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Niagara Escarpment

The Niagara Escarpment is a Canadian landmark 450 million years in the making that stretches all the way from Niagara to Tobermory. This 750-kilometre ridge of fossil-filled rock is home to more than 300 bird species, 53 mammals, 36 reptiles and amphibians, 90 fish and almost 40 per cent of Ontario’s rare flora, including 37 types of wild orchids.
 
The section of this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve that runs through Hamilton and Halton is home to dozens of breathtaking waterfalls, acres of Carolinian forest and stunning scenic lookouts. A one-of-a-kind setting for outdoor adventure seekers of all abilities, the Niagara Escarpment offers year-round options for great Canadian escapes.

Interested in learning more? The Giant’s Rib Discovery Centre was created to tell the story of the Niagara Escarpment. The Centre, which is located within the Dundas Valley Conservation Area, offers educational lectures, fossil displays and weekly guided hikes exploring the park’s 40-km trail system. Visit giantsrib.ca for more details.

Scroll down to browse through additional resources and get inspired for your next Niagara Escarpment adventure.

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One Axe Pursuits

One Axe Pursuits

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Phone: 519-846-8888
Toll Free: 1.877.7.ONE.AXE
City: Ancaster, Milton

One Axe Pursuits is a local outdoor adventure company specializing in rock climbing, ice climbing, rappelling, caving and ziplining around the Niagara Escarpment, specializing in helping the beginner start their journey towards extreme sports and extreme fun.

Hamilton Conservation Authority

Hamilton Conservation Authority

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Phone: 905-525-2181 or 905-648-4427
City: Hamilton

Life is better outdoors. Whether you’re interested in camping, hiking, swimming, cross country skiing or just getting a little closer to nature, Hamilton Conservation Authority has it all. Hamilton Conservation Authority owns and manages about 4400 hectares (10,900 acres) of environmentally significant land. Its recreational lands range from long distance trails and conservation areas that include the Dundas Valley, Eramosa Karst, Spencer Gorge/Webster’s Falls, Christie Lake, Valens Lake, Confederation Park, Fifty Point Conservation Area and Marina.

Spencer Gorge/ Webster's Falls Conservation Area

Spencer Gorge/ Webster's Falls Conservation Area

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Phone: 905-628-3060
City: Greensville

From the escarpment brow, noted for its panoramas, to the forested depths of the gorge below, the Spencer Gorge/Webster's Falls Conservation Area exhibits the physical features which have made the Niagara Escarpment one of Ontario's most spectacular geological formations. This significant natural area contains two beautiful waterfalls: Webster's and Tews Falls, and a nature trail allows access to the Dundas Peak, which provides stunning views of Dundas and Hamilton.

Christie Lake Conservation Area

Christie Lake Conservation Area

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Phone: 905-628-3060
City: Dundas

Christie Lake Conservation Area is one of the most beautiful lake settings on the Niagara Escarpment. While visiting, explore the trails that wind for 10 kilometres through peaceful meadows and towering pine forests - you'll be sure to see a wide range of wildlife that make their home in this 336-hectare conservation area.

Halton Conservation Authority

Halton Conservation Authority

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Phone: 905-336-1158
City: Halton Region

Halton Conservation Authority is the community based environmental agency that protects, restores and manages the natural resources in its watershed. We are recognized for our stewardship of creeks, forests and Niagara Escarpment lands through science based services and sustainable recreation programs. Conservation Halton owns and operates six conservation areas, including Crawford Lake, Mountsberg, Rattlesnake Point, Hilton Falls, Kelso and Mount Nemo. We also operate the Glen Eden Ski and Snowboard Centre.

Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area

Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area

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Phone: 905-854-0262
City: Milton

Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area has some of the most inspiring scenic viewing found anywhere. Five breathtaking lookouts dot the edge of towering cliffs of Ontario's striking Niagara Escarpment. Visitor’s can enjoy hiking trails, picnicking areas and overnight stays at one of the group campsites. Rattlesnake Point has three designated sites where experienced rock climbers can scale challenging cliffs under a canopy of rich woods and hiking enthusiasts can trek the Bruce Trail through the Nassagaweya Canyon complete with trail connections to Crawford Lake.

Hilton Falls Conservation Area

Hilton Falls Conservation Area

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Phone: 905-854-0262
City: Milton

Exploring the enchanted forests of Hilton Falls is a natural treat with great hiking, biking and cross-country ski trails. The blazing colours of fall are only surpassed by the beauty of fleeting spring wildflowers or the richness of the green summer landscape. The viewing station at the falls lets you drink in the intrinsic beauty of a 10-metre waterfall that cascades over the Niagara Escarpment and the mysterious mill ruins that surround it.

Kelso Conservation Area

Kelso Conservation Area

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Phone:  905-878-5011
City: Milton

Kelso Conservation Area is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Indulge in a swim at a sandy beach, fish for trout in the glistening lake or get energized with some great downhill skiing at Glen Eden. Mountain bikers can test their skills on marked trails on the majestic Niagara Escarpment or hikers can trek the rugged Bruce Trail. You can also rent kayaks, paddle boats and canoes. Hundreds of picnic tables dot the rolling landscape and shelters are available for company and family picnics.

Mount Nemo Conservation Area

Mount Nemo Conservation Area

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Phone: 905-854-0262
City: Burlington

If Mount Nemo sounds inviting and worth discovering, its because this conservation area has one of the best cliff ecosystems on the Niagara Escarpment. Rich green ferns blanket limestone boulders scattered among old growth forests that are alive with jewels like birds. Crevice caves and ancient cedars, a thousand years old, can be seen all along the meandering cliff edge trail.

Bruce Trail Conservancy

Bruce Trail Conservancy

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Phone: 905.529.6821
Toll Free: 1.800.665.HIKE (4453)
City: Niagara to Tobermory

The Bruce Trail Conservancy preserves and protects one of the most important biospheres in the world and we need your help to keep it accessible forever. The Bruce Trail is Canada's oldest and longest natural footpath with over 900km along the Niagara Escarpment and one of the world’s unique natural wonders. Explore the Bruce Trail’s pebbled beaches, dizzying cliffs, deep crevice caves, old-growth forests, and awe-inspiring geological features.

Zen Climb

Zen Climb

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Phone: 416-763-5347
City: Toronto

Zen Climb teaches rock climbing risk management skills certified by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) and the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) -- both belong to the International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations (IFMGA) which set the highest standards in guiding. Our certified instructors teach beginners, intermediate and advanced climbers. We also encourage you to learn a life lesson through your climbing experience.

Spencer Adventure

Spencer Adventure

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Phone: 905-336-1158
City: Hamilton

The Spencer Adventure is an amazing tour of the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere through one of Canada's most significant Historical areas. Follow the trail from the Dundas Peak along the magnificent Spencer Gorge, cut out by glacial meltwaters more than 10,000 years ago. The Spencer Adventure is a day full of rich experiences, so get out and start your adventure today!


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$40 off Nature Package at the Mohawk Inn

$40 off Nature Package at the Mohawk Inn

The Mohawk Inn

Stay at The Mohawk Inn and spend the day exploring Conservation Halton’s spectacular parks located on or near the Niagara Escarpment, a designated World Biosphere Reserve. With more than 80 km of hiking trails, 39 km of cross-country trails, and a diversity of flora and fauna, these parks provide a wide range of educational and recreational opportunities to nature lovers of all ages. This package includes: -Overnight accommodations for two -$20 meal voucher to The Mohawk Chop House -1 day family pass to all Conservation Halton parks: Hilton Falls, Mountsberg, Rattlesnake Point, Crawford Lake, Mount Nemo, Robert Edmondson, & Kelso $109.99 + HST – Value of $150.00
Advance booking required. Please note meal voucher is valid only during the days of accommodation. Gratuities not included. No additional room charge for up to two children age 18 and under. Packages deals must be booked in advance. Upgrades to the Tree House rooms available for an additional fee.
Expiry: Sep 30, 2016