Things to Do in Niagara, Canada

Things to Do in Niagara, Canada
The Niagara region of Ontario, Canada, offers outdoor enthusiasts an unusual and dramatic natural landscape. Located just west of Buffalo, New York, and bordered by Lake Ontario to the north, Lake Erie to the south and the Niagara River with mighty Niagara Falls to the east, this peninsula is surrounded by recreational opportunities.

Hiking

More than 50 organized trails lace the region, ranging from a half-mile wetland stroll on Green Ribbon Trail in St. Catharines, Ontario, to the 43-mile Waterfront Trail that follows the south shore of Lake Ontario from Niagara Falls to Grimsby. The Short Hills Provincial Park features 13 miles of trail, passing through dense forest and open meadows, past waterfalls and over rolling (and sometimes steep) hills.

Biking

This region is incredibly bike friendly. The 87-mile Greater Niagara Circle Route Trail circumnavigates the entire peninsula, carrying you on a mostly paved trail past the Niagara Escarpment, the Welland Canal, two Great Lakes, historical sites and miles of rich wine country. If you like your cycling in smaller chunks, there are more than 200 scenic loop rides to choose from.

Rock Climbing

Hard-core bouldering enthusiasts as well as newcomers to the sport will find a challenge at Niagara Glen. Located off the Niagara Parkway, between Niagara Falls and Queenston, the park features nine climbing areas with names like Bizzaro World and Romper Room, and boulders like Balancing Rock and Lactic Acid. Difficulty ratings range from V0 to V10. Be forewarned: roped climbing is not allowed in the Glen.

Golf

Ontario's Niagara region offers 29 courses for players of varying skill levels that are open to the public. If you have skills and want to test yourself, check out Thundering Waters. This par-72 John Daly signature course gets its name from nearby Horseshoe Falls and measures 7,208 yards from the championship tees. Designed to suit Daly's style of play, this course is described as "high risk, high reward."

The Falls

Like the 500-pound gorilla in the room, you can't travel to Niagara and ignore Niagara Falls. To really experience the power and majesty of this world wonder, get up close. The Maid of the Mist boat tour will take you to the base of the 180-foot-high falls where you can really feel the 5.5 billion gallons of water that flow over the falls every hour.

Niagara-on-the-Lake

When you have enjoyed all the physical activities that the region offers and you're ready for a little R&R, make your way to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Tucked amid the vineyards, this charming 19th-century village is the host of the yearly Shaw Theater Festival. You'll also find elegant inns, spas and restaurants, riding stables, historical sites and the oldest golf course in North America.

Article Written By Robert Leonardi

Robert Leonardi is a freelance writer specializing in eye care and general health-related articles. He is the president and CEO of a chain of eye care centers and has more than 30 years of experience as a licensed optician and administrator in the optical industry.

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