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Station Road Naturalization Site

Left: Pond at Station Road. Right top: Wildflowers at the naturalization site. Right middle: View from the Station Road Naturalization Site lookout point. Right bottom: Station Road connects to the Gord Harry Conservation Trail. Photos: [Krystal McLeish].

 


GENERAL INFORMATION

 

Station Road Naturalization Site was built with the Wainfleet community in mind. This former landfill site has been transformed into a park-like escape where native plants and flowers are thriving. Off the beaten path in the rural community of Wainfleet, this short path meanders around a couple of ponds and offers a well-maintained gravel path and lookout points. This naturalization site is conveniently connected to Wainfleet Wetlands Conservation Area by a 6.75km portion of the all-purpose recreational Gord Harry Trail.

 

The Gord Harry Trail runs east-west across the Township of Wainfleet along the Lake Erie shoreline and connects to many other natural areas. This all-purpose recreation path is accessible year round and offers a great opportunity to walk or cycle through Wainfleet. 

 

Originally a municipal landfill site from the 1950's to 2008, the Station Road Naturalization Site officially opened in late 2012. In order to naturalize this site, Niagara Region implemented a plan that would use the existing features of the surrounding landscape.  By removing barriers to growth and reproduction and integrating the natural tree line and existing vegetation into the design of this naturalization site, the flora and fauna will be left to regenerate on their own. This is a unique way of naturalizing a site, it may take more time for the natural biodiversity to return without human interference but perhaps it is a more natural process. Naturalization typically focuses on three main aspects: what to restore, will it be similar to its native state and community involvement. The Station Road Naturalization Site focused on creating a park for the Wainfleet community and its visitors first and chose to let nature fill in the rest once the landfill had been successfully neutralized. The site is already a wonderful spot to immerse yourself in nature, and watching the evolution of the site over the years will be a proud feature of the Wainfleet community.

 

The short trail offered at Station Road Naturalization Site is perfect for people of all ages. Since the area is surrounded by woodland, birders will enjoy watching birds of prey from the center of the site on the lookout point. The two ponds are located close to the paths so that waterfowl and other species are easily admired without disturbing their natural habitat. At the highest point of the trail you can view the naturalizing landfill site which will, over time, become a wooded and grasslands area filled with local wildlife and flowers. 

 

This site offers a natural escape from the bustle of Niagara's more obvious attractions and is conveniently located near other natural parks and close to the Lake Erie shoreline. 

 

 

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This destination is also part of the TripClip tour 'Touring Niagara's Naturalization Sites.'

 


Hours of Operation

Dawn till Dusk

 


DIRECTIONS

From Toronto:
1. Take the Queen Elizabeth Way West
2. Merge onto ON-403 W (20.8 km)
3. Slight left onto Queen Elizabeth Way (signs for Niagara/East Hamilton/Fort Erie) (43.0 km)
4. Take exit 57 for Victoria Avenue/County Road 24 toward Vineland (350 m)
5. Merge onto Marina Blvd (210 m)
6. Turn left onto Victoria Ave (signs for County Road 24 S/Victoria Avenue S/Vineland/North Service Road) (22.9 km)
7. Continue onto Vineland Townline Rd/Regional Road 24 (4.4 km)
8. Continue onto ON-3 E (6.1 km)
9. Turn right onto Concession 1 Road (750 m)
10. Take the 1st left onto Station Rd (1.6 km)
Destination will be on the right

12052 Station Rd
Wainfleet, ON

From Fort Erie/Buffalo:

1. Take ON-420 West (1.9 km)
2. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Queen Elizabeth Way/Fort Erie and merge onto Queen Elizabeth Way (7.7 km)
3. Take exit 21 for Regional Road 47 toward Welland/Chippawa/Lyons Creek Road (550 m)
4. Turn right onto Biggar Rd/Regional Road 47 (450 m)
5. Take the 2nd left onto Montrose Rd/Regional Road 98 (2.7 km)
6. Slight right onto Schisler Rd/Regional Road 27. Continue to follow Regional Road 27 (7.2 km)
7. Turn left onto ON-140 S (signs for Port Colborne) (10.7 km)
8. Turn right onto Main St E/ON-3 W (signs for Port Colborne). Continue to follow ON-3 W (11.2 km)
9. Continue onto Concession 1 Road (750 m)
10. Turn left onto Station Rd (1.6km)

Destination will be on the right

12052 Station Rd
Wainfleet, ON

 


Further Information

  

Hourdequin, M., & Havlick, D. G. (2011). Ecological Restoration in Context: Ethics and the Naturalization of Former Military Lands. Ethics, Policy & Environment, 14(1), 69-89.

 

Niagara Region. (2012). Station road transformed into naturalization site. Retrieved from http://www.niagararegion.ca/exploring/naturalization/station-road.aspx

 

Richardson, D. M., Pysek, P., Rejmanek, M., Barbour, M., Panetta, D., & West, C. J. (2000). Naturalization and invasion of alien plants: Concepts and definitions. Diversity and Distributions, 6(2), 93-107. Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1472-4642.2000.00083.x/abstract

 

Tourism Niagara. (2012). Gord harry conservation trail. Retrieved from http://www.tourismniagara.com/listings/73-cycling-routes/1354-gordon-harry-conservation-trail.html

 

 

Ownership & Management

Niagara Region

Facilities

Free daytime parking

Address

12052 Station Road
L0S 1V0 Municipality Wainfleet

Telephone

905-685-1571

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 42.876702
Longitude -79.376152
UTM easting 632622.8633982193
UTM northing 4748401.852469537

Administration

Niagara Region
2201 St. David's Rd.
Thorold, Ontario
L2V 4T7
Tel 905-685-1571
Toll free 1-800-263-7215
Website niagararegion.ca

Trail linkages 

Gord Harry Trail

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