The tremendous diversity of the Niagara region makes it a great place for travel. Cycling is a wonderful way to experience the scenic landscapes, historical monuments and amazing attractions. Solo travellers, groups and families can all explore the region on their bikes; it’s a fun way to enjoy the beauty of Niagara and feel one with the surroundings. Some routes are easy while others are more challenging so there’s something for everyone–those with high fitness levels and also those who cycle for fun and leisure.
Several picturesque and popular routes await the biker here–the lovely Niagara Parkway, the Greater Niagara Circle Route, Niagara Greenbelt, the Fallsview tourist area and others. Many tourist attractions are situated in and around the Fallsview area – you can zip around the city on your cycle and also check out the magnificent Horseshoe Falls located close by. In fact you can head to the Niagara Parkway from this area to enjoy a lovely riding experience.
Renting a Bike in Niagara
There are a few centres around the Niagara Region where rental bikes are available for hire. In Niagara Falls there are two main options.
Mac’s Bikes is the locally option and has its premises on Clark Avenue, a quick walk from the main hotel strip. They’ve been around for years and are a local favourite. They’re seasoned professionals and the perfect spot to just grab a bicycle and get started.
Zoom Leisure Bike Rentals is the franchised option, mostly running out of Niagara-on-the-Lake but also keeping a rental store just off River Road, south of the Niagara Whirlpool. (For anyone needing public transport there, try the WEGO bus network’s green line.) They offer more in the way of guides and guided tours for those looking for a little more structure in their ride.
There are other rental spots such as Liberty! Bicycles in St Catharines as well, so you’ll always have an option to grab some wheels wherever you end up.
Cycling the Niagara Parkway
It’s beautiful in every season – from the greenery and colourful blossoms in spring and summer to the spectacular hues of autumn and the festival of lights in winter. You can stop at various attractions like Brock’s Monument, the Niagara Floral Clock, Butterfly Conservatory and others along the way, with the River Niagara keeping you company all along. Stop at one of the picnic tables to relax and take in the view. Pretty landscapes and houses, restaurants and other delightful attractions come up during the ride including the Table Rock Welcome Centre, one of the best places to view the Horseshoe Falls.
There’s plenty to see and do on the Parkway between Niagara and Niagara-on-the-Lake alone. Pass by the:
- Niagara Whirlpool
- Butterfly Conservatory
- Fort George
- Top-tier wineries such as Peller Estates.
Cycling the Greater Niagara Circle Route
If you truly want to see the diversity of Niagara, this is one of the best routes. This 105 mile trail will take you through a paved pathway and introduce you to some wonderful sights and experiences. Traversing through the north, east, south and west, this route passes through the Welland Canal Parkway Trail with its flowering banks along the waterway, then moves on to a picturesque ride through The Friendship Trail with pretty villages and vineyards along Lake Erie. Fort Erie and Port Colborne are connected by this trail. Niagara River Recreation Trail is the next trail with its gorgeous views of the magnificent Niagara Falls and the whirlpool at Niagara Gorge. The final trail is the Waterfront Trail with an abundance of historical sites as well as vineyards in the pretty town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Cycling the Niagara Wine Route
To call the Niagara Wine Route a single track is selling things short. There is a route running from Niagara-to-the-Lake to Grimsby in the west, and cuts through the heart of the region’s wine country. This is a trip made for stops, detours and side trips.
Leaving from Niagara-on-the-Lake alone you can head along the lake westward and hit Eastern Shore wineries like Strewn and Konzelmann, go south along the Niagara River for Inniskillin and Peller Estates, or head out along Niagara Stone Road south-west to see Jackson-Triggs and Trius. And that’s not even halfway to St Catharines yet!
There can be a lot of ways to branch out depending on how adventurous you feel at the time, so refer to maps and route guides such as the Niagara Cycling Tourism Centre’s recommended tracks for a starting point on which roads to bike on.
Cycling the Niagara Greenbelt
This green zone is another favourite with bikers. Along with Niagara-on-the-Lake, this trail takes you through stunning landscapes with farmyards and fruit belts in Grimsby and other places. Stop to admire the beauty, grab a bite or gather an understanding of the world-class wines from Niagara-on-the-Lake. The trail also passes along the Niagara Escarpment Ledge at Lincoln; the escarpment is a United Nations Biosphere Reserve.
So pedal your way through the gorgeous places in Niagara–it’s one of the best ways to experience the region!
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