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Niagara Falls Biking: The Great Lakes & Wine Country

6 Days & 5 Nights 5 Read 1 reviews
  • 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
  • Join an interpretive tour of Old Fort Erie, a National Historic Site from the Siege of 1812
  • Follow the Welland Canals bike path along the St. Lawrence Seaway, connecting Lake Erie to Lake Ontario
  • Explore the lovely village of Niagara-on-the-Lake, a 19th century town of timeless charm and poetic culture
Enjoy an active biking adventure exploring Niagara Falls, the Great Lakes and booming wine country of the Niagara Escarpment. Start your bicycling adventure at Niagara-on-the-Lake, a quaint village boasting esteemed eateries, gracious hospitality and world-class wine. Roam the bustling promenade and enjoy a lovely bike ride to the region’s top wineries; the perfect introduction to Niagara’s wine country and old-world charm. Bike the scenic waterfront trail through parkland and oak groves 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 to Fort Erie, a popular port town and national landmark for its turning point in Canadian history. Bike to the sparking beaches of Port Colborne and along the Welland Canals and St. Lawrence Seaway, a man-made engineering feat of the twentieth century. Celebrate your week back at Niagara-on-the-Lake with a glass of wine, horse-drawn carriage ride or live production at the famed Shaw theater.
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What To Expect

This tour is graded easy to moderate, with daily bike rides between 16 and 35 miles. Enjoy biking on separated bike paths from Lake Ontario to Lake Erie, and along backcountry roads when exploring Niagara’s wine country. This trip is perfect for average cyclists, epicureans, history buffs and those who want to explore the grandeur of Niagara Falls, the Great Lakes and the old-world towns of the Niagara Region.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Cycling | A classic point to point cycling holiday, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers, Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities, First Timers

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveller this holiday would be suitable for is: 5 Years

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Wine, Whisky & More...
  • Historical Journeys

Inspiration:

  • Classic

Grade & Terrain

This bicycling tour is graded easy to moderate, with four days of cycling and a maximum distance of 36 miles. The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes.

The majority of this route follows designated bike path or separated multi-use recreational trails. When exploring Niagara’s Wine Country, cyclists should be prepared for riding on backcountry roads with a mixture of bike lanes, shoulders and sidewalks. Please note that there are stretches with little to no shoulders, especially when entering and leaving towns and major intersections.

Navigation

Navigating is easy using the Macs Adventure Navigation App. Your daily bike rides 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

Most days are relatively flat or rolling. A couple of sections do have minor hills to climb, but are typically short in duration. This trip is suitable for intermediate cyclists who are comfortable riding medium distances and sharing trails with other users (walkers, rollerbladers and runners), and riding on roads with minimal traffic.

Accommodation Information

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. We regularly use the below properties but may accommodate you elsewhere if these are not available. However, they will be of a similar standard.

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, yoghurt, 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 along the route or at eateries all within a short walking distance from your night’s stay.

Included
  • 5 Nights at hand-selected B&B's
  • 5 Breakfasts
  • Bike hire (hybrid), fitting and orientation
  • Baggage transfers
  • Winery passport
  • Information pack
  • Access to route notes, detailed maps, and GPS tracks in the Macs Adventure smartphone navigation app
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
Excluded
  • Travel to / from Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance (required)
Extras
  • Additional nights along the route
  • Room upgrades (where applicable)
  • Upgrade to e-bike hire

When To Go

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. 

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.

Getting to the Start

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 Niagara-on-the-Lake and your overnight accommodation. Transport from the airport takes approximately one to two hours from the airport, traffic dependent (not included).

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.

Getting from the End

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).

This trip allows for flexibility in relation to how you prefer to arrive and depart. However, if desired, you can easily add-on these shuttle services to this itinerary. Please notify us at the time of booking and we would be happy to assist you (additional costs apply).

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight stay. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

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 Trek Standard Hybrid bike that comes with a helmet (although we suggest bringing your own), pannier, pedals, repair kit, one lock per two bikes, water bottle holder and roadside assistance. Male and female frames are available.

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.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Niagara-on-the-Lake Day 2 Bike Niagara Wine Loop 16 miles / 26 km Day 3 Bike Niagara Falls 28 miles / 45 km Day 4 Bike to Fort Erie & Friendship Trail 28 miles / 45 km Day 5 Bike the Welland Canals 34 miles / 55 km Day 6 Onward Travel

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