Some 30 million people a year visit Niagara Falls every year. The falls themselves are of course spectacular, but the surrounding area is wonderful too, from parks to pastoral farm roads passing by wineries. There are some great opportunities for running in Niagara Falls, owing to an excellent infrastructure of multi-use paths that showcase some of the area’s most scenic highlights.
The best places to run in Niagara Falls are our scenic running tours of the Falls on both the Canada and the U.S. sides. On the New York side, enjoy the Ellicott Creek Trail and additional routes in the Buffalo area, 20 miles south. In Ontario, there’s wonderful running along the Niagara River Recreation Trail to Queenston Park and then for up to 20 km to the shores of Lake Ontario! We’ve also put together a 10k running tour of the pretty town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. For a long, flat run along a canal, hop on any section of the Welland Canals Parkway trail. We’ve also included some routes in St. Catharines (ON).
A couple of important notes about the area: You can run across the Rainbow Bridge — but remember to bring your passport! Also, winters in the area can be cold and snowy — except in the most visited sections, trails are not typically maintained…but bring your Yak-Traks!