Great Lakes to Greenbelt–Lake Ontario Watershed Cycling Network

38 km

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 IntermediateKnow 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.

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About the Greenbelt

At 2 million acres, it’s the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt. The Greenbelt preserves diverse and scenic landscapes such as the Oak Ridges Moraine and the Niagara Escarpment, keeping our farmlands, forests and wetlands safe and secure. The Greenbelt Foundation, who spearheaded the creation of the Greenbelt Route, works to help keep farmers successful, strengthen local economies, protect natural features, and promote sustainable growth.

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Great Lakes to Greenbelt Lake Ontario Watershed Network

Stretching over 3600 km, the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail connects 155 communities and First Nations along the Canadian shores of the Great Lakes region. The signed, 475 km Greenbelt Route spans seven regions, nearly two million acres of protected Greenbelt lands,  from Northumberland to Niagara.

With support from the Greenbelt Foundation, the Waterfront Regeneration Trust is leading work to develop a Lake Ontario Watershed network of signed routes that link the two extraordinary trails to protect, connect and celebrate Lake Ontario’s watershed. 

Ontario by Bike

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