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Woolverton Conservation Area

Left: The lookout view from Woolverton Conservation Area. Top right: The Dutch Shop located on the way to Woolverton. Bottom right: The Bruce Trail entrance at Woolverton. Photos: Beth Brown.

GENERAL INFORMATION


Woolverton Conservation Area is a hidden jewel for those who enjoy hiking and beautiful look-out points. Located on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment within the Town of Grimsby, this Conservation Area covers 18 hectares of land which is largely made up of a variety of nut trees and hardwood Sugar Maple forest. Since some trails within the Woolverton Conservation site are located on the edge of the escarpment slope, the lookout area provides nice scenery for photographs or for viewing the sunset.

 

Woolverton Conservation Area can be used mainly for hiking, bird watching, and wildlife viewing. Furthermore, the area does not include parking but is accessible by the Bruce Trail only, so visitors are advised to park within the town of Grimsby and hike to the area. Visitors are encouraged to explore some of the culture that Grimsby has to offer on the way to Woolverton. Some sites to visit along the way include the Grimsby Museum, Coles Garden Centre, Monks Chocolates, The Judge and Jester, the Village in Centre, the Grimsby Public Art Gallery, and The Dutch Shop. 

 

Visitors can get to Woolverton from the the Adam Dopko Access Trail. This side trial gradually descends the Niagara Escarpment to Main Street West, where visitors can find parking. Visitors can also park further in town and hike to the area. 

 


Recreational uses

 

-Hiking

-Wildlife Viewing

-Snow Shoeing

 

 


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Hours of Operation

Year-Round 

8:00am - 8:00pm

 


DIRECTIONS


From Toronto:

1. Take the Gardiner Expressway West ramp    
2. Merge onto Gardiner Expressway West 
3. Continue onto Queen Elizabeth Way 
4. Merge onto Queen Elizabeth Way/​403 West    
5. Keep left to continue on Queen Elizabeth Way, follow signs for Niagara/​East Hamilton/​Fort Erie    
6. Take exit 74 for Casablanca Boulevard
7. Keep right at the fork and merge onto Casablanca Boulevard    
8. Turn left (East) onto Main Street West    
9. Take the 1st right (South) onto Woolverton Road/​Regional Road 8 - Destination will be on the right
10. See the Bruce Trail entrance into Woolverton Conservation Area 


From Niagara:

1. Take the 420 West highway      
2. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Queen Elizabeth Way/​Hamilton/​Toronto and merge onto Queen Elizabeth Way    
3. Take exit 74 for Casablanca Boulevard South    
4. Turn left onto Casablanca Boulevard   
5. Turn left onto Main Street West    
6. Take the 1st right onto Woolverton Road/​Regional Road 8 - Destination will be on the right
7. See the Bruce Trail entrance into Woolverton Conservation Area
 
 

ECOLOGICAL


Woolverton Conservation area lies on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment. The forest contains a variety of nut trees and hardwood sugarmaple. The many nut trees within Woolverton Conservation area provide food for the eastern gray squirrel species, which thrives in this area. Visitors and wildlife viewers can witness the eastern gray squirrel jumping from tree to tree within these thick woods. The northern flying squirrel is also known to be in this area of the Niagara Escarpment; however they are nocturnal and can only be seen after sunset. White-tailed deer live within this conservation area, which wildlife viewers can enjoy watching. Hunting is not permitted at Woolverton Conservation Area. 

 


Further Information

 

Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA). (2013). Our conservation areas: Your natural playground. Retrieved from http://www.npca.ca/conservation-areas/

 

Town of Grimsby. (2012). Visiting Grimsby. Retrieved from http://www.grimsby.ca/visitors

 

Ownership & Management

Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

Admission Fee

No Admission Fee

Address

Woolverton Road
Grimsby, Ontario
Municipality Town of Grimsby

Telephone

(905) 788-3135

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.1910
Longitude  -79.599

Administration

Darcy Baker
Land Management Director
250 Thorold Road West; 3rd Floor
Welland , Ontario
L3C 3W2
Tel (905) 788-3135
Fax (905) 788-1121
Email  dbaker@npca.ca
Website www.npca.ca

Trail length 

0.2 Kilometres

Walking time 

5 minutes

Surface features 

Dirt Paths

Trail linkages 

Bruce Trail
Adam Dopko Access Trail

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