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ViewBrooklin58 km692 mN/A
ViewDurham89 km890 mN/A
ViewDurham161 km1843 m2 - Cat. 5


Map of Bomanville


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General Route Information:

  • Start Location: Bowmanville
  • Start Location: Garnet B. Rickard Recreation Complex
  • Distance: 89 km
  • Elevation Gain: 890 m
  • Washrooms: On-site at the recreation centre
  • Food on Route: Burketon, Blackstock, Enniskillen,
  •     Tyrone, Hampton

Emergency Services:

  • Lakeridge Health Bowmanville
  •     47 Liberty St. S. | 905-623-3331
  • Lakeridge Health Oshawa
  •     1 Hospital Court, Oshawa | 905-576-8711
  • Lakeridge Health Port Perry
  •     451 Paxton St., Port Perry | 905-985-7321

  • Bowmanville Taxi | Bowmanville (905-623-4422)
  • Hiland Taxi | Port Perry (905-985-0407)
  • Island Taxi | Port Perry (909-985-8294)


This route is a shorter version of a route I did while riding the Durham Gran Fondo for the United Way. The original route is 162 km with over 1800 meters of climbing. The elevation gain is slightly unusual as you don't normally accumulate 1800 meters of climbing over 160 km in Southern Ontario. Even routes that go up and down the escarpment near Blue Mountain do not have that much climbing unless you do hill repeats. It was definitely a hard day in the saddle. This route is quite a bit shorter, but it still has lots of climbing and uses many of the same roads as its longer "daddy" route. The route starts off in downtown Bowmanville, but you quickly reach the country by way of Maple Grove Rd. One of the reasons I chose Bowmanville as the starting location was due to the close proximity of country roads to Hwy 401. Several turns later you'll find yourself on Solina Rd. where small rollers dominate the landscape. At this point there's no "real" climbing, but don't rest too easy; it's on its way

The climbing generally happens north of Concession Rd. 3. It's here where the fun begins. You'll be surrounded by farmers fields where, depending on the time of year, will be either brown and bare, clearly showcasing the rolling terrain, or the crops will be high and green and offer a small respite on windy days. The hills will come at you hard and fast. You are usually either going up or down with very little flat ground in between. This is country riding at its best.

Soon you'll get to Old Scugog Rd. which will lead you north towards the upper section of the route. Here you'll cycle around a box like route and return back to Old Scugog Rd. for your journey south. This upper "box" section provides some of the biggest hills on the route. If you need food or water there are a few places to meet your needs. Refer to the PDF link associated with this route. Old Scugog Rd. will lead you back towards Regional Rd. 3 where you'll cycle slightly to the east and traverse back to the west towards your final push south and back to the car. The hills are constant, but relief will come once you reach the town of Hampton. The final push south is fairly flat where you'll cycle back towards the urban roads of Bowmanville.

The first time I did this route I was surprised at how hilly the terrain was. I had cycled all over Southern Ontario and thought I pretty much covered all the areas where hills could be found. And then I found out about the eastern edge of the Oak Ridges Moraine. It has become one of my favourite routes due to both the quiet country roads, hilly terrain, easy access to food and water and the overall rural nature of the environment. It's quite shocking there is not one categorised climb on this route. That goes to show how consistent the hilly terrain must be.

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