Our 150 km Niagara Circle in Ontario

Jackie and friends started in Niagara Falls and rode a great loop on Ontario, Canada’s side of the Niagara River.

Bicycle Adventurers: Jackie and friends

When: June 3–5, 2017, Bike Travel Weekend!

Accommodations: Lakeside Suites in Crystal Beach, Ontario and The Inn At Lock Seven in Thorold, Ontario

Distance: A loop of 150 km (93 miles). Starting at Niagara Falls, we rode south along the Niagara River, through Fort Erie to Crystal Beach, stayed there, and then on to Thorold for another overnight, and finally through Niagara-on-the-Lake back to Niagara Falls.

Bonus tip for this adventure? You’ll enjoy 140 km on doublewide, paved trails, mostly along waterways — very relaxing riding. Our biggest challenge was the hill in Queenston, Ontario.

Day One

We rode past a church hosting a 150th anniversary celebration for Ontario, Canada, complete with bagpipers. This very hospitable group pinned us all with “Canada 150” pins! We had a lunch stop along the Niagara River at Fort Erie, where RIck’s bike was repaired at a well-situated bike shop. After 50 km of riding, we ended our day at Crystal Beach.

Day Two

Cycled to Port Colborne along the Friendship Trail, enjoyed a church service there and the cinnamon buns! Then we rode along the Welland Canal on a lovely stretch of trail and enjoyed the rowing competitions at the Welland International Flatwater Centre.

We really enjoyed the tailwind on Sunday. Our ride ended in Thorold at The Inn At Lock Seven.

Day Three

Thorold to Niagara-on-the-Lake — it was great to be there on a Monday with fewer people than the weekend. We finished this bike overnight with our ride along the Niagara Parkway and made it up the Queenston Hill! We arrived at our vehicles by 4:00 PM. 150k complete!

Your favorite local bike shop? Downown Bike Hounds, Hamilton, Ontario

Bike overnight tips and tricks?

  • A dollar-store poncho tucked into my pannier was easily available and kept me dry through the early shower on Sunday!
  • Planning the trip, my friend and I figured out the kilometers per day and found places to stay. I put it out there to 13 friends and adjusted the reservations to suit the eight of us that could join the trip.


HOW ABOUT YOU? Inspire others by submitting your own bike overnight adventure!

3 responses so far ↓

Cora - Nov 20, 2017 at 5:01 PM

This looks like a trip that you could incorporate the Toronto Niagara GO bike train/bus with - just check scheduling!

Jackie Lodder - Feb 27, 2019 at 4:05 PM

Yes I have done this trip by taking the GO Bike train. It only runs Friday night - Sunday afternoon so this 3 day trip did not work.

I have done the ride in 2 and used the train/ bus

Jackie Lodder - Feb 27, 2019 at 4:09 PM

We parked at a friends in Niagara Falls. The casino was the only place in Niagara Falls that allowed overnight parking but it is not free.
If you start in another location you may be able to find free parking.

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