Looking for a "Gem" of a Ride? - Check out These Cycling Trails
Aug 02, 2019
If you’re willing to cycle slightly off the beaten path, you can explore so many hidden gems throughout Mississauga. Let’s get riding!
Osprey Marsh Loop Trail
Stop one is the Osprey Marsh Loop Trail. If you enjoy water and viewing wildlife, take a ride around this marsh. You may even spot a blue heron. The Osprey Marsh is easy to get to via the Lisgar Meadow Brook Trail or the Britannia multi-use trail.
Another hidden gem where you can view nesting waterfowl is in the Creditview Wetland. This small area has some rare marsh plants and a little wooden viewing platform area to take a break. Access this wetland area from the south on the Eglinton Avenue Trail and from the north on the Bristol Road bike lanes. Both entrances lead to Fallingbrooke Drive where you will see an entrance to the Creditview Wetland.
Turnbridge Road and Wallenberg Crescent
If you’re out for a leisurely family ride through Mississauga’s city core, check out some interesting art that looks like gently flowing turquoise waves at the corner of Turnbridge Road and Wallenberg Crescent. This will lead you to a ride through Zonta Meadows Park where the kids can stop at the playground.
Lakefront Promenade Park Trail
There are some pretty waterfront trails in the south end of the city. Check out the waterfront along the Lakefront Promenade Park Trail. Ride by Lake Ontario, enjoy the water, a cool breeze off the lake, or take a break for a picnic while enjoying some wildlife.
Etobicoke Creek Trail
For a quieter forested trail, set away from the hustle and bustle of the city, check out the Etobicoke Creek Trail that hooks up to Garnetwood Park. For a short ride, enter the trail along Burnhamthorpe East Multi-Purpose Trail. For a lengthier ride along the Etobicoke Creek Trail, head north from Eglinton Avenue East to Britannia Road East and Dixie Road. Experience a nature ride in the heart of the airport industrial area. If you are quiet and lucky, you may see a muskrat, deer, crane or fox. It’s also the perfect location to watch the planes take off and land at Toronto Pearson International Airport.
And finally, if you love nature, don’t miss a summer visit to Riverwood Conservancy, accessed from the Burnhamthorpe Multi-Purpose Trail. This trail is steeped with wildlife, history, natural beauty and many of its trails follow the Credit River.
For more details on the trails that lead to these hidden gems visit mississaugabikes.ca/cycling-map. Don’t forget to log your kilometres to help us meet our goal of riding 350,000 kilometres for the 2019 Mississauga Bike Challenge. It’s free to register and it supports our local hospitals. Every five-kilometre ride unlocks one dollar to be donated to Trillium Health Partners Foundation. Learn more: mississaugabikes.ca/bikechallenge
Photo cutline:Top left: Etobicoke Creek Trail near Toronto Pearson International Airport. Top right: The beautiful Etobicoke Creek Trail just north of Burnhamthorpe Road East near Garnetwood Park. Bottom left: The view from the Lakefront Promenade Marina along the waterfront trail.