FORT ERIE-PORT COLBORNE; ONTARIO CANADA
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Last Updated: July 31, 2017
Length: Friendship Trail; 17 miles
Difficulty: Easy. Flat paved rail trail.
To Start from Old Fort Erie parking lot in Fort Erie (Eastern End); From I-190 in Buffalo, NY cross the Peace Bridge into Canada onto Queen Elizabeth Way. Take your first right up to Route 124 (Central Ave) and head right. Follow to Lakeshore Rd and turn right. The road splits briefly. Continue straight on Lakeshore Rd passing by Old Fort Erie on your right. You'll come to a parking lot on your left and the start of the trail.
To Start from the Fraser Street parking lot in Port Colborne (Western End); From I-190 in Buffalo, NY cross the Peace Bridge into Canada onto Queen Elizabeth Way. Take the Thompson Rd (Route 122) exit and travel south to the Route 3 exit. Follow Route 3 west to Port Colborne. Just before the Welland Canal turn left on Route 3A (Welland St) and travel 1 mile (1.6 km) to Fraser St. Parking lots are located both to your right and left. The trailhead is on your left (map board).
The Friendship Trail follows an old rail bed along the former Grand Trunk Railway between Fort Erie and Port Colborne. Visit; FRIENDSHIP TRAIL for more information.
The Friendship Trail is part of the regional Greater Niagara Circle Route. [The Bridge-It Route travels on-road between Thorold and Niagara Falls cutting the Circle Route in half. SEE; Route Directions for cycling from Port Robinson's Ferry parking lot to the Niagara Parkway in Chippawa, Ontario]. Four connected trails combine to form a circle (north-south & east-west) along both Great Lakes, the Niagara River and the Welland Canal. At it's western end this trail connects with the Welland Canal Trail that travels north-south between Port Colborne and St. Catharines. At it's eastern end this trail connects to the Niagara River Recreational Trail that travels north-south between Fort Erie and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Finally the Niagara River Recreational Trail and Welland Canal Trail are connected via the Waterfront Trail; Lake Ontario/Niagara Section that travels east-west between Niagara-on-the-Lake and St. Catharines.
The Friendship Trail is also part of the regional Great Lakes Waterfront Trail. Stretching over 1,305 miles (2,100 km) along the Canadian shores of the earth's largest group of freshwater lakes, the GREAT LAKES WATERFRONT TRAIL consists of both on-road and off-road facilities. The Trail is about 30% off-road along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, and about 14% off-road on the Lake Erie, Detroit River and Lake St Clair section, and 4% off -road along the North Channel between Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury. It is primarily paved, with sections of unpaved path and gravel roads.
Starting from Old Fort Erie parking lot in Fort Erie; Across the mouth of the Niagara River is Buffalo.
Note; Heading north the paved trail is part of the Niagara River Recreational Trail.
Note; Across Lakeshore Rd is access to OLD FORT ERIE .
Heading west the Friendship Trail follows a wide sidewalk between Lakeshore Rd and Lake Erie. Purple signboards mark the way. Pass through a residential neighborhood and come to a cul-de-sac at 0.8 miles. Here you'll pick up a wide cement trail leading down along the shoreline. Informational signs about the old Erie Beach. Remnants of the old park along the way. Come to Waverly Beach Park. Bear right past restrooms to a parking lot. BIKE STATION located here at 1.2 miles. Head left on a wide sidewalk alongside Edgemere Rd through a residential neighborhood. After 1.7 miles you'll come to the paved, off-road section of the trail on your right. This was as far as I traveled. This brings you up to the old rail bed where the trail continues west. Follow a wooded corridor quickly crossing Kraft Rd, followed by Crescent Rd at 2.4 miles.
Note; Left brings you to Crescent Road Beach Park.
Here the trail parallels Kam Rd before crossing Buffalo Rd at 2.9 miles where it is more isolated. Multiple road crossings. Cross Windmill Point Park at 4.6 miles.
Note; Left brings you to Windmill Point Park.
Multiple road crossings. Cross Gorham Rd at 7.4 miles. Here the trail follows a wooded corridor past farmland. Again multiple road crossings. Cross Sherkston Rd at 11 miles. Finally you'll enter Port Colborne and come to Welland St at 16.9 miles and the end of the trail. Map board located here along with a Waterfront Trail map. To your right are the Fraser Street parking lots and straight across Welland St (head left for a cross-light) is Seaway Park where you can connect to the Welland Canal Trail at 17 miles.
Note; West of Port Colborne the GORD HARRY CONSERVATION TRAIL utilizes this same old rail bed for a 9 mile (14.3 km) crushed stone trail.
CLICK HERE FOR MAPS 3 & 4 in WATERFRONT TRAIL MAP
CLICK HERE FOR GREATER NIAGARA CIRCLE ROUTE MAP 1
CLICK HERE FOR GREATER NIAGARA CIRCLE ROUTE MAP 2
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