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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Points of Interest
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!
Explore the old, but rebuilt marker of the importance of this region during the War of 1812.
Walk through the original town of the region, and explore the 184ft tall Brock's Monument in Queenston Heights Park.
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.
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.