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...inscribed on the links of the Waterfront Trail are the terms of partnership.--David Crombie, 2014


Community Partners

The Waterfront Trail connects over 80 communities, linking together parks, natural areas, beaches, heritage centres, farms, villages and major urban centres. The communities support the vision for a Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and work with the Waterfront Regeneration Trust (WRT) to make sure it is consistently signed, mapped and promoted. See the list of Waterfront Trail Community Partners.


Funding Partners


The Waterfront Regeneation Trust (WRT) is fortunate to have partners who contribute not only funding but also time, knowledge and ideas to our work. We are grateful to all our donors, volunteers and sponsors for their active support. 



Since 2012 CAA has been a generous partner to the Waterfront Regeneration Trust and Waterfront Trail communities providing expertise in tourism, logistics and road safety in addition to its support for the:

  • Great Waterfront Trail Adventure
  • Trail expansion along Lake Erie and Greenbelt Route development, and
  • Promoting the Trail to their extensive membership.

CAA's Bike and Ride program features a growing number of cycling itineraries that follow the Waterfront Trail along side a number of prestigious, well known routes from the US and Europe. In 2012 they launched 24 hr roadside bike service for members. Mobile Bike Assist accompanies the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure, changing tires, tuning bikes and handling a range of repairs on the course.

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Trans Canada Trail



Trans Canada Trail

The Trans Canada Trail is a major partner in the WRT's work to expand the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail into Northern Ontario from Sault Ste Marie to Sudbury. The WRT is leading a 30-month implementation plan to map and sign the Lake Huron North Channel Waterfront Trail by 2017. We are very proud that the Lake Huron North Channel section of the Waterfront Trail will be part of Canada's national trail system--the Trans Canada Trail. Click here for information on the Ontario's Trans Canada Trail

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Ontario Trillium Foundation

The Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario generously supported a partner-wide strategic planning process that resulted in an expanded vision for the Waterfront Trail to include all of Canada's Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. 

The Foundation is funding the expansion of the Waterfront Trail along the North Shore of Lake Huron in partnership Trans Canada Trail.

In 2008, the OTF provided the Waterfront Regeneration Trust with a three-year, $210,000 grant to help launch the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure.



Ontario Government

The Ontario government has contributed to the development and promotion of Waterfront Trail and Greenway through several projects over the years.  Most recently, in 2015, the Ministry of Transportation announced funding for four priority projects where the Waterfront Trail uses Provincial roadways. In 2010 the Ministry of Tourism funded work by the WRT to work with communities along Lake Erie and Carolinian Canada Coalition to create the Waterfront Trail along Lake Erie and the Erie Coastal Stewardship Eco Trail.

The Great Lakes Waterfront Trail serves several provincial policy priorities including:
Great Lakes Strategy
#Cycle ON Strategy
Ontario Trails Strategy
Healthy, Active Communities




Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario

The Heart and Stroke Foundation provided funding in 2013-2014 to help the Waterfront Trail reach out to more youth by creating a mobile friendly website. Thanks to support from the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Waterfront Regeneration Trust has participated in and gained important insites from youth through online surveys and events such as the Ontario Youth Bike Summit. 



St Lawrence Parks Commission

One of the largest tourism destinations in Eastern Ontario, extending 200 km from Kingston to the Quebec border. Their facilities include parks, attractions along the St. Lawrence Heritage Corridor including Fort Henry, Upper Canada Village, Long Sault Parkway and 1000 Islands Parkway. Manage several excellent campgrounds along the route. In 2005 the St. Lawrence Parks joined the Waterfront partnership and designated the St. Lawrence recreational trail as Waterfront Trail.

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Ragnar Relay Series

Ragnar Relay Series hosts a number of events across the United States. In 2013, Ragnar hosted the first ever international event in Ontario on the Waterfront Trail. 2200 runners ran over 2 days and one night from Cobourg to Niagara. The Waterfront Regeneration Trust is the official race charity of Ragnar Niagara.

Share the Road Cycling Coalition

Share the Road Cycling Coalition

The WRT is proud to partner with Share the Road Coalition to support safe cycling in Ontario.     

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Ontario by Bike

Ontario by Bike is a project of Transportation Options geared to helping businesses develop cycling-friendly services and facilities through their certification program. The WRT is pleased to know that many businesses and accommodations along the Waterfront Trail have become Ontario By Bike certified and are ready to serve cyclists. The Ontario By Bike website is an excellent resource for trip itineraries, cycling events both on and off the Waterfront Trail.


Ontario Trails Council

The WRT is a proud member of the Ontario Trails Council.


Ontario Provincial Parks

The Waterfront Trail passes through 19 Provincial Parks, and the Trust has been working in partnership with Ontario Parks on initiatives to increase collaboration through events such as the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure.

Community, Agency and Conservation Authority Partners

The Waterfront communities, Agencies and Conservation Authorities (in geographical order) provide funding and in-kind support for the promotion, completion and enhancement of Ontario's Waterfront Trail:

Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair and Lake Huron

  • Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation
  • Lambton County
  • Municipality of Lambton Shores
  • Town of Plympton-Wyoming
  • Village of Point Edward
  • City of Sarnia
  • Township of St. Clair
  • Town of Lakeshore
  • Town of Tecumseh
  • City of Windsor
  • Town of Lasalle
  • Town of Amherstburg
  • Town of Essex
  • Town of Kingsville
  • Leamington
  • Essex County
  • Municipality of Chatham-Kent
  • Elgin County
  • West Elgin
  • Dutton/Dunwich
  • Southwold
  • Central Elgin
  • Malahide
  • Bayham
  • Norfolk County
  • Haldimand County
  • The Niagara Parks Commission
  • The Tourism Partnership of Niagara
  • Wainfleet
  • Port Colborne
  • Fort Erie 

Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River

  • Niagara Parks Commission
  • The Tourism Partnership of Niagara
  • Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Regional Municipality of Niagara
  • Niagara Penninsula Conservation Authority
  • City of St. Catharines
  • Town of Lincoln
  • Town of Grimsby
  • City of Hamilton
  • Hamilton Region Conservation Authority
  • Conservation Halton
  • Regional Muncipality of Halton
  • City of Burlington
  • Town of Oakville
  • City of Mississauga
  • Regional Municipality of Peel
  • Credit Valley Conservation Authority
  • City of Toronto
  • Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
  • City of Pickering
  • Town of Ajax
  • Town of Whitby
  • City of Oshawa
  • Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority
  • Regional Municipality of Durham
  • Municipality of Clarington
  • Municipality of Port Hope
  • Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority
  • County of Northumberland
  • Town of Cobourg
  • Township of Hamilton
  • Township of Cramahe/Village of Colborne
  • Lower Trent Region Conservation Authority
  • Township of Alnwick/Haldimand
  • The Great Waterway
  • Municipality of Brighton
  • City of Quinte West
  • Deseronto
  • Township of Tyendinaga
  • Quinte Conservation
  • City of Belleville
  • County of Hastings
  • Loyalist Township
  • Town of Greater Napanee
  • Prince Edward County
  • County of Lennox and Addington
  • City of Kingston
  • County of Leeds and Grenville
  • Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority
  • Town of Gananoque
  • Leeds and the Thousand Islands
  • Thousand Islands Tourism
  • St. Lawrence Parks Commission
  • Front of Yonge
  • Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley
  • City of Brockville
  • Township of Augusta
  • Town of Prescott
  • Township of Edwardsburgh/Cardinal
  • County of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry
  • Cornwall & Seaway Valley Tourism
  • St. Lawrence Parks Commission
  • Raisin Region Conservation Authority
  • Township of South Dundas
  • Township of South Stormont
  • City of Cornwall
  • Township of South Glengarry

Lake Huron North Channel

  • Tourism Northern Ontario
  • Prince Township
  • City of Sault Ste Marie
  • Township of Macdonald, Meredith and Aberdeen Additional-Echo Bay
  • Township of Laird
  • Township of Tarbutt and Tarbutt Additional
  • Township of Johnson --Debarats
  • Township of Plummer Additional
  • Town of Thessalon
  • Town of Bruce Mines
  • Municipality of Huron Shores
  • Town of Blind River
  • Mississauga First Nation
  • Township of North Shore
  • Serpent River First Nation
  • Town of Spanish
  • Township of Sables-Spanish Rivers
  • Town of Espanola
  • Township of Nairn and Hyman
  • City of Greater Sudbury
  • Rainbow Routes
  • Discovery Routes

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