With wonderful attractions including the magnificent waterfalls, and diverse flora and fauna, Niagara Falls is a great destination for ecotourism. The Niagara Gorge carved by the Niagara River is also a geological treasure-house. Niagara’s bounty of organic produce and beverages is yet another aspect of its eco-friendly nature. Let’s take a look at some of the places and experiences that make Ecotourism in Niagara Falls a viable option.
Niagara Falls EcoTourism Highlights
Niagara Eco Nature and Hiking
Niagara Falls has several parks and forests with fabulous hiking trails that you can explore. Enjoy a hike at the splendid Niagara Glen. Check out the trails including one along the Niagara River to see some amazing flora and fauna including endangered species. You can also make a trip to the nearby town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and walk along a section of the Bruce Trail at Queenston Heights Park. The trail is known as Canada’s longest and oldest footpath, and goes along the Niagara Escarpment which is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
Niagara EcoTourism Birdwatching
In 1996, the Niagara River was designated an Important Bird Area and during winter, the river is a haven for several species of migratory birds. You can head to the river to spot these winged wonders or go for a motor-coach tour through Niagara Nature Tours or other tour operators. More than 21 species of gulls have visited the river over the years and over 100,000 individual birds have been counted in a day. Swans, vultures, grebes, loons, bald eagles and peregrine falcons are some of the birds that can be spotted at the river.
Niagara Region Eco-friendly Wineries
Niagara-on-the-Lake has several picturesque and award-winning wineries that offer lovely VQA wines. Many of these wineries cultivate grapes at their vineyards using eco-friendly methods. Hinterbrook Winery has energy-efficient lighting and geothermal heating and cooling, and uses electricity produced by a 1000 sq. feet solar panel. Château des Charmes winery also uses eco-friendly measures such as avoiding herbicides and reducing the use of pest control. Sustainable practices are used to produce their award-winning wines.
Niagara Falls Farmers’ Market
The Niagara Falls Farmers’ Market encourages people to buy their fresh and organic produce that is cultivated locally. In this way, farmers can deliver their produce directly to the customer. No pesticides or other pollutants are used to grow the fruits, vegetables and other produce. Located behind the Niagara Falls History Museum, the market is open around the year on Saturdays.
Niagara Falls Eco-friendly Hotels
You also have a choice of fabulous eco-friendly hotels to stay in during your visit to Niagara Falls. Marriott on the Falls is one such hotel that has a Green Key rating of 3 for its environmental programs as well as a TripAdvisor Green Leaders Silver level certification. You can enjoy a green, clean and luxurious stay at the hotel.
Experience the splendour of the falls and visit these fantastic ecotourism attractions for a memorable vacation in Niagara Falls.
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