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We've Got the Trail. You Make the Time.
Download and print high quality PDF maps of the entire Waterfront Trail
1600km Trail from Grand Bend to Quebec 76 Waterfront Communities
Visit the trail for an afternoon or a cycle it for a week
Donate to the Waterfront Regeneration Trust to support the Waterfront Trail
Lake Huron North Channel Waterfront Expansion - Sault Ste Marie to Sudbury
Bootleggers Bay, Algoma Mills
Bringing people to the water, and making sure the water is worth coming to.
Cyclists participate in Ajax's annual Trailfest event
Sign-up for the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure, a 5-day family friendly cycling holiday
Check out Family-Friendly sections and day trip ideas

Welcome to the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail

The Waterfront Trail listed as one of 10 Bike Trips that will make you Fall in Love with Canada. 
Read Marianne Wisenthal's 2015 article here.

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 76 communities and over 405 parks and natural areas including wetlands, forests and beaches. Created to regenerate, 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. 

Enjoy the Trail for a quick stroll or as part of a multi-day, long distance adventure:

- Mobile friendly interactive map
- Free downloadable and printable PDF Maps
- Family friendly day trip ideas
- Suggested multi-day itineraries
- Great Waterfront Trail Adventure Cycling Holiday
- CAA's Drive and Ride Vacations
- CAA Bike Assist App featuring cycling maps & itineraries for the Waterfront Trail and other great routes. 
- Regional Loops

The fully signed Trail is a combination of paths (21%), neighbourhood streets (21%), and rural roads (58%). Many urban centers have dedicated paths that are a central features of their waterfronts. Major trails including the Niagara River Path and the St. Lawrence bikeway are part of the Waterfront Trail network. It is largely paved and welcomes all types of non-motorized recreation including runners, cyclists, walkers, wheelchairs, strollers and rollerbladers. Many sections of the Trail are also designated as part of the Trans Canada Trail.

Established in 1988, the Waterfront Regeneration Trust is the non-profit organization leading the movement to create a Waterfront Trail for the Canadian Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. We do this in partnership with 70+ community partners, supporting corporations, foundations and partner organizations. Check out our progress. You can help by participating in the Annual Great Waterfront Trail Adventure and/or donating to the Trust

Happy Trails!


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Latest From the Waterfront Trail

GWTA 2016 Pelee Island to Grand Bend

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Annual supported cycling holiday that includes so much more than biking. Two Great Lakes, three heritage rivers, islands, beaches, wineries, history, camping (hotels option available), side trips to the US!

Registration is now open! Click here to register!

Photos from previous GWTAs.




OALA Honours the WRT

OALA Award2016

On behalf of 84+ partners, the WRT is honoured to receive the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects Award for Service to the Environment in recognition of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail's contribution to the sensitive, sustainable design for human use of the environment. 




The Waterfront Trail - 1 of 10 Bike Trips that will make you Fall in Love with Canada

Ontario's Waterfront Trail was referred to as "a ridiculously pretty ride" on a list of 10 bike trails to love. Read Marianne Wisenthal's 2015 article from The Loop, here and find out about many other great trails in Canada too. Happy Trails!

Ontario Waterfront Trail pic from The Loop

Rouge National Urban Park

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The Rouge National Urban Park will be one of the largest urban parks in the world. It is on the Waterfront Trail on the eastern boundary of Toronto! And it just got bigger!


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Contact Information

(416) 943-8080
4195 Dundas St. West - Suite 227,
Toronto, Ontario M8X 1Y4

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