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Your cycling guide to Niagara

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Your cycling guide to Niagara

After you've seen the city, there's no better way to tour Ontario's delightful food and wine country than on two wheels in the Niagara RegionExternal Link Title.


Right near New York, Toronto, and the US-Canada border, both the Niagara PeninsulaExternal Link Title, a top wine producing region on Lake Ontario's shore, and handsome, heritage town Niagara-on-the-Lake, are easily accessible on bikes. And there's plenty to see, do, eat, and drink.


Before you start, consult the Niagara Cycling Tourism CentreExternal Link Title or Niagara Falls TourismExternal Link Title for information and maps, then check out some of the routes, stops, and suggestions below.

Niagara and Greenbelt loops

Looking for farms and orchards, cute villages and vineyards, all with verdant rolling hills in between? You'll find them in the Niagara RegionExternal Link Title, idyllic for cycle-touring in summer and fall. Start in Niagara FallsExternal Link Title as the hub that connects these routes to begin your adventure. For a long ride that gives a good overview, tackle the 87-mile paved Greater Niagara Circle RouteExternal Link Title, also part of The Great Trail. You'll be pedaling, often by the waterfront, with plenty of chances to go for a city tour, stop for a swim on the beach, or take a stroll through the village and stop for lunch. Another option? The Greenbelt RouteExternal Link Title hits Lincoln and St. CatharinesExternal Link Title, wineries, and fruit stands, plus historical Niagara-On-The-Lake over 295 scenic miles.


After stopping in at a vineyard, like Southbrook VineyardsExternal Link Title, spend time in Niagara-on-the-LakeExternal Link Title, a charming 19th century villageExternal Link Title.External Link Title Stroll the tree-lined avenues, visit the boutiques, and research the sophisticated, locavore-driven dining sceneExternal Link Title. Then pedal to the nearby orchards and wineries for u-pick berries, peaches, and lavender, as well as tours and tastings. If you're a theater fan, time your visit with the internationally acclaimed Shaw FestivalExternal Link Title, April to November. Take in one of the many productions, from avant-garde to classic.

Niagara Wine Route

In a relatively compact area, you'll find nearly 100 wineriesExternal Link Title -- like Di Profio WinesExternal Link Title, Small Talk VineyardsExternal Link Title, and critics' darling Five Rows Craft WineryExternal Link Title --  many of which you can only buy in Canada. The Niagara Wine RouteExternal Link Title takes you past most of them, and includes the Niagara EscarpmentExternal Link Title, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, and the town of Niagara-On-The-LakeExternal Link Title. Cycle the route and tour, taste, dine, meet the vintners along the way. Looking for more? Take a workshop, have a picnic, or join a winemaker's dinnerExternal Link Title .

Go with a guide

If you'd rather not deal with the planning and gear, let the cycle-touring experts lead you around Niagara. Ontario By BikeExternal Link Title leads small-group weekend tours around the province, including the Niagara area. Cycle CanadaExternal Link Title runs a one-week Niagara Vineyards ride with stays in B&Bs, sightseeing to the Falls, a Shaw Festival matinee, plus winery and produce stops. Then there's Zoom LeisureExternal Link Title, which rents wheels to self-guided riders and also leads anything from afternoon winery tours, to vineyard picnics. Grape Escapes Wine ToursExternal Link Title is another service that can take you all over the Niagara Peninsula -- bicycles and gear included.


Niagara is the undisputed world leader in Icewine. If you want to learn more about it, arrange a custom tour or cycle yourself between Icewine specialists. The #1 stop is InniskillinExternal Link Title, the area's original pioneer. At this spot, you can take a tourExternal Link Title, taste all the varietals including Icewine, or book a private eventExternal Link Title, such as a Canadian cuisine cooking class or wine luncheon. Also sample the intense, golden-hued wine made from frozen grapes at Peller EstatesExternal Link Title, a lovely spot for an elegant lunch. Family-run Pillitteri Estates WineryExternal Link Title is also worth a visit, especially to try their Icewine tasting flights. The Ice House WineryExternal Link Title is popular for its Icewine cocktails and slushies. If you're cycling in the colder months, come prepared with layers!

Get more travel tips at the Visit Niagara website.