Its time to cycle Niagara, bring your bike and ride.
Discover the quitter side of Niagara Falls, the Niagara Region and Niagara south. With this spectacular trail ride along the Niagara River Recreational Trail, Friendship Trail and Welland Canal Parkway Trail. A 125km bike tour awaits you. Fully paved and easy riding conditions. You can make for a wonderful weekend getaway and cycling experience. Limited road riding and unique ferry jaunt over the Canal, this looped ride is well suited for all types of cyclists. Come stay in the heart of all the action, bring your bike and ride! See all the great information as you Cycle Niagara, as the great Niagara Cycling Tourism website, that can be found by clicking here.
The Greater Niagara Circle Route trail system is over 140 kilometres in length and suitable for walking, cycling and rollerblading. The trail is paved and the right of way is three metres wide in most places. Bounded by Lake Ontario on the north, the Niagara River on the east, Lake Erie on the south and the Welland Canal on the west, you are seldom far from water. The tour links the following trails to create a circular route through the heart of Niagara. The circle route also shares its path with the Trans Canada Trail.
Niagara River Recreation Trail
Constructed in 1986, the 56 km Niagara River Recreation Trail is a touring cyclist’s dream. Along its length, you will find scores of attractions, restaurants, and shops, most with bicycle racks and restrooms. Paralleling the Niagara River, the trail extends from historic Fort Erie through Niagara Falls to end at Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Along the way, you’ll be treated to historic sites, wonderful dining opportunities and the breathtaking scenic vistas that make this trail one of the finest in all the world.
The Friendship Trail
Along on the Friendship Trail there is easy access to scores of golden sand beaches on the shores of Lake Erie. The route parallels the north shore of the lake as it passes through farmland and quiet residential areas. Stunning views of the Buffalo skyline await. The Friendship Trail offers options for enthusiasts of all sorts.
A most noteworthy of a rail line, the old right of way has been converted to a multi-use recreational path connecting Port Colborne with Fort Erie some 30 kilometres to the east.
Welland Canals Parkway Trail
Starting in the Garden City of St. Catharines, the route passes by Thorold, where “the ships climb the mountain”. Ascending 42.5 metres/139.5 feet in only three lengths of the vessel, the world’s largest flight locks is an absolute “must see” on the tour.
Climb aboard the free Port Robinson Ferry on your way to the City of Welland. The Welland Canal Parkway Trail passes along the flower-strewn banks of the canal. See the Welland River actually passing beneath the old canal.
The Waterfront Trail begins in Niagara-on-the-Lake at Butler’s Park and stretches 650km to the Québec border, with 900km of signed trail. Visit www.waterfronttrail.org. The 15km portion between St. Catharines and Niagara-on-the-Lake (including George Nicholson Trail).
Between the Escarpment and Lake Ontario you’ll pass through Niagara’s celebrated vineyards and fruit stands in a landscape worthy of a painting by Cézanne. Stop in Niagara-on-the-Lake, widely regarded as Canada’s prettiest small town.
The Greenbelt Route
Journey through Niagara Region’s fruit belt from Grimsby to Niagara-on-the-lake. In Lincoln, ride along the Escarpment ledge and stop at a scenic vineyard. Or a well-stocked fruit stand along the way. In downtown St. Catharines, relax on a patio, pick up some lunch or visit a bike shop. Enjoy a combination of urban and agricultural landscapes as you make your way to historic Niagara-on-the-Lake, regarded as Canada’s prettiest small town. The total distance of the Greenbelt Route is 475 km. Come enjoy 48 km of this incredible trail.
Greater Niagara Circle Route
On your tour, you will pass through bustling urban centers, welcoming towns and quaint villages. You’ll visit waterfronts that afford an opportunity to sightsee, swim, or simply take a break from pedalling.
Along the Friendship Trail, agriculture is the theme, and of course, twice along the way, you’ll experience the Niagara Escarpment. With its Carolinian forests and its status as a United Nations Biosphere Reserve. Wherever on the circle you chose to begin, you’ll visit seven of Niagara’s twelve municipalities. And remember, since you encounter an area that piques your interest then stop. You can always take a side-trip to explore even more of the richness of Niagara.
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