Catch the Megabus highway coach from downtown Toronto – with your bike in a bag, under the bus – to Main Street Grimsby, in about 65 minutes. Cycle to the Niagara Gateway tourism centre, then it’s south up the Escarpment and west along amazing cliff’s edge views to Hamilton. From there it’s north to Burlington, and up Brant St to the GO train home.
Recommended: for experienced riders. Casual cyclists can however follow the Waterfront Trail west from Grimsby to the Burlington GO train station. Ways up the Niagara Escarpmment are at Woolverton Rd, Mountain Rd and Park Rd, but the eastern Mountainview Rd. route is the least steep.
- Visit Megabus.com for the Toronto-Grimsby Bus Schedule
- Arrive early – at Toronto’s new Union Station Bus Terminal, located at the corner of Bay St & Lakeshore Blvd. on the 2nd floor – to get your bus ticket.
- Bikes are not allowed on double-decker buses, but are allowed on single level motor coaches. Ask the driver to store it/them at the back bus bay, away from the luggage. Bring a bungee cord to attach it under the bus if you like.
- Follow the Hamilton Bike Routes, Trails & Parks (pdf) cycling map and Niagara Region Bicycling Map (available at the Niagara Gateway Information Centre), recommended to stay safe and get the most out of the route.
- In Grimsby, a bike lane starts soon on Main Street west to Casablanca and north to the Niagara Gateway Centre. The Waterfront Trail east is well signed along the Lake and the QEW.
- Ridge Rd. west along to top of the Escarpment has very light traffic. Gray Rd. to the Lake has relatively light traffic.
- The Dofasco 2000 Trail is about 80% boardwalk and 20% packed gravel trail.
- New Mountain Rd. down the Escarpment is very steep. There is also a very risky corner at the bottom as you near the tunnel under the train tracks. Cyclists should wait for breaks in traffic, and occupy the whole lane during “the descent”.
- Ways up the Niagara Escarpmment from Grimsby are at Woolverton Rd, Mountain Rd and Park Rd, but the Mountainview Rd. route is the least steepest climb, and best for viewing vineyards.
- PHOTOS: Photos from Grimsby to Burlington Ride
- Niagara Gateway Information Centre
- Town of Grimsby, Ontario
- Beamer Memorial Falls
- Devil’s Punch Bowl
- Niagara Region Bicycling Map
- Hamilton Trails Map
- Waterfront Trail Maps – Grimsby (Green Trail #1)
- Waterfront Trail Maps – Hamilton (Orange Trail #1)
- Waterfront Trail Maps – Burlington (Orange Trail #2)
To Burlington GO Station
RIDE 5.0: BURLINGTON GO train station from HAMILTON BEACH, via the Waterfront Trail – 15 kms
Donald Wiedman © 2018