Hi all. The GO Train Niagara Falls special is running again, so let`s take a trip down to Niagara Falls for the day.
The GO Train bike special to Niagara Falls comes with two cars specially outfitted with bike racks on their lower level, so you can put your bike on board and then go sit on the second level. In addition, two bikes can go in the ends of most GO train cars.
The special leaves Union Station at 9 AM, and stops at Exhibition at 9:06. Note that the train then stops ONLY at Port Credit, Oakville, and Burlington, it doesn't make all the usual stops.
We should meet up on the concourse level of Union Station by 8:30 AM, so we have plenty of time to get our tickets. We'll be going to St. Catharines, and returning from Niagara Falls, the total cost will be about $40. If you want to meet the train at one of the other stops, that's fine, just let me know.
Please note that I am going to limit this ride to 25 people total, as there is only so much space for bikes on the train. You can't reserve bike space in advance, it is first-come-first-served. We've managed to get a group this big on board in the past. So if you sign up and your plans change, PLEASE change your RSVP to give someone else a chance.
Once we arrive in St. Catharines (about 10:30 AM), we'll head to the Waterfront Trail, which we will follow to Niagara-on-the-Lake, and then down the Niagara River Trail to Niagara Falls.
Total distance will be in the 55-60 km range. The ride will be on quiet streets and dedicated bike trails. The trains back to Toronto leave at 7:20 PM and 9:30 PM. Based on previous experience if we keep a pace in the 18 - 20 km/hr range we should have time to see the Falls and then have some dinner at the Taps Brewing Company near the train station and then catch the 7:20 PM train back.
This is a really nice ride so let's hope for some good weather.