While Niagara Falls is known for its seemingly endless supply of attractions and entertainment, the city also has thousands of acres of parks and forested areas to explore. Any visit to Niagara Falls in the autumn has to include a trip through the parks and pathways that make up the natural side of the city.
Below are a few suggestions of where you can find the nicest fall colours on your next trip to Niagara Falls.
Dufferin Gardens: Dufferin Gardens is located on the Niagara Parkway across from the falls. This popular area is 10 acres of paradise – a quiet, secluded park containing several small islands connected by small bridges and footpaths. It’s a great place for a relaxing autumn stroll.
Niagara Glen: Situated along the Niagara River, take the stairway down into the gorge to experience the raging rapids up close. The highlight of the hike is the Whirlpool. Thousands of years ago, as the Niagara River slowly eroded its way through the Niagara Escarpment, it created the Great Gorge with a right-angle turn in the river’s path which forced the rushing water into a deep counter-clockwise spin. The Whirlpool was created from that and is just as awe-inspiring as the falls!
Paradise Grove: The Paradise Grove Oak Savannah Restoration area is at the north end of the Niagara Parkway near Niagara-on-the-Lake. According to the Niagara Parks Commission, native plant material was introduced during November of 2003 (1,000 oak saplings) and Spring of 2004 (wildflowers) and is growing well. This naturalized area on Niagara Parks’ lands just south of John Street is showing signs of previous native plant material recovering and is a great spot to explore in the fall.
Find out more about the diverse parks and forested areas of Niagara Falls at www.niagaraparksnature.com
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