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Niagara Parks Reminds Trail Users of the Importance of Safety

May 20, 2021

Niagara Parks

  • Niagara Parks reminds visitors to stay on marked trails at all times
  • Ambassadors are on-site each weekend at the Niagara Glen to provide information, along with Niagara Parks Police to ensure the safety of visitors and enforce trail rules

Niagara Falls, ON – With the arrival of warmer weather, many Niagara residents are taking advantage of Niagara Parks’ trail system and large outdoor spaces for walk through access and exercise. Niagara Parks would like to highlight some important 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.

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 as well as the Whirlpool Trail to enforce 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 been onsite conducting routine maintenance on the marked trail system.

Niagara Parks would also like to remind the local community that there are several other highly accessible trail options available on its property, including the start of the Bruce Trail at Queenston Heights Park, in addition to leisure trails at the Botanical Gardens and Dufferin Islands.

 

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.

In accordance with provincial public health guidelines, Niagara Parks green spaces remain open for walk through access only, in support of the health and wellness of the local community. We ask that everyone please support our healthcare works by closely following the guidance of our public health officials.

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Niagara Parks

Niagara Parks

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 Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. Its mission is to protect the natural and cultural heritage along the Niagara River for the enjoyment of visitors while maintaining financial self-sufficiency.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Niagara Parks' public facing operations are currently closed. We are currently preparing for a safe re-opening.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, some of Niagara Parks public facing operations are currently closed. Learn more about what is open and what we are doing to keep our guests safe.