffic. The appropriate facility in each case would be determined through a feasibility study based on step two of Ontario Traffic Manual Book 18 prior to implementation.

◊ Off-road routes are located outside the road right-of-way. The preferred facility type and surface of these routes will vary. The appropriate facility in each case would be determined through a feasibility study based on step two of Ontario Traffic Manual Book 18 prior to implementation.

In addition to the draft province-wide cycling network, connecting routes were identified that would further support cycling across Ontario, linking to the province-wide network and to additional attractions and communities. These routes were identified with input from stakeholders as secondary routes and are shown for background information purposes. Please refer to the maps showing the draft of the  province-wide cycling routes and connecting routes:

Download data (KML – 5.5 MB)

If you require the mapped information in an accessible format, we will work with you to provide a format or support that will meet your needs. Please make requests to CycleONStrategy@ontario.ca or 1-844-637-6464.

Draft cycling network route descriptions

  • North Shore of the St. Lawrence River along Highway 2, beginning at Quebec Border down to Kingston.
  • North shore of lake Ontario around golden horseshoe to Niagara-on-the-Lake.
  • Along US/Canada border, Niagara-on-the-Lake down to Buffalo.
  • North Shore of Lake Erie, Buffalo around to Detroit.
  • Detroit up to Sarnia
  • East Side of Lake Huron, Sarnia up to Tobermory
  • Bruce Peninsula over to Orillia via Owen Sound, Meaford, Collingwood, Midland
  • Orillia to Sudbury via Bala, Parry Sound, Key River
  • Thunder Bay to Baudette along Highway 11
  • Whiteshell to Emo along Highway 17/71
  • Grand Portage to Sudbury via Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie
  • Sudbury to Petawawa via Highway 17
  • North side of Ottawa river. Quebec Border to Ottawa
  • Petawawa to Ottawa via Westmeath, Forester Falls, and Arnprior
  • Parry Sound to Arnprior via Highway 60
  • Southbaymouth to Espanola via Highway 6
  • Bracebridge to Bancroft via Highway 118
  • Orillia to Huntsville via, Bracebridge, Cooper Falls and Gravenhurst
  • Bonarlaw to Bancroft via Highway 62
  • Peterbourough to Bancroft via Highway 28
  • Bancroft to Highway 60 via Highway 127
  • Ottawa to Highway 2 via Spencerville
  • Kingston to Renfrew via Sharbot Lake, Lavant Station
  • Bonarlaw to Smith Falls via Sharbot Lake
  • Harrowsmith to Ottawa via Smiths Falls, Carlton Place
  • Uxbridge to Anson via Lindsay, Peterborough and Campbellford
  • Anson to Highway 2 via Quinte West
  • Orillia to Uxbridge via Beaverton, Cannington
  • Uxbridge to Garden Hill via Leskard
  • Peterborough to Port Hope
  • Raglan to Oshawa, North Shore Lake Ontario
  • Uxbridge to Ajax, North Shore Lake Ontario
  • Grand Bend to Port Stanley via London
  • London to Cambridge via Woodstock
  • Cambridge to Port Dover via Brantford
  • Brantford to Burlington
  • Hamilton to Dunnville via Caledonia
  • St. Catharines to Port Colborne via Welland
  • Goderich to Guelph via Milverton
  • Elmira to Cambridge via Kitchener
  • Cambridge to Hamilton via Highway 8
  • Guelph to Hamilton
  • Oakville to Halton Hills
  • Halton Hills to Belfountain
  • Belfountain to Orillia via Barrie
  • Inglis Falls to Belfountain via Orangeville
  • Elmira to Belfountain via Belwood, Erin
  • Tottenham to Etobicoke, North Shore Lake Ontario,  via Hammertown
  • Hammertown to Aurora
  • Aurora to Uxbridge via Whitchurch/Stouffville
  • Barrie to Aurora via Bradford
  • Beaverton to Aurora via Georgina
  • Aurora to Toronto, North Shore Lake Ontario

What’s next?

A province-wide cycling network is one of the goals of #CycleON: Ontario’s Cycling Strategy. The first step is to identify a preferred network.

The draft network routes connect the regions of the province, providing access to major communities and destinations. Identification of the draft network represents the first step in a long-term plan. Development of the specific routes will require further investigation and future discussions among the jurisdictions involved. MTO intends to confirm the final recommended network in mid-2017. The next step will be to develop an implementation strategy for the network in consultation with stakeholders.

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