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Zone 1 Map The international attractions of Niagara Falls, Niagara on the Lake and the Niagara wine region all fall within the boundaries of Zone 1. It is bordered to the north by the shores of Lake Ontario, to the South by the shores of Lake Erie, to the east by the Niagara River and to the west by Hwy. 406 and Hwy. 140. The best known attraction to visit here is Niagara Falls. The Niagara 80km route will take you right past this international symbol.

This area is also home to the Niagara wine region. You will have the opportunity to cycle past beautiful wineries where they will entice you to stop for a tasting or try some of the local fare. The hub for the wine region is Niagara on the Lake where you will find some of the finest Inn's Ontario has to offer. The food and wine at the local restaurants are second to none.

The pavement here is fairly well maintained. The small side roads that lead to some of the wineries can be a little rough, but if you slow down the road surface is more than manageable. The area is flat between the Lake and the escarpment and once on top of the escarpment the terrain maintains its flattish nature. Most of the roads here can get quite busy, especially the main ones. Some of the feeder roads that gain access to the wineries are slower, but during high season you will encounter traffic there as well. This is not your typical country riding that you will experience in other cycling zones.

ZONE 1:   CYCLING ROUTES

Town/CityDistance (km)Elevation Gain (m)Categorized Climbs
ViewNiagara80km267 m1 - Cat.5
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NIAGARA 80 KM

Map of Niagara

CATEGORIZED CLIMBS

StartLengthStart | End Elevation Elevation GainAvg. GradeMountain Name
cat21.2 km5.2 km 87 m | 175 m88 m1.7%Niagara Escarpment
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ONTARIO CYCLING ROUTE

General Route Information:

  • Start Location: Grantham Lions Park (Port Weller)
  • Distance: 80 km
  • Elevation Gain: 267 m
  • Washrooms: Port-a-potty during summer months
  • Supplies: Anywhere on Lakeshore Rd.
  • Food on Route: Niagara on the Lake, Niagara Falls
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ROUTE DESCRIPTION

The routes starts out flat in an easterly direction along the shores of Lake Ontario. While on this road you will cycle through many orchards and vineyards. If you happen to catch the spring blossoms you will not be disappointed. Almost every tree and bush is alive with various white, pink and red flowers. The air smells absolutely wonderful after a very long winter. You will start to veer south after you pass through the historic town of Niagara on the Lake. This is a full service town as well as one that offers a high end flare. If good food and first class accommodation is what you seek you will find it here. It has a much slower pace than its famous neighbour, Niagara Falls. The route will now follow the Niagara River in a southerly direction where you will pass the whirlpools and many other attractions that the Niagara area has to offer. The biggest, and really the only climb of the day, will happen at the 25.4 km mark where you will ascend the escarpment on a cat. 5 climb. Once on top of the escarpment the route flattens out.

The highlight of this route is Niagara Falls. This can be found at 34.9 km mark. The roads here are very busy, but control is maintained by traffic services. Although this is a high traffic area, the traffic is slow and easy to navigate. You will find many hotels that will cater to every budget. You will also find a wide variety of food choices. Everything from fast food to high end dining is found in Niagara Falls. There is no doubt that Niagara Falls has a lot to offer. There are many attractions for you to enjoy. If you are going to spend any time at the Falls a good sturdy lock will be required for locking up your bike.

Continuing south will take you out of the Niagara Falls area onto roads that are a little less busy. At the 56.2 km mark you will start your journey north back towards the finish line. The roads are flat and easy to cycle. You will turn left onto Glendale Rd. at the 71.5 km mark where you will soon cross a bridge that will take you over the historic Welland Canal. You will follow the canal all the way back to the finish line at Port Weller. Along the entire route you will see signs for wineries and their various tastings. I encourage you to get off route and enjoy the many wineries that are found along the way. Many of these wineries have restaurants and almost all have tastings. This is not a route to be done when you have minimal time. You will want to take the time to enjoy everything this wonderful region has to offer.

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