Community Ride: Culham Trail
MEET / END: Streetsville Village Square, near Murphy's Ice Cream Parlor,
9 Main Street (map).
PARKING: There is no parking at the Village Square. One free option is Vic Johnston Community Centre (map) at 335 Church St. Another is the Streetsville GO Station (map) at 45 Thomas Street (at Mississauga Road).
FEATURE: The ride coincides with the annual trout and salmon run (migration) upstream on the Credit River. View the Credit Valley Conservation webpage about viewing locations and tips.
IMPORTANT - TYPE OF BIKE: Use of a hybrid, touring or mountain bike is essential (route NOT suitable for road bikes). Tire width should be at least 32mm. The trail is often rugged and/or steep. There is no paved alternative for the trail portion of the route.
CHALLENGE: This is a ride through a beautiful section of Mississauga with some great views of the Credit River and its surrounding natural environment. However, riders who are considering this ride need to be aware of the challenges associated with it. It is not suitable for small children. Bikes should be in good repair.
Riders should be reasonably fit to handle this ride based on the
- Of the total distance of 29.5 km, ~ 30% of the ride is on unpaved trails, consisting of crushed stone and gravel.
- In some places the gravel is quite loose; caution is required to maintain lateral stability on the bike.
- There are (3) very steep climbs ranging from 100M to 300M in total length, one of which is on an unpaved trail.
- There are two very steep descents with sharp turns in the middle and at the bottom. One is on an unpaved trail.
The other descent is paved but levels out onto a gravel section. Extreme caution is required for these descents.
Ensure brakes are functioning efficiently, as riders will have to be applying their brakes for the entire descent to
avoid a serious collision. There is also an option to walk bikes down these hills.
NOTE: The FREE Community Rides are a series of casual cycling tours in all corners of Mississauga from May until October. Led by citizen member volunteers of the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee (MCAC), these group rides are an opportunity for residents to explore Mississauga on their bikes. The 2016 Community Rides series is sponsored by Toronto Pearson Airport.
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'The Majestic Credit River' video features Culham TrailThere is a Heritage Mississauga video (July 28, 2015) which includes cycling on the Culham Trail running along the Credit River in Mississauga! After receiving positive input from Community Riders, we have added the MCAC Culham Trail Ride to the Schedule. View video below...
View of the CULHAM TRAIL (south of Eglinton Ave)
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