The Natural Wonders of The Niagara Escarpment

About The Niagara Escarpment

The Niagara Escarpment is a UNESCO World Heritage Biosphere Reserve that has hundreds of waterfalls and a 750-kilometre ridge of fossil-filled rock dating back 450 million years. 

The Niagara Escarpment has the oldest forest ecosystem and the most ancient old-growth forests found in eastern North America.

This area has the highest plant biodiversity in Canada and is renowned for its hidden waterfalls, caves, rare orchids and wind currents that allow raptors to glide effortlessly on its currents for hours at a time.

In First Nations languages, it is often referred to as "the place where the land meets the sky" and it has been a sacred place of pilgrimage for 1000s of years as it was the first habitable land  to reappear after the last ice age roughly 10,000 years ago.

Ontario is an Iroquoian word meaning "land of shining waters" and Niagara means "thundering waters".

The best hiking along the Niagara Escarpment is at the two ends of the Bruce Trail along the Niagara River Gorge to the south and the Bruce Peninsula to the north.

Hiking The Niagara Escarpment Along The Spectacular Bruce Peninsula

The best hiking along the Bruce Trail and the Niagara Escarpment is on the Bruce Peninsula between Owen Sound and Tobermory.

Experiencing Niagara Falls And Hiking The Niagara River Gorge

There is excellent hiking along the Niagara River Gorge as well as excellent trails and waterfalls to visit in Short Hills Provincial Park and the Hamilton-Burlington area.

The Bruce Trail Is Canada's Longest Hiking Trail

The Bruce Trail follows the entire stretch of the Niagara Escarpment from Niagara Falls to Tobermory. It is considered the longest hiking trail in Canada at 885 km.

It takes about 6 weeks to hike the entire Bruce Trail but it is more commonly done in 20 km sections, which can be hiked in 45 single day trips.

About The Author

Kyle Pearce

Kyle Pearce is an avid naturalist and learning experience designer who leads educational retreats and group storytelling adventures around the world through Social Creators.

Our mission at Animist Ecology is to rewild education through adventure-driven ecological learning designed to help people develop all of their senses through Eco-Mindfulness Training.

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