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Cyclists participate in Ajax's annual Trailfest event
1400km Trail from Windsor to Quebec 68 Waterfront Communities
Sign-up for the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure, a 5-day family friendly cycling holiday
Visit the trail for an afternoon or a cycle it for a week
Download and print high quality PDF maps of the entire Waterfront Trail
Bringing people to the water, and making sure the water is worth coming to.
Donate to the Waterfront Regeneration Trust to support the Waterfront Trail
Check out Family-Friendly sections and day trip ideas

Welcome to the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail

Stretching over 1600km along the Canadian shores of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair and the Niagara, Detroit and St. Lawrence Rivers, the Waterfront Trail connects 75 communities and over 405 parks and natural areas including wetlands, forests and beaches. Created to regenerate, celebrate and reconnect people to our Great Lake waterfronts, the Trail has become a well-loved and used recreation, fitness and green transportation amenity and a world-renowned tourism attraction. New in 2015--Pelee Island is now an official part of the Waterfront Trail and a great family-friendly weekend!

Enjoy the Trail for a quick stroll or as part of a multi-day, long distance adventure:

- Mobile friendly interactive map
- Free downloadable and printable PDF Maps
- Family friendly day trip ideas
- Suggested multi-day itineraries
- Great Waterfront Trail Adventure Cycling Holiday
- CAA's Drive and Ride Vacations
- CAA Bike Assist App featuring cycling maps & itineraries for the Waterfront Trail and other great routes. 
- Regional Loops

The fully signed Trail is a combination of paths (21%), neighbourhood streets (21%), and rural roads (58%). Many urban centers have dedicated paths that are a central features of their waterfronts. Major trails including the Niagara River Path and the St. Lawrence bikeway are part of the Waterfront Trail network. It is largely paved and welcomes all types of non-motorized recreation including runners, cyclists, walkers, wheelchairs, strollers and rollerbladers. Many sections of the Trail are also designated as part of the Trans Canada Trail.

Established in 1988, the Waterfront Regeneration Trust is the non-profit organization leading the movement to create a Waterfront Trail for the Canadian Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. We do this in partnership with 75 community partners, supporting corporations, foundations and partner organizations.

Happy Trails!


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Latest From the Waterfront Trail

Rouge National Urban Park

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The Rouge National Urban Park will be one of the largest urban parks in the world. It is on the Waterfront Trail on the eastern boundary of Toronto! And it just got bigger!


GWTA 2016 Pelee Island to Grand Bend

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Annual supported cycling holiday that includes so much more than biking. Two Great Lakes, three heritage rivers, islands, beaches, wineries, history, camping (hotels option available), side trips to the US!

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Photos from previous GWTAs.




Visit Lynde Shores Trail & Feed the Chickadees

TO2015 GovON lockup col vert rev1Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out the Lynde Shores Waterfront Trail! Cycle the Waterfront Trail to Lynde Shores, hike along one of the many nature trails connected to the Trail for a glimpse of meadows, wetlands and the Lake. Bring a stock of sunflower seeds--the chickadees will come to your hand! Download maps of Lynde Shores Conservation Area here.

Waterfront Trail Expansion


Leading a movementLROne day, the Waterfront Trail will embrace all of our Canadian Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River! Currently underway: 

  • Lambton County (2015)
  • Lake Huron North Channel--Sault Ste Marie to Sudbury (2017)
  • Georgian Bay Cycle Route--read the newly released Feasibility Study.

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Contact Information

(416) 943-8080
4195 Dundas St. West - Suite 227,
Toronto, Ontario M8X 1Y4

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