Welcome to the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail
The Waterfront Trail listed as one of 10 Bike Trips that will make you Fall in Love with Canada.
Read Marianne Wisenthal's 2015 article here.
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 76 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.
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 70+ community partners, supporting corporations, foundations and partner organizations. Check out our progress. You can help by participating in the Annual Great Waterfront Trail Adventure and/or donating to the Trust.
Latest From the Waterfront Trail
The Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail connection between Hamilton and Burlington will be closed from Monday to Thursday July 4 to 28, 2016 from 7 am to 5 pm while work to replace the aerial cables connecting the towers is underway. There will be days with no pedestrian and bicycle access across the bridge. See Lake Ontario Map 1-12.
Check out Martin Lortz's photos of the Lake Huron North Channel taken during the recent Mobile Workshop. The route connects 21 communities and First Nations and will be part of the national Trans Canada Trail.
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!
The 2016 GWTA is now SOLD OUT.
Ontario's Waterfront Trail was referred to as "a ridiculously pretty ride" on a list of 10 bike trails to love. Read Marianne Wisenthal's 2015 article from The Loop, here and find out about many other great trails in Canada too. Happy Trails!