Niagara Falls, Ontario

Niagara River Recreational Trail & Queenston

Just north of the central part of Niagara Falls, a pleasant multi-use path follows the Niagara River north for 20 km, terminating at Niagara-on-the-Lake where the river spills into Lake Ontario. The paved trail, which runs alongside the Niagara Parkway, is popular with cyclists, walkers, and runners. The trail is pleasantly green, with intermittent water views. Note: Not maintained in winter.

Closest to Niagara Falls, a good place to begin the trail is at the Whirlpool Aero Car (cable car that carries visitors above the falls) at the end of Victoria St. Run by the Whirlpool Golf Course, take a detour through the Botanical Gardens, and then continue into Queenston Park, passing the Floral Clock, to Brock’s Monument. There are some additional trails in the park that are pleasant for running. It is 7.5 km from the Whirlppol to Brock’s Monument.

After the park, there’s a 1.2 km gap, where you’ll run on Queenston St. (pretty, residential area), until the trail picks up again at the RiverBrink Art Museum. Then, run all the way to Lake Ontario if you like! Just north of the Living Water Wayside Chapel (15 km mark), the trail breaks away from the road and continues to Niagara-on-the-Lake, where we route you to Queen’s Royal Park.

Essentials
  • 7.5 km (4.7 miles) from Aero Car to Queenston Park; Then another 12 km (7.4 miles) to Niagara on the Lake.
  • Hilly for the first 7 km, then flat along the river
  • Niagara Falls end: Whirlpool Aero Car at the end of Victoria St.
  • Multiple access points to trail along the Niagara Parkway