This past week I spent a morning walking the trail of the lower Niagara Glen Nature Area to the edge of the Niagara River Gorge where these Class 6 waters reach a speed of 40 kms (25 mph).It was like a walk through time.

As I trotted along the White Trail (there are other marked trails) I came across a clearing on Foster’s Flats where I saw remnants of one time shelters. Doing a bit of research when I returned home I discovered in the early 1900’s there were two rustic shelters and a dining pavilion that at one time stood in the area. The shelters of Cedar and Bark remained there until 1970 when they were burned down by vandal’s and never re-built. Too bad.

If you want to time travel, put on a pair of good hiking shoes, bring a few bottles of water, your IPhone or camera and enjoy a wonderful hike into the Niagara Glen .Here’s a photo of the earlier shelters plus one of the many monstrous boulders you’ll see in the glen.

A word of caution, stay clear of the edge of the Niagara River. Water levels in the river change quickly.

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