Road trip routes in Niagara

Summer may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean you need to abandon your road trip plans. Winston Churchill once said that the Niagara Parkway is “the prettiest Sunday afternoon drive in the world.” As prime touring country, there are so many route options and destinations to keep you and the whole family in awe.

The Greater Niagara Circle Route,  includes the Niagara Parkway, which follows the Niagara River from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Fort Erie. As one of the prettiest Sunday afternoon drive routes, the Parkway offers a wealth of delights, from parks, gardens and heritage sites to wineries, waterfronts and of course Niagara Falls.

The Lake Erie South Shore Circle Route, which traverses the southern tip of the Niagara peninsula, encompasses the beachside communities of Fort Erie, Port Colborne and Wainfleet. Discover parks, beaches and marinas.

For a drive that blends marine and engineering themes, follow the Welland Canals Parkway Interim Route from Port Colborne, through Welland and Thorold, to the Welland Canals Centre in St. Catharines. The Welland Canal, one of Canada’s engineering marvels, allows massive freighters to “climb the mountain” by passing through canal locks at various locations including Port Colborne, Thorold and St. Catharines.

The Niagara Wine Route includes a network of roads that allows you to celebrate countless wineries! Take advantage of tours and tasting opportunities at wineries large and small, stretching west to east from the majestic Niagara Escarpment to idyllic Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Completing the Greater Niagara Circle Route is the Waterfront Trust Trail, a beautiful drive that connects Metro Toronto and the rest of the Lake Ontario shoreline to Niagara. If you travelled north on the Welland Canals Parkway Interim Route, ending in St. Catharines, you can link up to the Waterfront Trail from there.

For a full list of road trip destinations in Niagara, visit Tourism Niagara.