For regional listings of bicycle friendly businesses to eat, visit and sleep go to the
Niaraga Region Welcome Cyclists Map.
Cross Regional Cycling Trails
- Greater 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.
- Lake Ontario & Lake Erie Waterfront Trail - The 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. The Waterfront Trail continues 650 km to the Québec border, with 900km of signed trail. From Fort Erie the Lake Erie Waterfront Trail extends 620km west to Windsor and town of Lakeshore.
- Niagara River Recreational Trail - Cycle through Niagara Falls from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Fort Erie on this 56 km paved path.
- Welland 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.
- Friendship 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.
Mountain Biking in Niagara
There are many mountain biking opportunities in the Niagara region. A number of trails are listed below.
- Short Hills Provincial Park - Located near St. Catharines, Short Hills is a 735 hectare day-use park. Three multi-use trails are open to cyclists: Swayze Falls, Very Berry, and the Black Walnut trail. These trails are quite hilly and recommend for mountain bikes only. The Short Hills Cycling Club helps design and maintain the shared-use single-track trails. Support the park by joining the Friends of Short Hills Park.
- Upper Canada Heritage Trail - Mountain bikes are recommended for the 14 km rough gravel path along the Niagara Escarpment. The converted rail line passes farms, wineries and orchards towards the historic Old Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
- Welland Canal Parkway East Side Trail - Mountain bikers can explore the canal area on a multipurpose rough gravel trail or network of smaller trails.
Established On-Road Routes
- Niagara Region Bicycling Map. Map – Print map & iPhone app. Niagara Region. 2011. Multi-use trails, bike paths and back roads. Print copies are available at 15 tourist information centres and bike stores around the region.
- Cycling in Niagara / Niagara en vélo. Map. Tourism Niagara. 2009. PDF download.
- The Greater Niagara Circle Route. Niagara Region & Tourism Niagara. Map of Welland Canal Parkway Trail, Fort Erie Friendship Trail, Niagara River Recreation Trail, Waterfront Trail, and Trans Canada Trails.
- Niagara Greenbelt. Website. 2009-2012. Niagara Greenbelt Routes & Discovery Centres. On- and off-road routes through Niagara's Greenbelt. Audio and multi-media tours also available for download.
- Tour & Trail: The St. Catharine's Guide. City of St. Catharine's. 2010. This on-line map and guide book features bike routes through local wineries, farms, heritage sites, and local destinations.
- Bicycle Route Guide. Greater Buffalo-Niagara Area Regional Transportation Council. 2010. Interactive personalized maps, PDF downloads, and print copies.
- Waterfront Trail & Greenway Mapbook. New compact edition. Mapmobility Corp. 2011. Digital and print.
Consider 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.
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