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Ontario By Bike Ride Niagara September 2018

Greater Niagara Small Group Bicycle Tour | Ontario By Bike

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Niagara Circle Route South 

When: Saturday, September 22 to Sunday, September 23 - 2018


Total Distance: 125km

The Ride: A two day weekend tour and primarily off-road ride along the Greater Niagara Circle Route. Discover the quieter side of Niagara and Niagara south, with this spectacular trail ride along the Niagara River Recreational Trail, the Friendship Trail and the Welland Canal Parkway Trail. Fully paved and easy riding conditions, with all details taken care of, will make for a wonderful weekend getaway and cycling experience. With limited road riding and unique ferry jaunt over the Canal, this looped ride is well suited for all types of cyclists. The tour includes hotel accommodations, lunches and more. Just bring your bike and ride.

Experience Level and Ride Guide: Easy to moderate. Off-road paved trails system, level road crossings, with on-road riding limited to 20km of quiet country roads, connecting from the Welland Canal to the Niagara River Recreation Trail in Chippewa. Combined with limited elevation changes, the flat terrain makes this ride suitable for hybrid bikes, mountain bikes, and road bikes. Enjoy a group ride option or ride at your own pace using detailed maps and information provided.

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Price: $239 + HST (per person based on double occupancy). Single, triple and quad supplement pricing, as well as Youth (16 & Under) discounting available upon request.

What's Included: Overnight accommodation at the Clarion Hotel in Fort Erie (with bike storage), 2 lunches, 1 breakfast, parking, van support, luggage transfer, group ride option, detailed maps, evening social, snack and water stops.

Booking Details: Call Katharine Morewood, Licenced Travel Agent at OK Cycle & Adventure Tours, toll-free 1-888-621-6818 or email [email protected].

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 TICO Ontario Registration No: 50022848  


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Day 1:
Saturday, September 22 – Thorold to Fort Erie - 67km

Starting in Thorold, just over 1.5 hours from downtown Toronto, and close to St Catharines, we will hop on nearby trail to enjoy the first 10km heading south following the Welland Canal. Enjoying a leisurely pace following what is also known as the H2O Highway we may be lucky to ride along side giant freighters connecting between Great Lakes. At Port Robinson a charming little ferry that services only cyclists and hikers, will transfer riders to the east side of canal. Enjoy an easy countryside ride along quiet roads that follow the Welland River to where it turbulently tumbles into the Niagara River. Following a picnic lunch, ride south along the Niagara River Recreational Trail, a pleasant and peaceful ride to Fort Erie. The path winds under a busy border crossing and international bridge, with views across the river and Lake Erie to Buffalo, New York. Let a visit to the Old Fort turn back time, with an opportunity to learn more about this strategic location and National Heritage Site, before arriving at nearby hotel. Enjoy overnight accommodations at the Clarion Hotel, with nearby dinner options and optional evening group social gathering.

Start Time: 9:30am from Thorold, south of St Catharines - Exact location TBA

Day 2:
Sunday, September 23 – Fort Erie to Thorold - 57km

The morning ride will be a mellow 24km between Fort Erie and Port Colborne, cruising along The Friendship Trail, a lovely rail trail that follows the shores of Lake Erie. With trail side stop options at famed Erie beaches, including Crystal Beach and Sherkston, or quieter more secluded spots, cooling down with a dip in the lake is definitely an option. Pulling into Port Colborne for lunch, take time to explore the historic shopping district, promenade, and Lock 8, find out more about the town's rich maritime heritage. After lunch, the route will follow the Welland Canal north, through the town of Welland and ending back at Thorold after a great day's ride and weekend getaway.

End Time:Approximately 4pm or at your own pace, at Thorold, south of St Catharines.


Additional Visitor Information:

Use below to find out more about ride area and plan an extra day or two to see more.

Getting To/From Start:
Transportation options also include GO Transit with trains on weekends in June running between Toronto and Burlington. Transfer to GO bus service to St Catharines Fairview Mall (limit 2 bikes per bus). Ride south to Thorold, approximately 9km. Consult GO Transit schedules and regional cycling map to plan route and for times.

Arriving Early / Staying Late:
Consider an overnight option in Thorold at certified bicycle friendly accommodations:
The Inn at Lock Seven or Robinsong Bed & Breakfast or Morning Star Bed & Breakfast
Or stay at other nearby Ontario By Bike Network accommodations in Niagara all listed HERE.

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Photo Credits: Vicky Laurens, Martin Reis and Ontario By Bike

Booking Details: Call Katharine Morewood, Licenced Travel Agent at OK Cycle & Adventure Tours, toll-free 1-888-621-6818 or email [email protected].

Read our Terms & Conditions for more information

Book Now Button

Bookings Administered by OK Cycle & Adventure Tours
 TICO Ontario Registration No: 50022848  


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Phone: 416-827-2774 / 1-866-701-2774
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