Woodend Conservation Area

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General Information

In 1779 Peter Lampman , a United Empire Loyalist, fled New York state with his family and received a 650 hectare grant of land that later became Woodend.

Canadian poet Archibald Lampman was Peter's grandson, and among his many famous poems, he wrote about his grandfather's farm. In 1931 subsequent family members built the present-day house. It is now the Woodend Environmental Centre, an outdoor education centre for students of the District School Board of Niagara.

This 45 hectare Conservation Area is a unique section of escarpment with cliffs on either side of the point. There are spectacular views to the vineyards and orchards way below, spreading northward towards Lake Ontario. The Bruce Trail passes through Woodend. Two Conservation Area trails take visitors on either side of the escarpment edge and through broad-leaf hardwood species such as sugar maple, beech, red oak, forest communities that are representative of Niagara's Carolinian forest environments. If you are lucky you might even find a Paw Paw tree!