Routes - Zone 2
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Zone 1 Map Zone 2 is bordered by the shoreline of Lake Ontario to the north and the shoreline of Lake Erie to the south. The escarpment runs in an east west formation close to the shores of Lake Ontario. The eastern portion of this zone is followed by the Welland Canal while the western most edge basically follows Upper James/Hwy 6 to the Grand River and then drops straight south on Kohler Rd. to the shores of Lake Erie.

The first starting point is Balls Falls Conservation Area (the park charges a fee to park your car). The Balls Falls area is a mixture of rural country, villages, vineyards and some town riding on the edge of St. Catharines. There is something for everyone in this area. Balls Falls is up on the escarpment so a full climb up the ridge is not required, but there are still some good climbs in the area that will add a little bit of a challenge to your cycling day.

The second starting point is located in Stoney Creek. These routes use the escarpment as its focal point. It is here where you will follow the very beautiful Ridge Rd. This road follows the brow of the escarpment and will afford some fantastic views of Lake Ontario and the towns that dot the landscape below. Be sure to bring your camera, you will not be disappointed. The two longer routes follow Waterdown Rd. and Wilson Rd. If you like to climb these 3 - 4 km climbs will leave you feeling satisfied at the end of the day.


Town/CityDistance (km)Elevation Gain (m)Categorized Climbs
ViewBalls Falls85 km597 m1 - Cat.3
ViewBalls Falls100 km643 m1 - Cat.5   |   1 - Cat.3
ViewStoney Creek50 km269 m1 - Cat.4
ViewStoney Creek108 km646 m1 - Cat.5  |   1 - Cat.4
ViewStoney Creek140 km847 m2 - Cat.5   |   1 - Cat.4



StartLengthStart | End Elevation Elevation GainAvg. GradeMountain Name
cat14.7 km9.52 km 84 m | 206 m122 m1.3%Niagara Escarpment


General Route Information:

  • Start Location: Winona Park - Stoney Creek
  • Distance: 50 km
  • Elevation Gain: 269 m
  • Washrooms: Gas Stations on Fruitland Rd.
  • Supplies: Stoney Creek
  • Food on Route: None
  • Rating: 5/10

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This short ride is good for a beginner with some experience or a standard routine ride for an experienced cyclist. It does have a category 5 climb up the mountain, but it's fairly small. It also provides one of the easiest routes up the mountain that gain access to the famous Ridge Rd, a highlight of the ride. The route starts off following the shores of Lake Ontario before turning sharply south towards the escarpment. As the route heads towards the climb you will be surrounded by orchards and vineyards. If you catch the spring blossoms just right, the scenery will be absolutely beautiful. After about 2 km you will cross King St. It is here where you will see the climb ahead of you. It starts off easy then ramps up to its maximum gradient of 12% near the top. The hardest part is now done. After a few turns on relatively flat roads you will turn onto Ridge Rd.

Ridge Rd. sits on the brow of the escarpment and will provide views over Lake Ontario and the towns below. You will enjoy country riding with small rolling terrain. Cross winds from the south often find their way onto Ridge Rd. Open farmland provides little protection here. On most occasions the winds are mild and are not a bother. On other occasions I have experienced cross wind gusts of up to 60 kmph. It seems large gusts are more common in the spring. There is one little steep gradient when you turn left onto Mountain Rd. from Ridge. For most it's an out of the saddle effort. At the top of the short, steep climb you will quickly turn right back onto Ridge Rd. Please be careful crossing Mountain Rd. as it can be quite busy.

After a bit of time on Ridge Rd. you will turn left onto 50 Rd. This is a steep, switchback descent where caution should be noted. The road surface is cracked, especially after the first switchback, and can be very slippery in wet conditions. All corners are blind. You will gain speed very quickly and the corners will come at you fast. Keep feathering your brakes and ride at a speed for your own abilities. This downhill can be thrilling, but short. Enjoy it, but please be careful.

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