Plan Your Adventure
The Waterfront Trail can be enjoyed for a few minutes from a scenic vantage point, a few hours on a waterfront stroll, or for a few weeks on an end-to-end cycling adventure. There are 86 communities to explore on foot, by bike or by car. On this page we have a range of guided and self-guided itinerary suggestions developed by the Waterfront Regeneration Trust and great partners like CAA, Ontario By Bike, Velo Quebec and Adventure Cyclists.
Walking and Cycling
Two-hour day trips along the Waterfront Trail
For short family friendly Waterfront Trail ideas on Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River, see the Family Friendly Ideas in the “Visiting the Trail” section.
Waterfront Excursions along Lake Erie
Waterfront trip itineraries along Lake Erie, the Detroit River, Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River and Lake Huron including birding, culinary tours, driving and beach ideas!
CAA Drive and Ride--Day Trips on the Waterfront Trail
CAA has created several wonderful drive and cycling trip itineraries--including many on the Waterfront Trail. Each itinerary includes route description, map, list of attractions, CAA approved accommodations, restaurants and events
• Toronto Beaches--10.8 km from Ferry Terminal to The Beach (Lake Ontario)
• Eastern Toronto Getaway--23 km East Point Park, Toronto to Lakeside Park, Ajax (Lake Ontario)
• Chatham-Kent-102 km from Point Pelee National Park to Rondeau Provincial Park (Lake Erie)
• Elgin and Norfolk Counties--68 km from Port Burwell (Home of the Ojibwa--a cold war submarine you can tour!) to Turkey Point Provincial Park
• Norfolk and Haldimand Counties--97 km from Turkey Point Provincial Park to Dunnville (Lake Erie)
• Windsor Essex County-100km from Windsor to Point Pelee (Lake Erie)
• Essex County--55 km from Amherstburg to Leamington to Pelee Island (Lake Erie)
Two-day Self-guided Cycle Tour Simcoe to Niagara Falls along Lake Erie and the Niagara River
Cycle 270 km over two days along Lake Erie, the historic Welland Canal and heritage Niagara River using parts of the Waterfront Trail visiting communities of Simcoe, Port Dover in Norfolk, Selkirk and Dunnville in Haldimand, and Wainfleet, Port Colborne, Welland, Fort Erie and Niagara Falls. Do more than just cycle; be sure to walk along the beaches in Port Dover, kayak down the Grand River in Dunnville, take in the vibrant patio life in Port Colborne, visit Old Fort Erie, tour Niagara wineries and finish at one of the world’s great natural wonders — Niagara Falls.
This itinerary was part of the 2014 Velo Quebec Grand Tour. Suggested accommodations reflect Vélo Quebec’s selections, however there are variety of suitable accommodations along the route, which can be found on our partner’s websites. Ample opportunities for camping as well. Download the pdf itinerary with turn by turn instructions and maps by clicking here.
Adventure Cyclists Great Lakes Relaxed Fully Supported Bike Tour
Loop tour starting and finishing in Mackinaw City, Michigan U.S taking in the US side of the Great Lakes (Huron, Michigan and Superior). Starting at the top of the Lower Peninsula, we’ll shuttle across the Mackinac Bridge and begin pedaling north from the bottom of the Upper Peninsula. We’ll explore numerous state parks replete with thick forests, wondrous waterfalls, and lakeshore views, as well as Whitefish Bay, site of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, and Sault Ste. Marie, home of the Soo Locks. We’ll catch a ferry to Mackinac Island and explore this special place where automobiles are noticeably absent. Adventure Cyclists has coupled the route’s gentle terrain and moderate daily distances with convenient luggage transport and scrumptious catering to offer a superb choice for the first-time bicycle tourist as well as the seasoned bike traveler who seeks a more laid-back cycling experience.
Multi-day Tours along the Waterfront Trail using previous Great Waterfront Trail Adventure Itineraries
Lake Erie to Lake Huron from Pelee Island to Grand Bend: Relive the 2016 inaugural ride celebrating the extension of the Trail to Lake Huron. 5-day itinerary covers 380 km with maps. Download the 5-day itinerary (no maps). Download Maps: Day One. Day Two. Day Three. Day Four. Day Four Map of US. Day Five.
2-day itinerary from Kingston to Iroquois, South Dundas with an overnight in Gananoque and suggested Wolfe Island Loop based on the GWTA 2014. Includes links to Waterfront Trail maps and tourism information. GWTA 2014-166 km from Kingston to Iroquois along the St. Lawrence River.
Detailed itinerary for the 2013 Great Waterfront Trail Adventure--Lake Erie Edition. Tour communities from the Town of Lakeshore to Fort Erie overnighting in Windsor, Leamington, Chatham Kent (Rondeau Provincial Park), Port Stanley (Elgin), Norfolk (Turkey Point Provincial Park or glamping at Long Point Eco Adventures, Dunnville, Haldimand and Fort Erie. Includes maps, timing, suggested stops. 620 km over 6 days.
Detailed itinerary for the 2012 GWTA Lake Ontario and St Lawrence River Edition. From Niagara-on-the-Lake to South Glengarry overnighting in Hamilton, Toronto, Oshawa, Trenton, Amherstview, Prescott, Cornwall and South Glengarry (at the Quebec border). 740 km over 8 days.
GWTA 2012 – 740 km from Niagara to Quebec border along Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River
For information on this year’s fully supported GWTA cycling holiday, please see the events section of our website.
Velo Quebec Self-guided Tour Packages
Based on the popular Grand Tour 2014 route, this is an independent 7-day cycle tour package. It includes everything you need for an amazing experience of Niagara and Lake Erie--on a date of your choosing. Much of the route uses the Waterfront Trail. Package includes 6 nights in three-star hotels, six breakfasts, two dinners, baggage transportation between stopover cities, GPX data and maps.
Based on the popular Grand Tour 2011 route, this is an independent 7-day cycle tour package. It includes everything you need for an amazing experience of Thousand Islands section of the Waterfront Trail along the mighty St. Lawrence River. Choose your date. Package includes 6 nights in three-star hotels, six breakfasts, two dinners, baggage transportation between stopover cities, GPX data and maps.
Supported Multi-day Guided Tours by Velo Quebec Travel Services
Velo Quebec offers a supported, guided tours of Niagara Region, Thousand Islands and Georgian Bay. Follow the link to learn more about dates, registration fees and itinerary highlights, of which the Waterfront Trail is one!
Ontario by Bike Multi-day Cycling Tours
The St. Thomas and Four Ports Tour is a four-day recreational bike ride that covers 184 km along quiet rural roads down to Lake Erie’s Waterfront Trail and through communities with rich maritime heritage and vast agricultural lands. Itinerary developed by Ontario by Bike for Southwest Tourism.
The Windsor Kingsville Essex Cycling Tour is a three-day bike ride that covers 130 km along scenic rural roads to the heart of Canada’s southernmost wine region. Follow glistening Lake Erie and Detroit River shorelines on the Lake Erie Waterfront Trail through charming towns, natural areas, beaches, historical buildings and culinary offerings. Itinerary developed by Ontario By Bike for Southwest Tourism.
In addition to these, Ontario by Bike has a number of other trip suggestions on and off the Waterfront Trail on their website!
Lennox Addington Cycling Loops-Both Day and Multi-day Suggestions
For the Best Day Ever! Located in the heart of eastern Ontario you'll find beautiful Lennox Addington County on Lake Ontario. The County has organized 12 cycling itineraries that showcase the area's rich loyalist heritage. You'll beautifully preserved colonial homes, churches, Greater Napanee's heritage main street and a wonderful new winery equipped with a pizza oven on the Waterfront Trail. Each itinerary comes with map, KML and GPX data and detailed route information about accommodations, sights and attractions. Of the 12, the following are on the Waterfront Trail: D Shoreline, E Hay Bay, K Amherstview.
Bike On Tours--Ports of Lake Erie Bicycle Touring Package--http://www.bikeontours.on.ca/PortsErie.html
Purchase your bicycle touring route guide package for Ports of Lake Erie visiting London, Woodstock, Port Dover and Port Burwall. 4 days - 275 kilometers - 53 to 79 kilometers per day.
Bicycle the most scenic section of the Waterfront Trail along the Lake Erie shore from Port Dover to Port Stanley looping east from London and south from Woodstock.
Includes London, Ingersoll, Woodstock, Waterford, Simcoe, Port Dover, Port Rowan, Port Stanley and St. Thomas.
Annual Sylvan Circle Artist & Artisan Tour - Bruce Mines to Echo Bay, Lake Huron North Channel
This single-day event occurs annually in September, connecting participants to local artists and artisans in several communities between Echo Bay and Bruce Mines via Highway 638 through the Sylvan Valley and via Highway 17, forming a 100km loop.
For more information including participants and dates, see the Sylvan Circle Tour Website.