Get ready to experience some of the beauty that earned the nickname “the Garden City” on this fully-signed 30km taste of St. Catharines using the Welland Canal Trail, Greenbelt Route, Merritt Trail and Great Lakes Waterfront Trail.
Starting at the beachfront in Port Weller, you’ll follow the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail along and near the shore Lake Ontario to Port Dalhousie with its famous beach and historic carousel. From there, meander along the banks of Twelve Mile Creek on the Merritt Trail into the heart of St Catharines near the unique, single-arched Burgoyne Bridge. Stop in downtown St. Catharines for a well-deserved snack before rolling out along Queenston St past the Carillon Bell Tower in Victoria Lawn Cemetery to the Welland Canal, where you’ll join the Welland Canal Trail and follow the Welland Canal for a 5k downhill cruise where you’ll finish your ride and all’s Weller that ends Weller–yes we did and we can!
Terrain: Some hills. Remember Lake Ontario is lower than Lake Erie, so travelling towards Lake Ontario is downhill.
Surface: Combination of paths and roads. Some sections of the Merritt Trail have a crushed gravel surface. All other sections of the route make use of paved roads and multi-use paths. Suitable for road bikes.
Level: Know the rules of the road and comfortable sharing space with vehicles. Most of the trip follows paths with the exception of the section through Downtown St. Catharines.
Family-friendly: In an out trips on the Merritt Trail and Welland Canal Trail are off-road paved paths suitable for families.
Maps: Download RidewithGPS Map and Cue Sheet. The interactive map and detailed cue sheets include a picture of signs you’ll follow.
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