Duncan Ross, Director of the Brant Cycling Club

Discover Brantford’s outdoor adventure opportunities with Duncan Ross, the current Director and past President of the Brant Cycling Club.

Duncan grew up in Brantford and spent his childhood exploring the trails with his bike. Since then, he’s visited many parts of Canada and the top cycling destinations around the world, but he’s always excited to return to the trails that can be found right here at home.

Duncan Ross

What is your favourite trail or park in Brantford?

“My favourite trail in Brantford is without a doubt the Grand Valley Trail adjacent to Hardy Rd. and Oak Park Rd. It’s approximately 5km one-way and at times you feel like you are a million miles away.”

Learn more about Brantford’s beautiful trail system and trail access points

Cyclists by the Grand River

What are some of your favourite trail-side businesses in Brantford?

“For a quick meal, Healthy Rabbit on Brant Ave. and Burrito Brothers on Dalhousie St. are great. Sociable Kitchen + Tavern has great pub fare as well as brunch, craft cocktails and craft brews – there is also a handy bike repair station out front should you have a mechanical issue. Mash Paddle Brewing Co., located in the Cordage Heritage District and Bell City Brewing Co. on Woodyatt Dr. pour the freshest pints and flights. And some of my favourite cycling-related local businesses are The Bicycle Shop and Brantford Cyclepath.”

There are a number of trail-side businesses in Brantford that have been certified as bicycle-friendly by Ontario by Bike. 

Your favourite sports memory:

"Brantford is a hockey town through and through and we were blessed to be the home of Canada’s most famous hockey dad – Walter Gretzky. My favourite sports memory is from back when I was a kid playing hockey with the Brantford Saints. During the Tournament of Friends at the Civic Centre, Walter was there to greet everyone from out of town, sign autographs and take in the tournament. Being the kind and gracious man that he was, he invited every player, from every team that made it to the championship on the final day, over to his home to experience his awe-inspiring collection of Wayne Gretzky memorabilia. I don’t remember whether we won or lost the championship game that day, but I’ll never forget holding a pair of Wayne’s gloves in Walter’s basement."

The Great One, a 12-foot bronze-cast sculpture, depicts Brantford's own Wayne Gretzky hoisting the Stanley Cup over his head in victory. Wayne as a child, with his parents Walter and Phyllis Gretzky, look on.

The Great One Statue

Where can a visitor find some of the best views in Brantford?

Sunrises on the Grand Valley Trail at Tutela Heights can’t be missed. Located just east of the Bell Homestead National Historic Site on Tutela Heights Rd., you’ll find a small entrance to the trail. Once on the trail, head further east and you’ll find a number of spectacular lookouts over the Grand River. For watching the sunset, my favourite view is overlooking Brant Park on the SC Johnson Trail, which is located near the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant.  From this elevated vantage point, you’ve got the Grand River at your feet and the sun setting over the beauty of Brant Park. In addition to its fascinating history, Mohawk Park also has some great views overlooking Mohawk Lake.

A family riding bikes at the Rotary Bike Park

Brantford Rotary Bike Park is free to use and offers challenges for beginners and advanced riders

What are your favourite places in Brantford to bring family and friends?  

“Over the last few years since the Brant Cycling Club opened the Rotary Bike Park, I seem to find myself there most often. Many of my friends have young families and nothing is better than catching up with them while watching their kids riding around on the various features.”