Niagara Parks Nature Areas
Located a short distance south of the falls is ten acres of quiet green space dotted by a series of islands known as Dufferin Islands. Connected by walking paths and quaint bridges, Dufferin Islands is home to the annual Winter Festival of Lights from November to January and a popular spot for picnics and birdwatching.
Niagara Glen, a designated Nature Reserve, attracts thousands of visitors each year. Located adjacent to the Niagara River and overlooking the Niagara River Whirlpool, Niagara Glen’s pristine Carolinian Forest is available by way of 4 km (2.5 miles) of walking paths that wind through areas untouched for thousands of years. The Niagara Glen Nature Centre near Newmarket offers educational material, unique souvenirs and refreshments.
Paradise Grove Oak Savannah Restoration is a natural rejuvenation area located along the banks of the Niagara River just south of Niagara-on-the Lake. During 2003 and 2004, oak saplings and wildflowers were planted through a grant from the Government of Canada’s Great Lakes Sustainability Fund. Over the years, many native species of plants have returned and ongoing initiatives look forward to aiding and preserving biodiversity and integral ecosystems along the Niagara River.