There are three major interconnecting trails at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus including the Wetland Ridge Trail, Bruce Trail and Laura Secord Trail. The Welland Campus also features a walking trail through our naturalized berm areas.
Wetland Ridge Trail at Niagara-on-the-Lake
The Niagara Escarpment, a United Nations Biosphere Reserve, can be spotted at the ends of the grape rows in our Wine Visitor and Education Centre, and all along the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus. The Escarpment is a unique area, with many geologic, biological and environmentally specific aspects. In particular, on the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, Woodend Conservation Area is the park associated with the portion of the Escarpment that our campus faces.
Students, employees and visitors are more than welcome to explore the campus grounds and Wetland Ridge Trail!
To find the trail entrance: After entering the main campus entrance off of Taylor Road in Niagara-on-the-Lake, proceed straight, following signs for the Greenhouse. Stop at the stop sign, and then stay to the right and drive to the rear of the parking lot. Looking for a large sign and gravel pathway for the “Wetland Ridge Trail”. The trail winds through our on-campus ecological lagoons, and connects with Woodend via a trail up the Escarpment.
Laura Secord Legacy Trail
The Laura Secord Legacy Trail spans the full 32km of the epic journey made by Laura Secord in 1813 where she delivered her famous message.
The Friends of Laura Secord have drafted a modern-day approximation of the route that is segmented into five stages. The last leg of Stage 2 follows the Niagara College Wetland Ridge Trail in Niagara-on-the-Lake, down the escarpment and follows the edge of the Niagara College vineyards towards the corner of Taylor and Glendale road.
Welland Walking Trail
The Welland Campus is 42 hectares, and has open green spaces among the buildings and other structures on the grounds. A public walking trail meanders around and over the naturalized berms on the property, featuring natural meadow and thicket habitat. Much of the campus has been naturalized – a strategy which supports native species of plants and wildlife, and drastically cuts down on the watering that would be required for turf lawn.
As part of sustainability efforts, Niagara College also engages in species monitoring on campus – helping to preserve endangered and threatened species in the Niagara Region through careful monitoring.