Niagara Falls – Bouldering in the Niagara Glen became a sanctioned activity in 2011. Since then, there has been a significant increase in the number of climbers visiting Niagara Parks.
As the Glen’s popularity increases for this human-powered recreational activity, it’s important to remember the “leave no trace” principles that will lessen potential environmental impacts to the area.
During the past couple of years, the Ontario Access Coalition, a group that promotes bouldering as a recreational pursuit, has been working with the Niagara Parks Commission to develop bouldering management guidelines. Their aim is to promote mutual respect between visitors and the natural environment.
To this end, a permitting process has been developed for bouldering enthusiasts. For an annual fee of $20.00, climbers are permitted to boulder in the Niagara Glen on approved boulders, in designated areas. The fee from each permit is then used to help maintain and conserve the Niagara Glen and adjacent natural areas for future generations.
Permits will now be regularly inspected and enforced. Failure to comply with the terms of the permit may result in the loss of bouldering privileges.
Bouldering permits are available from the Niagara Glen Nature Centre, at 3050 Niagara Parkway, across from the Whirlpool Golf Course. They are also available at the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory.
Climbing of the gorge cliff face or wall along the Niagara River, including at the Niagara Glen, is not a permitted activity.
* * * *
Stay up-to-date. Click HERE to sign up for daily email alerts. It’s free, why not try it?