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What's this all about?

Southern Ontario has been broken down into 9 separate zones. Zone 1 is located in the Niagara Region and Zone 9 is located just east of Toronto. The region in between these two zones is generally known as the Golden Horseshoe. The entire region is bordered to the south by Lake Erie, Hwy 89 to the north, a mixture of small towns roads to the west, with Stratford being the western most town, and Hwy. 12/7 to the north east and the The Niagara River in the southeast.

If you click the coloured tiles near the map it will bring up a separate image of that particular zone. Within that image you will see the starting locations for routes that start in that zone. If you click a link on the "Zone Menu" bar, it will navigate to a separate page with all that zones information. It is usual that most routes will meander into the neighbouring zone, especially the longer ones. Down below is a table with all the available routes that are within the Southern Ontario region.

Routes out west, including the Icefields Parkway and all major climbs in the Rockies National Park triangle will be added soon. Routes in the east, including Gros Morne National Park and the eastern coast of Newfoundland will be added at a later date. You can find a comprehensive guide to the Cabot Trail under the "Other Locations" tab. In addition to the routes in eastern and western Canada, routes in northern Ontario including The Blue Mountains, Horseshoe Valley and Algonquin Park will be added as well. I have already ridden these additional routes, but I just need the time to graphically package them and post them to this site.

SOUTHERN ONTARIO CYCLING ROUTES


ZONE1

StartDistance (km)Elevation Gain (m) Categorized ClimbsZone
ViewNiagara80 km267 m1 - Cat. 51

ZONE 2

StartDistance (km)Elevation Gain (m) Categorized ClimbsZone
ViewStoney Creek50 km269 m1 - Cat. 42
ViewStoney Creek108 km646 m1 - Cat. 5 | 1 - Cat. 42
ViewStoney Creek140 km847 m2 - Cat. 5 | 1 - Cat. 42
ViewBalls Falls85 km597 m1 - Cat. 32
ViewBalls Falls100 km643 m1 - Cat. 5 | 1 - Cat. 32

ZONE 3

StartDistance (km)Elevation Gain (m) Categorized ClimbsZone
ViewAncaster61 km428 mN/A3
ViewMillgrove102 km856 m1 - Cat. 53
ViewMillgrove104 km768 m2 - Cat. 53
ViewMillgrove131 km1024 m2 - Cat. 53

ZONE 4

StartDistance (km)Elevation Gain (m) Categorized ClimbsZone
ViewWaterloo128 km1026 mN/A4

ZONE 5

StartDistance (km)Elevation Gain (m) Categorized ClimbsZone
ViewHalton Hills41 km204 mN/A5
ViewHalton Hills65 km412 mN/A5
ViewMilton72 km797 m1 Cat. 4, 1 - Cat. 55
ViewActon53 km404 mN/A5
ViewCarlisle58 km397 mN/A5
ViewCarlisle74 km616 m1 - Cat. 55
ViewCarlisle115 km1094 m2 - Cat. 5 | 1 - Cat. 45
ViewGeorgetown55 km490 mN/A5
ViewGeorgetown67 km520 mN/A5
ViewGeorgetown76 km676 mN/A5
ViewGeorgetown83 km673 mN/A5
ViewGeorgetown93 km817 mN/A5
ViewCampbellville44 km305 mN/A5
ViewCampbellville47 km410 mN/A5

ZONE 6

StartDistance (km)Elevation Gain (m) Categorized ClimbsZone
ViewTerra Cotta49 km469 m1 - Cat. 46
ViewTerra Cotta64 km584 mN/A6
ViewTerra Cotta91 km715 mN/A6
ViewTerra Cotta94 km807 m2 - Cat. 46
ViewTerra Cotta150 km1688 m2 - Cat. 4 | 1 - Cat. 56
ViewHockley Valley98 km1062 m1 - Cat. 56
ViewHockley Valley121 km1103 m2 - Cat. 56

ZONE 7

StartDistance (km)Elevation Gain (m) Categorized ClimbsZone
ViewCaledon52 km703 m2 - Cat. 57
ViewCaledon80 km896 m2 - Cat. 57

ZONE 8

StartDistance (km)Elevation Gain (m) Categorized ClimbsZone
ViewUxbridge71 km605 mN/A8
ViewUxbridge85 km907 mN/A8
ViewUxbridge94 km739 mN/A8
ViewMount Albert72 km431 mN/A8
ViewKing City102 km1048 mN/A8

ZONE 9

StartDistance (km)Elevation Gain (m) Categorized ClimbsZone
ViewDurham89 km890 mN/A9
ViewDurham161 km1843 m2 - Cat. 59

THE NUMBERS

There always seems to be more than a bit of discussion on the topic of numbers. Whether it's distance, gradients or elevation gain there's always going to be variations between one unit and another. All the data used on this site comes from a Garmin 800 unit with data downloaded to Garmin Connect. All categorized climb data comes from Map My Ride.

The one element that is most unusual is the variation of elevation gain between your Garmin unit, Map My Ride (MMR) and Ride With GPS (RWG). I find the data variance better when climbing big mountains. I think it's because the topo's they use have larger distance between contour lines and miss some of the ups and downs when cycling on rollers.

I suggest you use elevation gains and gradient data as a guideline rather than fact. If you see a route that has over a 1000 meters of climbing, it won't matter if it's 900 or 1100 meters, you will be going up and down all day. The same goes for maximum gradients. If you see gradients over 10%, it will more than likely be an "out of the saddle" climb. We all want absolute data, but in my experience you will always find differences between you, your riding partner and the information you find on cycling websites.

DISCLAIMER

I have ridden each of the routes on this site and as of the time of riding they were clear and free of obstruction. Sometimes that won't be the case. With a road network as vast as Southern Ontario you are going get construction and road closures. It is not the object of this site to provide such details. If you want more information and would like to check route details against current construction projects you can check the "Ministry of Transportation - Ontario" website. Please click here to view.

As always with cycling, there is a sense of exploration that comes with cycling on unknown roads. For some of us that's the draw to new locations. It is up to the rider to assess the route and make their own decision about safety and ability. It's also up to the individual to educate themselves to the laws of the area they will be visiting. I have provided a link for "Ontario's Guide to Safe Cycling". Please click here for more information. The most important aspect of cycling is to have fun. So please enjoy these routes, take responsibility for your own actions, follow the rules of the road and help those cyclists that have found themselves no longer able to ride.

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