BOOKABLE JOURNEY

Cycle along the shores of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie with Great Canadian Trails.

Nestled between two of the Great Lakes, the Niagara Peninsula offers great cycling opportunities. Experience the renowned Waterfront Trail and Friendship Trail and enjoy perfectly picturesque views. On your cycling adventure, visit historical Fort George and Fort Erie, award-winning wineries and of course, the most famous waterfall in North America, Niagara Falls.

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Duration: 7 days

Activities: 5 days self-guided cycling

Accommodation: 6 nights B&B

Meals: 6 breakfasts


What’s included

  • 6-night accommodation, generally with private facilities in double occupancy
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 21-speed hybrid bicycle rental, including 2 panniers, bike lock, basic repair kit and bicycle insurance
  • Daily luggage transfer
  • Information pack including route notes and maps
  • GPX tracks and voice navigation technology for GPS devices or smartphones
  • Emergency hotline
  • $50 donation to Trans Canada Trail

What’s not included

  • Travel to/from Niagara Falls
  • Guide (this is a self-guided tour)
  • Personal expenses like wine-tasting fees and any expense not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional activities and/or entrance fees
  • Airfare, visas, applicable taxes, travel insurance (required)

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Photo: Destination Ontario


Day 1      Arrive Niagara Falls

Make your way to your accommodation in Niagara Falls and revel in the beauty of this natural wonder.


Day 2      Niagara Falls area to Port Colborne (60 km)

Your bikes will be delivered to you after breakfast, and after adjustments and a quick briefing, you’ll be off on your cycling adventure. Ride along the shores of Lake Erie, perhaps stopping to visit Old Fort Erie. In the afternoon, continue on the Friendship Trail all the way to Port Colborne.


Day 3      Port Colborne to Thorold (30 km)

After a short ride, take time to explore the Welland Canal and its series of locks where you can watch both cargo and passenger ships be raised and lowered.


Day 4      Thorold to Niagara-on-the-Lake (40 km)

Head north towards Lake Ontario and stop to visit Port Dalhousie, before arriving in Niagara-on-the-Lake, which will be your home for the next two nights.


Day 5      Niagara-on-the-Lake Winery Loop (40 km)

Explore the area – our route will take you to the best wineries and culinary options on the Niagara Peninsula.


Day 6      Niagara-on-the-Lake to Niagara Falls area (29 km)

Enjoy a short climb on the Niagara Escarpment before arriving back in the falls area.


Day 7      Depart Niagara Falls

After breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye.


 

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Getting there

  • By car: Niagara Falls is approximately 90 minutes away from Toronto via the QEW.
  • By bus: The GO Bus services the Niagara region when the GO Train does not (off-peak season).
  • By train: Niagara Falls is accessible by VIA Rail from Toronto and by Greater Toronto Area’s GO Transit system (the train takes approximately 2 hours).
  • By air: The nearest international airport is Toronto Pearson (YYZ). The Toronto UP Express train links Pearson to downtown Toronto/Union Station where you can connect to VIA Rail or GO Transit

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Great Canadian Trails: A note on self-guided adventures

Self-guided walking requires individuals to use problem-solving skills, to be adaptable and to have a keen eye. It’s recommended that individuals are comfortable reading a map and referring to route notes, while having a good sense of direction (or are willing to work on improving this!)

Sometimes route finding, losing your way, finding it again and asking the locals for help are all part of the adventure. If you’ve never been on a self-guided trip, you will get the hang of it after the first couple of days – as the vast majority of first-time travellers with Great Canadian Trails attest.

Please be assured that written material issued to you by Great Canadian Trails for route finding is updated regularly. Great Canadian Trails provide a seven-day service hotline in the event of any problems

Why travel with Great Canadian Trails?

Expertise: Their team is comprised of actual hikers and cyclists who have explored or live in the region in which you will be travelling.

Great value: Quality services at the best price make our adventures great value for money.

ECO friendly: They are committed to responsible travel and true sustainability. They aim to “leave no trace” in both an environmental and cultural sense.