1 – Toronto Pan Am Path

Pan Am Path logo85 km Linear • Pan Am Path is the main route of the Toronto to Algonquin Greenway (TAG) through Toronto.

Pan Am Path is similar to TAG on a smaller scale. Like TAG, it is an original concept linking existing parks, paths and trails to create a route with a new identity. Incorporating community art projects, the Path forges a link between the culture and sports of the Pan American communities participating in the Games hosted in Toronto in 2015. Only 8 km of new trail needed to be designed to stitch together an 85 km continuous path from one side of the city to the other. The Pan Am Path is the creative inspiration of Devon Ostrom and James Gen Meers, who along with Friends of Pan Am Path successfully pitched the plan to the City of Toronto. It will be completed in 2015, but can be negotiated today with a few work-arounds.

The Belt Line is perhaps the best known of Toronto’s historic rail trails. The tree-lined pathway links neighbourhood parks and open spaces, providing an important natural corridor for wildlife movement across the city and connecting with Toronto’s Don River Valley. It’s part of the Midtown Trail Loop – an off-road cycling loop in the middle of Toronto – that connects to the Greenway at the Brick Works.

Evergreen Brick Works (EBW) is an evolving project that has re-purposed a derelict brick factory in the Don River Valley into an environmentally-themed community landmark. This lively hub engages visitors in diverse experiences connecting the city with nature. It’s a project of Evergreen.ca, a national non-profit working to make cities more livable. EBW is planning alternative transportation initiatives that will make it easier to visit the site on foot, by bike, or via public transit. From the What’s Here page, you can view or download trail maps to access this fascinating destination. Nature and heritage Sunday Hikes are offered to the public, and Bike Works offers a variety of bicycle-related services. There are far too many programs to list here, so check them out online or with a visit. Can you tell? We’re big fans of the Evergreen Brick Works!

Toronto Bicycling Tours is an award-winning, urban cycling adventure tour company offering guided rides – for all ages and abilities – to discover the city by bike.

Toronto Adventures is another guided tour operator offering canoeing and hiking excursions in the city, and camping and daytrips beyond.

TAG shares a stretch of the Waterfront Trail on the shores of Lake Ontario, particularly with a section called the Martin Goodman Trail. The ambitious Waterfront Trail links on-road routes, and trails where possible under a branded signage program. It’s still in progress, but detailed profile descriptions can help plan a trip. Each summer the parent organization, the Waterfront Trust organizes a multi-day guided bike ride called The Great Waterfront Adventure. In 2014, the organization took on a major new role in advancing cycling routes and tourism in Ontario by championing the Greenbelt Route. The eastern end of the Waterfront Trail connects to Quebec’s La Route Verte – a world-class 5000 km bikepath network.