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Exploring the Niagara Region

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Frogpond Farm Winery

Frogpond Farm Winery – 1385 Larkin Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake (Photo Credit: Catherine Habel)

Niagara is becoming known for cycling almost as much for wine. An incredible selection of bicycle routes and trails make this a popular destination for cyclists. Whether joining a tour or striking it on your own, there are short or multi-day trips to suit all levels. Meander between wineries through farmland, travel along rivers and lakes, or take advantage of acres devoted to mountain biking featuring the Escarpment.

Attracting thousands of cyclists from early spring into late fall, the entire region is a popular place to cycle. Cycling is also the perfect way to get between all the attractions, and is certainly an attraction itself. In addition to many kilometeres of off-road paved trails, there is significant on-road infrastructure. signed bike routes, maps and smart phone apps all to help ensure that cyclists keep enjoying all Niagara has to offer.

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  • opens in a new window opens in a new windowGreater Niagara Circle Route – The trail system links over 140 km of recreational trails including the Welland Canals, Friendship, Waterfront and Niagara River Recreational Trails. Passing through urban centers, the Niagara Escarpment, waterfronts, rural and agricultural areas, the route offers the perfect opportunity for multi-day cycle-touring trips.
  • opens in a new windowNiagara River Recreational Trail – Cycle through Niagara Falls from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Fort Erie on this 56 km paved path.
  • opens in a new windowWelland Canals Parkway Trail – This 42 km mostly paved trail follows the Welland Canal, where over 3,000 ships pass each year. It is 3 m wide and mostly flat except around the Niagara Escarpment, where you can watch ships climb the locks.
  • opens in a new window opens in a new windowFriendship Trail – Part of the Trans Canada Trail, this 3 m wide paved path travels the 24 km between Fort Erie and Port Colborne along an old CN rail trail from Port Erie. Detours lead to the lakeshore and beaches, as well as commercial and recreational facilities, including Crystal Beach and Sherkston.
  • opens in a new windowMillennium Recreational Trail – The Millennium Recreational Trail consists of several paved, multi-use trail sections; including The Lions Legacy Pathway Paisley Janvary-Pool Pathway and the Millennium Trail and is approximately 5 km in length. All are located along the western side of the Ontario Power Canal starting in the south at McLeod Road ending in the north at Whirlpool Road, which leads to the Niagara River Recreational Trail.

There are many mountain biking opportunities in the Niagara region. A number of trails are listed below.

opens in a new window opens in a new windowThe Great Lakes Waterfront Trail – Stretching over 3600km, the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail is a route connecting over 151 communities and First Nations along the Canadian shores of the Great Lakes: Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, Lake Erie, Detroit River and Lake St Clair, Lake Huron, Georgian Bay and the North Channel. The fully signed Trail uses the safest infrastructure possible, a mix of both on-road and off-road facilities, and is primarily paved, with sections of unpaved path and gravel roads. It can be enjoyed for as part of a day trip or on a multi-day long distance cycling adventure.

The Great Lakes Waterfront Trail begins in Niagara-on-the-Lake at Butler’s Park. On the way to Grimsby. The path is 49 km (with paved and unpaved sections) and travels past historic military forts, the Shaw Festival, dozens of shops, restaurants, and wineries.

For information and to access downloadable maps visit www.WaterfrontTrail.org


opens in a new window opens in a new windowGreenbelt Route – More than 475 kilometres of signed cycling adventures await in the beautiful, protected countryside of Ontario’s Greenbelt. From Niagara to Northumberland, enjoy lush forests, winding rivers, welcoming communities, and family farms as you pedal through some of southern Ontario’s diverse and stunning landscapes.

The Greenbelt Route travels through the Niagara Region between the communities of Queenston and Grimsby.

Click on the image to watch the new cycling video from the Niagara Cycling Tourism Centre

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Niagara Cycling Tourism Centre from JLM on Vimeo.

bike trainConsider taking the Bike Train to Niagara. Operating during the summer season with convenient roll your bike on, and roll it off at stops including Toronto Union Station, St Catharines and Niagara Falls. For more information, view our transportation page,  opens in a new windowwww.biketrain.ca and www.gotransit.com

opens in a new window opens in a new windowPort Robinson Ferry – This free ferry service for cyclists and pedestrians provides a convenient crossing point off the Welland Canal Trail, south of Thorold – north of Welland, to quiet rural roads connecting to the Niagara River Recreation Trail in Chippewa, just south of Niagara Falls.

opens in a new windowNiagara-on-the-Lake Park N’ Pedal Program – Safely park your vehicle in a designated Park ‘N’ Pedal space at any host location. The hosts are mainly Niagara Parks Commission Parking Lots and wineries located close to a bicycle route, trail or paved bicycle friendly roadway, providing a variety of hospitality services and facilities to accommodate cyclists needs before and after a ride.

opens in a new windowNiagara Parks Travel Package – Take the summer GO Train to Niagara Falls, and combine travel with a two-day pass on WEGO, the hop-on, hop-off bus service that travels throughout the city of Niagara Falls and Niagara Parks. WEGO has bike racks on front of all buses. Option to add on the Niagara-on-the-Lake bus shuttle and the Niagara Falls Adventure Pass.

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