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Lock 3 to Old Port Dalhousie Eco-Tour

Top left: Canadian Steamship Lines under the Garden City Skyway, St. Cathariines; Top right: Welcome to  Malcolmson Eco-Park; Bottom left: Freedom at the beach in Lakeside Park; Bottom right: Stunning view from Waterfront Trail (Sean Bryson)

General Information

The Lock 3 to Old Port Dalhousie Eco-Tour is an offroad cycling route that takes you along some of the region's most amazing natural and built environmental heritage features. This interpretive tour is an excellent method for combining physical activity and recreational education.


The tour starts of the St. Catharines Lock 3 Museum which is located beside the present day Welland Canal. The trail connects cyclists with nature as it leads you into Malcolmson Eco-Park. The Eco-Park is the last remaining parcel of undeveloped parkland in North St. Catharines. The Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail runs through Malcolmson Eco-Park, offering cyclists a link to another recreational trail. Travel alongside Lake Ontario, passing through parks and wooded areas and enjoy the scenic serenity. Follow the trail into Old Port Dalhousie and indulge in local goods and services. Old Port Dalhousie is a link to further cycle routes or the trail can be followed back to the starting point.


This route takes cyclists past some of the region's most celebrated environmental heritage sites. Lock 3 to Old Port Dalhousie Eco-Tour is a versatile cycle route that connects to other cycling routes and also allows you access to many other enjoyable interest points and beautiful views. Gear up and get ready to enjoy exercise and education simultaneously!


Suggested destinations to visit while on this route:


St. Catharines Museum at Lock 3

Welland Canal Parkway

Malcolmson Eco-Park

Municipal Beach

Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail

Port Mansion Theatre Restaurant

Lincoln Fabrics

Lakeside Park

Lakeside Park Carousel

Also check out:


Fishing at Port Dalhousie

Lake Ontario Shoreline Trail

Shoreline Trail


Photo Gallery

Hours of Operation



Begin tour at St. Catharines Lock 3 Museum


From Toronto:


Exit QEW exit 44 toward South Service Road

Merge onto Dunkirk Road

Continue onto Service Road

Turn left at Queenston Street

Take the first right on Government Road

Follow Government Road to St. Catharines Lock 3 Museum


Further Information





Google Paths

Below is the path

View interactive map and turn-by-turn directions


St. Catharines Museum at Lock 3 - Tour trailhead
1932 Welland Canals Parkway
St. Catharines, Ontario
L2R 7K6

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.154103
Longitude -79.19529
UTM easting 646732.39
UTM northing 477950.74

Trail length 

20 - 25 km

Cycling time 

3 - 5 hours

Surface features 

Asphalt, dirt trail, stone dust path

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