Experience

Our Watershed

Boy fishing in lake

Fishing

Take the bait

A tradition as old as time itself, fishing at our parks provides the perfect atmosphere as you channel your inner hunter-gatherer. Whether it’s a quiet afternoon of catch and release with a loved one, or an exercise in farm-to-table, your unique fishing experience starts here. Our most popular Conservation Areas for fishing are Binbrook and Chippawa Creek

MNRF Fishing Regulations apply at our Conservation Areas. For more information on these, please visit Ontario Fishing and/or Ontario Fishing Regulations webpage

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man setting up tent at NPCA campground

Camping

Build More than a Fire

You’ve waited for this all week. No TV, no computer, no responding to text messages or emails … it’s just you and your family taking care of the important things - telling stories, singing songs, eating s’mores and making memories. It’s time to disconnect from busy and reconnect with nature, and each other.

Conservation Areas with overnight camping available are Chippawa Creek and Long Beach

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Cardinal in winter

Birding

Tweet, tweet, watch us here

Close your eyes and listen for it. The distinct chirp can often be heard before the beautiful feathered creature can be seen. Whether you are an active citizen scientist or a passive bird enthusiast, there are hundreds of species waiting to be discovered at NPCA’s parks.

Our most popular bird watching destination is Beamer Memorial Conservation Area. If you're lucky, you'll be able to witness the migration of several birds of prey. 

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peaceful walk in NPCA park

Hiking

Nature’s medicine for the soul

There is no better way to nourish the mind and body than to explore the numerous paths throughout our properties across the Niagara Peninsula watershed.

Encounter diverse ecosystems and watch at how the symbiotic relationships between animals, vegetation and other key features work together to create the perfect atmosphere for recreational hiking.

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Bikers on a trail

Cycling

NATURAL LANDSCAPES AND STUNNING STOPS ALONG YOUR TRIP

When you are planning your cycling routes, be sure to make time for eight of the NPCA’s gorgeous conservation areas that have amenities just for you.

Go for a hike, visit some waterfalls, hydrate, have a restroom break and even charge up your phone. For a list of sites providing bike racks and other essentials for cyclists click here.

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couple walking trail in the fall with dog

Dog Walking

Exploring with Fido

They are more than your pet; they are your family, which is why we want to support building your fur memories by encouraging you to walk our beautiful trails. 

Let your fido explore the natural wonders with you, on a leash. We only ask that you make sure to follow our poop and scoop policy.

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Grist Mill at Ball's Falls

Cultural Heritage

If these walls could talk…

The Niagara Escarpment is responsible for creating stunning vistas and complex ecosystems full of lush life. Since the days of early settlement, people have been in awe of the unique landscape. The history of the land is as robust as the landscape and has been captured at many of our parks in the form of signage and guided tours. 

Visit the original 1800s Glen Elgin Village located at Ball's Falls Conservation Area.

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A couple at balls falls surroundeed by nature kissing against a rock

Photography

A picture is worth a thousand words

Explore the great outdoors and capture the essence and beauty of Mother Nature seen at NPCA conservation areas. 

It is the policy of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority to ensure that event and special occasion photography on Conservation Area property is managed responsibly and to ensure that this activity does not conflict with scheduled events on site. Further, the NPCA requires that photography is conducted in a manner that does not interfere with conservation efforts and the enjoyment of our Conservation Areas by our visitors.

A Photography Permit is required at Ball's Falls Conservation Area. This applies to all wedding, engagement, and family photoshoots. To obtain a permit, contact our Conservation Area Services Representative at weddings@npca.ca or 905-562-5235 ext 21.

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winter ski at NPCA

Cross Country Skiing

Glide into nature

The crisp crunch of snow underfoot as you glide through pristine scenery is the perfect way to spend a winter’s day. No rushing. No loud traffic. Just you, a pair of cross country skis and a beautiful natural environment.

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