Enjoy a seasonal shake-up with a sublime mix of outdoor experiences! You can start or end your trip with a hike in Short Hills Provincial Park (we’re easy), and cycle the Participark Trail along Twelve Mile Creek into St. Catharines for a quick break. Follow St. Paul Street out of town where you’ll tackle Third Street Louth the right way–downhill!–and stop for a bite, a swim, and even a historic carousel ride in Port Dalhousie! Once back in the saddle you’ll follow Twelve Mile Creek back into St. Catharines where you’ll backtrack the Participark Trail back to the start.
This route follows signed connector routes to and from the Greenbelt Cycle Route as well as portions of the Greenbelt Route and the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail.
Terrain: Gentle incline.
Start: Short Hills Provincial Park Parking Lot A (Pelham and Gilligan Road, St. Catharines).
Surface: Combination of paths and roads. Paved. Suitable for road bikes.
Level: Easy to Intermediate. Know the rules of the road; comfortable sharing road with vehicles. Some roads with narrow shoulders.
Family-friendly options–in and out on the Merritt Trail. City of St. Catharines Map Brochure
Map: Download RidewithGPS Map and Cue Sheet. The interactive map and detailed cue sheets include a picture of signs you’ll follow.
Share your trips with the #greenbeltroute and #waterfronttrail hashtags.