Our Watershed

Boy fishing in lake


Take the bait

A tradition as old as time itself, fishing at NPCA parks provide 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. The most popular Conservation Areas for fishing are Binbrook and Chippawa Creek

Fishing opportunities are also available at:

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Fishing Regulations apply at NPCA Conservation Areas and visitors are asked to consider catch and release fishing.

For more information on these, please visit Ontario Fishing and/or the Ontario Fishing Regulations webpage. Additionally, please review the Guide to Eating Ontario Fish to find out how to reduce the risk of consuming chemicals by knowing which fish to avoid eating.

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man setting up tent at NPCA campground


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


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


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



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.

The NPCA is proud to partner with The Niagara Cycling Tourism Centre to provide resources to visitors regarding Niagara’s cycling tourism. On their website you will find routes, interactive trail maps, cycle-friendly business services and travel information.

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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


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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