Whether you rent a bike or BYOB (bring your own BIKE), there are tons of great trails, bike friendly restaurants and self-guided tours to suit every level of cyclist. The Falls connects the Niagara River Recreation Trail, which offers over 56 kilometers of breathtaking views, including the Niagara Glen and Whirlpool, finishing in historic Niagara-on-the-Lake.
If this doesn’t get your wheels spinning, get a group together and cycle through Niagara Wine Country! Feel the wind on your face as you ride past farmlands and vineyards, with some wineries offering to deliver your purchases back to your hotel!
These and many more trails evolve seasonally, delivering a new thrill for every ride and making Niagara cycling a must experience.
While you can also walk, run or rollerblade through this 140 km route, the Greater Niagara Circle Route is a cyclist favourite. The picturesque ride will take you through seven of Niagara's twelve municipalities, including a stretch along the Niagara Parkway that puts you beside Niagara Falls. The paved waterfront trail is surrounded by Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, the Niagara River and the Welland Canal, leading you through the lush greenery of the Niagara Escarpment - truly embodying the area's diversity.
The Greater Niagara Circle Route also shares its path with The Great Trail - a national trail that links 15,000 communities along 24,000 km, from West Coast to East Coast.
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Bike transportation is offered through services like Niagara Airbus, GO Transit, VIA Rail and WEGO. if you are flying with your bike, airlines typically require advance notice, specific packing instructions and a handling fee. It is recommended you check with the airline at the time of booking.
For those travelling from Toronto, GO Transit is the perfect bike friendly solution to come to Niagara with you bike. GO Bus Service is available year round, with space for two bikes available at the front of every bus. During the summer, seasonal GO Train Service is provided between Toronto's Union Station and the Niagara Falls Train Station. Beginning over the May Long Weekend (May 18-21) and then reoccurring every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from June 22 until the Labour Day Long Weekend, visitors can ride the GO Train into Niagara Falls. Every train is equipped with 2-3 bike cars, that each can hold up to 18 bikes!
The Niagara Falls Train Station is ideally located just one block from the Niagara River Recreation Trail giving you an easy starting point to #ExploreNiagara on two wheels!
WEGO offers bike racks on the front of all of its buses, making it easy to transport your bike across Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake if your legs get tired of peddling.
If you are planning to take the GO Train, you'll also want to make sure to take advantage of the Niagara Parks and GO travel package. For $30 you'll receive round-trip GO Train fare from Toronto plus a connection WEGO bus pass.
Port Robinson Ferry
The Port Robinson Ferry is a free service for cyclists and pedestrians providing a convenient crossing point at the Welland Canal Trail to connect Thorold to Niagara Falls utilizing the Greater Niagara Circle Route. The Ferry runs every day from 9 am to 8 pm during June, July and August, with reduced hours during September and October from 9 am to dusk.
Several accommodations across Niagara offer bike friendly stays, providing bike racks, maps and rentals for customers. There is also a network of Bed & Breakfasts across the region that are a part of Cycle and Stay Niagara. These accommodations provide a bike friendly place to rest your head after a long day on two wheels, all located along the Greater Niagara Circle Route. Each property provides secure lockup for bikes and can arrange for luggage transfer between each accommodation, so your things are ready and waiting once you arrive at your next stop. Visit the Cycle and Stay Niagara site for a complete list of participating B&B's to make your Niagara Falls cycling trip as seamless as possible.
There are several ways to get yourself zooming on two wheels through Niagara without having to transport your own bike.
Zoom Leisure Bikes
Zoom Leisure Bikes offer riders a large fleet to choose from - including tandem bikes! Bikes can be rented half of a day for $20 or a full day for $30. Multi day rates are also available. Rentals can be picked up from their flagship location in Niagara-on-the-Lake or delivered anywhere in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake for a flat fee of $20.
Every rental includes:
- Custom-made handle bar bags
- A bell
- Water bottle cage
- Area and route maps
- Emergency roadside assistance
Also provided by Zoom Leisure Bikes, Zoom Bikeshare uses various partners across Niagara to conveniently provide readily available bikes to visitors. Simply download the app, choose a bike and unlock it on the app and then return the bike to any Zoom Haven, locking it back up on the app. The cost is $5 per hour and you can find bikes at the following locations:
In addition to renting bikes for your own journey, several tour operators provide guided cycling tours in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Niagara Wine Tours International offers several different guided bike tours, along with Zoom Leisure Bikes.
Some accommodations may have limited bikes available for rent on site - like Hostelling International. It is recommended you enquire at time of booking.