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Windsor Essex Pelee Island

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Riverwalk Trail - Windsor

Riverwalk Trail – Windsor  (Photo Credit: Goh Iromoto)

Essex County sits on the edge of the Great Lakes in the southern-most region of Canada. Its warm summer temperatures and mostly flat farmland make it an attractive destination for cyclists. Surrounded on three sides by water, Essex County has become one of the premier wine regions in Canada, due to the humid and long grape growing seasons.

Pelee Island is a popular tourist destination and its quiet back-country roads and excellent sightseeing are perfect for the recreational cyclist. Windsor was recognized in 2011 as a ‘Bicycle Friendly Community’.

With its proximity to Detroit and the United States, the area has always been a busy transportation corridor. Many of the original rail lines have been abandoned and are slowly being turned into multi-use recreation trails. One of these is the scenic 48km Chrysler Canada Greenway. Following the a variety of waterways the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail takes cyclists along the shorelines of Lake St Clair, the Detroit River and Lake Erie, connecting to a 1600km cross-provincial trail.


The trails listed below are all multi-use, and on a mix of roads and off-road paths; trail conditions and usage may differ. See ‘Information Sources and Cycling Maps’ to learn more.

  • opens in a new windowRoy A Battagello River Walkopens PDF file  (Paved) – 8km – This path runs from foot of the Ambassador Bridge along the Windsor waterfront to Alexander Park (George St), passing through the downtown core and provides a very efficient east-west route across the city. There are also several ‘bike service centres’ along the route.
  • opens in a new windowLake Erie Waterfront Trail – (Paved) – Approximately 25km of this fully signed new trail, part of a cross provincial route, travels through Windsor. It incorporates the off road River Walk trail above and also some on-road portions through the city.
  • opens in a new windowHerb Gray Parkway Trail – (Paved) – A new, 17km multi-use trail in Windsor, the first trail that has been incorporated into a major provincial highway project in Ontario. Officially opened in 2016, the Herb Gray Parkway Trail offers 17km of paved trails, and is set within 120 hectares of green space situated alongside two highway extensions and across 11 tunnel tops.
  • opens in a new windowDevonwood Conservation Area (Stonedust) – 5km – This trail within a 38-hectare forest is in the outskirts of Windsor, but is as far from urban as you can get. Just north of Cabana Road, this beautiful woodland is a habitat for owls and bats and has a network of excellent multi-use trails which links to the nearby 2km Devonwood Bike Trail running north.
  • opens in a new windowLaSalle Bike Trail (Mixed) – One of a growing network of on and off-road trails in the city. With 40 KM of paved trails in LaSalle, you can walk, jog or ride your bicycle throughout the town. There are 16 signs along the trails.
  • opens in a new windowGrand Marais Bike Trail (Mixed) – 8km – This trail runs northeast from the LaSalle-Windsor boundary through Spring Garden Park along or parallel to Turkey Creek, towards the Chrysler Canada Assembly Plant in the centre of Windsor. Caution is required at rail-line crossing and at the E.C.Row Expressway junction.
  • opens in a new windowGanatchio Trail (Paved) – 8km – Running westbound from the Tecumseh boundary (at Lesperance Rd) near the north shore to Vernon Cres (near St.Rose Park), the trail also includes a loop through the Windsor arboretum.
  • opens in a new windowSouthwood Lakes (Paved) – 12.5km – A mix of multi-use paths and bike lanes in this southern part of Windsor; also connects to Devonwoods Conservation Area.
  • opens in a new windowWest Windsor Recreationwayopens PDF file  (Gravel) – 9km – This trail starts near the Ambassador Bridge, then zig-zags south through several parks towards Spring Garden Park in city’s west-end. The trail is part of the Trans Canada Trail.
  • opens in a new windowWindsor Arts Bike Route (Self-guided) (Road and Paved Trail) – This tour starts near the Ambassador Bridge, then heads south through city streets and features Windsor’s many unique sculptures, historic murals, awesome street art and eclectic galleries.

opens in a new windowWindsor Loop – This mega-loop is a work in progress. The City’s 20-year plan is to create a bicycle-friendly beltway, using trails, bike lanes and signed low-traffic streets, which circumnavigates the entire city and connects neighbouring communities. It will incorporate many local trails, including the River Walk Trail, Ganatchio Trail, West Windsor Recreationway, and others. The Windsor Loop is a 42.5 km (26.4 miles) circular loop that connects the city around its perimeter, joining city neighbourhoods and providing access to the Trans Canada Trail. A majority of the Loop is in place with the exception of a few key segments.

  • opens in a new windowEssex Windsor Loop – This three-day 186km cycling itinerary starts in Comber, and follows portions of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail along the southern shore of Lake St. Clair and riverfront in Windsor. From Windsor, it connects to the Crysler Greenway via the Herb Gray Parkway and brings riders to Leamington for a second overnight before exploring Point Pelee National Park and completing the loop in Comber day three. A legacy itinerary from a 2018 Ontario By Bike Ride and tour, full details for a self-guided ride experience are available.
  • opens in a new window opens in a new windowWindsor Kingsville Essex Tour  – This three-day, 130 km journey begins and ends in Windsor and takes riders along scenic rural roads to the heart of Canada’s southernmost wine region. Follow glistening Lake Erie and Detroit River shorelines and enjoy panoramic views of rich agricultural lands. Refuel with local produce at farm stands you’ll pass along the way. Ride down the Chrysler Canada Greenway through charming towns, natural areas, beaches, historical buildings and culinary offerings you have to taste to believe. Download PDF Itinerary or GPS routing.
  • opens in a new windowWaterfront Trail (Paved) – Primarily on-road through Essex County and Windsor, this fully-signed cross provincial route enters the County in the east at Wheatley, follows Lake Erie, the Detroit River, Lake St Clair until Lighthouse Cove, stretching close to 200km around Essex. Detailed route maps available  opens in a new windowHERE.
  • opens in a new windowPelee Island (Mixed) – The quiet back-roads of Pelee Island are perfect for cycling, and there is much to see. Cyclists can visit two nature reserves, at the northern and southern tips of the island, as well as stop at the beautiful Pelee Island Winery Pavilion, for picnics, barbecues and to taste some of the local wines.
  • Puce River to Ruscom River (Mixed) – 13km – This route along the Lake St Clair shore between these two rivers passes through the Town of Lakeshore.
  • opens in a new windowUnderground Railroad Bicycle Route – Follow the route that escaped slaves used to travel to Owen Sound from the southern United States. Bike route maps paint a picture of what the journey was like in the 1800s. Alternate routes through Detroit and Essex County were recently added to this 3200 km route.
  • opens in a new windowWine route opens in a new windowWine Route – Essex County has a plethora of wineries, many connected with an on-road Wine Route that is signed and intended for motorists. Cyclists may wish to follow portions of this route depending on experience and comfort level on shared road facilities. There are also several local companies that run regular wine tours on bikes.

The trails listed below are all multi use; trail conditions and usage may differ.

  • opens in a new windowChrysler Canada Greenway (Stonedust) – 50km – In 1995, the Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) purchased an abandoned railway line and converted it to a multi-use path. It runs south from Oldcastle (outskirts of Windsor), through towns of McGregor and Harrow, and proceeds eastward to Ruthven (between Kingsville and Leamington). It passes through agricultural lands, by historical buildings and award winning wineries, and connects 25 natural areas and three watersheds. This southern-most section of the Trans Canada Trail is currently the backbone of the trail network through Essex County.
  • opens in a new windowEssex-Chatham Trail (Lakeside) (Paved) – 18km – Part of the Trans Canada Trail, this trail is on-road and starts north of Tilbury, ending south of Comber.
  • opens in a new windowEssex-Chatham Trail (Rail Trail) (Unpaved) – 13km – Part of the Trans Canada Trail, this converted rail bed starts in the town of Staples and ends just north of Leamington.
  • opens in a new window opens in a new windowCypher Systems Group Greenway (Mixed) – 26km – Currently there is approximately 6km of trail running from Sadler’s Park in Essex westbound towards Amherstburg. The long-term plan is to turn an old CN rail spur between these two towns into a 26km multi-use path passing through McGregor, as funding becomes available.
  • opens in a new windowAmherstburg Birding & Nature Trailopens PDF file  (Mixed) – 5km – Watch for wildlife on this loop around Mann Swamp, at the mouth of the Detroit River.
  • opens in a new windowCentennial Bike & Hike Trail (Unpaved) – 15km – Point Pelee National Park’s recently expanded Centennial Multi-use Trail offers a fantastic opportunity to explore the entire park. Visitors can ride into the park or drive to any of over 8 day use areas all accessible via the trail. Day use areas feature, washrooms, picnic tables, eating shelters, charcoal barbecues and beach access. The 15km “tennis racket shaped” hiking and cycling trail offers a windy, rolling, smooth gravel pathway that travels through swamp and dryland forest, savannah and even along Pelee’s famous sandy beaches. There are water stations, benches, bike racks all along the trail as well as bike pumps and tool centres at both the park Visitor Centre and the Marsh Boardwalk area. Road riders are also able to ride the park’s winding, forested, 9 km paved road that takes them to the Point Pelee Tip, the southernmost point of mainland Canada. There are also overnight accommodations on site in the way of 4-season yurt-like structures called Otentiks.
  • opens in a new windowHillman Marsh Conservation Area (Unpaved) – 5km – Near Leamington, you can ride a mowed-grass loop on top of the dyke alongside marshland and Hillman Creek. This is an excellent birding area, as hundreds of species use it as a stopover during migration season in May. It is an ecologically sensitive area, and is used in the ERCA’s Outdoor Education Program.
  • opens in a new windowVollmer Recreation Complex Trail (Paved) – 6km – This multi-use linear trail in LaSalle runs parallel to Laurier Pkwy from Walden Rd to Howard Ave, and is an excellent east-west commuter route.
  • Trans Canada trail opens in a new windowTrans Canada Trail (TCT) – Essex County is home to approximately 57-km of Trans Canada Trail The TCT is a four-season, multi-use trail system with various surface types and users. A number of the area’s trails are incorporated within this larger, national trail system including: Essex-Chatham Trail (Lakeside), Essex-Chatham Trail (Rail Trail), the Chrysler Canada Greenway and the West Windsor Recreation Way.
  • opens in a new windowThe Waterfront Trail – Stretching over 3000km, the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail is a route connecting over 140 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 as part of a day trip or on a multi-day long distance cycling adventure.Waterfront trailThe Waterfront Trail spans around Essex County mostly on paved roads, along Lake Erie, the Detroit River and Lake St Clair. The trail also includes 28km around Pelee Island which can be reached via ferry from Kingsville and Leamington. Essex County Waterfront Trail is part of the County-Wide Active Transportation Network (CWATS).For information and to access downloadable maps visit

*Please note there are many additional map guides for the region that cyclists may find interesting or useful. New maps and guides are produced yearly, and the information listed here may change.

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