Niagara Glen Nature Centre – day trip along Niagara River

Niagara Glen Nature Centre is a lesser known area that deserves more of the spotlight. Overlooking the powerful rapids of the Niagara River, this protected land is only an hour’s drive from Toronto. 

The Niagara Glen is a nature lover’s playground because of the diverse areas to explore on foot. Located deep in the Gorge, stairways lead to four kilometres of rugged paths that wind through the forest. 

When hiking along the trail, just be aware that you’ll experience an elevation change of more than 60 metres. Wearing good footwear is a must.

Niagara Parks also offers guided hikes through the Niagara Glen twice daily. If you wish to learn more about the geology, plant and animal life that call this area home. 

With the Niagara River Whirlpool swirling below you as you hike, there’s no better backdrop for your walk.

If you’re an adrenaline junkie, you can try bouldering. This extreme sport has gained a ton of popularity over the past 30 years. The endless cliffs and rock formations of the Niagara Glen, make it the perfect spot for it.

Bouldering permits are available at the Niagara Glen Nature Centre. You must complete a waiver form before you hit the rocks.

Next time you venture over in the Niagara Region, make sure you stop at the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve.