Entrance and parking area Frogs everywhere A variety of fungi

Heartland's tree house On the paths A vernal pool
7201 Beechwood Road between Brown Road and Kalar Road, Niagara Falls, ON
info@heartland forest.org

Tel: (905)356-7384
Admission: free to simply go in and stroll the paths, etc.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day. 
A $2 donation per participant is appreciated for school tours, special events and guided activities 
The gates are open daily - pets are allowed if on leash at all times

Heartland Forest is 93 acres of environmentally protected accessible field and wetlands with paths throughout the 2.5 km long trail system in the forest area for wheelchairs and scooters. There are periodic learning stations and signage to tell the stories of the flora and fauna you'll see along the way.  

There is also a fully ramped raised tree house and an accessible pond on site with a 20m fishing and observation deck.  Accessible washrooms including a giant one suitable for big wheelchairs or scooters are also on site. 

This is a beautiful place to get away from the hectic falls tourism area and just lay low for awhile.  There are picnic benches where you can have a sandwich.  Pick up the fixings at one of the many delis in Niagara Falls.  A leisurely stroll or roll through the woods will see you refreshed again. 

Depending on the season, you'll find a variety of wildlife and color at Heartland. In spring vernal pools throughout the forest teem with life. The trees are all in bud. Peepers, salamanders, toads, water plants and wildflowers flourish.  The forest is deep green and heavy with life in summer when most of the vernal pools have dried up and everything is getting on with life. If you're lucky, and the rainfall and humidity has been just right, the forest floor blooms with fungi at certain times of the summer and fall.  No one knows when this will happen so you pretty well have to just be there when it does.  In fall the colors of the leaves are truly awesome.  Just rolling along the trails you can pick up brightly colored leaves from some 20 different species of deciduous trees. In winter all is bare and quiet but if you listen hard you'll hear birds, the movement of small animals and there will be footprints.  

There are wheelchair accessible swings on site for those of us who haven't been on a swing in years, a Froggy-style rocking horse and a hand-turned merry-go-round that you can roll right up on, and word has it that an accessible 9 hole mini-golf course is in the works. 

For events held throughout the year at Heartland and classroom teaching sessions conducted throughout the year please see Heartland's website and our Festivals section.
March 2010