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About the GWTA

people jumping on a beachOur goal is to make sure people have access to the largest group of freshwater lakes on earth containing 21% of the world's surface freshwater. They are unique to Ontario and one of Canada's most precious resources.





Driven by a commitment to making our Great Lakes' waterfronts healthy and vibrant places, we are working together with our partners to create a Great Lakes Waterfront Trail that protects, connects and celebrates our Great Lakes. Since 1992, the Waterfront Regeneration Trust and our 100 community and First Nation partners have worked diligently to:

  • Expand and enhance the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and Greenway as part of a larger strategy to regenerate the waterfront
  • Promote the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and Greenway as a way to achieve a healthy environment and lifestyle.


The Great Lakes Waterfront Trail has been an instrumental part of the Great Lakes regeneration. Along it you will find a 1600 km celebration of nature and culture - where peaceful countryside, small towns and big cities are linked to bring our Great Lakes to this province's residents and visitors, alike. Enjoy it for a day. Or make it a summer-long adventure. The Great Lakes Waterfront Trail will let you discover the Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River waterfront...and what it can mean to you.

In 2002, partners of the trail, including journalist Kate Harries, rode the length of the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River route and documented their journey in a series of articles that appeared in the Toronto Star.


July 2008 was the inaugural Great Waterfront Trail Adventure, an 8 day, 720 km, cycling holiday from Niagara to the Quebec border that was open to the public. The purpose of the ride was to promote the Waterfront Trail and showcase the communities along the route and that they are connected. Every year, people are surprised by the hidden gems they encounter on this ride.

In 2013 the Waterfront Trail expanded to include Lake Erie and Lake St. Claire and the route was initiated with the GWTA, a 7 day, 600 km cycling holiday. The ride introduced people to 27 new communities, parks, submarines, wineries and breweries, as well as learning about windmills and the underground railroad.

The 2015 GWTA was uniquely not on the Waterfront Trail. We hosted a Special Edition of the GWTA  launching the Ontario Greenbelt Route. This was a 6 day tour of undulating terrain from the hills of Northumberland to the vineyards of Niagara. 

In 2016 the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail expanded yet again to include Pelee Island and Lake Huron. Over 5 days our riders visited one island, two Great Lakes and no less than three heritage rivers with many fascinating communities  along the way. We will be riding for 5 days on a mix of off road trail and quiet signed roads. 

In 2017 we celebrated Canada's 150th birthday by riding from National Park to National Park. Starting at Point Pelee, Canada's Southernmost Point, we rode 525km along the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail to Rouge National Urban Park over 7 days.

In 2018 we will return to Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River - some of the most popular riding in Ontario. Daily Distances range from 40km  to 110km over mainly flat terrain on a mix of quiet country roads and off road trails. As always, we offer support vehicles should you wish to cycle less and an unparelled level of mechanical support from our valued sponsor CAA South Central Ontario.


Our Mailing Address:
Waterfront Regeneration Trust

4195 Dundas St. West
, Suite 227

Toronto, Ontario M8X 1Y4

Telephone: (416) 943-8080

E-mail:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tourdirector [at] wrtrust.com

Contact Information

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

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