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Silurian Trail - Woodend Conservation Area

The Silurian Adventure trail is named after the Silurian period of the geological time scales when the rocks making up the Niagara Escarpment were formed. On the land which you are standing, approximately 445 million years ago, massive sheets of ice moved through the Niagara Region carving the escarpment as they went. The Silurian trail is roughly 1.61km (1 mile) long, and will take about 1 hour to complete. The trail travels through a deciduous woodlot and winds it way along the Escarpment edge before returning back to the road. This hike will offer beautiful views of the Niagara Region, with the striking Lake Ontario as a backdrop.


The United Empire Loyalist family of Peter Lampman fled New York State in 1779 to establish what became a 650 hectare grant on the top of a hill known as St. Anthony's Nose, now known as Woodend. During the War of 1812, a three gun battery occupied its heights, commanding a fine sweep of the lands below.

Recreational Uses

Hiking, Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing

Adjacent Land Uses

Natural Environment (Escarpment)

Further Information

Bruce Trail:  www.brucetrail.org/cmsimages/1%20-%20Woodend.pdf Ontario Trails Council: 

Ownership & Management

Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority



Picnic Tables


Silurian Trail - Woodend Conservation Area
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Municipality Niagara-on-the-Lake


(905) 788 3135


Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority
250 Thorold Road West; 3rd Floor
Welland, Ontario
L3C 3W2
Tel (905) 788 3135
Fax (905) 788 1121

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