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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

HALTON HILLS 41 KM

Map of Halton Hills

CATEGORIZED CLIMBS

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

General Route Information:

  • Start Location: Hornby Park
  • Distance: 41km
  • Elevation Gain: 204 m
  • Washrooms: summer - porta potty beside the parking lot
  • Supplies: Just off the hwy at Trafalgar and Steeles.
  • Food on Route: None
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ROUTE DESCRIPTION

If there is a classic route in Southern Ontario this has to be it. Although it is short it will take you through classic Halton Hills countryside getting you up close and personal with the Niagara Escarpment.. You will start off riding south on 6th Line where the road is mainly a "false" downhill flat, with one up and down section near the right turn corner onto Lower Baseline Rd. Once you've made the right turn you will stay on Lower Baseline for the next 9 or so km with the exception of one short stint on 4th Line. You will have two climbs to contend with on this road. The first has a fairly easy grade while the last one will most likely get you out of the saddle. The run ins to both of these climbs are good. It wasn't always so. In my opinion I preferred the way it was before. They have recently replaced the old, single lane wooden bridges that lead downhill to both of these climbs. The old wooden bridges gave the road a real country feel. The area is being pressed by the outskirts of Oakville and Milton so change is inevitable.

After a short spell on Tremain and Sideroad 2, you will turn right onto Bell School Line. The views of the escarpment from this vantage point are fantastic. The route up Bell School is a false flat all the way up to Britannia where you'll turn right. While on Bell School Line you will see a small airport where planes come and go fairly frequently. It's not unusual to see one land or take off as you are riding by. The run on Britannia to 5th Line can be busy, so please be careful. A good run on Britannia will take you to 5th line where you'll turn left and battle another false flat all the way up to Steeles Ave. From here it's a short ride back to the car at 6th Line and Hornby Park

The roads in this area are mainly of the chip and tar variety with the exception of Britannia Rd. and Steeles Ave. They seem to redo the surface of these roads with some frequency so please be careful after a fresh layer has been laid. It is not unusual to spin your rear tire while climbing the steeper of the two hills on Lower Base Line after the road has been resurfaced. You will see many cyclists in this area in the summer months. The area is growing in population so the road seems to be a bit busier than they used to be. That being said, there is still enough solitude to make you feel like you are cycling in the country.

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