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E.C. Brown Conservation Area

Left: The pond at EC Brown surrounded by beautiful wild flowers in a variety of colours. Top right: There are beautiful trees throughout the trail at EC Brown. As fall arrives the colours of the leaves change providing a beautiful backdrop. Bottom right: The entrance to the trail going through EC Brown. Notice the information post a short way down the path. Photos: Samantha Stea.


E.C. Brown Conservation Area is a great place to go for people who are interested in wetlands and the many different species that live within them. Located along the Welland River in the Town of Pelham, this Conservation Area was once used as agricultural land. After acquiring the land from a local farmer, the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority transformed the area into a conservation wetland. It consists of thirty-six acres housing over sixty species of native vegetation as well as various animal life. The area includes parking and a well-kept three kilometre trail that can be used for walking, bicycling, show shoeing, and is wheelchair accessible.


In addition, visitors to E.C. Brown are able to go boating in the large pond, fish, and have picnics. E.C. Brown is located directly across from the Niagara Central Airport, so visitors may be able to experience planes taking off and landing up close, or see individuals practice parachuting over-head. Visitors to E.C. Brown are encouraged to visit bridges atop the Welland River on their way to the site. Many of these bridges offer distinctive craftsmanship and unique experiences for those who have never been to the area before. One such bridge is the historic O'Reilly's Bridge, the last of its type in all of Canada.


Recreational Activities 


- Bicycling

- Boating

- Canoeing

- Fishing

- Wildlife-Viewing

- Snow-Shoeing 


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Click to play or download the E.C. Brown Conservation Area TripClip (mp3 format).
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/Highway 403 West
5. Keep left to continue on Queen Elizabeth Way, follow signs for Niagara/East Hamilton/Fort Erie
6. Take exit 57 for Victoria Avenue/County Road 24 toward Vineland
7. Merge onto Marina Boulevard
8. Turn left (South) onto Victoria Avenue
9. Turn left (East) onto Webber Road/Regional Road 29
10. Turn right (South) onto Cream Street
11. Turn left (East) onto River Road - Destination will be on the right


From Niagara:

1. Take highway 420 West
2. Follow signs for Queen Elizabeth Way/Fort Erie and merge onto Queen Elizabeth Way
3. Take exit 21 for Regional Road 47 West/Lyon's Creek Road West toward Welland
4. Merge onto Lyons Creek Road/Regional Road 47
5. Turn left onto Montrose Road/Regional Road 98
6. Slight right onto Schisler Road/Regional Road 27
7. Continue to follow Regional Road 27
8. Turn left (South) onto Prince Charles Drive North/Regional Road 54/Regional Road 27
9. Take the 1st right (East) onto Riverside Drive/Regional Road 27
10. Turn right (North) onto O'Reilly's Road North/Regional Road 627
11. Turn left (West) onto River Road/Regional Road 529
12. Continue to follow River Road - Destination will be on the left




The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority obtained the agricultural property in 2005 and identified the site as a high priority area for wetland restoration. The wetland restoration project was planned later that year and initiated with the help of funding from project partners.
Restoration of the area has increased wetland and habitat coverage by 9.3 hectares. The restoration project included work such as excavation of the wetland area, trail development, and the planting of native wildflowers and grasses.



E.C. Brown Conservation Area resides next to the Welland River and contains a restored wetland area. This wetland is important for providing ecological services such as carbon storage, water filtration, as well as providing a natural habitat for wildlife. The wetland provides habitat for amphibians, ducks, and endangered species like the snapping turtle.


Other significant species that rely on wetlands in this area include the marsh wren and the black-crowned night heron. These two bird species are provincially rare, and a reduction in their habitat often results in their endangerment. This makes wetland restoration projects important within this particular region. Moreover, visitors at E.C. Brown can go boating or fishing on the Welland River, which contains fish species such as the large-mouth bass, yellow perch, and walleye. 


Further Information


Niagara This Week. (2008, September 26). E.C. Brown revamped. Retrieved from http://www.niagarathisweek.com/news-story/3285328-e-c-brown-revamped/


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


Pelham News Staff. (2008). Wetland revival project at E.C. Brown Conservation Area will be unveiled. Retrieved frohttp://www.pelhamnews.ca/2008/09/10/wetland-revival-project-at-ec-brown-conservation-area-will-be-unveiled


Ministry of Natural Resources. (1989). The lakes and rivers improvement act. Retrieved frohttp://www.web2.mnr.gov.on.ca/mnr/omlc/Anthony%20Mete.htm


Click this link to download a Niagara Region Biodiversity Guide Book: 



Ownership & Management

Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority


Free Parking, Picnic Pavilion, Boat Launch

Admission Fee

No Admission Fee




480 River Road
Pelham, Ontario
Municipality Town of Pelham


(905) 788-3135

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 42.9726
Longitude -79.3294


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 http://www.npca.ca

Trail length 

3 Kilometres

Walking time 

30 minutes

Jogging time 

15 minutes

Surface features 

Stone pathway, Dirt Pathway

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