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Trail To Go Program
1600km Trail from Grand Bend to Quebec 76 Waterfront Communities
Bringing people to the water, and making sure the water is worth coming to.
Visit the trail for an afternoon or a cycle it for a week
Cyclists participate in Ajax's annual Trailfest event
Download and print high quality PDF maps of the entire Waterfront Trail
Sign-up for the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure, a 5-day family friendly cycling holiday
We've Got the Trail. You Make the Time.
Donate to the Waterfront Regeneration Trust to support the Waterfront Trail
Check out Family-Friendly sections and day trip ideas
Lake Huron North Channel Waterfront Expansion - Sault Ste Marie to Sudbury
Bootleggers Bay, Algoma Mills

Welcome to the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail

One of 7 Great Canadian Cycling trips on the Trans Canada Trail-the Great Trail.

One of 10 Bike Trips that will make you Fall in Love with Canada. 

Learn about Trail to GO -- GO Transit to access the Waterfront Trail

Stretching over 2100 km along the Canadian shores of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair, Lake Huron and the Niagara, Detroit and St. Lawrence Rivers, the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail connects 114 communities and hundreds of parks and natural areas including wetlands, forests and beaches. Created to protect, connect and celebrate the world's largest group of freshwater lakes, the Trail is the first step in a broader strategy to regenerate our Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. Today the Trail is 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 centres have dedicated paths that are a key feature 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 The Great Trail by 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 114+ 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

Happy Trails!


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Latest From the Waterfront Trail

15 Best-of Itineraries!

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3000 km of Extraordinary Coastal and Countryside cycling on the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail & the Greenbelt Route. Protected. Permanent. Prosperous. Precious.

Visit www.OntarioByBike.ca/150

A program made possible with support from the Province of Ontario.

@CelebratebyBikeON  #BikeON



GWTA 2018 Registration


July 29 - August 3, 2018

Registration is selling quickly for the 2018 Great Waterfront Trail Adventure less than 40 registrations left . Join us on our fully supported cycling holiday as we ride 520 km over six days from Ajax along the shores of Lake Ontario and the stunning St Lawrence River all the way to the Quebec border. Check out the route. Lots of fun activities both on and off the bike; come with friends or make friends along the way.

Fundraising and non fundraising options available; learn how to be a Waterfront Trail Champion.


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Trail of Distinction

GLWT Badge TODOn behalf of 160 communities and First Nations we are honoured that the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail is recognized by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport as a Trail of Distinction along with the Greenbelt Route, Trans Canada Trail Ontario, The Bruce Trail and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs Trans Ontario Provincial Trails. Read the Media Release


Lake Huron North Channel Expansion-Sault Ste Marie to Sudbury

Credit Martin Lortz LHNC Workshp May 31B 12Signs will be installed & maps available this summer along the 380km cycling route. Please note that MTO's work to pave shoulders on HWY 17 between Iron Bridge and Blind River (23km) for the Trail will be on-going throughout the summer and may continue until Spring 2018. Check out Martin Lortz's photos.  

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Contact Information

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

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