Niagara Glen & Whirlpool (FREE) – A unique spot of beauty deep in the Great Gorge

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The Niagara Glen is a unique spot of beauty deep in the Great Gorge that has been a designated Nature Reserve since 1992. Stairways lead to 4 km (2.5 mi) of paths that wind through a pristine pocket of Carolinian Forest, past boulders left behind as the Falls eroded through the area thousands of years ago.

Visitors should be aware that hikes through the Niagara Glen involve an elevation change of over 60 m (200 ft). Proper footwear suitable for steep and rugged terrain is required. The trails are well laid out and easily negotiated if you take your time! There’s lots of interesting geology and biology to explore.

Important Note — the Niagara Glen is a Nature Reserve that contains wild flora and fauna (plants and animals). Please observe all posted regulations, stay on trails that are marked and follow generally accepted trail etiquette. Fires are not permitted. Take only photos, leave only footprints!

The Niagara Glen overlooks the Niagara River Whirlpool, a unique natural phenomenon that you must see to believe! Thousands of years ago, as the Niagara River slowly eroded its way through the Niagara Escarpment, creating the Great Gorge, a right-angle turn in the river’s path forced the rushing water into a deep counter-clockwise spin.

The best vantage point to see the Whirlpool is with a bird’s-eye view from the Whirlpool Aero Car.

Free access to Niagara Glen Trails

Hours of Operation
Open year-round, access weather dependent in winter.

Location 8 kms north of the Falls on the Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, Canada, across from the Whirlpool Golf Course and south of the Lewiston-Queenston bridge. Free parking, washrooms and a picnic pavilion also available.