One of the best ways to enjoy the natural sights across Niagara is through the numerous bike trails and tours on offer. Across the Niagara region there are hundreds of trails and scenic routes for every level of cycling experience – from a casual ride to more challenging cross-country routes. Bike hiring is common practise – local services deliver bikes and maps to the hotel and often conduct specialised tours for anyone interested in a group trip. Most of Ontario lends itself to bike ride tours.
The two most notable businesses for bike hire are easy to look up. Mac’s Bikes is a staple of Niagara tourism, and offers a variety of bikes for rent along with comprehensive route information. Zoom Leisure Bikes has locations in both Niagara and Niagara-on-the-Lake (a separate township along Lake Ontario) with several bicycle tour packages on offer. Both are professional and reliable sources for a rental bike and the right information on where to go with it.
Greater Niagara Circle Route
The main route most cyclists are encouraged to look into is the Greater Niagara Circle Route. In total the route is 140km, and is a combination of several trails linked together in a massive circuit stretching from Lake Ontario in the north to Lake Erie in the south – with Niagara Falls sitting in the middle. It’s one of the most popular bike circuits in Ontario and a great starting point for casual rides and cross-country jaunts.
Another popular ride stretching across municipalities is the Niagara Parkway Recreation Trail – a fairly flat trail from Niagara Falls to Niagara-on-the-Lake. The ride itself only takes a couple of hours at an average pace but there are many potential stop-offs along the way for local produce or admiring the scenery, so it constitutes a full day’s worth of planning.
Niagara Falls Bicycle Routes
Many of the regular routes in the Niagara Falls municipality are fairly easy-going with fewer slopes and well-laid tracks. Arguably the most difficult tracks in the area are the Niagara Falls loops – these are mostly urban tracks although the Southern Loop is more rural and has more cultural sightseeing along the way. Both loops start and end near the head of the Welland River, covering both the banks of the Niagara River and the hilly regions further away from the banks. They’re not casual tracks due to the slopes and challenging climbs, but reward the experienced cyclist.
The scenic landscape of the Niagara region makes for incredible atmosphere – and not just from the waterfalls. Away from the more ostentatious falls, the scenery can be enjoyed in a more relaxed manner, and act as the perfect accompaniment to a bike ride on a sunny day.
Enjoy a variety of activities during your trip to Niagara Falls, including a bicycle rental and tour. To book a room at the Marriott Fallsview Hotel at the best available rates be sure to check out our Niagara Falls Hotel Packages