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This family-tested guide includes 40 day trip ideas to get outdoors and explore the Greater Toronto Area through off-road trails. Nature-lover? Park-hopper? Urban explorer? Foodie? Romantic? Get the most out of your next trail adventure!

Book now available in paperback and Kindle

New Book Happy Trails Offers Biking and Hiking Adventures in the Greater Toronto Area

TORONTO, ON, May 1st, 2019—Happy Trails: Biking and Hiking Adventures in the Greater Toronto Area, by Shawn Smith, was released on Amazon ( on May 1st, 2019 and is now a #1 Amazon Best Seller. This family-tested guide features ideas to get outdoors and explore the Greater Toronto Area through off-road trails.

Cycle the Toronto Islands from end to end, stop at a pier, petting zoo, lighthouse, hedge maze, and beach (clothing optional!), and end with lunch on a patio at the Island Cafe. Hike the Hamilton beaches with a dip in the lake and ice cream at Hutches. Ride the Etobicoke Creek Trail from Loafer’s Lake to downtown Brampton where you can take in a farmer’s market, art gallery, and popular park, and continue to Mississauga if you want more. Nature lover? Park-hopper? Urban Explorer? Foodie? Romantic? With 40 tours covered, there’s a trail excursion for everyone and all less than an hour from downtown Toronto.

“I have known Shawn and his family for many years and have delighted in their love of nature and of cycling. Who better to write a guide to cycling and walking trails in and around the GTA, especially in my riding of King-Vaughan. It is a true gift to be able to share in his experience and knowledge through this informative book.”–Deb Schulte, Member of Parliament for King-Vaughan

People are often amazed at the incredible urban trails in Toronto and around the GTHA. Find out for yourself and use this great resource to guide you to new biking and hiking experiences”–Louisa Mursell, Executive Director of Transportation Options and the Ontario By Bike Program.

This book is more than a book about trails. It is a practical guide on how to use them. Eat, shop, learn, discover and relax. It’s the perfect solution to boredom and inactivity with the kids and it is so needed. Shawn’s passion for trails and our beautiful province are carried through into this book”–Marlaine Koehler, Executive Director of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust.

The author, Shawn Smith, lives in the City of Vaughan with his wife and three kids and has spent many years exploring the trails around Toronto. He believes that there is no better way to explore this beautiful region than by bike or on foot. Shawn, an engineer and leader in the planning and design of walking and cycling routes, has often been asked, “where can I bike safely with my kids?” He aims to provide the answers and encourage people to experience their city in a whole new way.

With the lovely Spring weather upon us and Bike Month around the corner, there’s good reason to get a copy of the book and hit the trails! The book is available in paperback or Kindle format from Amazon:

To invite the author to present the book at your event, please contact:
Shawn Smith
Mobile: 416-577-2032

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