MILLENNIUM RECREATIONAL TRAIL:
JOHN McCALL MacBAIN PATHWAY [SECTION 2]:
CANADA 150 PATHWAY [SECTION 3]:
ROTARY STORYBOOK PATHWAY [SECTION 4]:
PAISLEY JANVARY POOL PATHWAY [SECTION 5]:
NIAGARA FALLS LIONS LEGACY PATHWAY [SECTION 6]:
NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO CANADA
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Last Updated: August 02, 2017
Length: Millennium Recreational Trail; 4.9 miles (7.9 km) currently
Section #1 [Southern Section]; To be determined.
John McCall MacBain Pathway #2 [Southern Section]; 1.3 miles (2.1 km)
Canada 150 Pathway #3 [South Central Section]; 0.6 miles (1 km)
Rotary Storybook Pathway #4 [Central Section]; 0.7 miles (1.2 km)
Paisley Janvary Pool Pathway #5 [North Central Section]; 0.8 miles (1.4 km)
Niagara Falls Lions Legacy Pathway #6 [Northern Section]; 0.7 miles (1.2 km)
Difficulty: Easy. Flat paved trail.
Directions: From Niagara Falls, NY take the Rainbow Bridge into Canada along Route 420.
To start from the Oakwood Drive parking lot: John McCall MacBain Pathway [Southern Section] & Canada 150 Pathway [South Central Section]; Continue along Route 420 to QE Way and head south. Take exit 27 to Route 49 east. Take your first left on Oakwood Dr. Parking lot on your right.
To start from the Portage Road parking lot: Paisley Janvary Pool Pathway [North Central Section]; Travel 1.5 miles along Route 420 and take the Drummond Rd exit. Turn left on Valley Way, then right on Drummond Rd. Cross over the Hydro Canal and turn right on Morrison Rd, then your first left on Portage Rd. Parking lot on your right.
To start from the Stanley Ave parking lot: Niagara Falls Lions Legacy Pathway [Northern Section]; Travel 1.5 miles along Route 420 and take the Drummond Rd exit. Turn left on Valley Way, then right on Drummond Rd. Travel 1.2 miles to Thorold Stone Rd and turn right. Turn left on Stanley Rd just before the Hydro Canal. Parking lot on your right.
The Millennium Recreational Trail consists of 6 Sections of trail along the western side of the Hydro-Canal, also known as the Queenston Chippawa Canal. Its journey begins at the Niagara River which is diverted along the Lower Welland River to the Queenston Chippawa Canal which then powers the Sir Adam Beck Generating Station. Section 4 is under design and would take the trail from Morrison St or Drummond Rd south to Dorchester Rd, “depending on the design". Section 1 will travel south from McLeod Rd to Chippawa Creek, but no plans are yet in the works for that section.
I haven't ridden any of these trails. All the trails are paved, flat and travel above the Hydro Canal. Map Boards are located in the parking lots. A mesh fence separates you from the canal and I'm not sure how much of a view you'll get of the canal.
Starting from the Oakwood Drive parking lot [Southern Section]; A pavilion and Map Board are located next to the Oakwood Drive parking lot. The paved trail begins off McLeod Rd.
Note; [Section 1] will travel south from McLeod Rd to Chippawa Creek, with construction slated to begin late 2021.
Heading North along the paved John McCall MacBain Pathway [Section 2] the trail is separated from the Queenston Chippawa Canal by a chain link fence and trees. Doesn't appear that you can actually see the canal the whole route. This partially open trail takes along an open wooded corridor. The trail splits.
Note; Straight brings you up to Lundy's Lane at 1.3 miles.
Bear right and travel underneath Lundy's Lane to connect with the Canada 150 Pathway [Section 3]. This section continues north passing through Royal Manor Park (playground) before veering northeast out to Royal Manor Dr after 1.9 miles.
Note; I believe they are designing a Dorchester CYCLE TRACK for this next on-road section.
Head right out Dorchester Rd, then left crossing over Route 420. Caution; This bridge only contains a sidewalk with no barrier between you and traffic. Pick up the paved Rotary Storywalk Pathway [Section 4] on your right at 2.2 miles. 14 Storywalk boards have been installed and visitors will be able to read portions of children’s books written by famous Canadian authors. The trail continues north passing by Carolyn Park (playground) before ending at Drummond Rd after 2.9 miles.
Note; I believe they are designing a better on-road solution along this next section. Possibly a BIKE LANE along Morrison St.
To access the next section you'll need to head left on-road (narrow shoulder/sidewalk available) along Drummond Rd. Turn right along Morrison St, then left on Portage Road where you'll pick up the the paved Paisley Janvary Pool Pathway [Section 5] at 3.2 miles. Map Board and parking lot located here. The trail continues north along an open wooded corridor. After 4 miles the trail brings you out to Route 57. Map Board located here. A cross light takes you over to the Stanley Avenue parking lot. Picnic tables located here. The paved Niagara Falls Lions Legacy Pathway [Section 6] continues north along an open wooded corridor to Whirlpool Rd. at 4.7 miles.
Note; A pedestrian bridge over the Hydro Canal leads east to a paved trail alongside Whirlpool Rd. This brings you to the Niagara Pkwy where you can connect to the Niagara River Recreational Trail after 0.2 miles.
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