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The Long and Winding Road FAMILY CYCLING TWO-WHEELED ASSISTANCE Need more tips to teach your kids—or educate yourself—about bike safety? Visit caa.ca/bike for more resources on how to share the road, riding skills and tips, as well as a quiz to put your knowledge to the test. If you find yourself stranded with your bike or you have a broken chain or a flat tire, give CAA a call. CAA Bike Assist™ provides roadside assistance for your bike and is available to all Members as a permanent benefit. If your bike can't be fixed on-site, CAA can transport it to a location of your choice. Looking for accessories like a bike light, a repair kit or storage bags for your ride? Visit the CAA Store online at shopwithcaa.com for a variety of accessories at Member-exclusive prices. If you don't have your own two wheels, CAA Members have access to Member-exclusive deals from Bike Share Toronto, which has 6,850 bikes at 625 stations across Toronto. Visit caasco.com/bikesharetoronto for more information. 42 | CAA MAGAZINE BRANTFORD-HAMILTON RAIL TRAIL Running along a section of decommissioned railbed, this path meanders 32 kilometres through the scenic Dundas Valley and beyond. If that's too long a haul for your kids, try a five-kilometre abridged ride from quaint downtown Dundas to the trail's headquarters, which features a Victorian-style rail station and a couple of vintage train carriages. HUMBER VALLEY TRAIL This paved pathway in Toronto follows the gentle decline of the Humber River, an idyllic spot in the heart of Canada's biggest city. If you join the trail at Eglinton Avenue, it's a leisurely 10-kilometre ride to the shores of Lake Ontario. For kids, the highlight will probably be the Humber Marshes, home to ducks, turtles and migratory birds. BOULEVARD LAKE TRAIL This 5.3 kilometre loop is Thunder Bay's most popular path. It skirts the shores of scenic Boulevard Lake, passing by a playground, picnic areas and public art installations. On hot days, kids can cool off at the lake's main beach. The circuit also offers sweeping views of Sleeping Giant, the eroded mesas that are the city's most famous natural feature. Hamilton Eglinton Ave Lyon Blvd W Brantford THUNDER BAY Lake Superior Lake Ontario 403 11 TORONTO 427 As you begin riding together as a family, start off with a medium-distance ride before going for longer ones. Ontario is home to several scenic trails that are blissfully free of cars, making them ideal for a family-friendly activity. Gary Conrod, whose company, Atlantic Canada Cycling, has been leading rides for 33 years, says a two-wheeled road trip is a great way to instill a love of the outdoors in kids. "You're going to see things on the trails that you're not going to see from a road," Conrod says. With that in mind, here are some trails to explore.

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