Ride to Niagara Falls return by GO Train August 21
A group of us are riding to Niagara Falls and returning by Go Train on Saturday August 21
Feel free to join us at the start - Meet 9am at the North West corner of Queen’s Quay and York Street.
Ride should take 6-8 hours, with time for dinner in Niagara Falls and to catch the 720pm train back to Union Station, arriving at 920pm.
Go Train details: http://www.gotransit.com/public/en/t.../seasonal.aspx
Most of the riders are TBN members and ride at a fairly brisk pace, but all are welcome.
Distance – Approx 150km plus an optional second escarpment climb and descent for the truly ambitious.
This is an unsupported ride, but route map and meeting spot in Niagara Falls will be provided at start.
Disregard this post as I see that the excel formatting did not transmit making the directions below virtually impossible to decipher.. I will try another method
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I was not able to attach a file for some reason, so below is a the route map we used this past summer, more or less. Its pretty well along the lake. You can disregard the optional climb as I assume you want the most direct route. Also, you can bypass Niagara on the Lake and save a few KM's by turning right at East-West Road, as indicated on the chart about four rows from the bottom.
You should call Go Transit to ensure they can transport your bike back on the bus and to confirm the schedule. Its quite a gutsy trip at this time of year, as the winds gusting off the lake and across the plains might be quite strong and cold, but best of luck on this journey.
TORONTO TO NIAGARA FALLS - VIA THE LAKE TurnStreetKM'sCumeOptional Rest Stops & Route NotesMeet at Queens Quay & York Street NW cornerFollow QQ and Bike path to Park Lawn9.69.6L (west)Lakeshore18.127.7Port Credit en route - numerous amenetiesL (south)Southdown, curves into Lakeshore 27.254.9Second Cup at Lakeshore & BrantStraightContinue on Lakeshore0.855.7L (south)Lakeshore2.057.7LEastport1.158.8LBeach3.762.5LVan Wagners Beach Road1.964.4Road curves to right and then….LVan Wagners, becomes N Service Rd11.776.1Go just past Fifty RoadEscarpment Climb Option: Right on Fruitland, L on South Service Road, R on Mcneilly to climb Escarpment, L on Ridge, L on Fifty, R on North Service Road to regroup (adds about 7km)Lunsigned, then right to Baseline/Winston3.980.0Tim HortonsR (south)Casablanca0.680.6LQEW South Service Rd becomes Clark7.588.1RDurham1.089.1LGreenLane (end at Victoria)9.398.4about midway, jog left at Bartlett, R at GreenLaneL (north)Victoria0.699.0RPrudhomme / N Service Rd6.7105.7L (north)Gregory0.3106.0RLakeshore / Main4.6110.6Port DalhousieRLock / Lakeport0.9111.5L (east)Lakeshore (towards Niagara on the Lake)16.4127.9Optional direct to NF - after 9km turn R at East West and turn R at Railroad/Con #1 (saves about 5km)RMary St0.8128.7LVictoria0.8129.5Niagara on the LakeRQueen becomes Picton, then Niagara Parkway2.8132.3REast West Line0.9133.2can instead just stay on Parkway all the way upLRailroad Street becomes Con #17.9141.1L (east)Dee0.9142.0If you miss Dee, you'll curve to Con #2, then turn leftR (south)Niagara Parkway /River Rd13.0155.0Roundabout - stay to left for Niag Parkway/River RdEnd at Murray Street in front of Falls155.0Cross the street to view The FallsSmall Parkette at Murray and Niagara Parkway
Last edited by Cdn Guy; 11-15-10 at 08:27 AM.
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I can't vouche for that being the best possible route, but there it is. Maybe it's the worst possible route, I dunno. I had all kinds of road closures, which will appear randomly on my track.
My ride south to RR81 via Jordan Station was just me not paying attention, and being on the south (wrong) service road at Jordan Harbour. Don't do that, either take RR 81 from Beamsville or stick to the North Service Road.
Ghettocruiser, I see you ended your route in Fort Erie...is there any reason you chose that as your endpoint? I'm concerned about the wind along the lakeshore...is it really much worse than anywhere else? I'm going to head out for a couple hours east along the lake in a few days to preview the route a bit. Also this trip looks like its gonna take me a bit longer than I though it would - wish there was more time to prepare.
Fort Erie was the destination. Friends and relatives there. Passed right by The Falls along the way.
When I did the ride from Oakville in 2007 I took King St from Hamilton to RR81, pretty busy and pretty bad pavement at the time, plus tons of red lights compared to the Service Roads. Not recommended. RR81 is much better past Beamsville in wine country