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.
Learn about using GO Transit to access the Waterfront Trail
9th Annual Great Waterfront Trail Adventure #GWTA2016 Pelee to Grand Bend sets off August 7th! Check our progress on social media.
150 cycle tourists will join this year's Honorary Tour Director and Ambassador Team, Lambton County Warden Bev MacDougall, Ajax Mayor Steve Parish, Brockville Mayor David Henderson and John Scott, former councillor for Town of Essex and Share the Road Board Member, Anna Halkidis of CAA South Central Ontario and Marlaine Koehler of WRT. Together we will enjoy the newest section of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail from Pelee Island to Grand Bend and celebrate the partnership that makes the Trail possible. We are thrilled to have the Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism Culture and Sport join the #GWTA2016 on Sunday August 7 and the morning of Monday August 8th.
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.
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 86+ 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.
Latest From the Waterfront Trail
Clarington Map 3-8: Trail users will be directed north on Toronto Rd instead of south as work to build a new multi-use connection starts. Completion late spring 2017.
Mississauga Map 2-8: Construction underway on the culverts at Applewood and Serson Creek. Trail is open but may be re-routed slightly to avoid work. Completion July 2017.
Check out Martin Lortz's photos of the Lake Huron North Channel taken during the recent Mobile Workshop. The route connects 21 communities and First Nations and will be part of the national Trans Canada Trail.
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!