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

Welcome to the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail

2017 Great Waterfront Trail Adventure - August 6-12, 2017. Registration is now open! Click here for more information.

One of 7 Great Canadian Cycling trips on the Trans Canada Trail-the Great Trail.

One of 10 Bike Trips that will make you Fall in Love with Canada. 

Learn about using GO Transit to access the 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. 

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

Happy Trails!

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Latest From the Waterfront Trail

GWTA 2017 National Park to National Urban Park

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August 6 to 12, 2017

Celebrate Canada's 150th cycling the 2017 Great Waterfront Trail Adventure. A fully supported cycling holiday covering 530 km, 2 Great Lakes, 24 communities, 2 National Parks. Check out the route.

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Lake Huron North Channel Expansion-Sault Ste Marie to Sudbury

Credit Martin Lortz LHNC Workshp May 31B 12Signs will be installed & maps available this summer along the 380km cycling route. Please note that MTO's work to pave shoulders on HWY 17 between Iron Bridge and Blind River (23km) for the Trail will be on-going throughout the summer and may continue until Spring 2018. Check out Martin Lortz's photos.  

Clarington & Mississauga

Detour SignClarington 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.

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

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