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20 | CAA MAGAZINE gigantic cargo ships that ply the Great Lakes. Make time for a break along West Street—the city's main tourist drag—which includes antique shops and eateries. If you're peckish, pop into the Pie Guys Bakery & Cafe for a bu er tart. The actual Pie Guys are Toronto expats Rob Carter and Brennon Zwingli, who are big champions of their adoptive city. "Port Colborne isn't on the map like Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake," says Carter. "We always hear people say it's a hidden gem." Set out from Port Colborne along the Friendship Trail. This railbed-turned-cycling path runs through 16 kilometres of bucolic countryside to Ridgeway, where you'll find the Brimstone Brewing Co. Inside a former church, the brewery's taproom features new-age delicacies, like beet burgers as well as P.E.I. oysters and flights of religiously inspired beers (think Midnight Mass Oatmeal Chicory Stout and Sinister Minister IPA) served on a cross. Keep the sampling to a minimum— liquid lunches and cycling don't mix— and make a beeline for Old Fort Erie, site of one of the last ba les of the War of 1812. Much of this part of Niagara was ground zero in the pre-Confederation conflict between the United States and Great Britain, and the fort—replete with actors in period garb— offers a look at a time before Canada was Canada. The city that surrounds the historic site, Fort Erie, makes for a nice place to bed down for the night. Kick off your second day with a 27-kilometre ride down the Niagara River to Dufferin Islands, a tranquil series of man-made islands filled with ducks and geese, just a stone's throw from Niagara Falls. If you're up for ba ling the hordes, head north to revel in the majesty—and the cooling spray —of the Horseshoe Falls. Next, pull a U-turn and make your way to the sprawling Mount Carmel Monastery. A masterpiece of Old World architecture, construction of the building began in 1894. It's also home to the Monastery Cellars, which makes an award- winning icewine you can try on site. From there, it's a leisurely 24-kilometre ride back to your starting point in Welland—and hopefully a comfy chair. Clockwise from top left: perusing produce at the Welland Farmers' Market; make time to visit the impressive Horseshoe Falls —a major tourist attraction for good reason; War of 1812 re-enactments are a draw at Old Fort Erie GRE AT WATERFRONT TRAIL CAA BIKE ASSIST Did you know CAA offers Bike Assist as part of your Membership? On two wheels or four—we're there for you! Go to caasco.com/bikeassist for details.

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