Yes, you can still go for walks/hikes in the winter! And not just around your neighborhood with scantily shovelled sidewalks. There are plenty of paths in the Niagara Region that won’t have you trudging through snow. . . Get outside and enjoy the beautiful landscapes Niagara has to offer!
1. Glenridge Quarry Naturalization Site
You may be familiar with this one! This quarry is right across from Brock and you have probably either been there before or at least seen it as you pass it on your way to campus. Located right behind Quarry View Residence along Sir Isaac Brock Way, The Glenridge Quarry offers multiple pathways that lead you to the quarry pond or up to the top of the hill. Here you can see Brock, Niagara Falls, and sometimes catch a glimpse of the Toronto skyline!
2. Malcolmson Eco Park
This little patch of forested trail is located at the north end of Niagara Street by Lake Ontario and Lock 1. The paths here are forested and flat, making it good for even the windiest of days.! The 307 Niagara Street or 308 Grantham-Lakeshore bus will take you right there, so there are no excuses to not go and explore.
3. Woodend Conservation Area
Just past the NOTL Outlets and behind Niagara College you will find Woodend Conservation Area. The main road into the conservation area is closed in the winter but that’s what makes this trail feel like cottage country. Take the road all the way in or follow the trails that line the beautiful Niagara escarpment!
4. Wainfleet Wetlands
Take a drive out to Wainfleet and check out this beautiful quarry. This Quarry is home to some of the oldest fossils that are visible in the Niagara region. The trails around the quarry have multiple lookout points to have a full view of the pond. This is also great area for fishing if you have a licence!
5. Lookout Trail (Beamer Memorial Conservation Area in Grimsby)
A favourite winter walking trail that’s easy to tackle! This one is located in Grimsby so it’s a bit of a drive from Brock, but well worth the view. The loop is only about a kilometre long but like most trails in Niagara, it meets up with the Bruce Trail so you can continue on if you want a longer hike. . If you are satisfied with the upper loop there is bottom part of the trail, just be aware that if you hike down you’ll have to get back up!
Check out some other trails Niagara has to offer
- Burgoyne Woods
- Canal Valley
- Centennial Gardens
- Mel Stuart Lake Gibson Conservation Park
- St. John’s Conservation Area
If you haven’t explored the region, go and enjoy these beautiful trails year-round!
Your friendly neighbourhood Badger
Important: COVID Regulations
- Keep 2 metres / 6 feet apart from anyone not in your household
- Wear a mask when you cannot maintain 2 metres/6 feet apart
- Limit groups to 5 people or less from the same household
- Move aside to allow others to pass