Cycling in Niagara
Niagara Falls is one of the most exciting cycling destinations in Ontario. The rolling landscape of the Region and breathtaking natural wonders provide a unique experience for enthusiasts or amateurs. From road courses to scenic trails, seeing Niagara on two wheels is not only great exercise but a memorable adventure.
Niagara Cycling Routes
Niagara River Recreation Trail (Niagara Parkway)
Winston Churchill called the Niagara Parkway the most scenic drive in North America, that would make the trail that runs alongside it the most scenic recreation trail. In fact, the Parkway has been named one of the Top 10 cycling routes in the World. The trail stretches 58kms along the Canadian side of the Niagara River. From the Town of Fort Erie across the peninsula to Niagara Falls and out to historic Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake passing many of Niagara’s award winner wineries along the way.
Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail
The Waterfront Trail stretches from Niagara-on-the-Lake to the Quebec border. The 780 km trail mimics the shores of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, connecting 41 communities and 182 parks and natural areas. A multi-use trail, It is ideal for cycling, pedestrian traffic and rollerblading and emphasizes the links between ecological health, economic vitality, and a sense of community.
Niagara Region Cycling Trails
Niagara boasts more than 200 cycling trails catering to riders at all levels of performance. The Regional Municipality has developed a scenic route map that allows cyclists to sort by theme to make building an itinerary easy.
- Themes (heritage, culture and lake boundaries)
- Terrain and surface
- Length of the route
- Level of difficulty
View the route map, sort by theme or download the Bike Map App for iPhone at http://www.regional.niagara.on.ca/exploring/cycle/Bicycle-Niagara.aspx
Niagara Cycling Partners
Mac’s Bikes - Rentals & Tours
An all in one bike rental service that goes above and beyond. Mac’s Bikes offers an assortment of models and sizes to suit every member of the family and provides pickup and drop-off at any location. This service also features road-side assistance and suggested itineraries. Full day rentals are available.
Zoom Leisure - Biycle Tours and Rentals
Offering guided tours or day rentals to head out on your own and explore the beauty of Niagara. Zoom is located in Niagara-on-the-lake and features direct access to the bike paths in the old towne and are one block to bike paths in Niagara Falls. Winery, Pub and Corporate Tours are available.
Bring Your Bike to Niagara
GoTrain and Go Bus Service
GoTransit will once again be making the jaunt to Niagara from Toronto’s Union Station for the Summer. Hop on the train for easy access to the Region, and bring your bike along for the trip. Saturday, Sunday and Holiday excursion trains (excluding Friday evening service) will include bike coaches - specially designed rail cars that can hold 18 bicycles on the lower level. Guests are encouraged to bring a lock to secure their bikes while they enjoy the ride to Niagara on the upper level.
Go Bus Service is available year-round to Niagara and feature bike racks on the front of each bus that can accommodate two bicycles on a first come, first serve basis.
Bikes on Falls Avenue Resort
Guests of the Falls Avenue Resort have options when it comes to storing and securing bicycles. Bike racks are provided at two points in the secured 7 level parking garage which features direct access to hotels, attractions and Casino Niagara.
Niagara Cycling Events
The Big Move Cancer Ride | September 8, 2013
A non-competitive ride to raise money in support of the Walker Family Regional Cancer Centre. The ride offers a 25, 50, 100 km and 100 mile cycle through the Niagara Region starting and ending in St. Catharines.
GranFondo Niagara Falls | September 14, 2013
The ultimate cycling experience in Niagara. The inaugural GranFondo Niagara event is expected to draw thousands of cyclists to the Region on September 14, 2013. A mass participation event, GranFondo’s are renowned for long routes (usually several hundred kilometers) and for the large number of participants at varying skill levels. While popular in Europe, the Niagara event is one of only a handful of rides in Canada – the others are in Whistler, Banff and Ottawa. The Niagara Falls event will track 125 kilometres starting and finishing at the brink of the Falls and will see the Niagara Parkway closed to vehicular traffic for the first time ever for a cycling event. The route will take riders from Niagara Falls to Niagara-on-the-Lake then out to Short Hills Provincial Park and back to Niagara Falls. Along the way riders will enjoy breathtaking scenery provided by the rolling landscape of the Niagara escarpment and ride through the Region’s celebrated wine country.
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