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Niagara Falls, NY

Our guide to running in Niagara Falls in NY and Ontario

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, and the pretty town of Niagara-on-the-Lake with its annual summer Shaw theater festival. Our guide to running in Niagara Falls one route on the New York side, and then broader coverage of the Niagara region in Ontario, including Niagara-on-the-Lake, St. Catharines, and the New York side of the falls.

Niagara Falls has some great opportunities for running, owing to an excellent infrastructure of multi-use paths that showcase some of the area’s most scenic highlights. Enjoy our scenic running tours of the falls on both the Canada and the U.S. sides. There’s also 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.

A couple of important notes about the area: there’s good running on both the U.S. and Canada sides of the falls. 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!

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Niagara-on-the-Lake Tour

Niagara Falls, NY

Pretty town on Lake Ontario known for the Shaw summer theater festival, wineries, historic homes and sites. We've designed a 10.7 km 'grand tour', including a 4 km loop of Fort George, flower-filled Queen St., lakeshore, and Historic Old Town.

Welland Canals Parkway Trail

Niagara Falls, NY

One of the better off-road running options outside of the immediate Niagara Falls area. 36 km path follows the Welland Canal between Lake Ontario in St. Catharines to the Lake Erie shore in Port Colbourne. Nice water views and flat!