Cycle a day in Guelph: Sample Itinerary

Apr 4, 2024 | Guelph

This June, the City of Guelph is celebrating their sixth annual Bike Month. There will be several fun, interactive bike-focused events set up and an opportunity to participate in a month-long bike bingo contest. Whether you’re new to cycling or an expert rider, you’ll find something that moves you. Visit www.guelph.ca/bikemonth to learn more!

Bicycle Route: Approximately 23 Kilometers, not including the GORBA Trails.

Did you know bicycles and e-bikes are welcome at GO stations and onboard GO Transit vehicles? Take the GO Train or Guelph Transit to arrive in Downtown Guelph.

Lock your bike at the bike rack beside Eric the Baker and head inside the French-inspired bakery. Grab a bite to eat to-go for breakfast at Riverside Park. You won’t be disappointed with their mouthwatering croissants or sausage rolls. Heads up: It’s cash only.

Once you hit Riverside Park it’s time for a picnic-style breakfast alongside the river. While you’re here it’s time to explore the park. Discover the antique carousel or gorgeous floral clock. Hop back on your bike and take the trails to Victoria Rd and back. Don’t forget to use the washroom facilities before getting back out on your bike.

Next stop: Fixed Gear Brewing (Alma St) – First you’ll want to secure your bike using the indoor bicycle parking. Then, enjoy the ambiance inspired by the community’s avid cyclists. Quench your thirst with the wide range of refreshment options, both alcohol and non-alcoholic to choose from.

Time to visit the Guelph Civic Museum and learn about the history on the hill. The museum is home to a collection of over 30,000 artifacts that bring Guelph’s past to life. Take your time inside – there is so much to see and do!

It’s dinnertime and hopefully, you’re hungry. Royal City Brewing is an excellent dining option – Dine in the new Beer Hall where the menu has been engineered with a specific interest in furthering Beer Hall vibes; it’s entirely intended to be paired with freshly poured pints and has been painstakingly optimized for conviviality.

Like all good things come to an end, so does the tour. There might not be enough time in the day to keep exploring – but there’s always next weekend! Head back downtown and head home.

Directions

Starting Point: Guelph Central Station 

Head southwest on Carden St toward Wyndham St N. Arrive at 46 Carden St on the right-hand side.

Destination: Eric the Baker

Head northeast on Carden St towards Wyndham St

Turn left on Wyndham St and turn right onto Macdonell St

Turn left on Downtown Trail/Royal Recreation Trail

Stay on Downtown Trail/Royal Recreation Trail until Speedvale Ave

Turn right onto Speedvale Ave E

Turn left onto Speed River Trail

Stay on Trail until Riverside Park

Destination: Riverside Park

Continue south on Royal Recreation Trail to Clarence Street

Turn right onto Clarence to follow the Spurline Trail across Gordon Street

Stay on Spurline Trail and then turn left onto Kathleen St

Continue south on Kirkland St

Turn right onto Garth St

Turn left onto Yorkshire St N

Turn right onto Preston St

Turn left onto Edinburgh Rd S

Turn right onto Inkerman St and the destination will be on the right-hand side

Destination: Fixed Gear Brewing

Head west on Inkerman St toward Alma St S

Turn right onto Alma St S

Turn right onto Crimea St

Continue onto Robinson Ave

Turn left on Yorkshire St N

Turn right onto Paisley Rd

Turn right onto Dublin St

Turn left onto Cork St

Destination: Guelph Civic Museum

Head west on Cork St W to Dublin St N

Turn right onto Dublin St N

Turn right onto Paisley St

Turn right onto Norfolk St

Continue onto Gordon St

Turn left towards Eramosa River Trail/Royal Recreation Trail at the pedestrian signal south of Wellington Street (use the driveway entrance to the Boathouse Ice cream parlour and tea room)

Cross the wooden bridge and follow the Eramosa River Trail/Royal Recreation Trail until Lawrence Ave

Turn left on Lawrence Ave

Turn right onto York Rd

Turn left onto Victoria Rd S and the destination will be on the left

Destination: Royal City Brewing

Head southeast on Victoria Rd S toward York Rd

Turn left onto Lawrence Ave

Turn right onto Eramosa River Trail/Royal Recreation Trail

Continue on the trail and then turn left onto York Rd at the fork near the Ukrainian Church

Cross York Road and use the bike lane to head west, then north on Wyndham Street

Turn right on Carden St and arrive at the destination

Ending point: Guelph Central Station

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