The Welland Canals Parkway Trail startes at Charles Ansell Park at Lock 1 with links to Malcolmson Park, the Waterfront Trail and the Greater Niagara Circle Route. The trail then travels south along the water's edge past Lock 2 to Lock 3 where there is the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre. The trail then continues south to Thorold and the flight locks as part of the Greater Niagara Circle Route.
Parking is available at the following locations:
Two sections of the Welland Canals Parkway Trail will be closed to accommodate maintenance work being completed by the St. Lawrence Seaway.
|Area of the trail closed||Closing date||Opening date||
Lock 3 south to Glendale Avenue
(Museum picnic area and the path leading from Lock 2 will remain open)
|Sept. 1, 2014||April 30, 2015||Reconstruction of the upper lock 3 tie-up wall.|
|Tecumseh Street north to Lakeshore Road||Dec. 1, 2014||April 30, 2015||Replace the lock 1 tie-up wall|
The Welland Canals Parkway Trail is a 3 metre wide asphalt trail for walking or cycling and connects a number of destinations and parks along the canal. The trail crosses most major east-west roads in St. Catharines and provides users with opportunities to enjoy the Garden City's parks system, or stop along the way for a snack or visit some of the commercial areas of the city.
Of key interest along the trail are Locks One, Two and Three, and the Welland Canals Centre and Museum at Lock 3. The Welland Canals Parkway Trail represents a link to both the city's industrial heritage and recreational future.
The Welland Canals Parkway is a key component of the linear park system in St. Catharines (and the Niagara Peninsula). It parallels the route of the Welland Canal from Lake Ontario (Lock One) to the southern edge of St. Catharines, south of Glendale Avenue and Lock Three.