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Niagara Shores Park

Niagara Shores Park (courtesy Applewood Hollow B&B, NOTL)

Niagara Shores Park (photo courtesy Applewood Hollow Bed and Breakfast)   


General Information

 

Niagara Shores Park is a shoreline property that is sandwiched between Lakeshore Road in Niagara-on-the-Lake and Lake Ontario, just east of the mouth for the Four Mile Creek. This lakeshore area is heavily used for day use recreation. It's a great place to get access to the shoreline of Lake Ontario, and is popular with windsurfers. Three Mile Creek drains into a large pond on the west side of the property.
 
A gravel driveway bisects the property, leading to a parking lot located in the north central portion near the lake. Non-native/cultivated tree and shrub species are planted around the parking lot in a large mown lawn area. A small woodlot on the west side of the property extends from the parking lot to the pond's edge and westward.
 
Niagara Shores Park is owned by Parks Canada and maintained by the Parks & Recreation Department of the Town of Niagara on the Lake. The park provides open space and beach access but has no amenities.
 

Hours of Operation

Niagara Shores Park: 8:00am - 8:00 pm

 


Directions

From Hamilton:

QEW Niagara

Exit 47 for Ontario St toward County Rd – 42

Left at Ontario St

Onto Lakeshore Rd

Onto Grant – Niagara Townline Rd

Slight right at Lakeshore Rd

 

historical

This land was previously owned by the Department of National Defence and was used as an air force bombing practise range. It was also used for tank practise. It was then owned by the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, and then ownership was transferred to Parks Canada (with management by the Parks and Recreation Department of the Town of Niagara on the Lake).


Ecological

The woodlot is a composition of three forest regions: the Carolinian Forest, St. Lawrence - Great Lakes Transition Zone, and the Boreal Forest Zone. Species found in this woodlot are representative of each of the zones:
 

  • Carolinian: Sassafras, Pignut Hickory, Black Oak, Pin Oak, Swamp White Oak, Black Walnut, Sweet Cherry, Black Cherry

  • St. Lawrence - Great Lakes: Sugar Maple, White Elm, Basswood, Red Ash, White Oak, Butternut, Staghorn Sumac, Red Maple, Hawthorn

  • Boreal: Large-toothed Aspen, Eastern White Pine, Speckled Alder, Allegheny Serviceberry.

 

Understory and ground cover within the forest includes thick stands of Hawthorn, in addition to Alder, Choke Cherry, grape, raspberry, dogwood, dogbane, blueberry, trilliums, Jack-in-the-Pulpits and Mandrake.

 


Recreational Uses

 

Photography

Beachfront access

Walking

 

 

Ownership & Management

Town of Niagara on the Lake

Facilities

No amenities.

Address

Niagara Shores Park
1360-1398 Regional Rd-87, Niagara On the Lake
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Municipality Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake

Telephone

905-468-4261

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.2546971548102
Longitude -79.1161806111199

Administration

Parks & Recreation Department
Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake
1565 Four Mile Creek Road
P.O. Box 190
Virgil, ON
L0S 1T0
Tel 905-468-4261
Fax 905-468-4555
Website http://www.notl.org/siteengine/activepage.asp?PageID=472

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