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Waterfront Trail Niagara on the Lake

 Left Image: Waterfront Trail along The Niagara River (Julie King); Top Right Image: Waterfront Trail along Lakeshore Road (Julie King); Bottom Right Image: Waterfront Trail along The Niagara River (Julie King).

General Information

Walking the Waterfront Trail in Niagara-on-the-Lake is an excellent way to spend an afternoon. The trail runs along Lakeshore Road, which turns into Mary Street. When visitors are using the part of the trail that runs along the road, they must use caution as Lakeshore Road can become very busy with traffic. However, this trail also has an off-road section that runs along the Niagara River. Visitors can park their car at Nelson park, or several places along Queens Parade, and it's a quick walk to the trail.


The Waterfront Trail officially starts at Butlers Park, and from there visitors have a choice of which way they would like to walk. They can either head west and walk along Lakeshore Road if they are interested in visiting some shops, or restaurants. Or, if visitors are more interested in viewing The Niagara River, they can head north or east. Heading both north and east will give visitors a beautiful view of The Niagara River.   


Main Access Points: -Fort George located on Queens Parade

                                  -Nelson Park, located at Nelson and Ricardo Street

                                  -Paradise Grove Park, located on Queens Parade N of John                                            Street                                        

                                  (Information from Ontario Trails Council)


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Directions from Toronto QEW:

-Take exit 47 for Ontario Street                                                                                

-Turn left (north) at Ontario Street (signs for Country Rd- 42/ Ontario Street)            

-Continue onto Lakeshore Road

-Continue onto Grant- Niagara Townline Road

-Slight right (east) at Lakeshore Road

-Continue onto Mary Street

-Turn left (north/east) at King Street


Directions from Fort Erie QEW:

-Take exit 38 for Glendale Avenue

-Take first left (west) onto York Road

-Take first right (north) onto Airport Road

-Turn right (north/east) at Niagara Stone Road

-Continue onto Mississagua Road

-Turn right (south/east) at Mary Street

-Turn left (north/east) at King Street





In order to understand just how significant the Niagara River is, it is important to understand its geological history and connection to Niagara Falls. Today, The Niagara River is approximately 55 km long, and runs from Lake Erie, over Niagara Falls, and into Lake Ontario, with an elevation between the two lakes of 326 ft.


Niagara Falls, and The Niagara River have taken a long journey to get to where they are today that started 600 million years ago. Niagara Falls was starting to develop during the last ice age, when massive sheets of ice shifted, crushing anything in its path that would not move. Eventually a glacier was formed, taller then a skyscraper, which is how Niagara Falls was created. As the years past, the ice melted, eventually exposing the Niagara Escarpment. Lake Erie spilled over the escarpment to a lower level, which became "Lake Iroquois", now known as Lake Ontario. As time went on a channel was formed that drained water from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. This channel is now known as The Niagara River.


As this massive system of flowing water proceeded through time, it gained cultural and economic significance. The tonnes of water flowing over Niagara Falls generated electricity for homes and businesses. In addition, The Niagara River was used as a pathway for ships carrying important cargo. Another important channel for transporting goods was, and currently is, The Welland Canal. The Welland Canal opened in 1829, and is used for transportation throughout the entire Niagara Peninsula. Today, Niagara Falls and The Niagara River are crucial to the tourism industry in Niagara.



Recreational Uses

walking, cycling, running, rollar-blading, cross-country skiing,                                       snow shoeing



parking, picnic areas, benches, and washrooms


Butler's Park
King Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario


(416) 943- 8080

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.251548
Longitude -79.07334

Trail length 

7.3 km

Surface features 

ashfault path

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