Self Guided Walking Holidays & Cycling Holidays


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Discover Niagara Falls, one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders
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Highlights

  • Discover Niagara Falls, one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders
  • Pedal through Niagara’s wine country for elegant Icewines and attractive Pinot Noirs
  • Explore the lovely village of Jordan for art, handicrafts, lavender and timeless charm
  • Follow the Welland Canals bike path along the St. Lawrence Seaway, connecting Lake Erie to Lake Ontario
  • Stay near the waterfront, bustling promenade and esteemed eateries of Niagara-on-the-Lake

Enjoy an active biking adventure exploring Niagara Falls, the Great Lakes and booming wine country of the Niagara Escarpment.

Start your bicycling adventure in the quaint village of Port Dalhousie, a hidden gem boasting lighthouses, harbors and summer festivities. Enjoy browsing the shops in Jordan and bicycling around the Twenty Valley, the perfect introduction to Niagara’s wine country and old-world charm. Ride along the waterfront and through wooded parklands to the thundering Niagara Falls. Appreciate the magnitude, beauty and power of Niagara Falls and its collection of three waterfalls that straddle the US and Canadian border. Continue biking to Fort Erie, a popular port town and national landmark for its turning point in Canadian history. Bike back to Lake Ontario along the Welland Canals and St. Lawrence Seaway, an engineering feat of the twentieth century.

Conclude your week celebrating at the prominent wineries and restaurants encircling Niagara-on-the-Lake, a delightful community of world-class wine, theater and Canadian hospitality.

Day 1: Arrive Port Dalhousie

Upon arrival to Toronto Pearson International Airport, take the airport shuttle (not included) past Toronto’s skyline to your overnight B&B in Port Dalhousie. A small, charming community known for its waterfront appeal and significant location on Lake Ontario, Port Dalhousie serves as a favorite summer destination for visitors seeking beaches and relaxation. Upon arrival, head to the Pier Marina for a walk along the harbor and sandy beach for scenic views of bobbing boats and iconic lighthouses. Finish your day with a carousel ride at the Lakeside Park Historic Carousel before a delightful dinner in town.


Overnight: Port Dalhousie  


Day 2: Bike Jordan Wine Loop

This morning, meet your driver (and your bicycle) for a private transfer to Jordan. Serving as the perfect introduction to the booming wine region, enjoy a rolling loop around Niagara’s “Twenty Valley,” a section of wine country some regard as Niagara’s Sonoma Valley. Enjoy winding around backcountry roads and along stunning vineyard vistas to boutique wineries. Return to Jordan to explore the charming boulevard peppered with tasting rooms, hand-made crafts and artisan delights. Tonight, relax in the pool and hot tub of your B&B, or head into town for live music at the Flying Kilts Tavern. 


Bike: 20 miles (+80/-381ft.)


Overnight: Port Dalhousie


Day 3: Bike Niagara Falls

Depart Port Dalhousie with a morning transfer to Niagara Falls! Lock your bike for a stroll along the boardwalk to soak in the enormity of Niagara Falls, a combination of three of the most powerful waterfalls in North America. Head to the Visitor Center to purchase tickets for an exhilarating walk behind the Falls or for a misty cruise to the foot of the Falls for an entirely different perspective of these massive giants (not included, additional costs apply).


After lunch and your Niagara Falls discovery, ride along the  Recreational Trail to Fort Erie and your overnight accommodation in Crystal Beach.


Bike: 30 miles (+177/-151ft.)


Overnight: Crystal Beach


Day 4: Bike the Friendship Trail

Enjoy a morning of history and wonder with a visit to Old Fort Erie, a National Historic Site and location of one of the bloodiest battlefields in Canada. Join an interpretive tour, a musket demonstration or the annual re-enactment of the “Siege of Fort Erie,” the battle when the  Americans successfully defended Fort Erie against the British army during the war of 1812.


Continue along the Friendship Trail, an easy going multi-use recreation path along Lake Erie’s north shore. Enjoy stretches of farmland, fruit stands and golden beaches as you ride to your overnight B&B in Port Colborne.


Bike: 28 miles (+83/-76ft.)


Overnight: Port Colborne


Day 5: Bike the Welland Canals

Discover the eight lock canal system and man-made wonder of the Canadian Welland Canals. Enjoy cruising along bike paths, following giant steamships and ocean vessels traversing the deep waterway system, a valued bypass from the turbulent waters and lengthy voyage around Niagara Falls, linking Lake Erie to Lake Ontario.


Arrive in Niagara-on-the-Lake, a 19th-century village of poetic charm and captivating culture. Roam the flower-lined promenade of Queen Street or rest your legs with a horse-drawn carriage ride around town.


Bike: 34 miles (+95/-351ft.)


Overnight: Niagara-on-the-Lake


Day 6: Discover Niagara-on-the-Lake

Conclude your tour by discovering Niagara-on-the-Lake’s wine country. Boasting close to 40 wineries, enjoy a loop ride touring as many tasting rooms with award-winning vintages as your heart delights. If desiring more time at the Falls instead, head back to Niagara Falls for a full day of discovery and waterfall adventure.


Tonight, catch a live theater production of the Shaw Festival at one of the three world-class theaters in the center of town (written and inspired by George Bernard Shaw, from April to October, not included).


Bike: 16 miles (+59/-59ft.)


Overnight: Niagara-on-the-Lake


Day 7: Onward Travel

Depending on your travel arrangements, enjoy a morning bike ride along the Waterfront Trail or a quick visit to the historic military structure of Fort George before taking a shuttle back to Toronto Pearson International Airport (not included).






Accommodation

We specifically hand-picked your accommodations in comfortable B&Bs to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay while exploring Niagara Falls and the Great Lakes.


All accommodations are conveniently located only a short walking distance to each towns’ main plaza and restaurants. Additionally, each offers individual character and welcoming hospitality.


Single Rooms & Solo Travelers

This trip is based on two people sharing a room. If you’d like separate rooms, a single supplement is required.


If you would like to request a twin room (same room with two separate beds), please notify us during booking so we can request this option.


This trip is also available to solo cyclists (a solo supplement is required).


Meals

Breakfast is included each morning and ranges from buffet style to a set menu served family style. Most breakfasts include a hot dish (eggs, pancakes or waffles), meats, cheeses, granola, yogurt, fruit, baked goods, coffee, and tea.


Lunches and dinners are not included in this trip, so you can choose from nearby options. For lunches, you can find markets, cafés or restaurants located within each town for dining out or to purchase a packed lunch (or picnic) to take with you on bike rides. For dinner, you can dine at local restaurants all within a short walking distance from your night’s stay.


Extra Nights

You can easily request to add extra nights during this itinerary. For further details, please ask us at the time of booking.



 

 

 




Christine's B&B

Quietly situated in the charming residential area of Port Dalhousie and a short walking distance from town, enjoy a peaceful reprieve at Christine’s B&B, where everybody is family. Enjoy soaking in the hot tub, relaxing by the pool and daily gourmet breakfasts for true Canadian hospitality and a “home away from home.”


 

 

 


 

 

 




Yellow Door B&B

Located on a quiet residential street, enjoy a nights stay at this homey and laid-back bed and breakfast, just twenty-minutes from Fort Erie and two-minutes from “Crystal Beach” on the shores of Lake Erie. Delight in welcoming hospitality, homemade breakfast and a refreshing drink on the deck of this summertime haven.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Talwood Manor

Welcome to Talwood Manor B&B in the lakeside community of Port Colborne, Ontario. Located close to downtown and nearby cycling routes, delight in the beaches, festivals, pubs and outdoor activities of this quaint community, or take refuge in the comfort of your room and patio overlooking the gardens.


 

 

 


 

 

 




White House

The White House is a boutique bed and breakfast derived from a gorgeous custom-built plantation-styled home, and complete with gardens, therapeutic hot tub, wrap around deck and an inviting backyard oasis. Located five-minutes from Queen Street, guests can enjoy easy access to fine dining, specialty shops, Shaw Festival Theaters and acclaimed wineries.

Availability

This trip is available to start on any day of the week from mid-May to mid-October.


As these locations are year-round tourist destinations, and particularly popular in the summer, we suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalized to ensure availability for specific dates.  


When To Go?

The best time to visit Ontario, Canada and the Niagara region is June through September. These months offer clear skies  and warmer weather.


Late May and early October are also great times to visit. These months offer good weather, cooler bicycling temperatures and often fewer crowds.


Navigation

Navigating is easy using the Macs Adventure Navigation App. Your daily hikes will be mapped in the app with GPX tracks, route notes and turn-by-turn directions. All of these resources are available to download for offline use.


You will be provided with trip specific contact information in addition to 24/7 telephone support from Macs Adventure should you require assistance.


Experience, Fitness & Grade

This bicycling tour is graded easy to moderate, with four days of cycling and a maximum distance of 34 miles. The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes.


This majority of this route follows designated bike paths or shared multi-use recreational trails. On days when exploring Niagara’s Wine Country, cyclists should be prepared for riding on backcountry roads with a mixture of bike lanes and shoulders. However, there are stretches with little to no shoulders, especially when entering and leaving towns and major intersections. Most days are relatively flat or rolling. A couple of sections do have minor hills to climb, but they are typically short in duration. This trip is suitable for intermediate cyclists who are comfortable riding medium distances and sharing trails with other users and riding on roads with minimal traffic.


Equipment

Our pre-departure information pack has detailed advice and a packing list on what to bring. This includes warm and cold cycling gear, rain gear and lots of other specifics.


Please be prepared by packing all the necessary items for a comfortable trip. If you have any questions about what to take, we'd be happy to share our own top tips and advice.   


Bike Rentals

Bike rentals are included in the cost of this trip. Bike rentals include a Hybrid bike that comes with a helmet (although we suggest bringing your own), pedals, repair kit, one lock per two bikes, water bottle holder and roadside assistance. Male and female frames are available.


Road bikes are also available for rent. These European high-performance road bikes are most appropriate for experienced cyclists. These bikes are subject to availability  and additional costs apply.


E-Bikes are also available for rent. If you’re not use to long days in the saddle, E-bikes can be a great option. While still doing exercise, enjoy an assist on longer-mileage days and access to a wide range of terrain. These are subject to availability and require a supplementary payment.  


Travel Insurance

Travel insurance helps protect your travel investment, your belongings and most importantly you, from unforeseen circumstances that may arise before or during your trip. For more information, please visit our travel insurance page by clicking this link.

Getting to Port Dalhousie

By Air


Toronto Pearson International Airport has flights from international and national destinations.


Upon arrival to the airport, follow signs pointing you in the direction of the Niagara Airbus transportation desk for a shared airport shuttle to Port Dalhousie and your overnight accommodation. Transport from the airport takes approximately one to two hours from the airport, traffic dependent (not included).


Getting from Niagara-on-the-Lake

Depart Niagara-on-the-Lake via the Niagara Airbus shared airport shuttle (door-to-door service). Transport from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Toronto Pearson International Airport takes approximately two hours, traffic dependent (not included).


If desired, you can easily add-on shuttle services to this itinerary. Please notify us at the time of booking and we would be happy to assist you (additional costs apply).


Getting Around

For additional transportation services outside the provided itinerary, such as a taxi to a specific restaurant or location, the host at your evening’s accommodation can help assist you in making the necessary arrangements.


 


Included

  • 6 Nights at hand-selected B&Bs
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • Winery Passport
  • Bike rental, fitting and orientation
  • Detailed pre-departure information pack
  • Turn-by-turn route notes and written directions
  • Daily door-to-door luggage transfers
  • Macs Adventure Navigation App for mobile phone
  • 24/7 telephone support

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Travel to Port Dalhousie
  • Travel from Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Lunches & dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Additional nights before, during or after the trip
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities and tips

Extras

  • Extra Nights in Port Dalhousie, Fort Erie/Crystal Beach and Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Single Room Supplement
  • Solo Supplement
  • Room Upgrades (only where applicable)

How do I get my rental bike?

Your rental bike will be arranged through a local bike shop and brought to you at the start of the trip in Port Dalhousie. We will set this up ahead of time and provide all necessary details, including where to leave your bike at the end of the trip, in your pre-departure information packet.

How does the luggage transfers work?

We have arranged for your luggage to be transferred from your accommodation (as per your itinerary) and moved to your next overnight accommodation. Luggage will be picked up from the front desk or reception area around 10:00AM of each day and dropped off at that evenings accommodation by 3:00PM. For overnights within the same accommodation, enjoy keeping your luggage with you within your room. We ask you to limit your luggage as much as possible and with a maximum weight of 50 pounds per person.

What happens if I can’t cycle a stage?

The great thing about this itinerary is that you will cycle point-to-point, including stops at historic sites and major attractions. However, if you are not up for biking the entire route, you can stop at any town along the way, or completely avoid the entire route, by joining the morning luggage transfer to the next town/accommodation. Our bike supplier is available should you need any assistance along the route. Your overnight B&B, local taxis and car services are also available to call for assistance, and outlined in your pre-departure information pack.

What do I do if I become ill during my trip?

This trip allows for plenty of flexibility, so if you're not up for riding, that's Ok. If you need medical services, you'll find information in your pre-departure information packet or you can ask for assistance at your B&B. As always, 24/7 support from Macs Adventure is only a phone call away.


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