Little adverture at Niagara Glen Nature Reserve

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We love traveling around Ontario, doing a bit of reconnaissance work and scouting out new-to-us locations for my travel and nature photography. After a brief tour around Hamilton, we made our way over to the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve to meet up with Zuzu + Nevin for an adventurous hike near the falls.

The Niagara Glen is a unique spot of beauty deep in the Great Gorge that has been a designated Nature Reserve since 1992. Stairways lead to 4 km (2.5 mi) of paths that wind through a pristine pocket of Carolinian Forest, past boulders left behind as the Falls eroded through the area thousands of years ago.

The Niagara Glen Nature Reserve overlooks the Niagara River Whirlpool, a unique natural phenomenon that you must see to believe! Thousands of years ago, as the Niagara River slowly eroded its way through the Niagara Escarpment, creating the Great Gorge, a right-angle turn in the river’s path forced the rushing water into a deep counter-clockwise spin.

Here is the beginning of our adventure at Niagara Glen Nature Reserve:

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As you can see, it is one of the best preserved remaining example of Southern Ontario’s original Carolinian forest.

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The well laid out trails are color coded with the estimated completion times so you can pick the trail to suit your style. We were following the yellow one.

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The Glen stretches along the current course of the river, and thus offers plenty of vantage points to see the rapids that characterize this stretch of water.

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The rock formations on the forest floor created good opportunities to include reveals with some of my images which can help to add a feeling of depth.

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Forest lighting usually presents opportunities to capture the detail on leaves.

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Here are some more photos of our day at Niagara Glen Nature Reserve:

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Thank you Zuzu + Nevin for sharing a part of your weekend with us! We are so looking forward to revisiting more Niagara parks with you guys.

  • John Gravina

    Fantastic pictures! I really like the vibrant colour and depth. These would be great photos for a mural or at the end of a hallway giving a perspective of being right there.