Cycling in the Niagara Region
With its history, casinos, amusement parks, vineyards and proximity to the Niagara Escarpment’s many hiking trails, the Niagara Region truly has something to offer for everyone. However, many argue that one of the best ways to enjoy the region is by cycling.
Cycle all year
For the avid cyclist the Niagara Region has plenty of trails all year round, however many argue that there are only three seasons of the year you can explore the Niagara area by bike. With easy access from Niagara Falls the Niagara River Recreation trail is favourite of many tourist and local alike. Running alongside the river and the beautiful Niagara Gorge this stunning trail runs from Fort Erie at the Lake Erie end all the way to Niagara on the Lake on Lake Ontario. The trek to Niagara on the Lake from Niagara Falls is approximately 32kms but the scenery along the way and the quaint town known as one of the prettiest in Canada is well worth the trip.
Cycling Niagara’s wineries
Cycling between Niagara’s wineries is the perfect way to experience the landscape of Canada’s foremost wine producing region. Enjoy the summer rays, or the changing colours of fall as you peddle from winery to winery, stopping in for a tasting or a tour as you go. Many of Niagara’s wineries also now offer a full B&B experience for a one of a kind experience.
Greater Niagara Circle Route
For those who hard core cycling enthusiasts you may want to tackle the whole Greater Niagara Circle Route, for those that just want a shorter ride the trail has many parts that you can easily access. The whole route takes you through, Fort Erie, Port Colborne, Welland , Thorold, St Catharines, Niagara on the Lake and of course Niagara Falls. Each Niagara community has its own beauty and interesting beauty to explore. The GNCR consist of many individual trail including the Trans Canada Trail, the Welland Canals Parkway Trail, the Friendship Trail, the Waterfront Trail. and our personal favourite the Niagara Parkway Trail. Srt out for a few hours or make a day of it maybe enjoy the sunset as you cycle back to the Falls in the early evening to relax and refuel at our world famous Dining Room while looking down at how far you rode.
Cycling Niagara’s historical sites
Niagara is about more than just wining and dining. When you cycle Niagara it is easy to stop at the region’s plentiful historical sites, many of them dating from the War of 1812. With the amazing reconstruction of the period fortification of Fort George located just on the outskirts of Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Queenston Heights (where the famous battle was fought) just up the river, one can easily fit in some history on the way between the Falls and the Lake, or during a ride from winery to winery.
Only an hour and a half drive from Toronto, Niagara’s cycling is easily accessible for anyone visiting Southern Ontario. If you are visiting from afar and can’t bring your own bike, rest assured that you will be able to find plenty of bike rentals available in Niagara Falls.
Whether you are visiting the area for a day, a week, or even longer, bike travel is the definite choice for those looking to truly experience the relaxed pace of Niagara.