Martin Goodman cycling trail

Starting point: Harbourfront Centre
Distance: 17km (round trip)

Start on Toronto’s downtown waterfront, which has been transformed in recent years into a well-used and vibrant stretch of the city. Head west along Queens Quay West from Harbourfront Centre until the road ends at Stadium Road and joins with the Waterfront Trail. Here follow the trail north, then left into Coronation Park where it merges with the most scenic section of the Martin Goodman Trail. Keep going past the oaks that were planted to honour Canada’s war veterans. Leaving the park you’ll notice on your right the Exhibition Place building, which was home to one of North America’s largest fairs: the 1879 Canadian National Exhibition. Continue west to the Humber Bay Arch Bridge, about 8.5km from your starting point. Stop here to take in the views before heading back. If you still have the energy, take the Humber River Recreational Trail route (about 3km) to the 100-year-old stone bridge at the Old Mill Road; check directions before setting off. It starts in the South Humber Park, 200 or so metres north of the Humber Bridge.


Argonaut Rowing Club, Liberty Village

Founded by members of the UK’s Oxford and Cambridge rowing associations in 1872, this is one of the country’s oldest rowing clubs (check out the trophies dating back to the 1800s), and has sent more crews to the Olympics than any other Canadian club. It’s located on Lake Ontario, with a rowing channel that extends 4.5km to the Humber River, and offers lessons for all skill levels. If you’re an early bird, take an hour-long class at sunrise – the view of the skyline is breathtaking.

1225 Lakeshore Boulevard West, M6K 3C1
+1 416 532 2803

High Park run

Distance : 6.4km
Gradient: Steep decline, then flat
Difficulty: Hard
Surface: Pavement
Highlight : Enjoying Toronto’s green oasis, High Park 
Best time: Early morning, to enjoy the park to yourself
Nearest subway: High Park

Begin at High Park subway station. From High Park Avenue, cross Bloor Street West and enter the park. Continue straight along Colborne Lodge Drive until you come to the fork in the road. Stay on the left on Colborne Lodge Drive until you reach the fork with West Road and head past High Park Zoo. Continue straight as the road takes a steep decline. Exit the park and take care as you cross all three of the highways in front of you (using the pedestrian crossings): the Queensway, the Gardiner Expressway (via an underground tunnel), then Lake Shore Boulevard West. On the other side of these busy roads you’ll find the Martin Goodman Trail. Turn right and wind around the shared bicycle and footpath until you have reached the white arches of the bridge over the mouth of the Humber River.

Turn back to retrace your steps, crossing the highways at the same points again on Colborne Lodge Drive to make your way back into the park. With the busy Queensway at your back, take the path on your right. After 500 or so metres you’ll come across a pond; keep this on your right and run north to Spring Road. As Spring Road becomes Centre Road, hang a right and continue to High Park Boulevard. Cross under the stone gates and run east along the pavement to Roncesvalles Avenue. Here you can catch your breath by grabbing a joe to go from any of the charming coffee shops that line the street.

Images: Getty Images, Lorne Bridgeman, Alamy

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