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. If you enjoy cycling, you’re in luck because it’s one of the best ways to enjoy the fresh air and scenery of the region.
Cycle All Year
For the avid cyclist, the Niagara Region has plenty of trails all year round, however, spring, summer, and autumn are the best times to explore the Niagara area by bike. With easy access from Niagara Falls, the Niagara River Recreation trail is a favourite of many tourists and locals alike. Running alongside the river and the beautiful Niagara Gorge, this stunning trail takes you the entire way from Fort Erie at the Lake Erie end all the way to Niagara-on-the-Lake where the river flows into Lake Ontario. The trek from Niagara Falls to the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, considered on of the prettiest in Canada, is approximately 32 kms (20 miles), but the scenery along the way and the quaint town make it 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 spring blossoms, 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 are hard core cycling enthusiasts, you may want to tackle the whole Greater Niagara Circle Route(GNCR), and, for those who prefer a shorter ride, the trail has many segments to pick and choose from. The whole route takes you through Fort Erie, Port Colborne, Welland, Thorold, St. Catharines, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and of course Niagara Falls. Each community has its own interesting beauty to explore. The GNCR consist of many individual trails including the Trans Canada Trail, the Welland Canals Parkway Trail, the Friendship Trail, and the Waterfront Trail. Our personal favourite the Niagara Parkway Trail. Cycle around for a few hours or make a day of it and enjoy the sunset as you cycle back to the Falls in the early evening. You’ll arrive just in time to relax and refuel at our world famous Revolving Dining Room while looking down at how far you rode from 775 feet above the Falls!
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 which date from the War of 1812. With the amazing reconstruction of the period fortification at Fort George, located just on the outskirts of Niagara-on-the-Lake and Queenston Heights just up the river, one can easily fit in some history on the way between the Falls and Lake Ontario 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 around the Region.
Whether you are visiting the area for the day, a week, or fortnight (excuse the pun), bike travel is the definite choice for those looking to truly experience the relaxed yet invigorating pace of Niagara.