This adventure got us out of the house and kept us on the road. Jackie didn’t once ask: Are we there yet?

By Jack Dennison

BURLINGTON, ON July 21, 2011 It was proving to be quite an adventure. From Grimsby into Toronto and a night in a tent at Fort York, breakfast and then back on the road with a stopover at The Guild Inn, in Scarborough and then on to Ajax where the trip ended for the day.

The objective was to cover the full trail in the six days.

Dennison who runs a sports organization and is an avid cyclist believes there is an opportunity for the creation of a significant sports tourism business built around the Waterfront Trail that was the result of work former Toroto Mayor David Crombie did when he created the Waterfront Regeneration Trust.

Burlingtonton, once a leader in the promoting of the trust, appeared to have lost interest in the project. Dennison wants to bring it back and get more people on bicycles and more bicycles lanes on roadways. Follow him as he cycles east into Toronto.


Hamilton to Toronto – 80km

Rest Stop – Waterfront at Downtown Burlington

Cyclists hear the clappers welcoming them to the Burlington Butt Break posted by Tourism Burlington wher cyclists were greeted with enthusiasm from the Tourism Burlington Team, best food, best setting on the trip.

The Tourism team padded the package with a handy map to the Burlington’s attractions at the water’s edge; coupon book to encourage return visits and postcards from Burlington, so riders could write a note to friends and family. Burlington Tourism posted the notes for riders.

After riding what I see as Burlington’s unsafe Waterfront Trail from Brant Street to Burloak, along Lakeshore Road, we arrive at the Oakville border and their beautiful, new on road bike lanes from Burloak almost to Bronte and had lunch at the Town Square in Oakville where we are greeted by the BIA at the Bike Corral.

To Breakfast: Fort York – Toronto

Riders awake in historic Fort York in downtown Toronto and after packing up a canon blast signals the start of Day 3 and the treck across the city to the Guild Inn on the eastern side of the city where lunch is served in this hidden Toronto gem that features gardens with over 70 architectural fragments and sculptures. There was time to walk about the grounds and discover what this interesting park had to offer.. Eventually the Waterfront Trail will be routed along the base of these bluffs. Starbucks on of several corporate partners supplied an amazing meal.

After lunch we headed for the destination for day 3 – Ajax, a community named after a British warship that was lost. Many of the town’s streets are named after members of the ship’s crew.


Part 1 of the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure is here.





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