The Niagara Region is full of natural landmarks and open parkland, both tamed and wild, for nature-lovers to get lost in. Every park has its own unique features, and every walking trail has a history or at least some great sightseeing features.
Niagara Garden Trail Route
The Niagara Garden Trail is a mixture of both those things. Also known in its full length as the Niagara River (or Niagara Parkway) Recreation Trail, this track meanders along the Niagara River and is suitable for both biking and walking. The most popular stretch is along the Niagara Parkway, between Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake, but the full extent of the trail goes all the way down to Fort Erie, across the river from Buffalo.
Dotted with Attractions
The Niagara Parks Commission fashioned and continues to maintain the route, as both a way to preserve historical roads and provide a scenic way to explore many riverside attractions. Small townships with heritage housing show up along the way, and north of Niagara Falls is a horticultural delight. Between gliding close to the botanical gardens, the iconic Floral Clock and some of the developmental grounds of the local School of Horticulture, there’s a wide variety of flora being maintained all year round.
Heading into Niagara-on-the-Lake
Getting closer to Niagara-on-the-Lake, the trail take a more historical turn. Its northern stretch follows the road taken by Sir Isaac Brock, one of Canada’s most celebrated military heroes, on his way to the Battle of Queenstown Heights in 1812, where he ultimately lost his life securing a colonial victory. The trail finally terminates at Fort George, a national historical site, which still has many various examples of preserved 19th century architecture.
For both the nature and the history, the Garden Trail track between the two townships has both in abundance.
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