Niagara Glen


There is parking at Niagara Glen Nature Centre. We walk towards the edge near the safety barriers and are immediately attracted by the view of the Niagara River and the Gorge. It is similar to the Elora Gorge but the Niagara River is wider. The colours start changing too.


A trail map showing different paths for hiking deep in the Niagara Gorge. The Google Map shows the trails significantly. However, the symbols shown in this map can also be found on the path, which is, very helpful.


Next to the map, there is a metal staircase where you can get down to the Cliffside Trail. You can see through below from height, a bit scary, especially in windy days. The Niagara Gorge is about167 ft high, which is about 16 floors. It includes the heights of the metal staircase and the descending trails. We turn into the River Trail from the Cliffside trail. The paths are rugged. Walking through the unique Carolinian Forest, you barely see the top of the gorge. There is a noisy jet boat going up and down on the river. The current is very rapid and the passengers seem very enjoyable to the adventure.


The River Trail is close to the river. We finally reach the river at Cripps Eddy where the scene is very beautiful. In front is a junction of the River Trail and the Whirlpool Trail which lead to the Whirlpool. We didn't go further because climbing up back needs more strength and energy.


Climbing up we take Eddy Trail which meets Cliffside Trail at the end. I need to stop for resting while climbing up the stairs. It is very exhausting to climbing upstairs. Back to the metal staircase, we finally finish our hiking. If you like nature, Niagara Glen is for you. It overlooks the rapid waters of the Niagara River featuring some kinds of plants and rocks. The Falls cut The Niagara Gorge from Queenston to Niagara Falls over the past 12,500 years.



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