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Mountainview Conservation Area

Left: Stone steps leading along the Bruce Trail at Mountainview. Top right: An American Toad, Bufo americanus, relaxing along-side the trail. Bottom right: Yellow jewel-weed (Impatiens pallida), a local wild-flower. Photos: Beth Brown.


Mountainview Conservation Area is a great place to go if visitors are interested in hiking and geologically significant areas. Located within the small town of Beamsville, Mountainview Conservation Area is on the same street as popular wineries like Angels Gate, Hidden Bench, Fielding, and Organized Crime Winery. Mountainview is comprised of Carolinian forest and spans approximately 25 hectares. Moreover, the site encompasses the Bruce Trail and the Niagara Escarpment. In this particular area of the Niagara Escarpment, visitors can reach various lookout points to see the Iroquois plains and Lake Ontario.


The area is geologically significant since it exposes many bedrock fractures, dolostone rock, and eroded talus slopes. Mountainview Conservation Area is suitable for hiking, snow-shoeing, bird-watching, and wildlife-viewing. Although the area is abundant with deer and other native wildlife, hunting is not permitted. Visitors are encouraged to explore other parts of Beamsville during the drive to Mountainview. Some of the local places to visit include the Beamsville Bakery, Old Post Bakery, the Kilt and Clover, and the many different wineries throughout Beamsville.


Recreational Uses


- Hiking

- Wildlife-Viewing

- Bird-Watching

- Snow-Shoeing 


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This destination is also part of the TripClip tour entitled Niagara's Diverse Conservation Areas.

Hours of Operation




From Toronto:

1. Take the Gardiner Expressway West ramp
2. Merge onto Gardiner Expressway West
3. Continue onto Queen Elizabeth Way
4. Merge onto Queen Elizabeth Way/403 West
5. Keep left to continue on Queen Elizabeth Way, follow signs for Niagara/East Hamilton/Fort Erie
6. Take exit 68 toward County Road 14/Bartlett Avenue
7. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for South Service Road East
8. Turn left (East) onto South Service Road
9. Take the 1st right (South) onto Durham Road
10. Turn right (West) at Greenlane
11. Turn left (East) onto King Street
12. Turn right (South) onto Mountainview Road - Destination will be on the right

From Niagara:

1. Take highway 420 West

2. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Queen Elizabeth Way/Hamilton/Toronto and merge onto Queen Elizabeth Way
3. Take exit 64 for Ontario Street toward County Road 18/Beamsville
4. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Regional Road 18 South/Ontario Street South
5. Turn left (South) onto Ontario Street/Regional Road 18
6. Turn right (West) onto King Street
7. Turn left (South) onto Mountainview Road - Destination will be on the right



Mountainview Conservation Area is great place to visit if visitors are interested in geologically significant areas. This part of the Niagara Escarpment is geologically significant because it exposes many bedrock fractures, dolostone rock, and eroded talus slopes. Dolostone rock is similar to limestone rock, which contains magnesium and is very durable. Other rock layers in this area consist of soft shales and sandstones. This part of the Niagara Escarpment contains some of the best exposures of rocks and fossils from the Silurian and Ordovician Periods. These fossils and rock layers can be anywhere from 405 to 500 million years old. 
About 500 million years ago, this area was part of a shallow, warm sea. The rim of this prehistoric sea is now what we call the Niagara Escarpment, which takes the shape of a giant horseshoe. Rivers that flowed into this prehistoric sea carried sand, silt, and clay, that was later deposited as thick layers of sediment. At the same time, lime-rich organic material from the abundant sea life was also accumulating. Over millions of years these materials became compressed into massive layers of sedimentary rocks and ancient reef structures that are now visible along the Niagara Escarpment. Today, tourists hiking along the Niagara Escarpment throughout these geologically significant areas might get to see fossil remains in many of the rocks that are slowly exposed by erosion. These fossil remains will illustrate the various life forms that once inhabited the area. 



Mountainview Conservation Area is largely made-up of Carolinian forest. The Bruce Trail runs through the conservation area, which passes over exposed dolostone rock and bedrock fractures along the Niagara Escarpment. White-tailed deer and other native wildlife are common in this area. Escarpment cliffs and surrounding forests offer a view for watching owls and other migrating birds and mammals. Many high look-out points also offer a view of Lake Ontario and the Iroquois Plain. No hunting is permitted at this location. 


Further Information


Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA). (2013). Our conservation areas: Your natural playground. Retrieved from http://www.npca.ca/conservation-areas/


Niagara Escarpment Commission. (2007). Niagara escarpment geology. Retrieved from http://www.escarpment.org/Geology/about_geology.htm


Town of Lincoln. (2010). Small town ambience and the shopping is easy. Retrieved from http://www.lincoln.ca/


Click this link to download a Bruce Trail Biodiversity Guide Book: 



Ownership & Management

Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority


Free Parking

Admission Fee

No Admission Fee




4174 Mountainview Road
Beamsville, Ontario
Municipality Town of Lincoln


(905) 788-3135

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.1599
Longitude -79.4973


Darcy Baker
Land Management Director
250 Thorold Road West; 3rd Floor
Welland, Ontario
L3C 3W2
Tel (905) 788-3135
Fax (905) 788-1121
Email dbaker@npca.ca
Website www.npca.ca

Trail length 

0.25 Kilometres

Walking time 

5 minutes

Surface features 

Dirt Paths, Stone Stairs, Gravel Driveway

Trail linkages 

Bruce Trail

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