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Greater Niagara Circle Route Maps

The Greater Niagara Circle Route is a system of trails comprised of the Waterfront Trail, Niagara River Recreation Trail, Friendship Trail, and Welland Canals Parkway Trail.

The route is over 140 km in length of mostly paved, off-road trails suitable for walking, cycling or rollerblading.

The paved trail is mostly three metres wide and passes through urban centres, downtowns, the Niagara Escarpment, waterfronts and agricultural areas.

Download a printable copy of the map or visit the Niagara Cycling Tourism Information Centre for additional maps in alternative formats.

Nearby Sights and Attractions Include:

  • Historic Fort Erie
  • Niagara Parks attractions
  • Historic Fort George
  • Vineyard, wineries and orchards
  • South Niagara Rowing Club
  • St. Catharines Museum/Lock III observation area
  • Murals in Thorold an downtown Welland
  • Mud Lake Conservation Area

The Circle Route Consists of the Following Trails:

Welland Canal Parkway Trail This is a 3 metre wide asphalt trail, for walking or cycling connecting a number of destinations and parks along the canal.

The Parkway connects to the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail at Charles Ansell Park which is just south of Lakeshore Road at Lock One.

Fort Erie Friendship Trail The Friendship Trail extends 16 kms along the north shore of Lake Erie between Port Colborne and Fort Erie.

Beginning at the Port Colborne border in the west, this trail takes visitors through farmland, villages, watersheds, and quiet residential areas as it leads to historic Old Fort Erie, Lake Erie and the Niagara River Recreation Trail .

Niagara River Recreation Trail The Niagara River Recreation Trail is a paved path for non-motorized traffic stretching 53 kilometres along the Canadian side of the Niagara River.

From Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake in the north it extends the full length of the peninsula, ending at Anger Street in the north end of the Town of Fort Erie.

Waterfront Trail The Waterfront Trail connects with the Circle Route along the south shore of Lake Ontario between Niagara-on-the-Lake and St. Catharines.

From St. Catharines this trail continues along through Beamsville, Grimsby and Stoney Creek to Burlington and Toronto.

Trans Canada Trail The Trans Canada Trail connects with the Friendship Trail and the Niagara River Recreational Trail.

A joint pavilion between the Greater Niagara Circle Route and the Trans Canada Trail has been erected in Bowen Park in Fort Erie.

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