Metro Morning on CBC Radio ran a promo this week on what’s the best bicycle route in the city. And while I didn’t get a chance to submit my suggestions, having it taken just this past May long weekend, my suggestion is the Humber Trail. Running north from Lake Ontario, the Humber Trail is an under-appreciated treasure in Toronto.
And with apologies to David Letterman, here are my top 10 reasons for why the Humber Trail is the best bicycling route in Toronto:
10. It is multi-use: biking, walking, roller-blading.
9. The trial is paved and in really good shape.
8. The bridges over the Humber are architecturally diverse, provide beautiful vistas and transfer you to the old days of the City.
7. The bridges above the Trail are many and equally diverse and interesting as it goes under Dundas Street, the 401, and many other arteries.
6. The Humber River is going to be added to Ontario’s Greenbelt.
5. Many areas along the trail are being extensively reforested and regenerated, creating more beauty, carbon sinks, and habitat for species. All thanks to the Toronto Conservation Authority.
4. You don’t even know that you’re in a large urban centre for much of the Trail.
3. The Humber Arboretum.
2. The Humber Bridge at the mouth of the River as it enters Lake Ontario.
1. The Trail is absolutely gorgeous.
-- Burkhard Mausberg