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GREAT GREENBELT GRAPE & WINE TOUR: EXPLORING THE BEAMSVILLE BENCH

This tour takes you up and down the Niagara Escarpment to 17 destinations in the Beamsville Bench area of the Greenbelt. It introduces you to the history of grape growing and wine production in the Niagara Peninsula, and takes you past historically significant landscape features, vinyards, wineries, and juice producers. You'll hear about the ecological, climatic, and agricultural aspects of grape and wine production, and explore the rise of wine grapes and the demise of juice grapes in the region.

 

Automobile or cycling tour with pedestrian stops
Location: Beamsville
Duration: Approximately 60 minutes by car, plus stops at points of interest

 
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TOURING THE TWELVE: TRACING THE 12 MILE CREEK WATERSHED

 

 

Twelve Mile Creek has has changed dramatically over the years due to human impacts and utilitarian uses, yet it still plays an irreplaceable role in maintaining the ecological integrity of the Greenbelt.

 

The Creek and its valley are natural habitat for fish and wildlife. In this ambitious two-part tour, you will see its fragile headwaters, which shelter the last remaining natural trout streams in Niagara, and the forested lands, agricultural fields, vineyards, suburbs, busy cityscapes, and industrial areas which border the creek. You'll end up at Martindale Pond in Port Dalhousie, the site of the world-renowned annual Royal Canadian Henley Regatta.

 

Auto or cycling tour, with pedestrian stops
Location: Thorold and St. Catharines
Duration: 
Part I: Headwaters to Downtown St. Catharines - 3.5 hours
Part II: Downtown St. Catharines to Port Dalhousie - 2 hours

 

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PATHWAYS THROUGH HISTORY

This walking tour follows ancient aboriginal pathways (now part of the Bruce Trail) along the edge of the Niagara Escarpment in south St. Catharines, and visits several historic sites adjacent to these trails (DeCew House, Morningstar Mill, and the Decew Falls Power Station, one of Canada's first hydroelectric generating stations established in 1898, which diverts water from Lake Erie and the Welland Canal over the edge of the escarpment in huge land-based penstocks.


 

Walking tour with pedestrian stops
Location: Thorold and St. Catharines 
Duration: 60 minutes, plus stops at Points of Interest

 

Pathways Through History 
Tour Itinerary forthcoming
 


EXPLORING BALL'S FALLS

This is a self-guided historical tour and hike featuring heritage buildings and natural features at Ball's Falls Conservation Area in Jordan. The tour features a scavenger hunt aimed at kids and their families, and focusses on simple identification of wild trees and plant life in the Balls Falls Conservation Area, as well as the diversity inherent in certain agricultural products (like apple varieties at local Farm Markets).

 

Walking tour for families with children
Location: Jordan - Duration: up to 60 minutes

 

Exploring Balls Falls
Tour Itinerary forthcoming

 

 


NIAGARA GREENBELT CANALS TOUR

This comprehensive tour of Niagara's rich canal history takes tourists to the historical waterways which border the Greenbelt and which helped shape the history, land use, and heritage of the Niagara Greenbelt region. It starts at Port Dalhousie and includes stops at old and modern locks, the Lock Tender`s Shanty, the fascinating Lock 3 Museum, and the unique pedestrian ferry crossing at Port Robinson.

 

Bicycle or auto-based tour with pedestrian stops
Location: St. Catharines, Thorold, and Pelham 

 

Niagara Greenbelt Canals Tour
Itinerary forthcoming
 



BIRDING IN THE NIAGARA GREENBELT

This suite of Greenbelt destinations is aimed specifically at birders, both veteran and newbie, featuring routes within the Niagara Greenbelt which offer good birding prospects. They may be followed individually, or joined up into a comprehensive birding marathon.

The tour provides birder-specific interpretive information like habitat descriptions, natural history accounts, maps, photos, and imagery to aid in finding and identifying species of interest. The tour also includes pragmatic points of interest like where to go for a good early breakfast (critical for birders), trail maps, and overnight accommodations in B&Bs or hotels that are in close proximity to the desired birding sites.

 

Birding in the Niagara Greenbelt
Itinerary forthcoming

 

 

 

 

MINI TOURS

Suggested destinations to build your own tours in various categories,
with directions, maps, and basic interpretive information 
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CYCLING WITH KIDS

These tours are on trails and back roads well away from auto traffic, and are a good choice for families with kids or for groups of cyclists of varying abililties.

Choose from the list of tour locations provided for safe off-road family cycling, or check out the on-road trails for more advanced cyclists in the 'Tours, Trails and Routes' category (left sidebar) to find a cycling trail close to you. 

 

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GREENBELT GOODIES

Destinations where you can find pies, cakes, sweets, bread and candy with that special Niagara Greenbelt appeal.

Choose from the list of delicious destinations provided, or check out the individual Point of Interest pages to find a bakery or sweets shop close to you.

 

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