NPCA Natural Areas Inventory

Also titled “Natural Heritage Areas Inventory”. Polygon data for the Niagara Watershed with attributes describing natural areas such as: cliffs, talus, rock, shoreline, bluff, sand, dunes, bog, marsh, agriculture (as open, shrub, treed, barren), woodland, thicket, swamp, hedgerow (as coniferous, deciduous, mixed) and aquatic features (as floating leaved shallow, submerged shallow, open water), and wetlands. Included with this data are a series of PDF maps displaying ecological land classification mapping. These data are useful for large scale mapping for landuse or land cover analysis.

Extensive documentation is available under Related Information below.

NPCA Natural Areas Inventory

Access Scholars GeoPortal
Request Data [.shp, .pdf]
Extent [Niagara Watershed]


NPCA Natural Areas Inventory [computer file]. (2011). Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority. Available: Brock University Map, Data & GIS Library Controlled Local Access \DATA\Niagara\NPCA\NaturalAreasInventory\NAI Report\GIS_Data\ (Accessed Current Date).


The data is licensed to Brock University faculty, staff and students for teaching and research purposes only and requires the user to sign a Generic license agreement.

Related Information

Natural Areas Inventory (Volumes 1 & 2) (documentation) MapBk QH 77 C2 N535 2010 v. 1 & v. 2

Ecological Land Classification Mapping [PDF format]
Local \DATA\Niagara\NPCA\NaturalAreasInventory\NAIReport\AccompanyingMappingDVD\Maps_CartographicProduct\

NPCA Watershed Explorer (Click More…>Operational Layers>Watershed Monitoring>ELC Community Natural Areas)

Local Access

Local \DATA\Niagara\NPCA\NaturalAreasInventory\NAI Report\GIS_Data\
Local \DATA\Niagara\NPCA\NaturalAreasInventory\NAI Report\


Contact us in-person at the Map, Data & GIS Library (Mackenzie Chown C306), via telephone at 905-688-5550 x5890, or via email at