Lets start summer 2014 in style with a long day of cycling, capped off with wine tastings, dinner in Niagara Falls, and viewing the falls at night. It was my favourite ride last year, and I can't wait to do it again. The big difference from the typical Niagara ride is that we will be eliminating the service roads entirely, and biking along scenic Queenston/Main road through the Niagara bench. We'll be passing century homes, orchards & wineries.
We'll eave Toronto at 7:30 from the Humber Arch Bridge and push onto Port Credit Starbucks for breakfast. We'll make several scheduled stops and I anticipate arriving in Niagara-on-the-Lake at 5:00 p.m. We can visit some wineries, and then head up to Niagara Falls for Dinner. I'd like to be in the falls before 7:00 p.m. (dusk) and have dinner at Milestones by the falls. (It was awesome last year) We'll have a leisurely dinner, and bike over to the falls for night viewing.
Part 1 to Niagara-on-the-Lake
Part 2 to Niagara Falls
For those who don't wish to catch the 10:30 train, there's an 7:20 train that will get you back to Toronto for 9:30 pm.
This ride is for experienced cyclists with good equipment. If you're not able to bike 25 - 30 km/hr you will have to proceed on your own. There will be plenty of drop out points where you can catch transit back to Toronto if you run into mechanical or health problems. I'll give out my cell phone via email a day before the ride, if you run into problems, please text me. I'd like to keep stops to a minimum and to what's listed on the map/below. Also, if you want to join the ride at a point other than the start, humber bridge, or Port Credit, let me know where to expect you.
160 km - 100 miles.
Mostly Flat, 1 up-hill before Niagara Falls.
Road Bike Recommended
Head Light & Tail Light
Snacks - power bars, trail mix, etc.
$20.65+ for return GO train fare,
$5 per winery that you plan to taste at, (approx.)
Dinner $$$ The Milestones is a bit more expensive than Toronto Milestones.
7:30 Depart From Humber Bridge
8:45 Port Credit Starbucks
9:15 Depart Starbucks for Oakville
10:30 regroup at Oakville Starbucks - 146 Lakeshore Rd W, Oakville
10:45 Depart for Burlington Lift Bridge
11:45 Arrive Burlington Lift Bridge
12:30 Arrive Hutch's on the beach - early lunch of grease.
1:15 Depart for Puddicombe Winery area - may bypass entirely
1:30 Niagara Bench
4:00 Arrive at Port Dalhousie. ** Drop out point for St. Catherine's Train @ 7:45**
4:15 depart for N-o-t-L
5:00 Arrive Niagara-on-the-lake
** Those wishing to catch the 7:20 train back to Toronto should head to Niagara Falls Station directly
5:15-6:00 visit 1 or 2 other wineries (Peller is open until 9, most close at 6)
7:00 Niagara Falls - We'll take the bike path up the escarpment, it's a much better slope than the road down at Queenston heights.
7:30 Dinner @ Milestones
9:15 bike over to the falls, oooh and aaah
10:15 back to Niagara Falls Via Station for the GO train
10:30 Depart on the train back to Toronto, hopefully arrive before 12:30