Eastern Canada - Routes around Port Colborne/Welland and Port Dover
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06-08-11, 08:23 AM
I'm planning a 2 or 3 day ride around the region on the East side of Lake Erie in Ontario. I live west of Toronto and usually ride around Caledon, Halton Hills, Milton, etc.
Can anyone comment on the roads around Port Colborne, Port Dover, and East to wine country around Jordan. I've taken the car around Jordan, Beemsville, St. Catherines, but never the bike (never been on the other side of the escarpment). I'm flexible on a route, planning to do 100km per day, and I'll be looking for accomodation for the one or two nights. I'll likely take my car out that way and use it as a base, allowing me to spend more time riding in the area as opposed to riding there from where I live.
06-08-11, 01:01 PM
There's a Niagara circle route (http://www.niagararegion.ca/government/initiatives/gncr/default.aspx)that starts in Niagara on the Lake, goes up the Welland Canal, and then back through Niagara Falls to NOTL. It's about 150 km all the way around, so you do that as a generous one-day trip, or spend a night somewhere and do it as a loop. It's mostly on paved cycle paths, but even in high season they are pretty much empty, with the exception of the bit that parallels the Niagara Parkway between NOTL and Niagara Falls. I've ridden a bit elsewhere in the region, and the roads are mostly quiet and well paved. The local tourist office has a good bike map too, which shows the roads to avoid.
And if you have time you could always do what I've never done and explore the U.S. side as well.
06-10-11, 07:24 AM
I did some research and it seems that Lakeshore Rd runs, not surprisingly, along the lake for quite a distance. I'm planning to stay in Port Dover one night, riding to Dunnville and back one day, and to Long Beach and back the other day. On bikely or mapmyride someone shows a similar ride where they were on Lakeshore most of the way. If anyone has comments about this route, or tips on places to stop and eat, or any must-see sights, let me know. Thanks.
06-20-11, 12:13 PM
Hi, My wife grew up in the area and we ride there fairly regularly. You might be interested in the two day Tour of Norfolk that has well organized rides out of Delhi the third weekend of July.
My directions will try and avoid out normal: go down the street where M & A used to live and lets take this side road and see if J is home.
From Dover you can take:
Radical Road (a little busy but not bad at all), left of Pt Ryersee
Pt Ryersee south then right on Front Rd.
Then Front Rd all the way to St Williams (a small section is on Fisher Glen, will be obvious on map).
There are not many services on this road. It is a little hilly around Pt Ryersee. You might want a short detour to Turkey Point which is a nice tourist / beach spot. Better to go back out up the main road (Turkey Point Road), but you can go down Old Hill Rd. Restaurants etc in the area. Also several places in Port Rowan. There is a blueberry farm along Front Rd which has pies etc.
Long Point Rd is fairly busy so be careful. Not terrible, but busy as the only access road.
An alternative inland road, which is not as scenic:
Radical Rd all the way to the end, then right on Hwy 24 for a short connection (ride on the stone shoulder, busy road).
Left on Vittoria Road. There is a store in Vittoria.
Left on Forrestry Farm Rd. then into St Willams and Front Rd to Port Rowan.
There is a fairly new Zip Lining place, which also does night (duh) astronomy near Turkey Point.
There are a lot of restaurants in Dover. Erie Beach is a classic traditional place, fairly reasonable (perch is a specialty). Their hot dog stand is a summer favourite. High end is David's just outside of town. Simcoe has more chain type places.
The roads are generally very nice and low traffic. Anywhere away from the lake is flat.
Just ask if you have more questions. Let us know how your trip was.
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