May 27 - June 30


Great Places to Ride: York Region

Published May 08, 2018 12:10

We are excited to announce our Great Places to Ride Series as we countdown to 2018 Bike Month across the GTHA and Guelph. These weekly features will give you a host of ideas on where to ride in your community. Whether you cycle to work, ride the trails on the weekend, or simply bike to get around town, we hope you’ll discover something new!

For this week's installment, we're featuring two gorgeous trail systems in York Region.

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Photograph of the Nokiidaa Trail: Nicholas Jones

Oak Ridges Corridor Conservation Reserve (Richmond Hill)

The Oak Ridges Corridor Conservation Reserve (ORCCR) includes about 600 hectares of green space in the heart of the Oak Ridges Moraine. This area serves to protect the headwaters of the Humber and Rouge Rivers and plays an integral role in the recharge of their waters. With over 15 km of maintained trails for hiking and cycling (as well as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter), visitors can appreciate of the most diverse collections of habitat on the Oak Ridges Moraine. Cycling tip: despite being crushed stone, the gravel sections of this trail are bikeable by hybrids and cruisers.

Find out more about the ORCCR:

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Photograph: Nicholas Jones

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Photograph: Nicholas Jones

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Photograph: Nicholas Jones

Nokiidaa Trail (Aurora, Newmarket, East Gwillimbury)

The Nokiidaa Trail links three communities (Aurora, Newmarket, and East Gwillimbury), following the East Holland River. Over 20 km of trail pass through town parks and green spaces, wetlands and historic cultural sites, and link to numerous other trails. “Nokiidaa” is an Ojibwa term meaning “walking together. 

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Photograph: Nicholas Jones

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Photograph: Nicholas Jones

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Photograph: Nicholas Jones

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Photograph: Nicholas Jones

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Photograph: Nicholas Jones

Get ready to ride on Bike to Work Day in York Region!

  • In Newmarket? Join Smart Commute on Monday, May 28 for a complimentary breakfast and kick off the cycling season.
  • In Richmond Hill? Participate in SCMRH's 11th Annual Bike to Work Day Group Ride.
  • Find a host of events in York Region throughout May and June.

Ride and win!

Did you know you could win a fabulous prize just by riding your bike? Register today to show your support for cycling and you'll be entered to WIN one of three prize packs: a $500 MEC gift card AND $500 voucher from VIA Rail!

There are three easy ways to enter:
  1. Ride your bike to school or work on May 28
  2. Participate in an official Bike to Work Day event,or 
  3. Join any Bike Month event on the calendar

Once you register, get bonus entries in two ways: log a cycling trip on the Smart Commute tool, or recruit a friend through email/social media using a unique link we provide to your referral page. Contest closes June 4, 2018.

Where do you ride?

Let us know where you’re riding by tagging us on Twitter @BikeMonth and Facebook @Bike Month, and/or using #BikeMonth across social media platforms.

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Coming May 1, take the Bike Month pledge!

Pledge to ride to school or work on Bike to Work Day, Monday May 27 and/or throughout June for a chance to win one of three trips for two courtesy of VIA Rail (to Quebec City, Montreal or Ottawa) or a weekend getaway courtesy of Welcome Cyclists. Contest closes June 18.