Niagara Falls is known for its magnificent waterfalls, but the area is also home to a number of beautiful natural areas that offer incredible sights and experiences, and are great places to enjoy Niagara Falls outdoor activities. Check out these remarkable natural areas on your next visit to Niagara Falls.
The Niagara Glen is a beautiful nature reserve located in the Niagara Gorge that protects a pristine pocket of Carolinian Forest. You can visit the Glen and walk along the 4km of rugged paths to discover prehistoric geological formations, wild flora and fauna, and the rapid waters of the Niagara River and Niagara River Whirlpool.
Stop into the Niagara Glen Nature Centre to book a guided hiking tour, register for a bouldering permit, or pick up a hiking trail map before you set out, and remember that all trails except the Whirlpool Trail are classified as “moderate” in difficulty, so remember to bring proper footwear and drinking water!
Botanical Gardens and Floral Clock
The Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens is located along the Niagara Parkway and features 99 acres of beautifully-maintained gardens. You can stop by to see the wonderful gardens of perennials, azaleas, rhododendrons, herbs, vegetables, and roses, and stroll through the grounds that are home to the renowned Niagara Parks School of Horticulture.
And make sure to stop by the Floral Clock just north of the Botanical Gardens to see the intricate flower designs created with up to 16,000 carpet bedding plants on the clock face.
Hike along the Bruce Trail this summer and experience Canada’s oldest and longest footpath. The main trail is more than 890 km long and has more than 400 km of side trails. It starts in Queenston, Ontario not far from Niagara Falls and follows the edge of the Niagara Escarpment, eventually ending in Tobermory, Ontario.
The trail offers a number of amazing day hikes and is a great place to get outdoors and discover the breathtaking natural areas of the Niagara Region.
There are so many great Niagara Falls outdoor activities to experience this summer, so start planning your adventure-packed visit today!
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