Niagara Recreation Trail

By on December 10, 2013

The Niagara River Recreation Trail is a fully paved trail that runs the entire length of the Niagara River. The trail is used extensively by locals on bikes, rollerblades, and by foot. It offers exceptional views of the Niagara Gorge, the Niagara River, and of course Niagara Falls.

The first leg of the trail begins in Niagara-on-the-Lake Ontario, directly beside the Niagara River. The trail travels past several tourist attractions in Niagara-on-the-Lake including the Whirlpool Jet Boat Tour, Old Fort George, and Niagara-on-the-Lake itself. During this leg you will pass by several wineries, vineyards, and local farmers markets. Several multimillion dollar homes can be seen along this portion of the trail as well.

Once out of Niagara-on-the-Lake the trail winds its way up the Niagara Escarpment into Queenston Heights Park, home of Brock’s Monument. Be sure to take a tour of the park and monument as they are rich in War of 1812 history.

Next, the trail travels past the Floral Clock, the Sir Adam Beck power generation station, Niagara Glen, the Niagara Whirlpool, and the Whirlpool Aero Car. All attractions are highly visited locations during the tourist season.

The next stage takes you directly through the tourist district of Niagara Falls and past the Falls themselves. Make sure you take it slow through this section as the trail becomes the main walkway for tourists taking pictures of the falls.

Once past Niagara Falls you are beside what is considered to be the upper portion of the Niagara River. During this second half of the trip you will leave the tourist attractions and enter what is considered by some to be ‘the most beautiful stretch of road in the world’. You will enjoy beautiful scenery dotted with multimillion dollar homes.