Garden City Glide

St. Catharines, Ontario, CA

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Waterfront Regeneration Trust

Routes along the waterfront for all your cycling needs

19 mi.
200 ft.

30km. 2 Beaches. Patios, ice cream and waterfront trails. This is a perfect urban ride for a summer afternoon!

Get ready to experience some of the beauty that earned the nickname "the Garden City" on this fully-signed 30km taste of St. Catharines using the Welland Canal Trail, Greenbelt Route, Merritt Trail and Great Lakes Waterfront Trail.

Starting at the beachfront in Port Weller, you'll follow the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail along and near the shore of Lake Ontario to Port Dalhousie with its famous beach and historic carousel. From there, meander along the banks of Twelve Mile Creek on the Merritt Trail into the heart of St Catharines near the unique, single-arched Burgoyne Bridge. Stop in downtown St. Catharines for a well-deserved snack before rolling out along Queenston St past the Carillon Bell Tower in Victoria Lawn Cemetery to the Welland Canal, where you'll join the Welland Canal Trail and follow the Welland Canal for a 5k downhill cruise where you'll finish your ride and all's Weller that ends Weller--yes we did and we can!

Note that some sections of the Merritt Trail have a crushed gravel surface. All other sections of the route make use of paved roads and multi-use paths.

This is one of 9 cycling itineraries showcasing Ontario’s best trails and two signature cycling routes–the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and The Greenbelt Route. Celebrate the Lake Ontario watershed and cycling while supporting rural communities and local businesses.

For more information on the Greenbelt Route and Ontario's Greenbelt including more recommended itineraries, visit

For more information on the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail including free downloadable maps and itineraries visit

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