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

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 using 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 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 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

Trail of Distinction

ON trail distinction badgeWe are honoured to be 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.


Ontario 150 Celebrate By Bike

Ontario150 flash final1Ride the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail & the Greenbelt Route for over 3000 km of Extraordinary Coastal and Countryside cycling.


Visit www.OntarioByBike.ca/150 for

15 Events, 15 Itineraries and 8 Cycling Camps.

@CelebratebyBikeON  #BikeON



Trail to GO Signage Installation Underway

Rouge Hill Trail to GOTrail to GO signs marking low traffic or traffic-free links betweens 11 GO Transit Stations and 300 kms of Great Lakes Waterfront Trail are starting to make their appearance. Great help for commuters an explorers! This is photo from the Rouge Hill Station. Click here for more information and mini-itinerary ideas.



Trail Closures/Detours


Detour Sign

Oakville Map 2-5: The bridge over Lakeshore Rd in Oakville Harbour is closed. Trail users head north on Forsythe to the bridge on Rebecca St. and return to the Trail via Navy Street-a .6km detour. Careful it can be busy.

Mississauga Map 2-8: Construction underway on the culverts at Applewood and Serson Creek. Trail is open but may be re-routed slightly to avoid work. Completion July 2017.

National Rouge Urban Park Map 2-16 or 3-1-Parking lot closed due to high water levels. Check conditions at https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/on/rouge.

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Contact Information

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

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