Whether you are a serious cyclist or enjoy casual biking, we'd like to extend a warm welcome to you at Arcadia House B&B!
As the Ontario By Bike website points out, "Niagara is becoming known for cycling almost as much as for wine. An incredible selection of bicycle routes and trails make this a popular destination for cyclists. Whether joining a tour or striking it on your own, there are short or multi-day trips to suit all levels. Meander between wineries through farmland, travel along rivers and lakes, or take advantage of acres devoted to mountain biking featuring the Escarpment."
We can provide a secure lock-up for your bikes, cycling maps, basic repair tools, and a soothing soak in a hot tub at the end of a day's ride. We can also assist you in selecting the ideal route for your energy level and time constraints. And if you don't have your own bikes or don't want to take them with you, we can arrange free drop-off and pick-up right at the B&B.
In 1990, the Niagara Escarpment was added to UNESCO's list of World Biosphere Sites, joining such illustrious company as the Florida Everglades, the Galapagos Islands, and the Serenghetti Plains.
From the Coalition on the Niagara Escarpment (CONE) website: "A massive forested limestone ridge, it’s perhaps the province’s most prominent geographical feature. The Niagara Escarpment stretches more than 725 km from the Niagara River to Georgian Bay and rises up in places more than half a kilometre above sea level. Burlington’s Mount Nemo can look the observation deck of Toronto’s CN Tower right in the eye."
Click the following links for information about some notable features of the Escarpment within easy reach of Arcadia House.
Located just outside Jordan, Ball's Falls is one of the more spectacular points along the 1600-kilometre Niagara Escarpment.
Hike along the Cataract Trail (an off-shoot of the Bruce Trail) for views from above and below as Twenty Mile Creek plummets over the upper and lower falls.
Visit the LEED Gold-certified Centre for Conservation to learn about the area’s rich history. The mid-19th century industrial hamlet features the original Ball family home, an operating flour mill, a lime kiln, a church, black smith shop, carriage shed and more.×
The Bruce Trail follows the edge of the Niagara Escarpment for almost 900 kilometres, from the southern cairn at Queenston Heights (less than a 10-minute drive from Arcadia House) to Tobermory, at the top of the Bruce Peninsula. The trail was instrumental in the Niagara Escarpment being named a UNESCO World Biosphere site. It receives 400,000 visits a year, with more than 2500 people having officially hiked it from end to end.×
Located in the centre of the Niagara Peninsula, Short Hills Provincial Park is a 1600-acre "jumble of small but steep hills" that provide excellent terrain for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing, and a habitat for white-tailed deer and coyotes, amongst other wild life.
It has six side trails, including the Bruce Trail, seven waterfalls, and provides a mix of dense forests and open meadows.×
Located between the Niagara Escarpment and Twelve Mile Creek, St. Johns is a unique and fragile ecosystem containing several trails that wind through a large interior forest, letting visitors experience spectacular old growth trees, the largest stand of tulip trees in the Niagara Peninsula, groundwater seeps, and a variety of magnificent song birds and pond ducks. St Johns is also known as a hot spot for seasonal trout fishing, birdwatching and nature education.×
The Niagara River forms part of the border between Canada and the United States. It flows north out of Lake Erie, drops 57 metres over the Horseshoe Falls, cuts through the Niagara Gorge, and enters Lake Ontario 55 kilometres later. The numerous scenic, natural history, cultural and historic points of interest along its course make it a significant tourist destination.
Located on the grounds of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, the Butterfly Conservatory houses more than 2000 butterflies of 45 different species. The 180-metre path winds through a lush, tropical environment as the butterflies fly free all around (and on) you.×
At the southern end of the Niagara Gorge that separates Canada from the United States, Niagara Falls comprises three distinct waterfalls: the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls, and the Bridal Veil Falls. By far the largest is the Horseshoe Falls, best seen from the Canadian side. While not the tallest falls in the world, the combined flow of more than six million cubic feet a minute makes Niagara Falls the most powerful.×
The Niagara River Parkway runs 55 kilometres from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Fort Erie, passing through Niagara Falls on the way. It has been called "the prettiest Sunday afternoon drive in the world". Running alongside it is the Recreation Trail, a hiking and cycling path that offers spectacular views of the Niagara River and Gorge.×
If you want to check out the area in more depth, consider a tour with local environmentalist Owen Bjorgan. He conducts affordable tours of various locations in the area lasting from 1.5 to 5 hours.
Owen Bjorgan is a Niagara-on-the-Lake local. Passionate about nature and the outdoors, he has trekked around the globe yet delights in leading people on tours in his own backyard. Possible tours include The Niagara Escarpment (with an optional Sunset Hike), Carolinian Forests, Niagara's Wetlands, Shorthills Provincial Park, and more.×