Escarpment Expedition

Explore the dramatic Niagara Escarpment along trails that make easy connections into nearby historic downtowns.

About the Route

Easy to Moderate | Unsigned | Paved Roads, Unpaved Trail

From the village of Ancaster, pass roadside estates before joining the delightful treelined and well kept rail trail through Dundas Valley. Take a refreshment or shopping break in downtown Dundas before pedaling on via the boulevard trail alongside Cootes Drive. Connect back with the rail trail, a busy and paved thoroughfare for the many university students in the area. Heading up through the golf club greens, join the Chedoke Trail on a spectacular tour through lush woodlands and past numerous waterfalls etched out of the impressive shale and sandstone layers right along the trail. Enjoy picturesque views across the valley before the trail veers off the Escarpment and winds its way into Ancaster, where inviting patios and ice cream parlours are ready to round out the adventure.

Cycling

Jump on your bike and come explore the Greenbelt's beautiful, protected countryside. Choose from a selection of curated local cycling itineraries along the signed 475 km Greenbelt Route and explore Ontario's protected Greenbelt.
  Cycling Itineraries

Tourism Info

This route is suitable for cyclists with experience and comfort in riding on roads with vehicle traffic and incorporates roads with low-traffic and low-speeds, bike lanes and paved shoulders whenever possible. Exercise caution as conditions warrant, take spare bicycle parts, extra water, and other refreshments as needed and ride safe. The itinerary provides general distances and suggests towns where accommodations can be found, we encourage you to select your own preferred points of interest on our curated, interactive map. We encourage you to take the time to explore, shop, taste the wines and local foods, and learn about the history of Ontario's protected Greenbelt.

Tourism Partners

Waterfront Regeneration Trust Ontario Cuilinary Tourism Alliance Transportation Options