Merritt Island, in the downtown core of Welland, is a green space surrounded by the Welland river and the old Welland Canal, perfect for walking, biking and rollerblading. The tree-lined canal path runs 4 km and the island provides plenty of amenities, including: public washrooms, rest areas, benches, boat docks, picnic facilities, parking areas, grassy areas, and a playground for children. It is wheelchair and stroller accessible. 

Welland Canals Trail – This 42 km mostly paved trail follows the Welland Canal, where over 3,000 ships pass each year. Starting in Port Colborne the trail is 3 m wide and mostly flat except in its northern end by Thorold/St. Catharines and the Niagara Escarpment, where you can watch ships climb the locks. 

Steve Bauer Trail – Named for the famous Canadian cyclist from the area, this 6 km multi-use trail stretches from Fonthill to Welland. Begin your walk or ride in Fonthill at Quaker Road and Line Avenue. Follow the stone chip rail bed, roads and stone chip path through several developments and end at the Welland River.


Talbot Trail – The trail extends nearly 2000 kilometers from Windsor to Fort Erie with sections following Highway 3 through Wainfleet and Port Colborne. Hikers will enjoy the natural and scenic attractions of the Carolinian forests. 

Stop 19 Trail – Begin your walk north of Thorold Road West and continue along the Welland River to Quaker Road. Here, the trail joins to the Steve Bauer trail. This 4.4 kilometer trail is mainly stone dust and is accessible by wheelchairs and strollers. 

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