Get away from the tourist district with this gorgeous Niagara hike. Situated in the Niagara Glen, you can take a staircase down to a flowing river this summer and fall.
The Glen is home to four kilometres of rugged hiking trails that wind through the Carolinian Forest and overlooks the rapid waters of the Niagara River.
On your hike, you’ll be able to spot the blue waters, prehistoric geological formations, and wild flora and fauna. You can also spot the natural phenomenon of the Niagara River Whirlpool.
You’ll start your hike at the top of the escarpment, where you can catch bird-eye views of the water below. You’ll then take multiple flights of stairs down to ground level.
From there, you’ll choose your path and wind through towering rocks and dirt paths. It’s important to note that these trails are classified as moderate difficultly and can be tough in some spots.
Some trails have steep, rocky sections and you may face obstacles surrounding the paths. So make sure to bring some good hiking shoes and water.
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The trails will eventually lead you to a few outlook points where you can catch a glimpse of the Niagara River. Depending on the time of day, you can also spot some Whirpool Jet Boats zipping by.
The water is fast-moving and is only meant to be looked at from the trails. Swimming in the Niagara Glen is strictly prohibited.
For more information on trail rules, and what to expect, you can read more on the Niagara Parks website.
Looking for more things to do after you’re done with this Niagara hike? You can also get up close and personal with the falls thanks to the park’s new underground tunnel.
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