Bike the Creek
Bike the Creek
Due to precautionary measures surrounding COVID-19, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), City of Brampton, City of Mississauga, Town of Caledon, Region of Peel and BikeBrampton have made the collective decision to cancel the 2020 Bike the Creek event scheduled for Saturday June 13th.
We look forward to welcoming you all at the 2021 Bike the Creek event on Saturday June 12th.
Save the Date for June 12, 2021
After 6 months of planning, we are leaving the cancelled 2020 details posted below, so you can anticipate the event for next year…. Stay safe and healthy, everyone!
2020 is the 7th annual signature ride through Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga! #bikethecreek
Bike the Creek is a FREE event aimed at encouraging people of all ages to discover the joys of cycling. Join hundreds of cyclists in our fun family ride through the spectacular valleys, trails and historic landmarks, urban and rural settings of the Region of Peel. The theme for 2020 is Environmentally Sustainable Communities.
Select your ride according to your interest, ability and type of bike. Preregister by Jun 5th to ensure your free lunch. Be at Jim Archdekin Recreation Centre for registration check-in and Rider Briefing at the time shown before your start. Meet old and new friends. Visit our sponsor booths to see what’s new. It’s not a race! Pick up a stamp at each pavilion for a chance to win valuable prizes. Return to Jim Archdekin for final stamp at Peel Waste pavillion. Visit registration again for prize tickets. Enjoy lunch complements of Region of Peel. This is a zero-waste event. Bring your refillable water bottle. Sierra Club volunteers at Peel Waste pavilion will help you separate your lunch waste for proper recycling.
~12km Family Ride check-in from 9:15, staggered start 10:00am (allow 1 ½ -2 hours)
- Note: there is a shorter 5km option for this route (allow ½ – 1 hour)
- Route: Turn right (north) on Etobicoke Creek Trail, through Brampton’s fields, ravines and woods. Explore quiet residential streets. Enjoy the spectacular view overlooking Turnberry Golf Course. Travel along the new bike lane on Heart Lake Road. Visit Historic Bovaird House on your way back to Jim Archdekin for lunch and prize draw.
- Check out the kids’ Bike Rodeo before or after your ride 9:00am – 12:00pm
- Trail surface approx: 60% paved multi-use paths, 40% secondary roads
~27km Nature Ride check-in from 8:00, staggered start 9:00am (allow 2 ½ – 3 hours)
- Route: Turn left (south) on Etobicoke Creek Trail, through Brampton’s fields, ravines and woods, turn right, (west) along the Bovaird Trail and then north along the Fletcher’s Creek Trail to Wanless Dr. Proceed east along Wanless Trail joining the Etobicoke Creek Trail at Conservation Park. Proceed north along the trail into Caledon and Valleywood residential area and path connections to Southfields community. Loop back south along Kennedy Road path, through Stonegate community. Travel along the new bike lane at Heart Lake Road then take in the spectacular view overlooking Turnberry Golf Course. Visit Historical Bovaird House on your way back to Jim Archdekin
- Trail surface approx: 55% paved and 5% packed earth multi-use paths, 40% secondary roads
~63km Toronto Pearson Ride check-in from 7:30, staggered start 8:15am (allow 3¾ – 4½ hours)
- Route: Exit right (east) from Morris Kerbel Park across Conestoga, onto Ruth. Take in the spectacular view overlooking Turnberry Golf Course. Head south on new bike lanes on Heart Lake Road. Cross Hwy 410 on the Franceschini Active Transportation bridge. Head east around Professor’s Lake, then south along a closed section of West Drive and Tomken Rd into Mississauga. Pick up the Etobicoke Creek Trail running through the Toronto airport lands making a stop at the headquarters of the Greater Toronto Airport Authority. Retrace your path back to Britannia Road, then continue north on the Etobicoke Creek Trail through downtown Brampton. North of Williams Parkway take a short detour to visit Historical Bovaird House before returning to Jim Archdekin along Etobicoke Creek Trail.
- Trail surface approx: 60% secondary roads (including dedicated bike lanes), 40% paved multi-use paths
~50km & 75km Town Ride check-in at 7:30, staggered start 8:00am (allow 3-4½ hours)
- Route: Turn left (south) on Etobicoke Creek Trail, west on Bovaird Trail, north on Fletcher’s Creek Trail, west on Wanless Dr multiuse path. Head north on Creditview Rd, west on Old School Road, north on Winston Churchill to Olde Baseline Rd. Turn east. Stop at Cheltenham Badlands pavilion. 50km riders turn south at Kennedy, 75km riders continue to Mountainview performing a loop at St. Andrews and Horseshoe Hill Rd. Then south on Heart Lake Road, west on Olde Baseline Rd. Return south on Kennedy, stop at John Clarkson Park. Continue south along Old Kennedy and the Etobicoke Creek Trail to Jim Archdekin.
- Trail surface approx: 75% secondary roads, 20% paved and 5% packed earth multi-use paths
Google Map link for 2020 Routes.To view a single route at a time, ‘unclick’ the red check marks in the menu for other routes and information you want to exclude.
Register by Jun 5th to ensure your free lunch, complements of Region of Peel Walk+Roll. Registration for this event is free. If you wish, a voluntary donation to the Toronto and Region Conservation Foundation can be made. This is appreciated and not required for registration.
Did you know what’s NEW for 2020?
Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon have all declared a climate emergency, leading to our 2020 theme of Environmentally Sustainable Communities.
The backbone of ‘Bike the Creek’ routes is the Etobicoke Creek Trail; a Region of Peel ravine corridor of fields, trees, native plants, and animals. It forms a migratory path for birds. This unique corridor provides walking and cycling for recreation and commuting.
Discover multiple stormwater ponds along Etobicoke Creek that make our ravine more flood resilient.
NEW Route Length Choices
Our NEW routes range from 5 – 75 km.
NEW this year is a short 5 km option for 12 km Family Ride. Almost all on trail, this route was designed for new riders and families with small children. Visit our Bike Rodeo back at Jim Archdekin.
In addition to a 50 km Town Ride, we have a NEW 75 km for those wanting extra distance and more challenge cycling the hills of Caledon. Caledon Villages of Southfields and Valleywood are connected by the Etobicoke Creek Trail, which is NEWLY paved south to Mayfield Rd.
NEW Bike Lanes & Crossride Signals
NEW buffered bike lane on Brampton’s Heart Lake Road is featured in 12 km Family, Nature & Toronto Pearson Rides.
Check out the NEW bike lane on Brampton’s Central Park Drive in Toronto Pearson Ride.
Press the button to activate the NEW signalized bike crossride on Kennedy Road. It connects the Etobicoke Creek Trail on Toronto Pearson Ride.
Press the button again for the other signalized bike crossride at Queen St from James to Scott, on Toronto Pearson Ride.
NEW Sites to Check out
Toronto Pearson Ride extends further east, to Brampton’s gorgeous Professor’s Lake.
Check out the Cheltenham Badlands, on Caledon’s Olde Baseline Road.
Did you know the 12 km Family, Nature and City Rides all stop at Brampton’s Historic Bovaird House pavilion? Visit the Pendergast Log Cabin.
If you have never experienced the thrill of crossing over #410 on a dedicated Active Transportation bridge, check out Toronto Pearson Ride’s Franceschini Bridge with its amazing multicoloured deck artwork.
Did you know that Etobicoke Creek Trail runs under #410 and #407? It is paved south to Mount Charles Park, Mississauga, part of Toronto Pearson Ride south to the GTAA Toronto Pearson Airport.You might see jets landing on the adjacent runway, or a Hawk soaring. Stop to use the cool bike tool stand at the Mississauga pavilion.
We listened to your Feedback
We are incorporating NEW shapes as well as colours to mark our route signs!
Rides begin at Jim Archdekin Recreation Centre, 292 Conestoga Drive, Brampton. Parking is available in the lot. Additional parking at Heart Lake Secondary School and Conestoga Public School to the south of the recreation centre. If these lots are full you may park in designated parking zones on the east or west side of Conestoga Dr. If you live close by, simply cycle to the event!
Meet old and new friends. Check in at Registration indoors, to get your Bike the Creek handle bar tag, passport map and purchase a T-shirt, if you wish. Visit our sponsor booths to see what’s new. It’s not a race! Pick up passport stamp at each pavilion for a chance to win valuable prizes. Return to Jim Archdekin for final stamp at Peel Waste pavilion. Visit registration again to turn in your passport stamps for prize tickets. Enjoy lunch complements of Region of Peel Walk+Roll. Sierra Club volunteers at Peel Waste pavilion will help you separate your lunch waste for proper recycling.
This is a ZERO WASTE event! Please bring your own refillable water bottles and stay hydrated! Heating tips supplied by Brampton Fire and Emergency Services.
A friendly reminder that Riders agree to ride at their own risk and are requested to sign the waiver form when registering.
Helmet use with fastened chin strap is strongly encouraged, and is mandatory for those under 18. Parents have a duty to ensure helmet use for children under 16. Riders are photographed for promotional purposes. Routes are carefully planned and may be subject to change should situations arise. Do pay attention to rider briefing instructions, course volunteers and route signage. All Route Rides are officially over at 1:30 pm.
You are encouraged to have your bicycle professionally tuned-up ahead of the event so you can ride worry-free. Visit our sponsors The Cyclepath Brampton, Caledon Hills Cycling or call Vélofix Caledon.
Should you need some minor assistance before the start of the event, minor bike adjustments only will be available at registration, complements of Vélofix Caledon, Matteo’s Mobile Bicycle Repair. Our mechanics were very busy last year, so don’t be disappointed, plan ahead!
If you need to rent a bike, check out our Sponsor, Caledon Hills Cycling, for their selection of hybrid bikes! Don’t be left out because you don’t have wheels!
Prize Draw Policy:
- One draw ticket given for each Pavilion stamp received by a Rider
- Prizes to be drawn at 1:00 pm
- Rider must be present to win
Bike the Creek Partners:
Bike the Creek 2019 Sponsors:
WIKE, the Walk & Bike Company – Bike trailers, cargo, folding, e-bikes
The Cyclepath Brampton – Bike purchase & repairs
Caledon Hills Cycling – Bike purchase, repairs & rental
Velofix Caledon – mobile Bike Repair Service for Caledon, Brampton & Orangeville
Butter & Cup – Caledon café and bakery
Bike the Creek Videos from previous years: