Niagara Wines and Waterfront Trail by Bike

Niagara Wines and Waterfront Trail by Bike

Trip Highlights

  • Cycle along the shore of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie
  • Taste world-class wines of Niagara-on-the-lake
  • Visit Historical Fort Erie and Fort George
  • Watch large ships navigate historic Welland Canal and the old lock system
  • Explore the most scenic sections of the Waterfront Trail and the Friendship Trail
  • Get up close to thundering Niagara Falls

Trip Summary

A great adventure to and beyond iconic Niagara Falls, taking you through rural roads and pathways to explore some of the most renowned wineries in Canada, including unique ice-wine estates. On our journey, we will cycle on scenic sections of the Waterfront Trail and venture through the canal system, which forms a key section of the St. Lawrence Seaway by connecting two of North America's Great Lakes. The Niagara region is also home to Fort George and Fort Erie where Canada’s bloodiest battle took place more than 200 years ago. From Burlington to Niagara, the package includes luggage transfers, accommodation, and bicycle rental so all you need to do is enjoy the ride, scenery, and an abundance of delicious wine and food for which the region is so well-known.

Itinerary

Make your way to your hotel in Burlington. You can reach Burlington by train or bus from Toronto.

Meals:  Nil

Our first day of cycling will be a fantastic introduction to the diversity that awaits you on this cycling adventure. From the scenic lake shore paths, to the Niagara escarpment and ending your day with awarded wine estate tasting tours. We start our day by cycling on the Waterfront Trail system which is a local pride, connecting 68 communities and more than 405 parks over 1400km. For most of the morning, you will follow the trail and be passing numerous little beaches that make perfect spots for short breaks. It is shortly after reaching Grimbsy that you will climb the Niagara Escarpment, the climb is steep but very short. The Niagara escarpment enjoys a unique micro climate, which combined with fertile soils forms Ontario’s prime fruit growing area. You will be passing fields with many varieties of fruit trees and just before lunch you will have the chance to visit two wineries: The Fielding Estate and the charming Hidden Bench. After a gourmet lunch you will enter the wine country of Jordan and will have the opportunity to visit some award winning estates where you can enjoy some tastings. On your way down to Jordan you will come across the Ball’s Falls conservation area where you can take a short walk through this beautiful UNESCO World Biosphere Park. Upon arrival in Jordan you can settle in your room, your luggage will already be in your room. You can then explore the Jordan village and visit the Cave Spring Cellar and little unique boutiques.

Meals:  B

This morning after a hearty breakfast, you will be heading north until you reach Lake Ontario. Today, you will mostly follow The Waterfront Trail, cycling on a mixture of residential and rural roads and on gravel cycle paths. Our route will pass through Port Dalhousie’s harbor where you can take a ride on the famous Lakeside original Park Carousel. The carousel was carved between 1898 and 1905 and is proudly operated and maintained by the Friends of the Carousel, it is one of nine antique hand carved carousel left in Canada and you can still ride it for a nickel! After passing through the harbor, you will join the pathway, which offers breathtaking views overlooking the harbor. A few kilometers before you get into Niagara-on-the-lake which will be home for the next two nights, you will come across a few wineries including the Konzelmann Estate, Hinterbrook Estate Winery and Strewn Winery. Hinterbrook Estate also has Oliv Tapas Bar where you can sample olive oils and balsamic vinegars.

Meals:  B

Today will surely be a memorable culinary experience! Our route will take you to the best estates and to some of the best restaurants on the Niagara Peninsula.

Meals:  B

As you exit Niagara-on-the-lake you will have the possibility to visit four wineries including the internationally known Inniskillin and the unique House of Icewines, where Debby will share secret recipes and make you taste her exclusive slushies. You then continue on the Niagara River Recreation Trail following Niagara River, this river is the connecting channel between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. Once again you will climb the Niagara Escarpment, but this time trough a lovely paved path in the lush forest. Your destination today is the iconic Niagara Falls, which is composed of three falls; the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. The Niagara Falls are recognized as a natural wonder and while they are not the tallest in Canada it is the combination of both the volume and height that makes them so impressive. The falls have attracted daredevils from all over the world and many stunts have been tried over Niagara Falls including descending the falls in a barrel and tightrope walking across the falls.

Meals:  B

You will be cycling along the shores of Lake Erie, the shallowest of the Great Lakes until lunch. If your trip takes place early in the season, you may still see some ice cover on the lake. We invite you to take a break at Old Fort Erie where Canada's bloodiest Battlefield took place in 1812. Depending on the time of year, you may experience the sights and sounds of the fort under siege or witness musket demonstrations. After lunch we will continue on the friendship trail for 16 kilometres, all the way to Port Colborne. Much of the trail is located on an abandoned rail line and if time permits you will be able to take a swim at Crystal Beach.

Meals:  B

On our last day of cycling, you will explore Welland Canal, which forms a key section of the St. Lawrence Seaway by connecting Lake Ontario to Lake Erie. After lunch we will take a different path through the old canal system where you will see a series of small locks and come to your final destination on the quiet outskirts of St Catharines.

Meals:  B

After breakfast you make your way to the train or bus station.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 7 nights in a combination of inns, B&Bs and hotels, generally with private facilities on double occupancy
  • Information pack including route notes and maps per room
  • GPX tracks and voice navigation technology for GPS devices or smartphones
  • Luggage transfers (1 piece per person)
  • 21-speed hybrid bicycle rental, including 2 panniers, bike lock, basic repair kit, and bicycle insurance
  • Emergency hotline
  • C$100 per person donation to the Trans Canada Trail

What's Not Included

  • Wine Tasting fee
  • Meals other then breakfast
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Entrance fees and optional activities
  • International Flight
  • Travel Insurance
  • Applicable taxes

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AT A GLANCE

Duration:8 Days
Province/Territory:Ontario
Starting Point:Burlington
Activities:Self Guided Cycling
Grade:Introductory  Click for more information
Trip Code:NWT
Prices From:USD$1099
Single Supplement:USD$440 
Single Traveller:USD$750 
* All prices subject to applicable taxes

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