2. The Bluffs & East Point Park
Difficulty: Moderate | Topography: Flat Terrain: Packed Gravel, Rocky, Single Track
We’re going to transition to exploring the waterfront section of this route and this one offers some dynamic off-road riding that really doesn’t feel like you’re in the city at all – real coast of England vibes (if you squint).
This section is going to connect you going eastward through 5 different parks, all really different in what they offer for riding features and sights – Bluffs, Sylvan Park (lower), South Marine Park, Guild Park Gardens, Grey Abbey Park and East Point Park. Prepare for quick changes in terrain and transitions between parks.
Let’s get you started back at the foot of Gates Gully, we’re going to send you west for a short in-and-out section to explore a gravel-laden path that is sandwiched between the Bluffs and the lakeshore. This section is characteristically coloured crimson by the bricks and debris used to reinforce the trail. Just under a kilometre in each direction, you’ll get a surreal view of the waterfront and bluffs looking westward. We highly recommend checking this section out before continuing with the loop, you won’t regret it.
Onwards with the loop, westbound along the lakeshore to the lower section of the Sylvan Park and Marine South Park, both still right along the Bluffs. Rumbly gravel with some rocky sections, the path is nice and wide in most places still sandwiched between the Bluffs and lake. There are some cute little beaches on the shore, this is a really enjoyable straight away.
A quick transition to the Guild Park, a great space to stop and check out this neat historic site. Artefacts of former Toronto properties arranged like Roman ruins, akin to a cemetery for Toronto’s development (or destruction) history – it’s strange and beautiful. It’s a cool place to stop or ride through, we enjoy the dirt trail that runs along the southern section of the park. Get ready to ascend, a quick and dirty 47m climb to get out the Bluffs escarpment –prepare to #hikethatbike because it’s steep!
Before we start transitioning north, we’re going to take you through a quiet neighbourhood jog that guides you to East Point Park and the surrounding area. The 55 hectare East Point Park has a few notable attractions including a beautiful Conservation area/point, Bird Sanctuary, FJ Horgan Water Treatment Plant, baseball diamonds and hidden nude beach. Whether you putter around for a bit or dive behind the Water Treatment Treatment plant for some cliffside riding, the park is a treat.