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Smeaton's Ravine

Caption Large Left Image: Smeatons Ravine with the Queenston Lewiston Bridge in the background, Caption Top Right Image: Smeatons Ravine, Caption Bottom Right Image: Smeatons Falls 



General Information

The Smeaton's Ravine, called a "Secret Fairyland" in a 1935 newspaper article by Albert H. Tiplin, is located on the Canadian shoreline opposite the Floral Clock in Niagara Falls.


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Open Year-Round




From Toronto: Head Southwest on QEW approximately 108km
Slight left at King’s Highway 405 approximately 5.1km
Take Stanley Ave E Exit toward Niagara Falls approximately 0.5km
Keep left at the fork and follow signs for Niagara Parkway approximately 70m
Left (north) at Stanley Ave approximately 0.1km
Continue onto Portage Rd approximately 3.3km
At the roundabout take the 1st Exit onto Niagara Parkway approximately 0.9km
Parking for Smeaton’s Ravine on the left
From Fort Erie: Head west on QEW towards Exit 1A approximately 11.4km
Take Exit 12 for Netherby Rd towards Welland (north) approximately 0.7km
Left (north) at Niagara River Parkway approximately 10.7km
Continue onto Bridgewater St (southwest) approximately 0.5km
Right (northwest) at Welland River Bridge approximately 0.2km
Right (northeast) at Macklem St approximately 0.3km
Continue onto Niagara River Parkway (northwest) approximately 15.3km
Parking for Smeaton’s Ravine on the right




It is the site of an infant waterfall that began cutting a small gorge into the side of the existing St. David's Buried Gorge. The gorge of Smeaton's Ravine measures 152 meters long and 46 meters wide. The water fall was only 12 meters to the water down below. The water feeding this waterfall came from the Niagara River which was much wider at the time, and had a small branch flowing in from the west, adjacent to the Niagara Gorge. The creek has eroded back a total of about 500 feet from the edge of the Niagara Gorge to form Smeaton Ravine. The first falls has a drop of about 87 feet. It was followed by a series of rapids and a 40 foot falls and more rapids all the way to the Niagara River. The creek has a total drop of 88m (290 feet). The drainage area of the creek was destroyed by the construction of the Sir Adam Beck Power Plants and storage reservoir.


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Niagara Falls, Ontario

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.151818
Longitude -79.045987

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