Trails

Discover the outdoors on Niagara's South Coast by wheels or foot and explore the numerous hiking and cycling trails! The City of Port Colborne offers easy access to fantastic paved multi-based trails surrounded by beautiful scenery and great for walking, wheeling, cycling and skating! Access is also offered to a spur of loose-surface trails surround by nature and great for hiking and trail riding.

 
 

The Greater Niagara Circle Route

Greater Niagara Circle RouteThe Greater Niagara Circle Route

The Greater Niagara Circle Route is a paved, multi-use trail that connects Port Colborne, Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Niagara on the Lake, St. Catharines, Thorold, and Welland in a 140 km circuit. This route passes through urban centres, downtowns, theNiagara Escarpment, waterfronts, quiet rural andpicturesque agricultural areas.The Greater Niagara Circle Route trails include:Welland Canals Trail, Friendship Trail, Niagara River Recreation Trailand theWaterfront Trail. A spur of the trail runs along the Port Promenade, parallel to Historic West Street, and terminates at scenic H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park.

 
 

The Friendship Trail

Friendship Trail LogoThe Friendship Trail

This trail begins at Seaway Park and extends 24 km to Historic Fort Erie, where it meets the Niagara River Recreation Trail. This relaxing and picturesque route takes trail users through lush farmland, quaint villages, pristine watersheds and quiet residential areas. This trail connects to the Niagara Parks Recreational Trail and the Niagara River Parkway Trail in Fort Erie. A large portion of the trail is built upon an abandoned rail line, making it accessible to wheelchairs, bikes and strollers. During the winter months, the trail can be used for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and hiking! Free parking is available in municipal parking lots off Ridge Road, Crescent Road, and Lakeshore Road.

 

 
 

The Welland Canals Parkway

Welland Canals ParkwayThe Welland Canals Parkway
The Welland Canals Parkway is a 42 km recreational trail which links Niagara's industrial heritage and recreational future. The recreational pathway runs parallel with the Welland Canal and follows its west bank from St. Catharines through Thorold, Welland and Port Colborne. In Thorold, the path crosses onto the "Thorold Island" created between the old third canal and the current fourth canal. In Welland, it follows the old fourth canal through the city and is paved on both sides of the canal. The Welland Canals Parkway is a multi-use trail for non-motorized uses. Visitors are encouraged to engage in a number of activites, taking advantage of the unique and advanced trail system. Sightseeing is also a popular activity, as the trail allows users to witness the wonders of the canal closer than any other trail.

 
 

Waterfront Trail

Waterfront Trail - Logo

Waterfront Trail

Stretching over 1600km along the Canadian shores of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair and the Niagara, Detroit and St. Lawrence Rivers, the Waterfront Trail connects 86 communities and over 405 parks and natural areas including wetlands, forests and beaches. Created to protect, celebrate and reconnect people to our Great Lake waterfronts, the Trail has become a well-loved and used recreation, fitness and green transportation amenity and a world-renowned tourism attraction. The trail offers beautiful views and recreational opportunities along Lake Erie. This fully marked route with easy to follow signage consists of mainly on-road routes and connects with many area cycling trails including the Greater Niagara Circle Route and The Seaway Trail in the United States

 
 

Gord Harry Trail

The Gord Harry Trail

Named after Gord Harry, longtime conservationist, former Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority Chairman, Wainfleet Mayor and Wainfleet resident, this conservation trail extends east to west across the Township of Wainfleet along the former Grand Trunk Railway Corridor and running parallel to the Lake Erie shoreline. Along the trail you will see picturesque views of wooded areas, open fields and quarry lakes. The trail’s proximity to a number of wildlife areas means it acts as a travel corridor for area wildlife and you are likely to see an abundance of birds and small mammals. This 13 km trail has barrier free access with gated entries at each road crossing. The Gord Harry Trail connects directly to Wainfleet Wetlands Conservation Area, and passes near Long Beach, Morgan’s Point and Wainfleet Bog Conservation Areas.

 
 

Mud Lake

Mud Lake

Located in Port Colborne beside the Old Welland Canal, Mud Lake is a conservation area dedicated to the preservation of vegetation and wildlife. Encompassing over 60 hectares of wetland and 54 hectares of field and woodland, Mud Lake offers 3.2 km of nature trails and superb bird watching. This man-made wetland is an important resting and feeding stop for migratory birds, claiming numerous rare bird sightings, and providing a unique setting for both novice and expert bird watchers. Explore three trails ranging from twenty minutes to over one hour of nature hiking. Three wildlife viewing blinds/waterfowl blinds are accessible by canoe.

 
 

Wainfleet Bog

Wainfleet Bog

The Wainfleet Bog Conservation Area is part of the only bog wetland in the Niagara Peninsula, offering a ‘northern’ like experience. Trails and boardwalks wind you through over 3 km of this wetland. Enjoy your day visit along hiking trails with interpretative signs and ample nature appreciation opportunities. This bog was formed between 12,000 and 5,000 years ago as the glaciers from the last Ice Age melted and retreated. Water ponded in the low, flat land behind the adjacent Onondaga Escarpment, which prevented surface water from draining south to Lake Erie.