Total Distance: 35km
The Ride: Explore the Niagara Region and enjoy fantastic views from the top of the Niagara Escarpment on this 35km day trip featuring parts of the Greenbelt Cycling Route. Cruise along the famous and well-paved Waterfront Trail and discover some great wineries of the area. With tons of local stores, parks and attractions along the way, make sure you are taking your time on this beautiful ride. The route will take you through the small towns of Grimsby and Beamsville, with plenty of opportunities to stock up for picnic along the way.
Experience Level: Easy to moderate, road and trail ride. All roads are paved. Use caution on the shared road between Beamsville and Grimsby. Use a mix of paved shoulders and bike lanes coming into Grimsby along the Waterfront Trail. Take care along Main Street West towards Grimsby and watch for gravel debris along the road shoulders.
View digital route of tour – RideWithGPS.com
Day 1: – Beamsville to Beamsville 35km
Area services along this section of the route: Accommodations, cafés, restaurants, grocery stores, shopping, banking, bike shops, attractions, wineries, cideries and trails.
Follow the Greenbelt Route out from Beamsville towards Grimsby, and enjoy the views up the Escarpment without having to make the climb. Stop at a scenic vineyard and well-stocked fruit stands located en route. With time to stop in Grimsby town centre, take Bartlett Avenue towards the lake, connecting with the Waterfront Trail. Cruise along Grimsby Beach to see the eclectic and colourfully decorated cottages before pushing on past beachside parks and a combination of agricultural and urban landscapes that run alongside Lake Ontario. The extra kilometres to Fifty Point Conservation Area are worth the effort, with a sandy beach, picnic areas, and a picturesque marina with a popular restaurant and patio. Back on the flat roads, swing under the Escarpment to enjoy a backdrop alternating between lush, sloped forests up under the Escarpment ledge, and acres of fruit bearing orchards. Riding into Grimsby, take your pick of cafes and restaurants for refreshments and enjoy a collection of original storefronts along Main Street East before riding back to Beamsville where more rest stops beckon and the ride ends.
Notes to Riders
This route is a suggested route only. All cyclists are responsible for their own safety. Always wear the proper safety gear when cycling, ride sensibly and abide by all laws. Each route should be evaluated by each individual cyclist based on their level of experience, comfort level in cycling on trails and roads, weather conditions, time of day, and any road obstacles. Take care riding along larger roads
Getting To/From Start: GO Transit bus to/from Grimsby. Day parking available in Beamsville at Beamsville Town Center on King St.
Visitor Information: Use below to find out more about ride areas and plan an extra day or two to see more.
- Ontario By Bike – Niagara Region
- Visit Niagara – www.visitniagaracanada.com
- Southeastern Ontario- www.southeasternontario.ca
As part of Canada’s 150th celebrations in 2017, Ontario 150 Celebrate by Bike connected fifteen communities across Ontario through cycling. Ride itineraries, events and cycling education in Bike Friendly Communities and Ontario By Bike ride destinations were developed and hosted to take advantage of the iconic Greenbelt Route and Great Lakes Waterfront Trail to strengthen communities and create cycling itineraries as a permanent legacy of Ontario 150. This initiative was a collaborative partnership between the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, Ontario By Bike, and Share the Road Cycilng Coalition, building on two decades of investment in cycling infrastructure in Ontario. Check out the 15 legacy ride itineraries, and make plans to get out there to explore more of Ontario By Bike.