Ancaster 61 km
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Zone 1 Map The northern edge of zone 3 follows the 401 while the southern edge lies just north of the sandy shores of Lake Erie. The eastern edge follows Upper James/Hwy 6 and the Grand River while the western edge lies just west of Ingersol.

The landscape in this area is mostly flat to rolling farm country with the exception of the areas that surround Dundas, Ancaster and the northern edge of Hamilton. It is here where the escarpment shows its true form. Climbs up Wilson Rd., Rock Chapel Rd., Sydenham Rd., Snake Rd., and Old Ancaster/Old Dundas Rd. are all worthy climbs even for the experienced cyclist. One of the prettiest roads in Southern Ontario can be found in this area as well. The beautiful combination of Mineral Springs and Sulphur Springs Rd. is a duo that cannot be missed. There are only two ways into this beautiful forested valley. If coming from the south you will drop into the valley and enjoy mostly downhill riding through tree lined roads with long sweeping corners that melt into the slopes of the forest. If you are coming from the north you will be met with a different challenge; climbing. This unique area is largely protected on all sides by Dundas Valley Conservation Area and, as such, will remain protected for a long time to come.

The rest of the area provides much agricultural support to the residents of Ontario and beyond. During the summer months you will be treated to sweeping views of corn, wheat, tobacco, ginseng and whole host of other fruits and vegetables. This is Ontario's garden. The roads are quiet and generally in good repair.

If you are just starting out in the sport of cycling this area has plenty of possibility. The flat nature of the landscape allows a cyclist to get some distance in their legs before they hit the hills that are prevalent in other zones. Ancaster 61 km is a great starter route as it is relatively flat, with the exception of the finish, and contains little traffic. The Tour of Norfolk and the Three Port Tour all take part in this zone.


Town/CityDistance (km)Elevation Gain (m)Categorized Climbs
ViewAncaster61 km428 mN/A
ViewMillgrove102 km856 m1 Cat. 5
ViewMillgrove104 km768 m2 Cat. 5
ViewMillgrove131 km1024 m2 Cat. 5




StartLengthStart | End Elevation Total Elevation GainAvg. GradeMountain Name


General Route Information:

  • Start Location: Robert E. Wade
  •     Ancaster Community Park
  • Distance: 61 km
  • Elevation Gain: 428 m
  • Washrooms: Inside the Centre
  • Food on Route: None

Emergency Services:


First order of business, turn right out of the driveway onto Jerseyville Rd. It's not exactly a country road, but the traffic is meager and slow making it safe for riding. About 1 km later you'll come to Shaver Rd. where you'll turn left and drop straight south. You're still in the community of Ancaster as you head along Shaver Rd., but as you pass Garner Rd. the density of homes and businesses start to give way to local agriculture. The country truly starts to show itself as you pass Book Rd. At this point you'll be surrounded by working farms including the odd hint of manure indicating the presence of fertilized fields and hefty livestock. As you head south on Shaver Rd. there are a few quick "left turn, right turns" where the road is offset. Be careful not to go the wrong way. When you get to Sawmill Rd. turn right. About 1 km past the sweeping bend look for Butter Rd. and turn left. Stop and gaze at wide and vast view across the undulating farm landscape. It will remind you of a simpler time. Everything is quite and slow now on the working fields of Ancaster.

Less than a km after making the turn onto Butter Rd. you'll come, once again, to Sawmill Rd. where you'll veer to the right. Things will get slightly confusing for the next couple of km's so please be sure to follow your cue sheet. Sawmill Rd. turns into Lost Mile Rd. after a slight bend to the left. Just after the bend, maybe 500 m, look for Thompson Rd. and make the right hand turn. Thompson Rd. is one of the quietest roads on the route which eventually hooks to the right and soon joins up with Book Rd. I find the more difficult the route is to follow the more picturesque it happens to be. The previous 10 km proves that theory correct. Soon you'll find yourself on Alberton Rd. heading north. This is one of those necessary link roads; it's quiet but it lacks a certain amount of beauty. Not to worry, you won't be on it for long. Just 4 km's up the road puts you back on Jerseyville Rd. for the back half of the route.

A few easy turns later will find you cycling on Field Rd. where fragile country roads are yours to enjoy. Once you get to Powerline Rd. you'll turn left. The roads here are quiet and primarily traffic free. Soon you'll get to Weir Rd. where you'll turn right. There's a bit of a weird route anomaly when you hit Governors Rd. Turn left, cycle over the railway tracks and then take a sharp right that sweeps it's way back down onto Weir Rd. After that little turn of events you'll find yourself turning right onto Concession Rd 2. and if the wind is at your back you'll have a fast and furious shot back east towards your car. This road is perfect for pace-line work as it's flattish, punctuated by the odd small roller, and goes perfectly straight for just over 10 km's. Once you get to Inksetter Rd. you'll turn right for a quick downhill joy ride on beautiful country road towards a short turn on Old Governors Rd. After the bend you'll get to Governors Rd. where you'll turn left and then just up the road a quick right will put you firmly onto Old Hwy 99. It is here where the real fun begins.

Before long you'll turn right onto Binkley Rd. for a downhill run into the valley below. Binkley will end at Mineral Springs Rd. where you'll turn left. The road will wind itself through the valley where trees converge overhead providing shade on hot days. You might even see deer on the road as the area you are now cycling is, for the most part, protected conservation land. It's one of the nicest roads to cycle in all of Southern Ontario. As you are entering from the north the road turns upward and can be a long climb with fairly easy gradients. The only thing I can say is stay on Mineral Springs until it turns into Sulphur Springs at around the 57.5 km mark. When Sulphur Springs takes a left turn, stay straight and head south on Lovers Lane...yep...that's right Lovers Lane. Within minutes you'll be back on Jerseyville Rd. where you'll turn right and cycle 1.5 km's back to the community centre.

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