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Enjoy Summer and the Natural Adventures that Await at Niagara Parks

July 9, 2019

Niagara Parks

  • Guided hiking tours now available at the Niagara Glen
  • Free Science Sunday programs at the Nature Centre
  • Walk, run, cycle along the Niagara River Recreation Trail from Fort Erie to Niagara-on-the-Lake

Niagara Falls, ON – Sunny summer days are finally here and there are endless ways to get outside and experience nature along Niagara Parks’ 56-kilometre Niagara River Corridor, filled with hidden gems waiting to be discovered.

Plan a hike through the wooded trails overlooking the Niagara River at the Niagara Glen, or find your new favourite cycling route along the paved pathways of the Niagara River Recreation Trail. Whether you’re seeking an active challenge or looking to kick back and relax in nature, Niagara Parks offers a variety of free activities and experiences, encouraging guests to take full advantage of the incredible natural beauty Niagara Parks is proud to protect and maintain.

Niagara Glen Nature Reserve

Niagara Parks Hiking Trails – Niagara Parks offers 15 kilometres of hiking footpaths through six different nature areas to explore; many of which are home to some of the rarest plants and animals in the country. These trails include sections of the Bruce Trail, including its southern terminus, located at Queenston Heights Park. Guests can explore the fascinating natural habitat and world-renowned geological history of the Niagara Glen on a self-guided hike or take part in daily guided tours departing the Nature Centre at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Bouldering – The carved rock formations of the Niagara Gorge represent thousands of years of geological history and have become a popular destination for rock climbing enthusiasts from around the world. ‘Bouldering’, a form of rock climbing on small rock formations, has become a popular sport in the Niagara Glen. Bouldering permits are available for purchase in-person at the Niagara Glen Nature Centre and the Butterfly Conservatory, as well as online. Please note that parking is include with the cost of a bouldering permit. For more information, please visit niagaraparks.com/bouldering.

Science Sundays at the Niagara Glen Nature Centre

Get your kids excited about nature, and the science behind it, with Science Sundays at the Niagara Glen Nature Centre! Science Sundays supplement the natural beauty of the Niagara Glen with fun, engaging educational demonstrations. Science Sundays will take place every Sunday through July and August at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens

The unique, beautifully maintained Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens are marvelous to behold, with a wide variety of specialty plants, flowers and more grown throughout, including a formal parterre garden and world-famous rose garden. Maintained by the students and staff of the renowned Niagara Parks School of Horticulture, the Botanical Gardens are a must-stop location for both gardening enthusiasts and those who love the artistry of nature.

Cycling along the Niagara Parkway

Niagara Parks offers superior cycling for all ages along Niagara River Recreation Trail, the paved trail network that stretches all the way from Fort Erie to Niagara-on-the-Lake, featuring numerous cycling amenities along the way such as new bike racks, repair stations and water filling stations. As part of larger trail systems that include the Trans Canada Trail, the Waterfront Trail, the Greater Niagara Circle Route and the Greenbelt Route, the Niagara River Recreational Trail borders the winding Niagara River and travels past wineries, heritage sites, attractions, restaurants and natural areas.

GO to Niagara

The GO Niagara Seasonal Train service is available on weekends and holidays throughout the summer months, offering dedicated bicycle cars that encourage travelers to explore Niagara Parks by bike. One round-trip ticket on the GO Niagara Seasonal Train includes service to and from Niagara, access to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Shuttle and two-day access to WEGO, the hop-on hop-off bus service in Niagara Falls. To see the full schedule and to buy tickets online, visit niagaraparks.com/go.

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 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.