Louth Conservation Area!

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(Photos: Samantha Stea).
 


Trail running through Louth Conservation Area. This portion of the trail is well kept and wide for visitors use. (Photos: Samantha Stea).
 


A break in the trees overlooking an open field beside Louth Conservation Area. In mid-autumn deer can be spotted here. (Photos: Samantha Stea).
 


 

General Information

Louth Conservation Area is one of the most well kept secrets of the Niagara Region. It is located in Lincoln County along the 16 Mile Creek off of Staff Avenue, just north of the Staff Estate Winery. The area is geologically important as it contains many valleys and rock formations as well as two waterfalls and is part of the Niagara Esarpment. The area is located near many wineries, providing an opportunity for visitors to experience the Niagara wine country as they journey to Louth.

Louth Conservation Area provides visitors with a small parking lot as well as access to the Bruce Trail and Louth's own trail system. Visitors can expect to see many types of birds and animals as they hike through the area. The area is largely secluded and does not receive many visitors so anyone looking for a private and uninterrupted nature experience will be able to have this at Louth Conservation Area.


Recreational Activities

- Hiking
- Wildlife viewing
- Horseback riding
- Snow shoeing

- Cross country skiing

Hours of Operation

Year Round

Directions

  • 1.Head south on Bay Street towards Albert Street
    • 2.Turn right to stay on Bay Street
    • 3.Turn right onto Lake Share Boulevard West
    • 4.Slight Right towards the Gardiner Expressway West
    • 5.Take the Gardiner Expressway West ramp
    • 6.Merge onto the Gardiner Expressway West
    • 7.Continue onto the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW)
    • 8.Merge onto the Queen Elizabeth Way
    • 9.Keep left to continue on the Queen Elizabeth way, following signs for Niagara/East Hamilton/Fort Erie
    • 10. Take exit 55 towards Regional Road 26/ Jordan Road
    • 11. Turn left (west) onto Bayview Boulevard
    • 12. Take the first right (south) onto Jordan Road/Regional Road 2
    • 13. Turn left (west) onto King Street
    • 14. Take first right (south) onto 17 Street
    • 15. Turn left (west) onto Staff Avenue
    • Destination will be on the right.

      From Niagara:1. Head north on Stanley Avenue toward spring Street2. Turn left onto ON-420 West3. Keep left at fork, following signs for Queen Elizabeth Way/Hamilson/Toronto and merge onto Queen elizabeth Way4. Take exit 55 toward Jordan Road/Regional Road 265. Turn left onto North Service Road (signs for Regional Road 26)6. Take the first left (south) onto Jordan Road/Regional Road 267. Turn left (east) onto King Street8. Take the first right (sounth) onto 17 Street9. Turn left (east) onto Staff Avenue Destination will be on the right.

Historical

In 1973 the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority purchased the segment of land known as the Louth Conservation Area. Since then, a portion of the Niagara Escarpment has been preserved by the Louth Conservation Area. Louth also contains many historic rock formations.

Ecological

The two waterfalls and multiple rock formations make Louth Conservation Area geologically significant. The first waterfall is known as the upper falls and plummets 3.66 meters. The second waterfall, known as the lower falls is larger and plummets 7.92 meters. These features of the area are made possible because of its location along the Niagara Escarpment.

There is a variety of wildlife in the Louth Conservation Area. In the fall months there have been multiple deer sightings as well as migratory bird sightings. In addition, Louth Conservation Area houses old growth forest.

Further Information

Ownership & Management

Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

Facilities

Parking
Bruce Trail

Admission Fee

no admission fee

Accessibility

parking

Contact

Phone: 905-788-3135
Website: http://www.npca.ca/conservation-areas/louth/

Address

3193 Staff Avenue
Lincoln, Ontario
L0R 1S0 Municipality Lincoln County

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude: 43.1261
Longitude: -79.3512
UTM easting: 634117.1
UTM northing: 4776137.5

Map

Administration

Darcy Baker
Director of Land Management
Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority
250 Thorold Road West, 3rd floor
Welland, Ontario
L3C 3W2
Tel 905-788-3135
Email dbaker@npca.ca

Walking time: 1-3 hours

Surface features: Water falls, Rocks, Trails, Escarpment

Trail linkages: Bruce Trail