Little do people know that the doors of the TTC’s Finch and Leslie subway stops lead you to one of the greatest bike rides in Toronto. From north of Highway 401, ride the bikeway through East Don Parkland, then south to Edwards Gardens. From there, use the Toronto Cycling Map to guide you down “The Don” all the way to the Lake and the subway (or GO train or bus) at Union Station.
- At Finch: start your ride on Bishop on the north side of the station. Head east to find the Finch Recreational Trail and you’re on your way!
- At Leslie: exit out the east end of the Sheppard subway station, cross the crosswalk to the east side of Leslie and Sheppard, and the gateway to the Don River Trail ahead can’t be missed!
- Make a day of it and head north to the top of East Don Parkland and follow the Toronto Bike Map’s Bike Route 51 south – through some classic Toronto high-rise and bungalow neighbourhoods, and near Toronto’s well known “Bridle Path”.
- Food and drink – and a rest – can be had when you reach York Mills Road.
- The route will then take you through an industrial park with some surprisingly significant architecture, past Edward Gardens (find the trail access along the south side of the parking lot), and back down into the Don Valley.
- It’s all downhill from there… literally, as you cycle south to the lakeshore and west downtown. Follow the BikesandTransit maps for a ride through the Distillery District and The Esplanade – or stay on the Waterfront Trail west and come up to Union Station at Yonge Street or Simcoe.
Donald Wiedman © 2018