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Niagara Biking - Niagara-on-the-Lake to Niagara Falls

Bicycle Ride · Ontario
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Ride from Niagara-on-the-Lake to the Falls along the Niagara Parkway Recreational Path. Explore historical highlights, cultural activities, the surreal views of the Horseshoe falls

moderate
29.5 km
3:00 h
194 m
115 m

Begin the day at Simcoe Park and immediately descend toward the Lakefront Gazebo overlooking Lake Ontario. Join the very beginning of the Niagara Parkway Recreational Path and continue south on it for the duration of the day. Explore historical highlights such as Fort George and Queenstown/Brock’s Monument, and marvel at cultural icons like the Floral Clock and the Botanical Gardens. Lastly, enjoy the slow buildup of the Niagara River as it progresses from wide and slow, to the darmatically powerful Niagara Falls. This ride officially ends in the town of Chippawa, but it will continue farther depending on your night's accommodation. 

Author’s recommendation

There are a number of markers throughout the ride giving information on landmarks, historical sights, and modern marvels. Take time to read as they are informative and interesting!

 

Be sure to consult your individual accommodation sheet for directions from the route's ending point to your final destination.

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Author
Chase Marston
Updated: April 19, 2019

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
177 m
Lowest point
76 m

Safety information

Inspect your bike for any damage before you begin your ride. Please check for issues with the frame, components, wheels, and breaks. Ensure there are no loose cables or straps and that the tires are inflated. If you are doubtful of the condition of your rental bike, please call the our office or the local bike hire on the number provided in your information pack.

 

Always wear a helmet when cycling.

 

Be aware of traffic at all times. While most locals drivers are accustomed to seeing bikers, there are many visiting drivers unfamiliar with the roads, so always pay attention to passing traffic. When not on a bike path, utilize the shoulder whenever possible, ride single file on the right side of the road, and obey road signs. When passing through towns, stay alert and ride defensively as drivers will have a lot to focus on. Mind inconstant pavement and unique intersection lanes.

 

The many bike paths in the region included on the ride are well maintained, thoughtfully built, and provide safety from the main road. However, they are not without danger and can at times be very busy. Be aware of other rides when passing or being passed, and always yield to walkers.

 

Be aware of the few instances where the multi-use path merges onto a “Service Road,” or a type of driveway that parallels the main road. Though limited to residents, there may be traffic on these roads.

 

When leaving your bike unattended in town or at a winery, always use the lock provided to protect your rental. Furthermore, be sure to bring your valuables with you wherever you go as they are not necessarily safe in the bike bag.

 

Always be sure to check the weather before beginning your ride. Rain and fog can reduce visibility and can affect how you normally ride your bike.

Equipment

In addition to your preferred bike shorts and shoes, please make sure that you also have a rain layer and warm layer in the event of inclement weather. Many riders also enjoy gloves for extra padding on the handlebars.

 

Though most routes will pass stores for food and drink, bring enough snacks and water to sustain yourself for the day. Many riders enjoy reservoir backpacks in addition to water bottles. Please also bring proper cash/credit card, navigation equipment, emergency phone numbers, and a way to charge your phone.

 

Always wear a helmet and pack a spare tube, puncture repair kit, tire levers, and handpump. You may also like to take a multi-tool. Note, there are a few public bike repair stations throughout each day’s ride. Take note and use if necessary.

Tips, hints and links

Points of Interest

 

Niagara Falls

An obvous attraction that is impossible to miss! Consider taking a boat ride, a zipline tour, or a ride up Skylon Tower for impressive views of the whole region & the falls. 

Queen's Royal Park

At the very beginning of the ride, take a moment to walk into the park marked by the Gazebo and stunning views of the Old Fort Niagara across the way. You can even see Toronto from here!

Fort George

Explore the old, but rebuilt marker of the importance of this region during the War of 1812.

Queenston

Walk through the original town of the region, and explore the 184ft tall Brock's Monument in Queenston Heights Park. 

Floral Clock

As the name implies, a large clock decorated with ornate flowers, located just off of the bike path. 

Botanical Gardens and Butterfly Conservatory

Both exciting in their own rights, these neighboring attractions provide incredible beauty and an impressive diversity of flora and fauna.

Whirlpool Aero Car

A gondala-style ride across the whirlpool downriver from the falls. 

 

Vineyards 

If you did not stop at Riverview Cellars on the 1st day, enjoy a quick stop early on the day's ride along the Niagara Recreational Trail. 

  

Food and Drink

There are a few Cafés along the way at the various highlights. Queenston Heights, The Butterfly Conservatory, and the Whirlpool Ropes Course all have food and drink options. Once you get to Niagara Falls, there are plenty of options and a variety of types of food. Past that, Chippawa has a few lunch options. 

Start

Simcoe Park, Niagara-on-the-Lake (91 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
43.254768, -79.070839
UTM
17T 656593 4790913

Destination

Kingsbridge Park, Niagara Falls

Turn-by-turn directions

0.0 miles – At the corner of Queen Street & King Street, continue on King Street toward the Lake leaving Simcoe Park on your right.

 

0.2 miles - Descend to the Gazebo and follow the road as it TURNS RIGHT 90 degrees, turning into Delater Street.

 

0.5 miles – At the T-Intersection in front of the Marina, TURN RIGHT onto Melville Street.

 

0.55 miles - At the first intersection, TURN RIGHT onto Ricardo Street.

 

0.65 miles – TURN LEFT onto the Niagara Parkway Recreational Trail (NPRT) and follow it out to the end of the pier. This is the official start of the Trail – take in views of Lake Ontario and Old Fort Niagara across the river on the American side. Turn around and return to Ricardo Street.

 

0.85 miles – At Ricardo Street, continue STRAIGHT ON the NRPT up a short, steep hill.

 

0.95 miles – Continue STRAIGHT ON past Byron Street to remain on the NRPT. Admire Fort George, or take a tour if you have time!

 

From here, the trail continues on the NRPT until the final destination. There are a number of small intersections that will not be mentioned below as the correct path is very obvious and marked. Every turn with any question about the correct direction will be outlined clearly.

 

Note - be aware of the few instances where the multi-use path merges onto a “Service Road,” or a type of driveway that parallels the main road. Though limited to residents, there may be traffic on these roads.

 

2.6 miles – Pass the McFarland House & Park – there is a self-service bike station should you require any bike maintenance.

 

4.9 miles – BEAR LEFT to continue on the NRPT. (Note, the route to the right will rejoin within .5 miles) After 100 ft, TURN RIGHT into the wooded section.

 

5.4 miles – Climb a short, steep hill and BEAR LEFT to continue on the NPRT.

 

7.2 miles – As the NPRT Multi-use path ends, TURN LEFT onto Queenston Street and descend the hill into Queenston. Leave the RiverBrink Art Museum to your left as you leave the Niagara Parkway road to your right.

 

 7.7 miles – At the top of the gradual hill, in front of the Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum, BEAR RIGHT to stay on Queenston Road.

 

7.8 miles – Just before the T-Intersection, TURN LEFT onto the multi-use path. Follow for 100 ft to the four-way intersection of Niagara Parkway and York Road. Cross both streets to continue on the multi-use path by first crossing York, and then crossing Niagara Parkway. Dismount and walk your bike if you are not comfortable riding, or if there is heavy traffic. The trail will begin climbing gently through the woods.

 

8.3 miles – Continue STRAIGHT ON through the roundabout. However, if you would like to explore the Queenstown Heights and Brock’s Monument, you can leave & lock your bike and walk up to the right.

 

8.35 miles – Dismount your bike to continue STRAIGHT ON across the Niagara Parkway.

 

8.5 miles – After crossing under the Lewiston-Queenston bridge, continue through a parking lot and TURN LEFT at the end to remain on the NPRT. Note, if you would like to visit the Floral Clock, continue STRAIGHT ON Heath Lane and immediately turn left.

 

10.45 miles – Dismount your bike and cross Niagara Parkway into the Botanical Gardens and Butterfly Sanctuary entrance area. Once in the parking lot, TURN LEFT and continue to the end of the parking area to rejoin the multi-use path. Or, stop and enjoy the gardens & sanctuary.

 

11.2 miles – Dismount your bike and cross Niagara Parkway. Continue STRAIGHT ON.

 

12.75 miles – Enter the parking area for the Whirlpool Aero Car (gondola over the Whirlpool). Here, the multi-use path ends, and the NPRT joins the main Niagara Parkway Road. Continue STRAIGHT ON the shoulder and be aware of traffic.

 

13.6 miles – Continue STRAIGHT ON Niagara Parkway under the bridge.

 

14.9 miles – Continue STRAIGHT ON under the Rainbow Bridge.

 

15.2 miles – At the intersection with Clifton Hill (comes in from the right) TURN RIGHT and dismount your bike and begin walking your bike. Follow pedestrian walk signs to cross Niagara Parkway and to access the walkway along the falls.

 

15.25 miles – Though the NPRT technically continues along the length of the walkway overlooking the falls, much of this area is unsafe for biking due to pedestrian activity. We recommend remaining dismounted as you walk along the viewpoints. If you do re-mount your bike, do so with caution and awareness for pedestrians and vehicles alike. The walkway is .75 miles long with unique vantage points along the way. Note, do not leave your bike or any valuables unattended!

 

16.0 miles – Reach the Table Rock Welcome Centre. Continue STRAIGHT ON  around the building - either by way of a pedestrian busy viewpoint to the left or a more open route to the right. The crowds will begin to dwindle after this point, so biking becomes easier. 

 

16.7 miles – After crossing over a small bridge, and past the Niagara Parks Floral Showcase, come to the impressive Former Toronto Power Generating Station, a deteriorating but classic building. Note, you will have to pass in front of this on a narrower path – walking may be advised if pedestrians present.

 

17.6 miles – BEAR LEFT to stay on the NRRT.

 

18.3 miles - Reach Kingsbridge Park and entry point of the Welland River from the Niagara River. The bike ride officially ends here, and the remaining trip to your accommodations vary depending on where you have been booked. Review your accommodation sheet for details specific to your booking.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
29.5 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
194 m
Descent
115 m

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