REDISCOVERING NIAGARA – BEAMERS FALLS CONSERVATION AREA
As October turns to November, the weather turns from warm to cold, and the leaves change from
green to red, yellow and orange, there is no better time to visit the Beamer Falls Conservation
Hidden atop the Niagara Escarpment, Beamer Falls is renowned for its stunning views of not just
the town of Grimsby below, but almost the entire Niagara region and Lake Ontario as well.
Lookout areas with benches and viewing platforms can be found throughout the park, allowing
hikers to stop and soak it all in. It’s a sight that demands to be seen in-person, but hopefully
these pictures I took will convince you to pay a visit.
But maybe you’re not one for those sorts of views, and are more interested in a scenic, serene
walk. There are two paved trails that wind through the park. One is a part of the historic Bruce
Trail that spans Southern Ontario. The other is a much smaller one called the Lookout Trail.
During the fall, the changing colours of the surrounding trees make for a beautiful backdrop for a
walk through the woods. The paths are also fairly flat, so there’s no need to worry about
climbing up or down any hills.
Beamer Memorial is also renowned as an “Important Bird Area. During the spring, specifically
March through May, the park is a great place to see birds of prey in flight while making their
spring migration. As you enter the park, you’ll find a large, two-story tower perfect for
bird-watching, and Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch (NPH) volunteers are regularly onsite during
the migration period. Every year on Good Friday, live demonstrations and so-called “Hawk
Talks” take place at the park, though the ongoing pandemic has prevented the event from taking
place over the last two years.
Among Niagara residents, Beamer Memorial may not always be mentioned in the same breath as
Ball’s Falls or Charles Daley Park, but it offers up some of the most stunning views in the region.
It’s a great place to visit any season, but the fall, particularly, is when visiting Beamer is a must
for adventurers of any sort.