STEVE BAUER TRAIL:
STOP 19 TRAIL:
PELHAM-WELLAND; ONTARIO CANADA
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Last Updated: July 31, 2017
Length: Steve Bauer Trail; South Section; 1 mile. North Section; 5.1 miles
Stop 19 Trail; 2.7 miles
Difficulty: Steve Bauer Trail; South Section; Easy. Flat, stone-dust rail trail. North Section; Moderate. Flat, hard packed dirt, grass and gravel rail trail.
Stop 19 Trail; Easy, Flat, stone-dust rail trail with a short paved section.
To Start from Port Robinson Road parking lot; From Niagara Falls, NY take the Rainbow Bridge into Canada along Route 420. Take the Route 20/Lundy's Lane exit. Turn left on Route 98, then right on Route 20 west. Travel 8.8 miles (14.2 km) then turn left on Station Rd. Follow to Port Robinson Rd and turn right. The parking lot is on your left.
The Stop 19 Trail and Steve Bauer Trail both utilize the old rail bed of the former Niagara, St. Catharines and Toronto (NS&T) commuter railway line. Starting in Welland just north of the Welland River the Stop 19 Trail travels north into Pelham where it becomes the Steve Bauer Trail. The trail continues northeast into Thorold past Route 20 where it is undeveloped. Cyclist Steve Bauer is one of Pelham's great internationally-renowned athletes. The Steve Bauer Trail recognizes Steve's career in the sport of road cycling, during which he wore the prestigious yellow jersey 14 times over two Tour de France competitions, and won a silver medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics. For more information visit; STEVE BAUER TRAIL; PELHAM or STOP 19 TRAIL .
Starting from Port Robinson Road parking lot; I haven't checked out this trail.
Heading North; The trail heading north is less developed. Across Port Robinson Rd, a narrow stone-dust trail travels north alongside Station St for almost 0.3 miles until you come to Pelham Town Square. Past here you'll continue north on-road (low volume traffic) out to Route 20. Head right along a sidewalk to a cross-light that will take you over busy Route 20. Head left where you'll pick up a short paved section of the trail that leads to a hard packed dirt, grass and overgrown stone-dust trail. This leads to Hurricane Rd. Caution No Cross-walk. The hard packed dirt, grass and overgrown stone-dust trail travels past Gordon Klager Park where the trail is less developed. It follows an open corridor, crossing Cataract Rd at 1.8 miles, Turner Rd at 2 miles and Route 50 at 2.4 miles. Caution No Cross-walk. Here the trail follows a narrow tree lined corridor crossing Hansler Rd at 3.2 miles, Holland Rd at 3.6 miles before a tunnel takes you underneath Route 406 at 4 miles. Travel through farm fields crossing Kottmeier Rd at 4.6 miles before the trail finally ends at Route 67 after 5.1 miles.
Heading South; The wide stone-dust Steve Bauer Trail follows the old rail bed south along a narrow tree lined corridor until you cross Merritt Rd after 0.7 miles where you travel alongside Line Ave on a residential corridor. After 1 mile you cross into Welland where the trail becomes the Stop 19 Trail. Map board here. Several residential street crossings. The trail turns away from the road and crosses Woodlawn Rd at 2 miles. Caution No Cross-walk. Come to Thorold Rd at 2.7 miles. Head left to a cross-walk. Here the trail follows a commercial corridor alongside Prince Charles Dr. I believe at about 3.1 miles the trail becomes paved. Cross-light over Fitch St and the trail reverts to a narrow grass and gravel surface. The trail ends at Colbeck Dr after 3.7 miles. Straight the grass trail ends at the Welland River.
Note; If you head left on-road out to Prince Charles Dr and turn right over the river, then left along W Main St you'll pick up the Welland Canal Trail alongside the canal after 0.5 miles.
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