Special Field Trip to Niagara Falls - Sunday 7 April
Note: Participants will leave from Royal York Hotel early morning and will return by early evening, 7 April. Cost: $95.
Leaders: Ken Cruikshank, Michael Egan and Daniel MacFarlane
What would a trip to Toronto be without a visit to Niagara Falls? The 1.5 hour route from Toronto to the falls travels through Canada’s main wine growing country, and features continuous views of the Niagara Escarpment, a UN World Biosphere Reserve.
Apart from the visit to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, which offers great views of both the Canadian and American falls, the trip will involve lunch at or near Queenston Heights (it is the bicentennial of the War of 1812, after all) and a visit to a Niagara Peninsula winery. Once you have a chance to enjoy the sublime nature of the falls, historian Dan MacFarlane will help you understand how that nature has been carefully engineered.
In addition, it is anticipated that participants will have the following options:
A hike in the Niagara Glen. The Niagara Glen, designated a nature reserve in 1992, is a Carolinian Forest deep in the Niagara gorge between a cliff and the edge of the river, overlooking the Niagara River Whirlpool. It includes boulders left behind by the retreating falls thousands of years ago. There are 4 km (2.5 mi) of hiking paths in the Glen, accessed by a stairway of 80 steps. The hike involves a 60 m (200 foot) elevation change, and participants need to wear footwear and clothing suitable for uneven and even somewhat rugged terrain.
Participants can tour the Sir Adam Beck 2 Generating Station, and take a relatively easy hike nearby, on the first few km of the Bruce Trail (which starts here and ends some 800 km in Tobermory).
Includes box lunch - and the bus will stop by the airport on the way back at around 6:00 p.m.
Niagara Falls, Niagara Parks Commission http://www.niagaraparks.com/
Niagara Glen and Whirlpool http://www.niagaraparks.com/nature-trails/niagara-glen-whirlpool.html
Sir Adam Beck Generating Station http://www.niagaraparks.com/attractions/sir-adam-beck.html
Ontario Wine Country – Niagara on the Lake / Niagara Escarpment http://www.winecountryontario.ca/niagara-on-the-lake