Woodend Conservation Area :: A Photo Diary

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Anyone from the Niagara Region has probably heard of Woodend Conservation Area as it’s a popular destination for school field trips. The area was originally settled by United Empire Loyalist families (those who followed the Royal Standard and settled in Canada during the American Revolution) towards the end of the 1700s. In 1796 the land belonged to the Van Every family who built the dwellings you still see today. These are now being used as an environmental education centre by the Lincoln County Board of Education. The area is officially owned by Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority who purchased the land in 1974. Since then they have developed numerous programs aimed at conserving, developing, and managing the natural resources within the Niagara Peninsula.

I've Been Bit! A Travel Blog :: Woodend Conservation Area

This is the Education Centre where schools & organized groups come to explore and learn more about what makes Woodend unique

As Woodend is located along the Niagara Escarpment, the Bruce Trail runs through the area in addition to their two trails: the Hardwood and Silurian Trail. You can also find the Wetland Trail which runs behind Niagara College’s Teaching Winery. This trail is part of the Laura Secord Legacy Trail, a 32km long trail dedicated to Laura Secord herself and traces her path as she delivered the life-saving message of the Americans attack to the British and Canadian forces during the war of 1812. If you’re interested in Laura’s journey, I found a great article explaining it here. To top it all off, the Trans Canada Trail can also be found in the park – it’s a hiker’s paradise!

I've Been Bit! A Travel Blog :: Woodend Conservation Area

Beware! The blazes that lead you along the Bruce Trail (and its side trails) aren’t always on trees so be careful to keep an eye out!

I've Been Bit! A Travel Blog :: Woodend Conservation Area

Parts of Woodend’s trails coincide with the Bruce Trail as you traverse the edge of the Escarpment

I've Been Bit! A Travel Blog :: Woodend Conservation Area

Tick tack toe, three trail markers in a row! Off to the Wetland Trail we go!

I've Been Bit! A Travel Blog :: Woodend Conservation Area

I always love the views from the Escarpment’s edge.

The photos I took are from all over the park, but they’re mainly focused on the Bruce Trail and the Wetland Trail. It’s a beautiful area that’s open all year round, making it open to winter hiking and cross-country skiing. Since the area’s woods are quite thick there isn’t much wind but gusts can appear while in the clearings. It’s a beautiful area and I highly suggest checking it out when you have the chance!

I've Been Bit! A Travel Blog :: Woodend Conservation Area

The Wetland Trail runs right past the vineyards used in Niagara College’s Winery programs

I've Been Bit! A Travel Blog :: Woodend Conservation Area

As you get closer to the college you’ll find a beautiful courtyard which features this arrangement of rocks. Almost looks like a classroom, doesn’t it? I’d learn out here in a heartbeat!

I've Been Bit! A Travel Blog :: Woodend Conservation Area

This is a beautiful area to watch the sunset, but make sure to leave yourself enough time to get back to your car before daylight is gone!

 

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