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The Waterfront Trail

The Waterfront Trail has been a key part of Lake Ontario’s regeneration.

The Waterfront Trail stretches 740 km from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Brockville along Lake Ontario and then extends along the St. lawrence River from Maitland to Quebec. The segment through Toronto passes right through the Harbourfront. The trail in Toronto includes sections of boardwalk and natural areas for easy walking.


The Waterfront Trail offers great hiking, cycling and walking opportunities along the way. The Waterfront Trail is a multi-use (pedestrian, cycling, rollerblading) recreation trail that is used by people of all walks of life. The Trail is also used for commuting purposes (24% of Trail users use it to commute regularly). The surface of the Trail varies by municipality but mainly consists of 30% off road dedicated path and 70% on residential streets or on the shoulders of major roads. Most sections are paved but some areas have gravel or packed limestone.

waterhikers0051The Trail includes:

  • 41 communities
  • 182 parks and natural areas
  • 152 arts and culture heritage attractions
  • 37 major annual waterfront festivals
  • 170 marinas and yacht clubs


The first section of the Waterfront Trail, Hamilton to Trenton officially opened in 1995. Since then communities along the Canadian shores of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River have been working to connect their communities to the Waterfront Trail. In 1996, the Trust extended the Trail to Niagara-on-the-Lake and began signing portions of the Trail east of Quinte West. In 2007, the Trail was officially extended to the Quebec border where it now connects with la Route Verte, Quebec's network of cycling trails.

Maps and information about the Waterfront Trail have been broken up into 7 sections. Click here to see How to use our maps. Click here to download a distance chart of the Trail (note: distances are approximate). More information on the individual section shown in the map can be found on rgw Waterfront Trail site.


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