Trails in St. Catharines

Please Note:  As the City works to slow the spread of COVID-19 there are restrictions on the use of outdoor spaces.  Please visit our COVID-19 page for more information.

Through a network of city trails, the Bruce Trail and Short Hills Provincial Park, there are more than 90 kilometres of pathways that crisscross the city. Download a complete trail map, or use the interactive map below to discover all the trails the city has to offer.

If you're planning a cycling trip to St. Catharines and Niagara visit the Niagara Cycling Tourism Centre for more information.

Trail Passport

Trail Passport

Plan your next adventure with our Trail Passport! 

Print and fill out a hard copy of the Trail Passport

Want to add your memories to your Trail Passport on your portable device or home computer? Download a copy of our Virtual Trail Passport following these instructions.

Instructions for downloading on a hand-held device:

  1. Click on this link to open the Trail Passport
  2. If you do not have the Google Slides app on your device, you will be prompted to download this free app
  3. Once the Trail Passport opens, go to the three dots in the top right-hand corner of your screen, select "Share & export", then "Make a copy".
  4. You now have your own copy of the interactive Trail Passport to edit on your adventures!

Instructions for downloading on a desktop or laptop:

  1. Click on this link to open the Trail Passport
  2. Once the Trail Passport opens, go to File menu tab in the top left-hand corner of your screen, select "Make a copy" and "Entire presentation".
  3. You now have your own copy of the interactive Trail Passport to edit as you please!

Parks Policy Plan

The City's Parks Policy Plan charts a course for providing a balanced and integrated system of parks, open space, and trails for St. Catharines. It includes strategies for planning, maintaining, and managing the City's parks, open space, trails and associated facilities.

Customer Service

Call 905.688.5600 for general inquires or to report graffiti, long grass or other maintenance concerns along a trail.

Be alert while using trails

Please be aware trails may not be regularly maintained or clear during winter months, so exercise caution.

Residents are encouraged to explore and enjoy City parks and trails from dawn until dusk and are reminded to do so carefully by following posted rules and being mindful of others. While using trails, residents should be aware of their surroundings at all times, stick to established paths, remain alert and watch their footing.

Tick Safety

Ticks are very small, ranging in size from a poppy seed to a small grape (when engorged). Ticks are normally found in forested areas or areas with long grass, where they attach themselves to humans and animals passing by. The majority of ticks in Niagara are harmless to humans and pets; however, a small percentage of ticks can carry and transmit the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.

Visit the Niagara Region Public Health website for information on ticks, tick prevention and what to do if you are bitten by a tick.

Trail rules and courtesy

Wheels Yield to Heels

  • Pedestrians always have the right of way on a trail, and cyclists must yield to both pedestrians and in-line skaters.
  • In areas where the trail crosses a roadway, all trail traffic must yield to the vehicular traffic.
  • When travelling along the roadway, cyclists must obey traffic laws and pedestrians are required to use the municipal sidewalk or travel on the shoulder of the road facing oncoming traffic.
  • Under no circumstances should anyone traverse the Canadian National Railway mainline.

Trail Etiquette

  • Always pass on the left when possible
  • Cyclists yield to in-line skaters and walkers
  • In-line skaters yield to walkers
  • Cyclists and in-line skaters must pass other trail users with care and caution
  • Do not litter
  • Leave the trails cleaner than when you arrived
  • Respect the privacy of those living along the trails
  • No motorized vehicles
  • Dogs must be leashed. Please clean up after your dog
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