Woodend Conservation Area

Date: Saturday November 10

Hike Leader: Bill Baird

This is a new hike! We will visit Woodend Conservation area, have dinner, then stick around for the Niagara Festival of Lights.

Directions

  1. Take Highway 401 west to Highway 403.
  2. Take Highway 403 to the QEW.
  3. Take the QEW over the Burlington bridge towards Niagara.
  4. Just past the Garden City Skyway Bridge at St. Catharines, take the Glendale Ave exit (Highway 89), this only goes southwest. A Tim Horton's is behind you on the north side of the QEW.
  5. Only about 200 yards later, turn left onto Taylor Road. Drive past Niagara College.
  6. About two kilometers later, near the top of a hill, turn left into the Woodend Conservation Area. There is a sign, but it is hard to see. If you get to Mountain Road you have gone too far.
  7. Once off the road, do not park in the first parking lot. Instead, drive as far as you can, the main parking lot is about a kilometer up the road.

Where we will meet depends on the weather. If it is quite cold, stay in the cars for warmth. Otherwise, we will meet on (or near) the deck of the old historical house, at 11:45.

Take the pathway to the northeast (50 yards). Once there, check out the view. The road leading off into the distance is Niagara Road 55 (Niagara Stone Road), which leads to Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Remarks

This hike is rated easy/intermediate, probably with some wet sections. It is about 10.5 kilometers long, mostly flat. There are some very interesting sights on the hike, but most are man-made.

The hike starts with a short walk through the conservation area. The trail cuts through a golf course (the Bruce Trail was there first). The majority of the hike is along the Old Welland Canal. We will pass by five abandoned locks, and see one other. They have rapids running through them.

The time period to let the sun go down will be occupied by a stop at a pizza place in Niagara Falls called Zappy’s. Afterwards, we will take in Niagara Festival of Lights. Since it is Saturday, there is no problem coming home late.

Since we will be wandering around Niagara Falls after dark in November, wear warm clothing. It might be an idea to bring or wear your skiing long underwear.

There is no admission fee for Woodend CA or the Festival of Lights.

Bill Baird

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