5 Hiking trails in Niagara Falls region – great for day trips

If you’re looking to spend some time outdoors around the Niagara Falls on the Canadian side, here are 5 suggestions of beautiful outdoor parks or trails to enjoy.

Don’t forget to check the Google Maps links to the locations at the bottom of the post.

White Water Park

The class 6 rapids at White Water Walk comprise North America’s largest series of standing waves, and visitors have the chance to get within a few feet of the water at several viewing platforms along the edge of the river. 

Looking upriver from the lower level of the first platform provides a great photo opportunity with the Whirlpool Rapids Railroad Bridge framing your shot above the crashing waves.

Niagara Glen Nature Area

Niagara Glen Nature Area

Located deep in the Niagara Gorge, stairways lead to 4 kilometers (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.

Whirlpool River Park to Whirlpool Beach

Whirlpool River Park

If you’re looking for a short but intense hiking experience, you can take the approximately 200 steps down and then up to Whirlpool Beach. Beautiful scenery and a great workout for the entire family.

Whirlpool Beach

Dufferin Islands Nature Area

Explore 10 acres of paradise, where wooden footbridges connect small, secluded islands. You may be surprised at the wildlife you find in this popular escape, Niagara’s hidden secret.

Dufferin Islands Nature Area

Dufferin Islands Nature Area is a nice quaint island with some trails on the property. Makes for a nice afternoon stroll. Lots of geese and ducks in the water and birds on the trails. Located across the street from the falls and rapids it makes for a nice diverse walk.

Niagara River Recreation Trail

Niagara Recreation Trail

Niagara River Recreation Trail is a paved path for non-motorized traffic stretching some 53 kilometers (35 miles) along the Canadian side of the Niagara River. You can spend an entire day biking or walking parts of this trail and enjoying the beautiful views of the river.

Google Maps Links

If you visit Niagara Falls, don’t miss these hiking trails.