The Festival has become a long-standing, favourite tradition for both families and visitors who come from far and wide to experience the Ball’s Falls annual festival and its natural setting.
Renowned as the best vantage point in the Niagara Peninsula to observe the annual spring hawk migration, and part of the internationally designated Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve, Beamer Memorial Conservation Area offers one of Niagara’s most breathtaking and panoramic views of the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario.
Take a walk along the scenic Lookout and Bruce Trails and soak up the picturesque views of the 40 Mile Creek Valley, the Lake Ontario shoreline and the escarpment ridge from one of our viewing platforms. Don’t forget your binoculars; you’ll be sure to enjoy the view! Bring your camera to capture amazing pictures year round of the Escarpment cliffs and terraces, Lake Ontario, and the Upper and Lower Falls along the trail. Waters are best viewed in the spring and fall during higher flows. As a natural escarpment property this area has a variety of old growth and interior forest offering a linear wildlife and plant corridor, with Sugar Maple and Red Oak predominately throughout the site as well as some Hemlock and White Cedar.
Beamer Memorial is the site of the annual spring hawk migration over the Niagara Peninsula and is recognized internationally as an official ‘Important Bird Area’. Spectacular birds of prey (bald eagles, sharp-shinned and red tailed hawks and vultures) can be seen flying over the site during their spring migration. Best viewing times are March 1 through May 15 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on warm, sunny days, especially with winds ahead of a warm front.
Every Good Friday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Live Bird Demonstration, ‘Hawk Talks’, Local interest Group Displays. On-site concessionaire day of Open House.
Whether you are interested in natural or human history, there is plenty of both to be seen at here. The geological past is evident as the Upper and Lower Falls tumble over the escarpment, cutting their path through rocks of the Silurian and Ordovician periods, which were formed when this area was part of a vast inland sea.
In more recent times, Beamer Memorial was the site of a sawmill powered by water from the creek, a restaurant and the homestead of John and Anna Beamer, early Grimsby settlers. Remnants of a circa 1900 quarry, a mysterious looking landscape through the trees, can also be seen here.
Dr. Tareq Al-Zabet, Ph.D., P.Geo., CRSP, joins NPCA team
Up to $50,000 available for projects that will improve the Niagara Peninsula Watershed