Published June 05, 2018 16:16
We are excited to announce our Great Places to Ride Series as we celebrate 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 scenic trails in Oakville: Donovan Bailey Park and Sixteen Mile Creek.
All photographs: Nicholas Jones
Donovan Bailey Park
The Donovan Bailey Park Trail extends from Bronte Road south of Speers Road to Lakeshore Road West.
This park was named in honor of the Oakville based Canadian sprinter Donovan Bailey, who once held the world record for the 100 metres, and won the 100 metre and the 4 x 100 m relay races at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta.
This gravel and paved trail is good for walking, cycling, and wheeling.
Sixteen Mile Creek
On either side of Lion’s Valley Park you will find the east and west bank of the Sixteen Mile Creek Trail, which runs through the centre of Oakville.
Where once there was a village there are now parks. Lions' Valley Park was the first, built by the Lions Club of Oakville in 1963. The Lions collected contributions and constructed a 20-hectare "nature park," which they turned over to the town. It quickly became a popular destination for picnics, sports and the enjoyment of nature.
Thirty years later, the town assembled adjacent land for the 81-hectare Sixteen Mile Creek Valley Park. As their Millennium project, Oakville's two Lions Clubs partnered with the Community Foundation and the town to link the two parks and the heritage trails. This park system will be extended further north as the Oakville grows.