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York Region Discovery Bike Rides

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York Region Discovery Bike Rides are FREE!

Introducing a family-friendly bike ride series to discover the trails and communities across York Region.

1. Saturday, April 29, 2017 – 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Bike into Spring Trail Ride (10km - Route)
START - Dufferin Clark library and bike along Bartley Smith Greenway Trail

Gear up for a trail ride along the Bartley Smith Greenway.  The ride will start and end at a Bike into Spring event hosted by Vaughan Public Libraries at Dufferin Clark Library.  Discover the library collection on cycling, learn DIY bike maintenance tips, and connect with cycling community groups.

2. Wednesday, June 14, 2017 – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Highway 7 Foodie Ride (10km - Route)
Markham, Richmond Hill
START - Markham Civic Centre, along Hwy 7 to Commerce Valley/East Beaver Creek

Join us on a food adventure along Highway 7’s treasure cove of diverse, delicious restaurants and shops. Try something new for every course of your Wednesday night dinner – indulge in an appetizer at the start, taste some desserts and sweet beverages along the way, pick up a rich dinner at one of the many highly rated restaurants at East Beaver Creek, and repeat as you wish on the way back. Make sure you fill up for this 10km, faster-paced ride – we welcome food warriors from all of York Region.

3. Saturday, July 1, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Canada Day Bike Parade (7km)
Richmond Hill
START - Oak Ridges Community Centre – bike around Lake Wilcox

Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday with a bike ride around Lake Wilcox. Wear your red and white and decorate your bike too!  Enjoy the quiet, peaceful views and low traffic streets and paths. This ride is suitable for riders of all ages and abilities – perfect for the entire family.

4. Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Lake Simcoe Beaches (20km)
Lake Drive, Georgina
START - At the ROC, a section of Simcoe Beaches tour route along Lake Drive

Enjoy the scenery of the southern shore of Lake Simcoe on our Lake Simcoe Beaches ride, part of the Lake to Lake Route. We will be stopping at a variety of beaches, parks, and conservation areas, as well as a delicious local ice cream shop.  

5. Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Main Streets Foodie Ride (12km)
START - Parking lot Main Street Unionville continue through Markham Town and Trail tour route including the Rouge Valley Trail

Join York Region on our second food expedition of the season. This time, we are trying the more old-fashioned destinations of Main Street Unionville and Main Street Markham. Support the local business owners and experience the historical delicacies of Markham. All are invited to enjoy a taste of Unionville and Markham Village.

6. Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Richmond Hill Tweed Ride (8km)
Richmond Hill 
START - Mill Pond, continue along Heritage District on quiet streets and paths

Dress up in your best vintage apparel and join us on our Tweed Ride! If you have a vintage bike, bring that too! Explore Richmond Hill’s Heritage District and learn about its rich history and scenic views of Mill Pond. Visit the well-maintained heritage buildings, including the Richmond Hill Heritage Centre from the 1840s, and enjoy an afternoon tea in the garden. Support Richmond Hill’s local artists at the Group of Artists gallery and participate in our vintage cycling photoshoot by the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts!

7. Saturday, September 23, 2017 – 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Holland River Historical Tour (16km)
Newmarket, East Gwillimbury 
START - Riverwalk Commons along the Nokiidaa Trail to Holland Landing and return

Explore the scenic Holland River area and learn about its interesting history. We will be riding on the Nokiidaa Trail, a beautiful trail which connects Aurora, Newmarket, and East Gwillimbury as is part of the Lake to Lake Route. The surrounding nature and parks will leave you feeling rejuvenated and stress-free. At one of our stops, we enjoy a sweet treat from a local bakery.

8. Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Halloween Haunt in the Forest (5km)
START - Community Safety Village, Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area

Dress up in your best Halloween costume for a ride through the forest trails and end with Trick-orTreating in the Community Safety Village. Suitable for the young and young-at-heart!


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All riders are welcome, including from outside York Region. Designated leaders will marshall the ride.  Come and learn about cycling in York Region.

Bike Helmets: By provincial law, all minors (i.e. under 18 years old) are required to wear a bicycle helmet in Ontario.  York Region has adopted a Mandatory Bike Helmet policy for ALL riders participating in our cycling events, including adults aged 18 and over.

Minors: All minors aged 17* years and under must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. *Minors aged 14-17 may ride on Community Rides unaccompanied, if their parent/guardian gives online permission.

Children: Children aged 7+ may ride on their own if their parent feels they are capable. All children must be registered separately. Children may ride on the sidewalk where their parent deems it appropriate.

Young Children: Children aged 6 years and under are welcome to participate on the rides if using child trailers, bike-mounted child seats or tandem-tows. Children aged 6 years and under (even infants) must be registered separately.

Cancellation Policy: Two hours notice will be given for any cancellation through an e-mail to all registered riders.

York Region Discovery Rides are a series of casual cycling tours. Led by York Region staff and citizen member volunteers of local cycling clubs, these group rides are an opportunity for residents to explore York Region on their bikes. 

All rides are followed by free refreshments.

If you have any questions, please e-mail us at cycling@york.ca or 1-877-464-9675 ext. 75051.



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