Updated: Aug 16, 2020
There is so much more to the Niagara Falls region than just the Falls! So, as I was searching for beautiful nature attractions in Toronto, I came across a mesmerizing Hiking Trail in Niagara called Niagara Glen. And before I go ahead and recommend you guys to go check it out, I wanna mention that it's a pretty irregular and rough trail than usual so please be very careful and safe if you do plan to visit.
All trails in Niagara Glen are ranked at a moderate level of difficulty with the exception of Whirlpool Trail, which was considered “Difficult” but currently closed due to rising water levels.
While there are staircases and stone stairs in some spots to help, many of the rocks are rough and can be slippery, especially after rain. Be prepared and tackle these hiking trails at your own risk and stay away from water stream. This year only, 4 people have died there and one was seriously injured the day we went hiking. While we were walking down the trail, we saw fresh blood stains on the entire path and later on one of the officers there informed us that a guy fell from 30ft while rock climbing and a helicopter was called to rescue him. So yeah, it's a pretty serious thing!
Nevertheless, if you're looking to slip away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Niagara Glen offers an opportunity to view the natural, rugged beauty of the region. Be prepared to be wowed as you see the swift moving water running so close, beautiful trees and unique rock formations. An absolute jewel in Niagara Falls Canada, Located deep in the Niagara Gorge, stairways lead to 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) of rugged paths that wind through this pristine pocket of Carolinian Forest, past prehistoric geological formations, wild flora and fauna.
The Niagara Glen overlooks the rapid waters of the Niagara River and the natural phenomenon that is the Niagara River Whirlpool.
Visit to the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve (3050 Niagara Pkwy, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0) is completely free besides parking and while you will enjoying hiking the entire way, the turquoise water stream will be a breathtaking sight to behold. It's an experience unlike any other! We enjoyed taking this trip this summer but can't wait to revisit during fall to see more amazing colours.
Just a few kilometres north of the falls on the Niagara Parkway, there is Whirlpool Adventure Course at Thompson Point which offers a fun and thrilling experience of suspended obstacles and ziplines in the midst of nature.
Three self-paced courses include dozens of climbing, ziplining, jumping, and swinging aerial games. Cliff-side Courses are a totally new and unique way to have a Niagara River adventure and discover the lost art of monkeying-around! We couldn't manage to take this walk on the wild side during this trip but definitely keeping it a must for the next time!
Grab a friend, plan a trip to Niagara and take advantage of Niagara Parks’ picturesque trails. Remember to wear proper footwear, carry bottled water and a cellphone.
Don't forget to share your experience in the comments below. Until then, Xo...Xo...