Nature Trails near Welland, Ontario

Welland Trail Scene

Welland trail scene

About Welland: Located in the heart of Niagara, Welland is a 1.5 hour drive from Toronto and 45 minutes from Buffalo, NY. Home to Niagara College, and just a short drive to Brock University, the city is home to local and international students. Rich with multiculturalism and community spirit, Welland is a youth and senior friendly city that endeavors to keep all citizens active, happy, and healthy. We cherish our past, appreciate the present, and continue to grow a bright future.

 Hiking and Cycling: Cycling is becoming an even more trail-friendly experience in Welland now that bilingual signage has been added to the Greater Niagara Circle Route. In order to enhance the cycling experience, Welland Canal Parkway Trail signage helps guide cyclists and keep them on the cycling path. The City’s hiking and cycling trails have become a venue of choice for triathlons. The Rose City Triathlon attracts competitors from Niagara and beyond. Many competitive athletes use the City’s trails to train for cycling and running competitions.

To further encourage cyclist to take advantage of Welland Canal Trails, manual bike pumps are now installed along the trail. The pumps are located at the Pen Financial Community Centre, Merritt Island, the Welland International Flatwater Centre, and a pump equipped with a toolkit is located at the Welland Community Wellness Complex. For information on cycling maps, places to visit, and cycling adventures, visit

Merritt Island: Outdoor enthusiasts marvel at the beauty and serenity of Merritt Island – a natural paradise located steps from downtown, between the Welland Recreational Waterway and the Welland River. On trails that are part of the Greater Niagara Cycle Route, visitors and residents alike enjoy walking, hiking, cycling, rollerblading or simply picnicking in the park.

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Chippawa Creek Conservation Area

Chippawa Creek Conservation Areais a splendid example of conservation in action. The NPCA’s resource management practices have fostered an ideal wildlife habitat that offers rare public access to the Welland River. Recreationalists and naturalists alike will enjoy a...


This 15 hectare (36 acre) site is located on the Welland River in the Town of Pelham. E.C. Brown provides fishing and boating opportunities with shoreline frontage and a boat launch, as well as a picnic pavilion. Hike the area trail and view wetland, meadow and...


Located in Port Colborne beside the Old Welland Canal, Mud Lake is a conservation area dedicated to the preservation of vegetation and wildlife. Encompassing over 60 hectares of wetland and 54 hectares of field and woodland, Mud Lake offers nature trails, superb bird...


Willoughby Marsh Conservation Area is a swamp ecosystem and one of the largest forested wetlands in the eastern part of the Niagara Peninsula. Located at the head of Tee, Usshers, Lyons and Black Creeks, this 550 acres Conservation Area protects an important source...