In early July, Anna and I took a drive down to Mississauga with our bikes strapped to the back of the car, and we took a short bike ride (About 120km) around Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls. Click ahead for the details!
Mississauga to Niagara Falls
What: A light bike tour around Lake Ontario
When: July 8-9, 2017
A Bike Ride from Mississauga to Niagara Falls
It was raining when we packed up the bikes, and it stormed almost the entire way down to Mississauga on the 401, but by the next morning the skies had cleared and we had two great days of riding. We stayed at an AirBnB in a brand new condo which had a pretty nice view of the city.
We didn’t have a prepared route and thought that it would be relatively simple to stick to the shoreline of Lake Ontario and just adlib our way around. Unfortunately we had a bit of navigational difficulties getting out of Mississauga – the city was very busy with car traffic and it was actually quite stressful until we reached Lakeshore Road West right after Oakville.
After Oakville, our ride smoothed out quite a bit. Riding along Lakeshore Road is very scenic if you like big, expensive houses (Estates, in some cases). The traffic was consistently present, but it was all pretty tame and not as stressful as downtown Mississauga. Right outside of Burlington was Spencer Smith Park, which made for some great photos.
Getting from Burlington to Hamilton we took Beach Boulevard which has no cars, and features smooth, double-wide paths for about 8 kilometres. There were spots to stop and enjoy the lake almost the entire length. Before Niagara falls, we took a quick stop at Southbrook Vineyard for a few local samples.
We were able to take in some of the nightlife in Niagara Falls (Which you really do need to experience if you haven’t before), and then the next morning we saw the falls again and took the GO train from Niagara Falls VIA station to Oakville, where we biked back to the car! On the way back home we managed a quick stop at the Big Apple.
This was a nice bike tour overall – there was very little elevation change, and the route we took had a good mix of beautiful homes, open vineyards, and orchards. If you decide to take a route similar to this the only advice I would make is to get down to the shore of Lake Ontario as soon as you can – the traffic in the Toronto area is constant, and fast moving, and it can be difficult to find the appropriate biking infrastructure if you’re not familiar with the area.