|These routes are a selection of favourites designed by
members of the Regional Niagara Bicycling Committee. They take you
through our prettiest towns, our most interesting scenery and past our
famous tourist attractions. We don't guarantee their safety, but they
do stick mainly to our quieter roads. Unfortunately, there are few
sections of paved shoulders or bike lanes in the Region, but we're working
Most cycling in Niagara is over flat terrain. The Niagara
Escarpment, which runs East - West just south of the urban areas from
Queenston to Grimsby, is the only major hill. The climb can be
conquered by keen beginners, though the hills become more challenging the
further west you go. Once at the top, look forward to outstanding
views and thrilling descents!
Most loops have free parking available near the start. The
exceptions are the Niagara-on-the-lake loop and the Thorold-Welland loop
which starts in St. Catharines. For these you may have to pay for
parking or park a kilometre or so away from the start. Also, in Jordan
(Loop 3) be sure to park beside the Bailey Bridge at the bottom of the hill
behind the businesses.
You may find it easiest to follow the maps in the rural areas and turn to
the written instructions for detailed directions through the towns and
Wherever possible we have kept the routes on paved roads. If a
section of gravel is to be encountered it is noted in the directions.
Although all the tours are circuits, most of them overlap at least one
other circuit, so if you wish to cross the Region by bike you will be able
to combine sections of adjoining tours. Use this map in conjunction
2003-04 Bicycling Map for maximum enjoyment.
Niagara Regions is full of quiet, paved or hard surface country roads!
We have used a selection of our favourites. The detailed route maps
show every road and should give you enough infoormation to stray off the
coloured route and explore further or shorten your ride. The darker
shaded roads are Regional Roads and are the most likely to be paved, but
don't limit yourself because many others are at least hard surfaced.
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