Wind your way up onto the Beamsville Bench, a narrow plateau sloping gradually from the cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment northwards to the bottom of the crescent-shaped Lake Iroquois Shore Bluff. This appellation reaps the benefits of continuous air circulation that moderates temperature and creates a unique set of conditions that provide a natural complexity to the grapes that are grown here.
Award-winning wineries are eager to share their distinctive personalities and products with you. Take in a vineyard concert, tour the wine cellars, and sample inspired food and wine pairings at one of more than seventy VQA wineries in Niagara, 14 of which are right on the Greenbelt Route.
It’s no secret that Niagara has become a culinary hotspot. With celebrity chefs like Jamie Kennedy and Massimo Capra having opened restaurants here, Niagara-on-the-Lake is now recognized as Canada’s number one food and wine destination. With many chefs featuring Niagara’s rich bounty of local Greenbelt ingredients, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable fresh, delicious local meal.
Greenbelt Route Maps of Niagara Region
Home to world-class theatre, a vibrant arts scene, and heritage sites that celebrate some of the most significant historical events that shaped our nation, it’s no wonder Niagara was named a Cultural Capital of Canada for 2012.
TIP: From the Greenbelt Route there are numerous opportunities to step off your bike and right onto the Bruce Trail. This is Canada's oldest and longest footpath, which follows the magnificent Niagara Escarpment—a UNESCO-designated World Biosphere Reserve.
TIP: Managed by the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, Ball’s Falls is a unique geological feature of the Niagara Escarpment—the lower, main part of Ball’s Falls goes over Irondequoit Limestone, a layer of resistant rock that covers softer shale and sandstone. It’s a great combination of nature and 19th century culture, and features an operating flour mill, a church, a family home, and more, all open for a visit.
TIP: Make a stop at Welland Canals Centre at Lock 3, where you can watch the ships navigate the locks between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.
TIP: Step off your bike to walk the Beamsville Bench Vineyard Trail. This trail has multiple entry points to two distinct loops that provide foot access to six working Beamsville vineyards in the heart of Niagara’s Greenbelt.
Additional Information and Resources
Visiting Niagara Canada - Visitor information
20 Valley Tourism Association - Visitor information
Town of Grimsby - Visitor information
Niagara Region - Cycling map and information
Ontario By Bike - Certified bicycle-friendly businesses, information, and maps
Waterfront Trail - Download maps of the Waterfront Trail section across Niagara