The Niagara Region is known for its lush vineyards, world-class wine and its impressive cycling trails with Niagara Falls at the centre of it all.
Whether you rent a bike, or bring your own bike, there are tons of excellent bike trails, bike friendly restaurants, breath-taking scenery, a variety of local and world-class tourist attractions and self-guided tours to suit every level of cyclist. The Falls connects the Niagara River Recreation Trail, which offers over 56 kilometers of breathtaking views, including the Niagara Glen and Whirlpool, finishing in historic Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Feel the wind on your face as you ride past farmlands and vineyards, with some wineries offering to deliver your purchases back to your hotel. So, dust off your helmet as we take you on an epic Niagara bike tour.
There are several routes throughout the Niagara Peninsula, one of the most popular is known as the “Great Niagara Circle Route” or simply the Niagara-Welland loop. It runs next to the Niagara River and the Welland Canal, with short segments along the shores of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, covering about 140 kilometres. If you can’t ride the entire route, take on the Greenbelt Express which takes you 50 kilometres roundtrip starting in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Day 1 (25km)
This day will take you North along the Niagara River Recreation Trail towards the heart of the Niagara region’s Greenbelt, Niagara-on-the-Lake. Cruise along as you pass the Sir Adam Beck Hydro Generating Station, Butterfly Conservatory, Flock Clock and Botanical Gardens. As you make your way down the escarpment, you will enter wine country where you will be surrounded by vineyards and orchards. After two hours of riding, you will arrive at your destination.
Niagara-on-the-Lake is a town with close to 15,000 people, located on the northeast corner of the Niagara Peninsula. It’s main street oozes with small town historic charm where you will find wall-to-wall shops, boutiques, restaurants, pubs and spas. It is home to the Shaw Festival Theatre and the agricultural land surrounding the town is covered almost entirely with vineyards.
- Historic Fort George
- Butterfly Conservatory
- Botanical Gardens
- Shaw Theatre Festival
- Niagara-on-the-Lake Historic District
After your day along the trail, you can head to The Falls or spend the night at one of our favourite hotels, Hilton Garden Inn Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Day 2 (25 km)
Now it’s time to head south to the regions main attraction, Niagara Falls. During this portion of your ride, you will cycle along the Niagara River which flows in a deep gorge. There are several historic plaques every kilometre along this section of the path. On the right side will be the Parkway and a series of wineries where you can enjoy tours of the vineyards and facilities. Take the opportunity to taste and purchase their wines. Depending on the time of years, you’ll come across several roadside stalls and outlets on the parkway which sells fresh local fruits and vegetables.
At the half way mark, you will pass through the small town of Queenston. You’ll descend a hill into town where you will come across the Printery & Newspaper Museum, which is described as the “best hands-on museum in Upper Canada”. Ride past a small park featuring a bronze statue of Major-General Brock’s horse and you are bound to notice the 185 high “Brock’s Monument”, a structure which seems to dominate the landscape around Queenston.
Then you’ll reach your final destination, Niagara Falls! Be prepared as it does get crowded. When you get near the falls, you’ll be in the thick of stop-and-go-traffic as it intermixes with pedestrians who are crossing the parkway for a better view of the falls. Park your bike and head up to Clifton Hill for games at the arcade, food at one of the many restaurants or see your favourite celebrities at the wax museum.
- The Falls
- Niagara River
- Peace Bridge
- Brock’s Monument
- Printery & Newspaper Museum
- Skylon Tower
- Journey Behind the Falls
- Clifton Hill
Stay the night and get the perfect view at one of Niagara’s best hotels.
So, on your next trip to Niagara, bring your bike or rent a bike if you don’t have one and pedal your way through the towns.
Originally Published By Niagara Falls Tourism