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Zone 5 Map Some consider this zone to be the heart of cycling in Southern Ontario. The north is bordered by Hwy. 7, the south hugs the shores of Lake Ontario, the east follows Hwy. 6 and the west follows Hwy 10. I have chosen four locations as starting points. Hornby Park is the kick off area for the Halton Hills, Gellert Community Center is the start for routes out of Georgetown, Campbellville is the start for routes in that area and the Carlisle Community Center is the starting location for routes out of Carlisle. The routes in all four of these areas often criss cross each other and will sometimes use the same roads.

Some of the steepest climbs in Southern Ontario are found in the Halton Hills. The road up to Rattlesnake point reaches gradients of up to 25%. You won't find this hill on any of the routes....yet. The escarpment in this area is steep enough for rock climbing so it is reasonable to expect climbing on steep gradients. The roads here tend towards the "tar and chip" variety which is fine after a season of settling. Be cautious of cornering during the first season of resurfacing as there will be lots of loose gravel at the side of the road and on the corners.

One of my favourites rides is along 15th Sideroad out of Georgetown. Here you will find steep, out of the saddle climbs, but fairly short. This road is very rural and has enough twist and turns to add some extra excitement.

ZONE 5:   CYCLING ROUTES

Town/CityDistance (km)Elevation Gain (m)Categorized Climbs
ViewHalton Hills41 km204 mN/A
ViewHalton Hills65 km412 m1 Cat. 5
ViewMilton72 km797 m1 Cat. 4, 1 - Cat. 5
ViewActon53 km404 mN/A/
ViewCarlisle58 km397 mN/A
ViewCarlisle74 km616 m1 - Cat. 5
ViewCarlisle115 km1094 m2 - Cat. 5, 1 - Cat.4
ViewGeorgetown55 km490 mN/A
ViewGeorgetown67 km520 mN/A
ViewGeorgetown76 km676 mN/A
ViewGeorgetown83 km673 mN/A
ViewGeorgetown93 km817 mN/A
ViewCampbellville44 km305 mN/A
ViewCampbellville47 km410 mN/A

CARLISLE 58 KM

Map of Carlisle

CATEGORIZED CLIMBS

StartLengthStart | End Elevation Total Elevation GainAvg. GradeMountain Name
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ONTARIO CYCLING ROUTE

General Route Information:

  • Start Location: Carlisle Community Centre
  • Distance: 58 km
  • Elevation Gain: 397 m
  • Washrooms: Use the Tim Horton's just off Hwy. 6
  • Food on Route: Moffat
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ROUTE DESCRIPTION

This route will take you off the smoother, but busier Centre Rd. that is found on the Carlisle 74 km route. As you leave the parking lot you will quickly turn right onto Concession Rd. 10. Please pay attention as this turn is not marked, at least the last time I cycled it anyway. After you leave the parking lot it is the first right hand turn you get to. It is about 1.5 km north of the Carlisle Community Centre. Once on Concession Rd. 10 you will generally be cycling on fairly quite country roads. After a short spell on Concession Rd. 10 you will turn left onto Millborough Rd. This section of road is slightly uphill for the next 7.5km. I like this road as it travels through a mixture of forest and farmland with some very pretty views.

At the top of Millborough Rd. the road veers sharply to the left onto Leslie. This will take you to the slightly busier road of County Rd. 36. This road quickly turns into a quieter road and will eventually turn to dirt 4.5 km up the road. Here you will turn left onto Concession Rd. 11/County Rd. 36. After less than 1 km you will turn right onto Regional Rd. 15/Sideroad 15 on your way to Moffat where you will find food and drink. The road from Victoria to this point is fairly flat with enjoyable cycling.

At 1st Line you will turn right and start your trip back to the car. This road has a slight downhill grade, but is punctuated by the odd short climb. 1st Line takes you to one of my favourite roads. Sideroad 3. Once you cross the tracks Sideroad 3 goes uphill. You are now immersed in a scene where the high canopy of the trees completely covers the sky above you. The road is not the best quality, but it's a great road non-the-less. After this fantastic road you will turn right onto Twiss and continue your journey south. The route maintains its flattish nature. A couple of turns later and you will find yourself cycling through the small town of Progreston.

After you turn left onto Progreston Rd. you quickly find yourself at a "T" intersection. This is right after the bridge. Make sure you turn left to go under the railway bridge. It's a small, narrow little road so it's natural to think you might go the other way. This section is short lived as you will soon be on open roads with great views of the surrounding farms. Once you turn right onto Greensprings Rd. you are slightly over 10 km from the finish line. The roads are still fairly flat until you get to Centre Rd. This road can be quite busy with little room on the side of the road to cycle. This section is only 3.8 km long so you will be back at your car before you know it.

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