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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 65 KM

Map of Halton Hills

CATEGORIZED CLIMBS

StartLengthStart | End Elevation Total Elevation GainAvg. GradeMountain Name
icon 22.7 km 2.2 km 159 m | 212 m 53 m 2.4% Side Rd. 2
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ONTARIO CYCLING ROUTE

General Route Information:

  • Start Location: Hornby Park
  • Distance: 65 km
  • Elevation Gain: 412 m
  • Washrooms: summer - porta potty beside the parking lot
  • Supplies: Just off the hwy at Trafalgar and Steeles.
  • Food on Route: Near the 35 km mark in Milton
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ROUTE DESCRIPTION

This route starts off exactly the same as Halton Hills 41 km. There's a slight downhill grade on 6th Line right out of the gate. If you're lucky enough to have the wind at your back you'll come out of the parking lot at a pace that is quicker than you normally would. You can't see the grade, but it's there. This continues until you reach the hills of Lower Baseline Rd. There are only three of them. The first one is fairly easy, you'll probably stay in your saddle. The second is certainly stepper than the first which will probably get you out of the saddle. The third is a short way past the second. Not much of hill really, more of an inconvenience than anything else. There's a fast run in which gives you good momentum. Once at Hwy 25 you can rest easy for a short while as it's all flat until the break away from the original route. This happens at Bell School Line.

After Bell School Line the routes starts to pick up in difficulty. After a short ride past Bell School Line you will turn onto Sideroad 2. A quick descent will take you to a small valley, but, you guessed it, you have to climb back out. It's not that long or steep, but it will make you work. At the the top you'll have a short respite before you have the long slog up to Walkers Line. This hill is deceiving. It seems much longer than it actually is. You'll turn onto Walkers Line and continue upwards until you reach Sideroad 4. The scenery towards Walkers Line will treat you to a magnificent view of the escarpment. You are now at the base of the cliff looking up.

After you turn right onto Sideroad 4 you will gain speed very quickly as you descend a good size hill. Be careful in the spring as there can be lots of sand covering the road. Also, be careful at the bottom where there is a sharp left hand turn. There is always sand on this corner. You can never take this corner at high speed. If you do you will slide into the guard rail. Take it from someone that has come close to that experience. As always, whatever goes down has to come back up. It's a short, steepish climb back towards Appleby Line.

From here the rest of route is flattish in nature with some long false flats on Appleby Line and 5th Line. Tremaine Rd, will go up and down as well, but nothing too big. When you reach 5th line you'll head north towards 15 Sideroad. From the start of Tremain Rd. until 5th Line you are on the outskirts of Milton. Not too busy with traffic, but it's not country either. After climbing up towards 15 Sideroad the route turns south back towards your car.

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