What is the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail?
Breathtaking scenery stretching over 3600km, the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail is a signed route connecting 155 communities and First Nations along the Canadian shores of the Great Lakes region. It is a signature project of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, a charity committed to protecting, connecting and celebrating the world’s largest body of freshwater. Regarded as the first step towards a regenerated waterfront, the Trail re-connects people to the water and is a catalyst for improvements in many of the communities it joins.
The Trail consists of both on-road and off-road facilities. About 30% of the Trail is off-road along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, about 14% is off-road on the Lake Erie, Detroit River and Lake St Clair section, and roughly 4% is off-road along the North Channel between Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury. The route is primarily paved, with sections of unpaved path and gravel roads.
The Trail can be enjoyed for a quick stroll or as part of a multi-day long distance adventure. Many downtown urban centres have fully off-road facilities that are open to pedestrians, cyclists, rollerbladers and others. The on-road sections consist of quiet residential streets, local roads, rural highways and in a few places Provincial Highways.