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

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

Important Trail Closure Information: The Waterfront Trail will be closed Bayly/Victoria Road between Halls Road and Seaboard Gate in Whitby from August 4 to 7, 2017 as Durham Region works on the bridge over the Lynde Creek. Eventually there will be a stunning off-road trail connection over the Lynde Creek. Unfortunately there is not a cycle friendly detour available. See Map 3-3.

Our suggestion--end your eastbound travels in Lynde Shores Conservation Area (western end of Whitby) or Ajax. Alternatively start your trip in Whitby and head east into Oshawa, using Trail to GO to get to Whitby. 

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

GLWT Badge TODOn behalf of 114 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


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.



National Park to National Urban Park

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August 6-12, 2017 SOLD OUT!

Celebrate Canada's 150th cycling the 2017 Great Waterfront Trail Adventure. A fully supported cycling holiday covering 550 km, 2 Great Lakes, 24 communities, 2 National Parks. Check out the route.

Follow our Instagram posts #GWTA17 @Waterfront_RT

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

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