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Niagara Glen Terraces

Caption Large Left Image: Rock Sheet deomonstrating different strata of rock, Caption Top Right Image: Rock Sheet, Caption Bottom Right Image: Facing east toward the USA demonstrating the rock wall that was once carve by Niagara Falls  

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General Information

The Niagara Glen (Scottish term for steep narrow valley) provides a beautiful location for picnic on the Wintergreen flats and trail hiking. Walking through the trails is like a walk through time as the rock layers and fossils date back as far as four hundred million years.


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Hours of Operation

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 0.6km
Merge onto Stanley Ave (south) approximately 1.2km
Left (southeast) at Whirlpool Rd approximately 1.3km
Left (northeast) at Niagara Parkway approximately 2.2km
Parking for Niagara Glen Terrace Conservation Area is on the right
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 11.8km
Parking for Niagara Glen Terrace Conservation Area is on the right




Approximately six to seven thousand years ago the Glen was the location of the great falls we know today. During this time the falls height stood roughly thirty-seven metres above the river below. This was also the location of an ancient island which forced water to flow around it on both sides, thus creating what appeared to be a dual falls system. It was not until the main gorge receded to the shore of the island on the eastern side that the falls once again became a one fall system. This is mainly responsible for the land formation visible today as there are two separate terraces at this location. They are identified as Wilson Terrace and Fosters Flats.


The Rocks of the Niagara Glen Terraces:

1) Wintergreen Flats – Lockport limestone

2) Wilson Terrace – Clinton rocks

3) Fosters Flats – Medina Sandstone




Hiking, Walking


Google Paths

Below is the path with destinations along the way

View interactive map and turn-by-turn directions


BBQ Area, Staircase, Feather Inn the Glen Country Store, Picnic Pavillion, Resting Points.


7400 Portage Road
Niagara Falls, Ontario

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.131558
Longitude -79.059935

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