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Niagara Parks Reminds Hikers of Niagara Glen Safety Considerations

July 3, 2020

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·         Niagara Parks reminds hikers to stay on the marked trails in the Niagara Glen and Whirlpool area

·         Ambassadors are on-site each weekend to provide information, along with Niagara Parks Police to ensure the safety of visitors and enforce trail rules

Niagara Falls, ON – As Niagara has moved into Phase Two of the province’s reopening plan, more people are taking advantage of Niagara Parks’ trail system and large outdoor spaces. In light of this, Niagara Parks would like to share safety and trail etiquette information to the public, which can be found at niagaraparks.com/trailsafety.

Niagara Glen, a popular trail system and bouldering area located deep within the Niagara Gorge, is a 4 km long trail system that ranges from short out-and-back paths to rugged, steep and winding trails. The Niagara Glen overlooks the rapid waters of the Niagara River and the natural phenomenon of the Niagara River Whirlpool.

With an increased number of visitors hiking and exploring the Niagara Glen’s trails, Niagara Parks would like to take this opportunity to remind the public of safety measures and protocols in place to protect the safety of guests.

Whirlpool Trail, a popular fishing spot that overlooks the Niagara Whirlpool, is temporarily closed due to flooding and raised water levels. Hiking on closed or unmarked trails or other areas is dangerous and can result in serious injury or death. The Niagara Parks Police Service are patrolling the Niagara Glen and enforcing Niagara Parks Act regulations and trespass laws. Niagara Parks ambassadors are also regularly monitoring trail safety in the parks, greeting guests as the arrive to the Niagara Glen site, and promoting operational and safety protocols concerning social distancing. Niagara Parks Commission Staff have also been onsite conducting routine maintenance on the marked trail system.

Safety Tips

The public is welcome to enjoy the marked trails but must respect the following rules and protocols established to help prevent injury and promote safety:

·         Use a map while navigating trails. Maps of the Niagara Glen are available online at https://www.niagaraparks.com/visit/nature-garden/niagara-glen/

·         Come prepared with proper footwear, layered clothing, bottled water and a cell phone.

·         Only hike in a daylight and with a friend.

·         Know your physical limits as walking back up the gorge trails is more difficult.

·         Exercise proper trail etiquette, including social distancing of at least 2 metres between yourself and other hikers on staircases and trails;

·         Only hike on the clearly marked trails

·         Only climb designated rock faces while practicing with safety equipment and with a Niagara Parks Commission issued bouldering permit;

·         Stay away from the water. The swift current is dangerous and getting too close to the water may result in drowning.

·         Obey all posted signage and follow direction from Niagara Parks Commission staff.

·         Leave the grounds in its pristine natural state after your visit.

As Ontario’s largest outdoor adventure museum, Niagara Parks offers 56km of open space to safely explore along the Niagara River corridor.

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The Niagara Parks Commission is committed to a vision of Ontario’s Niagara Parks as one that Preserves a rich heritage, Conserves natural wonders, and Inspires people world-wide. Founded in 1885, The Niagara Parks Commission is an Operational Enterprise Agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Its mission is to protect the natural and cultural heritage along the Niagara River for the enjoyment of visitors while maintaining financial self-sufficiency.