What is more relaxing and rejuvenating than a hike through a beautiful natural area? Nothing!
Niagara Parks Commission has 15 kilometers of hiking trails including over 50 kms of mixed use along the Niagara River Recreation Trail. The wonderful thing about hiking is that it is easy to get started. All you need is a sturdy pair of shoes and a hat. What you do along the way is up to you. Some choose to take photos, others bring along binoculars to watch the birds and other wildlife, some carry a guide book to identify the plants they see, while still others choose to simply walk, listening to the sounds of nature and greeting those that cross their path with a wave or a smile.
While NPC welcomes all to enjoy the outdoor adventures that await you, we caution that many of the natural areas of the Park are home to the rarest plants and animals in the country. As members of Leave No Trace Canada, The Niagara Parks Commission has adopted the outdoor skills and ethics of the organization, and encourages visitors to “leave only footprints”.
Daily hiking tours are available at 11am and 2pm leaving from the Nature Centre. Please see the Nature Centre for more information and events.
For more information about hiking Niagara Parks, check out our Trail Guides and Parks Regulations.
The NPC is a member of Leave No Trace Canada and have adopted the following principles:
Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you'll visit.
- Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies.
- Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use.
- Visit in small groups. Split larger parties into groups of 4-6.
- Repackage food to minimize waste.
Dispose of Waste Properly
- Pack it in, pack it out. Whatever you take into the Park with you, please be sure to take it out when you leave.
- Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.
- Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
- Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely.
- Control pets at all times, or leave them at home.
- Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.
Be Considerate of Others
- Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.
- Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail.
- Let nature's sound prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.
Please feel free to download our trail maps to help plan your route, and remember - take only photos, leave only footprints.