Routes - Zone 5
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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.


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


Map of Georgetown


StartLengthStart | End Elevation Total Elevation GainAvg. GradeMountain Name


General Route Information:

  • Start Location: Gellert Community Centre
  • Distance: 76 km
  • Elevation Gain: 676 m
  • Washrooms: Check Community Centre's hours below
  • Supplies: 1 km north of Centre is a variety store
  • Food on Route: 15th S.R. & Guelph Line (20.7 mark)

Emergency Services:


This is probably one of the better starting locations due to the proximity of the Gellert Community Centre and how close it is to top notch, country cycling. The washroom facilities are extremely clean and they offer reasonable hours of access. I've provided a link for the swimming schedule at the Centre as this pretty much determines when the facility opens and closes. The washroom facilities are extremely clean and they offer reasonable hours of access. You'll soon find that after leaving the community centre the country is close at hand. Within 10 km you will turn onto Sideroad 15, which happens to be one of my favourite roads to cycle. It has descent size hills, some good fast corners, is relatively quite and has a fairly good road surface.

There are no categorized climbs on this route, but the climb up Watson Rd. is almost guaranteed to get most of you out of your saddle. You'll turn onto Watson Rd. at the 30.2 km mark where you'll see the hill looming in front of you. You can't see the top of the hill from the bottom as it hooks to the left and continues up around the corner. For the brave souls who want to do it twice, this hill is great for hill repeats. If you descend it to give it another try, the run out at the bottom is long enough where you can go full speed and have no need to brake until the very bottom. Sightlines are reasonable so you'll be able to see oncoming traffic.

At the 64 km mark you will come to another downhill section. This one is not as friendly or as big. There is a sharp corner mid way down that will force you to hit the breaks. Also, there is no run-out at the bottom, in fact, the hill pretty much stops at 4th Line, where you'll be turning left. Take it easy on this one. It's easy to gather enough speed where stopping might become problematic, especially in wet conditions. Other than the aforementioned few hills this route is on rolling terrain in a very pretty, countryside setting.

The only drawback to this route is the availability of water. When cycling in Southern Ontario in the summer, temperatures can average somewhere near the 30 degree Celsius mark. Getting water is paramount. The place to get water is at the 20.7 km mark, where most likely you will still be fairly well stocked. The second place to rehydrate is in Moffat at the 39.7 km mark. Personally, I don't like the people who work at this corner store/bakery. I find them rude and unwelcoming. But use them if you must. The last location to find water is off the route just a little ways. If you cycle past Watson Rd. (perhaps to avoid the hill), turn right on Victoria St. and continue up to Arknell, you will find a Hasty Mart in a strip mall. If you turn right onto Arknell you meet back up with the route proper at Watson Rd. If you choose this alternative you will add about 5 km onto your total distance.

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