How to use the Maps
The Waterfront Trail follows the closest route possible to the shores of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie and the St Lawrence River. The long-term goal is to create a dedicated, off-road Trail that follows the closest waterfront route that is environmentally feasible.
The Trail E-maps provide recreational cyclists with a current navigable route comprising existing Waterfront Trail and possible connections through gap areas. Exercise caution when using the Trail. Conditions on the Trail surface may change suddenly. As the Trail becomes more popular, there will be a wide range of people using it in a variety of ways--let's share and do our best to accommodate each other.
On-road and Off-road (Waterfront Trail)
An on-road section is actually on the road surface, not separated from it by a physical barrier such as a boulevard.
Cycling lanes along paved shoulders are considered on-road. They may not be suitable for some Trail users because of close proximity to vehicular traffic.
Off-road sections are separated from a road surface by a physical barrier. These are generally considered safe for non-vehicular traffic but, because of the surface, may not be suitable for all Trail users. As well, off-road sections are usually multi-use paths requiring cyclists to reduce speed and watch for pedestrians.
Please respect restrictions placed on trail use, indicated on the maps with an alert. These restrictions (e.g. pedestrian use only in Rattray Marsh) are intended to safeguard sensitive natural areas and other users.
The Waterfront Trail includes natural, grass, boardwalk, granular material, asphalt and concrete surfaces, though much of the Waterfront Trail is paved asphalt.
Marked with a widely spaced dashed line, these routes indicate a possible connection through an existing gap in the Trail. These routes are not signed, and are usually on-road. They may not be suitable for some Trail users because of close proximity to vehicular traffic.
One major gap in the Trail exist for which no route is marked on the maps - Quinte West to Belleville. At this time there is no suitable cycling route available, and cyclists wishing to complete an end-to-end itinerary should follow the trail portion through Prince Edward County.
Each community that is connected to the Waterfront Trail has a Profile. Profiles contain: a route summary; a listing of visitor services such as tourist offices or local maps and public transit information.
These maps, itineraries, and trip suggestions have been developed to assist Trail users in planning both their recreational and commuting trips along the Waterfront Trail. It shows signed routes of the Trail, as well as possible routes and connections in areas where routes have not yet been designated as part of the Waterfront Trail. The possible routes and connections have been identified in consultation with the municipalities and Conservation Authorities of Lake Ontario and from Trail users. Some of these possible routes and connections may not be ideal for cycling, in-line skating, or hiking. They may be unsuitable for some Trail users because of the close proximity to vehicular traffic or unsuitable trail surface. Whenever possible, indicators have been placed on the maps to warn of caution areas. However, be prepared to make your own evaluation of traffic, trail and road conditions, and plan routes appropriate to your riding, in line skating, and hiking skills and your comfort level. This map is not intended as a guide for children.