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“Wonderful bicycle/walking trail along Niagara River”

Niagara Parks Garden Trail
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Reviewed October 10, 2011

My wife and I rented a tandem bike and biked along the trail out and back for 3 hours. Lovely scenic views the whole way, mostly in shade or part sun. Trail is clean, smooth asphalt with wide, sturdy bridges over gulleys and the like. Wide enough for comfortable 2-way "traffic" and for easily passing hikers and other slower traffic. Mostly quite level to make an easy ride, and safely apart from parallel roads. No road crossings, just driveways in places where beautiful big houses had been established between the trail and the river's edge. We even stopped at a winery to taste and select a bottle of wine to go with our backpacked lunch.
BTW, this was our first time on a tandem bike and we loved it. No worries about matching speed to talk but dropping back whenever needed to allow passing others. Very relaxed.

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Reviewed September 27, 2011

Three years ago while touring the Niagara area wineries, we were looking for something else to do and came across the map for this trail & realized it was part of a trail network. We biked from NOTL to up past Niagara Falls, then returned. We loved it so much that the next year we decided to explore the "Greater Niagara Circle Route", so we started at Niagara Falls, went up past Fort Erie & again turned around (~80 km). This year we smartened up & arranged for a taxi to drive us and our bikes to our starting point (where we turned around past Fort Erie last year) and biked back to NOTL along the Welland Canal (93 km). So we've completed the Circle Route and are telling everyone these are the best bike trails we've ever seen. The section from Fort Erie to Port Colborne isn't the prettiest scenery, but the trails are still fantastic. Unfortunately a couple sections were closed due to construction, so we had to be "creative" to be able to get back on time! There's also one 3.5 km stretch near NOTL that doesn't have a "trail", so we biked on the road for that little bit. Some sections are just a paved shoulder, but most of the time, it's a two-lane, separate trail. Wonderful!!!

Other than the big climb up to the falls (and then back down, either on the same trail or along the canal), these trails are essentially flat. So I was able to bike a lot longer than if it had been hilly.

A couple helpful tips for biking trips in the area:
- Check with your hotel whether or not you can bring your bikes into your room (if you don't want to leave them outside). So far we've found the Queen's Landing and Hilton Garden Inn who were OK with that. The Doubletree Fallsview Resort and Spa in Niagara Falls has a small locked room in the lobby where you can store them.

- For a taxi service that will take your bikes, we highly recommend NOTL taxi (---)--------.

- Do the climbing at the start of your biking trip!!!

4  Thank BibiOntario
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Reviewed September 18, 2011

5-0 Taxi Co has a Shuttle bus which goes between Niagara Falls Hotels and Niagara On The Lake at a reasonable cost. We were fortunate and learned about it because tour operators and most others supposedly did not know about it and recommended taking cabs at an estimated $35 cost each way. It was a scenic and informative 45 minute ride thanks to the knowledgable drivers. The self guided tour is easily walked and interesting with the varied architecture and many interesting shops in the town. A variety of food is available and delicious yummy home made fare is the norm. Be aware the history of this town evolves around the War of 1812 when the American forces invaded and occupied it. The Americans burned the entire town down when driven out and that is what their history about.

Understand that several fine wineries are located around the out skirts of the town and special winery tours are available from Niagara Falls. Ice wine is a specialty in the area.

Bon Appetite, Bottoms up and enjoy-

1  Thank Bob Az
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Reviewed September 18, 2011

What a great time we had biking on the trail! The views are fantastic and the route is basically flat so you could enjoy the ride. We had 8 in our group and we were able to spend 4 hours riding, stopping at wineries and country stores - it really made the trip. When you are in the area, rent a bike and leave time for this fun activity.

1  Thank Happyeats
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Reviewed September 11, 2011

The Niagara Park Recreation Trail is wonderful. Completely paved and with a very manageable grade (one hill is a bit difficult but not too long). We visited the Butterfly Museum along the way, Fort George and Niagara Falls. Highly recommend to anyone who likes biking.

4  Thank dquigley86
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