The spectacular Niagara Escarpment encompasses farms, recreation areas, sweeping scenic views, 1675 foot cliffs, clear streams, wetlands, pebbled beaches, rolling hills, pristine waterfalls, wildlife habitats, historic sites, villages, towns and cities.
The Niagara Escarpment is one of the world's natural wonders - a masterpiece of living art that has been recognized as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve because the residents of this region are working to balance conservation and preservation with surrounding development.
Biosphere Reserves like the Niagara Escarpment provide excellent examples of sustainable development and are valuable reference sites for environmental research, monitoring and educational activities.
It is said that there has been more change to the Niagara Escarpment during the past 100 years than in the previous 9,000 years. As a result of the tremendous urban and recreational development of natural lands, people became motivated to ensure access to green space where they could walk and reflect. People came together and built the Bruce Trail.
The Niagara Escarpment Plan
The Niagara Escarpment is one of the few world biosphere reserves to be protected by legislation. The Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act established a planning process to ensure that the area would be protected for future generations. The Niagara Escarpment Plan, approved in 1985 and revised in 1994, serves as a framework of objectives and policies that strike a balance between development, preservation and the enjoyment of this important natural area.